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The Essential

May 19, 2009

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Product Details

  • Original Release Date: September 23, 2006
  • Release Date: September 23, 2006
  • Label: SONY BMG Catalog
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 1:04:50
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  • ASIN: B002ATHA5M
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,762 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By B-MAN on July 31, 2004
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British pop/soul singer Paul Young has a few compilations in his catalog so "Essential" may not totally be necessary at this point, but if you have none of his recordings in your collection and are looking for a comprehensive single disc with all of the hits, then this fits the bill. It's also the largest collection of his on one CD (totaling 18 tracks), unless you count Sony's release compiling his first two and best albums: No Parlez (1983) and Secret of Association (1985). Young's first two albums do represent his peak, but that collection is obviously not career spanning so several gems are left out that are included here. A total of 8 tracks come from his first two albums and start off the disc. Of course the lead off track is "Everytime You Go Away" (used to great effect in the John Hughes film: Trains, Planes & Automobiles) as it should be. Amazingly, a previous Paul Young collection, Simply the Best (2000) didn't include this song which is ludicrous considering it's his staple tune. Essential includes some tracks that didn't appear on Young's proper albums like "Senza Una Donna" and his take of "What Becomes of the Broken Hearted" (from the "Fried Green Tomatoes" soundtrack). Three of the four songs from the "What made Otis Blue" single are included as well as a few interesting covers like Crowded House's "Don't Dream It's Over" and Dusty Springfield's "I close my eyes & count to ten" (live version). Perhaps the most interesting cover of the collection is the closing track, Joy Division's immortal "Love Will Tear Us Apart" (First appearing in studio form on Young's debut, No Parlez).Read more ›
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Peps on October 19, 2011
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A Little Misleading. Please Note This is The 15 Track Version, NOT 18 Track AS SHOWN. One unreleased track "Heart Full Of Rain", "I Close My Eyes & Count to Ten" [Live Version] & "Love Will Tear Us Apart" [Live Version] are missing from the Original UK "Essential Paul Young" That's the Tracks here showing in this details as the selections. So please know that if you order from this selection page you will only be getting the 15 Track version. The 18 Track selection IS available also thru Amazon AND at a CHEAPER price.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Bauer on March 28, 2008
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Paul Young's name may not ring a bell with you, but his music will if you were old enough to remember the 80's. Hits like "Everytime You Go Away", "Wherever I Lay My Hat (That's My Home)", "What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted" and "Oh Girl" will have you reminiscing about better days. This particular album has all of Young's best hits on one CD, making it easier to get them all without buying several albums. He may not be the most famous 80's singer, but he certainly can sing, and he'll have you singing along in no time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr Rick on November 17, 2012
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All the good songs are on here but don't go by the song titles if you 'rip' this to your computer. Some of the song titles are mixed up. All the songs are there just mislabled.
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By David Traub on July 15, 2014
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It's what I expected but what was I thinking?
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By Bob Ness on July 14, 2014
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A timeless voice that put out several great classics.
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Paul Young is great! All the hits are here. If you are a fan, you will love this collection. My favorite is Love of the Common People.
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