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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 23, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony
  • ASIN: B00064AFJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #83,003 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection CD features 14 outstanding tracks culled from Shawn's critically-acclaimed albums--Steady On (1989), Fat City (1992), Cover Girl (1994), A Few Small Repairs (1996), & Whole New You (2001)--and a newly-recorded cover of the classic Beatles song, 'I'll Be Back.' The album includes Shawn's Grammy-winning songs from Steady On (which won in 1990 for Best Contemporary Folk Recording) & her 1997 Grammy-winning Song of the Year/Record of the Year, 'Sunny Came Home.'

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L. Hilla
This CD covers Shawn's `early days' up through her songs where she got national radio play.
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Colvin is one of the best female singer/song writers of her generation.
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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Tim Brough TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 17, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I fell in love with Shawn Colvin the first time I heard the "Steady On" Cd. Coming from the same Greenwich Village folk scene that fostered friend Suzanne Vega's success (she contributes background vocals on "Diamonds In The Rough" here), Colvin also favors the same tough/tender style that highlights Vega's best work. From early on, Colvin maintained an independent woman's voice, especially on songs like "Steady On" and "Another Round Of Blues." She seemed headed towards the same kind of success Tracy Chapman, 10,000 Maniacs and Vega were enjoying, but she had a commercial and critical misfire with the covers album, the ill advised "Cover Girl."

Although that album was just the wrong choice at the wrong time, it did highlight Colvin's ability as an interpretive singer. On "Polaroid," The Police's "Every Little Thing (S)he Does Is Magic" and Talking Heads' "This Must Be The Place" are claimed as her own. (Also worth hearing, Colvin's sublime cover of Warren Zevon's "Tenderness On The Block" off "Fat City.") It may have been a sidestep, but "Cover Girl" was just a stepping stone to "A Few Small Repairs." The feistier sound and more aggressive stance gave Colvin the only real "hit" on this collection and a song of the year Grammy for "Sunny Came Home." But you also got the confrontational "Get Out Of This House" to back it up.

The long awaited success was short lived, as Colvin decided to take time out and become a parent. She then delivered "A Whole New You," which was a pleasant enough record but nothing revelatory. The title track, which harkens back to the earlier albums, is included here. And to once again highlight Colvin's strength as a songstress, her cover of The Beatles' "I'll Be Back" underlines that song's melancholy in a rock solid manner.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Terry Lee Hawkins on November 27, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I simply love every word Shawn sings. I've been a fan from the first note of her Steady On CD when I stumbled onto it in April 1990. I guess I have agree with the guy from San Antonio - if you already own her CDs, there is only one new track here. Yet, it's a great new Shawn cover of a Beatles tune. So, I gladly plunked down the $$ for my copy. I guess you could burn your own Best Of mix if you own her previous CDs - but I like to support the artists. So, I'm enjoying my "new" Shawn CD. Listened to it twice on the Thanksgiving drive to Grandma's house. Enjoying it even more after recently seeing Shawn on the Oprah show. And, the most exciting news for the true Shawn fans - her videos and a collection of live performances are FINALLY available on DVD. I'm still waiting to watch my copy because I want to do it when I have the time to sit and savor it all. If you get the opportunity, you really need to see Shawn live. She is an amazing singer and it will be a night to remember.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on August 1, 2005
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I saw Shawn Colvin in concert the other night at the Big Tent Chautauqua south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, and she was introduced as a three time Grammy winner. Of course two of those Grammys were for "Sunny Came Home," which won Grammy Awards for Record of the Year and Song of the Year in 1998. But the third Grammy was earned for her her first studio album, 1989's "Steady On," which won the Grammy for Best Contemporary Folk Recording. I first picked up "A Few Small Repairs," not so much because it had "Sunny Came Home" on it, but because I was going to see Colvin perform at Lilith Fair and was buying the albums of all of the performers. From there I went back and got the rest of her work and several years down the road I am still of the opinion that "Sunny Came Home" was an invitation to check out her other albums. By definition Colvin might be a one hit wonder ("I Don't Know Why" is her only other Top 20 success making it to #16 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, but that misses the point of Colvin's music. There is a reason that she is touring with only a pair of guitars, and the trip down memory lane provided by "Polaroids: A Greatest Hits Collection" only serves to reinforce the point.

These 15 songs represent selections from all of her main releases except for her Christmas album, "Holiday Songs and Lullabies," plus one new track with her cover of the Beatles song "I'll Be Back." The songs are laid out chronologically by album, although in fact the first three tracks are the same three that opened up "Steady On," namely the title track, "Diamond in the Rough," and "Shotgun Down the Avalanche" (the latter remaining my favorite Colvin tune).
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DVD buff on February 6, 2005
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Like the other reviews here, this collection isn't EXACTLY a "greatest hits" collection. For one thing, one of Shawn Colvin's best-known songs is "Nothing On Me," which was used as the theme song for the television series SUDDENLY SUSAN, but that song is not found here. If being a TV theme song doesn't qualify as a "greatest hit," I'm not sure what would.

Other than that one exception, this really is a collection of Ms. Colvin's best-known work. It's a great item for the casual fan or new listener (unless you're looking for the theme song to SUDDENLY SUSAN, of course), and if you're a completist you have to get it for the new song.

What could have made this package more attractive to all fans would have been to include some other rarities as bonus tracks, or even a second disc of odds & ends. As it is, it's not her "best," nor is it a complete "greatest hits," but it is a good collection of great songs.
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