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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Yvonne Elliman is one of those singers that you recognize on the radio, but can't place. This Hawaiian born singer first achieved status with "Jesus Christ Superstar" as Mary singing, "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and "Everythings Alright". She later ventured into other areas of pop with a cover of "I Can't Explain" and a nice rendition of "Moment By Moment" from a forgettable film (John Travolta and Lily Tomlin as lovers? Gay on Gay?) Anyway, Ms. Elliman got her biggest hits from the Gibb Brothers with her covers of "If I Can't Have You" (#1) and "Love Me". "Hello Stranger" was also a big hit with a trendy beat and since everyone was 'doing disco' at the time, Ms. Elliman did a great job on "Love Pains", one of the more popular 'listenable' dance songs of the era. This is a great collection and a sad one, knowing that this may be her swan song, but, oh, what a great one it is.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on October 26, 2001
Enough carping over the disco cuts here. Can't you people dance? Just think: without the draw of "If I Can't Have You," a non-Bee-Gee-performed #1 hit from "Saturday Night Fever," this compilation might never have been made. But that doesn't diminish the impressive range of material Yvonne Elliman sings so well here. She's powerful and intelligent on "I Don't Know How To Love Him" and yearning and seductive on "Love Me." Love the mellow wah-wah guitar bubbling away on the latter, by the way--great soft-disco hit written by Barry and Robin Gibb.
My favorite surprise on this disc is Pete Townshend himself powerchording away on Yvonne's version of his "I Can't Explain." Second favorite is that she belts it out rather than go mellow like Judy Collins covering Dylan. I also liked "Savannah," a rock-oriented album track from 1979.
Most people won't be able to follow this from Jesus Christ Superstar, the Who, and Blind Faith to the Eagles and Bee Gees pop-disco without disliking something. I like this era and enjoyed pretty much the whole record. I've read that Ms. Elliman still performs as a session musician; I'm pretty sure her name has graced the credits of lots of yours and my records from the years since she stopped recording as a soloist. This is a fine "Chronicle" of her time in the pop spotlight, not bad to remain a chart playa from roughly '71 to '79.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2001
Yvonne Elliman is one of the best singers of the past 30 years, and it's a shame so few know this.

This compilation includes "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How To Love Him" from "Jesus Christ Superstar," "Can't Find My Way Home" from her self-titled album, "I Can't Explain" from 1973's "Food of Love," "From the Inside," "Best of My Love," and "Somewhere In the Night" from 1975's "The Rising Sun," "Love Me," "Hello Stranger," and "I Can't Get You Out of My Mind" from her 1976 album "Love Me," "Baby, Don't Let It Mess Your Mind" and "If I Can't Have You" from "Night Flight," as well as "Love Pains" and "Savannah" from her final album, 1979's "Yvonne," as well as "Can't Find My Way Home (Version 2)," a previously unreleased track.

In the early 80s Elliman phased out. Even though this CD is titled "The Best of", there are some wonderful songs not included that truly belong her, such as "More Than One, Less Than Five," "Love's Bringing Me Down," "Without You," "I Keep Hanging On," "In a Stranger's Arms" and, by far her best song not included, "I'll Be Around".

Some of those songs and more are available on other compilations.

Yvonne Elliman's voice was greatly taken for granted, and due to that there are hardly any who remember her by name at this point. If you enjoy hearing wonderful singing do yourself a favor and purchase this album or one of her other compilations ("The Yvonne Elliman Collection" is also very good). This is a singer who you cannot afford to miss.

