Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie
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Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie

October 2, 2007

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  Song Title
Summer Of Love II
Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
Ring The Living Bell
Look What They've Done To My Song, Ma
Brand New Key
Love To Lose Again
Lover's Cross
Ruby Tuesday
Nickel Song
Bobo's Party
Good Book
Christopher Robin
Animal Crackers
Psychotherapy (Live)
Beautiful People
Together Alone
Leftover Wine
Peace Will Come (According To Plan)
I Will Get Over

Product Details

  • Original Release Date: July 2, 1999
  • Release Date: July 2, 1999
  • Label: Buddha Records
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  • Total Length: 1:18:49
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  • ASIN: B00138H4KM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,020 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An American Treasure December 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Melanie's been discounted unjustly over the years as a hippie flower child of the Woodstock era, mainly because of her record label's marketing but also because of her many peace songs and earthy style. This is unfortunate because Melanie is a songwriter of incredible style and wit and no one out there sounds quite like she does. This collection spans just about her entire career from the fans' favorite, "Beautiful People," which was her first single, through the quirky number 1 single of 1971, "Brand New Key," which many feel doomed her as a cute, one hit wonder, through a couple 1990s tracks, "Summer of Love," and "I Will Get Over." Melanie's other big hit, "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)," is here as well and what a song it is even today. The arrangement still sounds fresh in the year 2000 and Melanie's vocals are downright inspired and inspiring. A couple of cuts from her incredible but neglected 1974 album, "Madrugada," are included as well. "Love to Lose Again," should have been a huge hit for Melanie and her rendition of Jim Croce's, "Lover's Cross," is second to none. This is the compilation CD, along with 1999's, "Ring the Living Bell," to have of all of the compilation CDs out there of Melanie's music because it has been digitally recorded from the masters so the songs are as clear and resonant as Melanie's powerful voice.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Animal Crackers are in this year..." April 14, 2000
By Megg
Format:Audio CD
WOW! I first heard MELANIE, when I bought the Boogie Nights Soundtrack, and heard "Brand New Key"and it was a song that was easy to learn and fun to sing, and my roomates and I sang it ALL over at our Art School. And its somethig we still laugh about. It wasnt until I bought the ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY : 1970 variety CD, and heard "LAY DOWN (candles in the rain) " that I realized, it wasnt at ALL about the simplicity in learning her lyrics, but the way her music just seems to wiggle its way into your life and nuzzle up to your heart. I have NEVER EVER in my entire life, heard a song, or voice, that makes me want to crawl up in bed and write in my journal, and then cry, and not shave my legs, and grow my hair long, and protest everything, and love everyone, and at the same time, just BE....BE content, BE happy, BE sad.........simply BE me. This CD will make you want to move around , and do ANYTHING BUT listen, because you will be petrified to let the words in, seeing how the melody, clings to your soul, and shakes it to the very core, and makes you feel as though you cant breathe. should buy this CD, but only if you intend on expanding your CD collection with ALL of her CD'S, because MELANIE is the curve in my smile. She does that too you......listen to her, SHE will change your senses, and make you whole.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Digitalized, Re-Energized Melanie July 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Finally, a compilation of Melanie's music that has been re-mastered digitally from the original masters, and apparently, from some masters that have just recently been discovered after being feared lost. What a joy it is to listen to some of these old chestnuts in brilliant stereo with crystal clear sound quality. In addition, there is a new cut of her fairly recent, "Summer of Love," which is quite good (though we'll let slide the kitchy faux audience cheering near the end), and the re-mixed, "I Will Get Over," from her 1993 effort, "Freedom Knows My Name." One wonders about the possibilities of commercial success if that entire album had been mixed as beautifully and professionally as this cut has been.
The joy in this compilation CD, though, is how absolutely fresh all of the songs sound, and most of the songs are 20 to 30 years old! Now: Melanie's fans could use a compilation album of her more obscure songs that are loved as much as these. Re-mastered digitally, of course! And how about a collection of her unreleased recordings? Their existance is well known and Melanie's fans won't rest until they are released on a collection as well. Re-mastered digitally, of course. How about it?
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Tuneful pop, singalong ballads, and real soul June 11, 2005
Format:Audio CD
The stylistic variety on this compilation reveals the versatility of this singer-songwriter who made her mark in the early 1970s. There is genuine soul in her great hit Lay Down (Candles In The Rain), an inspiring arrangement with lovely vocals. The rousing Ring The Living Bell is an anthemic song with a strong melody, whilst What Have They Done To My Song is a typical pop-folk ballad from the era, something that Francois Hardy or Marianne Faithfull might have done.

The novelty numbers Brand New Key and Nickel Song are quirky and tuneful, quite addictive, in fact. The highlight is Melanie's version of Ruby Tuesday, a stellar performance, very mature, elegant and authentic. The moving Beautiful People is the song that made her famous at Woodstock in 1969.

This is a great mix of folkie ballads, soulful rock and quirky pop. Don't be put off by the flowergirl image, this woman had real talent as songwriter but also in her impressive vocal skills. Not everything here is 5-star material, but the aforementioned songs prove that Melanie's legacy, although small, is worthwhile and very enjoyable today.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie
Being familiar with about 2 or 3 of Melanie's hits from the late 60's... and always being on the lookout for more hidden gems from this time period/genre, I thought I'd take a shot... Read more
Published 10 days ago by George
1.0 out of 5 stars amazon music is is a waste of time
I bought the song for $0.99 but can't download the mp3 without downloading amazon software I didn't agree to. I don't. Need the song that bad. I want mu money back.
Published 25 days ago by Eric S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits Of Melanie
Her most popular songs are excellent. She was a social protester. Her voice is great and I have very fond memories of my youth in the 60's...
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful People: Melanie's Greatest Hits CD
Melanie has been one of my favorite artists over the years. This Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie, CD has a few of my favorite songs on it! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lycopene Crema Rinnovante
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie, Melanie, Melanie....
I'm not much of a reviewer, but wow! I had a major crush on you way back then! Candles in The Rain still blows me away some 40+ years later! Read more
Published 3 months ago by j. joyce
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
My old-hippie husband was delighted to get Melanie for Christmas. The cover, art, insert and CD were in excellent condition. It arrived in plenty of time. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Marilyn Blake Philip
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie is Goddess
This album (CD) is fantastic. It contains all of my favorite songs by Melanie. The version of "Lay down candles" is an extended version that I wasn't expecting, but love.
Published 5 months ago by Robert M. Delong
5.0 out of 5 stars Melanie
Melanie Zafka, is the most underrated singer of the 20th and 21st Century. This Album should be handed down through the generations. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Charles B. Harvilicz
3.0 out of 5 stars 3 good songs
rollerskates by far best song on cd... the rest all sound the same....with a couple of exceptions... not really to my taste... Read more
Published 7 months ago by texas cowboy
5.0 out of 5 stars melanie hits on 1 disc
melanies greatest hits a nice sounding collection of her greatest hits its nice to here these treasures again without scratches i wore my grooves out of record
Published 8 months ago by ron jackson
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