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Neil Sedaka - All-Time Greatest Hits

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  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: RCA
  • ASIN: B000002WAJ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 18, 2004
Format: Audio CD
This collection spans from 1958-1963, an excellent overview of his first heyday. For the record, the #33 hit "Bad Girl" is missing and "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" is the upbeat version not the ballad. This collection along with "Laughter In The Rain: The Best Of..." is all you will need. Thus, this collection is ideal for the casual and hardcore fan.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Bourbeau on August 22, 2001
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.... After tunes like "Stupid Cupid" and "Where the Boys Are" would become hits for Connie Francis, the still-teenage Sedaka began singing and playing on his own records, and (pardon the cliche) a star was born. His first release, 1958's "I Go Ape," began a five-year rule of the pop charts. For those who prefer the "first" string of hits to his "second," (as in late '50s and early '60s to mid- to late-'70s), then Neil Sedaka - All-Time Greatest Hits is definitely the CD you should choose to add to your collection.

Some might say sadly, the silly "monkey" (no, not "Monkee"--they came later) novelty song isn't included in this compilation album, but all the "important" hits are. A master of self-described "wraparound" ditties or so-called "sandwich songs"--a nonsensical or rhyming intro, followed by the verse and chorus, ending with the intro again--you'll find perfect examples of this style of songwriting in "Next Door to an Angel," "Calendar Girl," "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen," "Oh! Carol" (dedicated to then-girlfriend Carole King), "Stairway to Heaven," and one of only three #1 singles Sedaka would enjoy in his career: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do," one of 1962's biggest hits. The last of these, of course, would be re-recorded by Sedaka in 1975 as a ballad and would once again hit the Top 10 on the charts.

Sedaka's mother complained that his pop success was ruining her desire to see him become a serious, classical pianist, so he tried to appease her by writing a ballad in a minor key. "You Mean Everything to Me" would become one of Sedaka's lesser hits but is probably one of the most satisfying cuts on this compilation.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 2, 1998
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This is a typical compilation of Neil Sedaka's hits from the early sixties. If you have nothing else by Neil Sedaka, this is recommended. All songs are in true stereo.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on November 23, 2005
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Yeah, the hits are here, but Sedaka has way more to offer than "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do". If you are looking for more, you should get "All Time Greatest Hits" volume 2. Which offers great songs like "The Dreamer" "Look Inside Your Heart" "The Closest Thing To Heaven" and "All The Words In The World" just to mention a few.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reviewer on October 1, 2004
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Reviewers often allude to the "60s" when writing about Neil Sedaka but that can conjure up images of stringy-haired protestors and riots. That is not what Sedaka is about. His joyful tunes started before that time and unfortunately ended (until the mid-70s) just as the British invasion came. Both "Run Samson Run" and its flipside "You Mean Everything to Me" got lots of airplay in the early 60s. Besides the other even bigger hits on this CD, Mister Sedaka wrote songs for other artists ("Another Sleepless Night", Jimmy Clanton, comes to mind). Thankfully, he was rediscovered in 1975. Most recently (note the date), he performed here and got a great reception and review. If only he'd do it more often. Cherish this CD; it's worth the bucks.
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Neil Sedaka turned out great tunes all the while making it seem effortless. Not only was he one of rock and roll's pioneers, his warm voice was full of masculine sensitivity and he sang with a type of passion that really made his ballads shine. Neil remains a force to this day. This CD gives us some of his greatest hits; although I think to be completely thorough Neil's hits would be more than just the fourteen on this CD.

The CD track set begins with one major hit for Neil entitled "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." The melody has that early 1960s feel to it; and the beat remains strong all through the number. Neil sang with all his heart; and the backup chorus works well to enhance "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do." I prefer this version of "Breaking Up Is Hard To Do" to other interpretations that have a much slower tempo. The upbeat melody belies the sadness of the lyrics and for some reason it works wonders for this rendition of this number. However, if you want a song that has a more doo-wop flavor to it, give a listen to "The Diary." "The Diary" is a romantic tune with a solid musical arrangement; the percussion and the backup chorus work well again for this ballad.

One of my personal favorites of all time is Neil Sedaka singing "Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen." This coming of age song gives us all something to relate to when we hear it; and the upbeat melody proves infectiously catchy and very memorable the very first time you hear this tune. Great! "Little Devil" continues the upbeat flavor; only this time the boy Neil Sedaka sings of wants his girl to settle down and go steady with him. The playful musical arrangement charms me because it works so well.

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