You will not regret purchasing one of her compilations at all. I guarantee it!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2000
Ms. Elliman covers Blind Faith's 'Can't Find My Way Home' twice in this album and both renditions are superb. Not too many artists have covered this Blind Faith tune. Also, the album is chock filled with all her best goodies and even the hardest to please will enjoy this eclectic collection.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on May 8, 2002
While this collection of Yvonne Elliman tunes doesn't include as much as it could, it is nevertheless a fabulous tribute to one of the best female vocalists of all time.
When listening to the tunes "Everything's Alright" and "I Don't Know How to Love Him" from the soundtrack to "Jesus Christ Superstar," I can't help but recall the story I once heard that mentioned the fact that the producers of the soundtrack asked Yvonne if she would prefer a flat cash payment for her performance as Mary Madgalen on the album, or if she would like a percentage from the sales. Since she didn't really think the album would do well, and because she really needed the money, she opted for the cash payment. Of course, the album was one of the all-time biggest sellers when it was released and she now wishes she would have taken the percentage instead.
I also remember that Helen Reddy's version of "I Don't Know How to Love Him" battled for the highest chart position since they were released at the same time, but pales next to Ms. Elliman's performance.
The other songs on the CD, including her number one hit, "If I Can't Have You;" the glorious "Love Me" written by the Bee Gees; her cover version of the Barbara Lewis song, "Hello Stranger" which sounds amazingly like the original; and her foray into disco "Love Pains" are all great tunes. But even the lesser known songs are a wonderful showcase for her truly underrated talent.
I know that ownership rights most likely prevent the inclusion of Eric Clapton's "I Shot the Sheriff" on any Elliman collection, but her contribution to the song (the plaintive line "I shot the sheriff"), while small, is a memorable one...
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 30, 1999
She can sing women's feeling. Her voice touches so many hearts
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Yvonne Elliman started out as a session singer and first reached prominence for her contribution to the Jesus Christ Superstar album where she sang as Mary Magdalene and had a hit with the moving song I Don't Know How To Love Him. In about 1976 she hit the charts again with Barry and Robin Gibb's Love Me and then contributed the hit track If I Can't Have You to the Bee Gees' phenomenally successful Saturday Night Fever soundtrack. This collection includes those plus two splendid versions of the Blind Faith classic Can't Find My Way Home. As an album of accomplished melodic pop, it should be in every 70s nostalgist's collection.
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I first saw her in the film Jesus Christ Superstar 1973 back in '92 when I was in my early twenties. Her costume from the film flattered her feminine figure wonderfully and I fell in love with her. The songs from that film were awesome and the dances were explosive with energy. But this review is about Yvonne.
Her voice is sweet and flowing and she does wonderful covers of some good songs . Cant Find My Way Home from Blind Faith is particularly well done.This chicks got great taste in music and she knows how to do it justice. Though I enjoyed every song on this album I will forever remember her soliloquy from 1973 when she Didnt Know How To Love Him. Such passion and tenderness. it brought a tear to my eye.
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on October 4, 2014
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 12, 2000
Yvonne Elliman has an interesting voice that needs the right material and producer to showcase it at its best. That's why this "best of" collection - possibly the most judiciously chosen from her entire discography - still disappoints. It starts very promisingly with the Jesus Christ Superstar hits but then peaks too quickly with a truly beautiful and stunning rendition of Blind Faith's "Can't Find My Way Home". Pete Townsend's "I Can't Explain" is given a respectably muscular workout worthy of Yvonne's roots but from there on, the quality dips rather precipitously. Funny that I should say that, considering we're just getting into her most fertile period chartwise. The trouble is that much of mid-70s disco music hasn't held up too well since passing their sell-by date. Yvonne's biggest hits ("Love Me", "Hello Stranger" and "If I Can't Have You") still sound good today, though they've lost some of their allure. Some of the covers like Don Henley's "Best Of My Love" and "I Can't Get You Outa My Mind" just don't work. They make her sound like some anonymous pop/disco chick, leaving her no room to phrase and personalise the songs she has shown she could earlier in her career. The decline continues, hitting rock bottom with the skincrawlingly awful "Moment by Moment" and the chintziest piece of disco fluff you could ever imagine ("Love Pains", a big hit for her). The rot luckily stops with "Savannah" (a good song, at last) and a second slowed down version of the Blind Faith number (different, but not better than the 1972 version). In my opinion, Yvonne was a victim of music fashion and ironically of her own successes which moved her further in the wrong direction. She should have stuck to her rock roots. Granted, she may not have had as many hits as she did, but her musical legacy would have been more distinguished. It's a pity - she could have been so much more had she not run head on into the disco fever that was the rage of the mid-70s.
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