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Those Were the Days [Import]

Mary HopkinAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (March 31, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Apple
  • ASIN: B00000I251
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #276,758 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Those Were The Days
2. Goodbye
3. Temma Harbour
4. Think About Your Children
5. Knock Knock Who's There
6. Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
7. Lontano Degli Occhi
8. Sparrow
9. Heritage
10. The Fileds Of St. Etienne
11. Jefferson
12. Let My Name Be Sorrow
13. Kew Gardens
14. When I Am Old One Day
15. Silver Birch And Weeping Willow
16. Streets Of London
17. Water, Paper & Clay

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding collection of Mary's finest music September 14, 2002
Format:Audio CD
First, let's clear up the confusion about Mary's discovery. She appeared on British TV singing Turn turn turn. Among the viewers was Twiggy, who let Paul McCartney know that she might be a bit special. Paul eventually signed her to Apple records. However, even if he hadn't signed her, Mary would probably have got a record deal anyway because of the TV exposure.
The CD itself contains all Mary's hits, both British and American, but the one song which stands out is Those were the days, which was #1 in Britain and #2 in America. Mary's first love was folk music and that is the basis of her music, although there are pop influences. These had faded by the end of her short career with Apple. The Earth songs album, represented here by the last three songs, was all folk music.
Think about your children is an interesting song which ought to make parents everywhere do just that. Jefferson is a country-flavored song with some banjo. Knock knock who's there was Mary's entry in the Eurovision song contest - it didn't win but I think it came second.
This is a fascinating collection of music by a singer who's career was all too brief.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars EXPENSIVE-But worth it f a fan from the U.S. October 20, 2000
Format:Audio CD
"Those Were The Days" when issued was a novelty of sorts, and the "Apple Influence" with Paul McCartney was easily apparent. A number one hit here, this was the season of a different brand of number one, from " Hey Jude" to "McArthur Park" to "Judy in Disguise", the 1968 parade of hits had another different smash, the title song.
My actual favorite was "Goodbye", which is penned by Paul McCartney, and I still play the single to this day. A happy and pleasing song, and very top 40. This was followed by other top 40 attempts, such as "Temma Harbour", "Think About Your Children", "Knock Knock, Who's There" and "Que Sera Sera"
Having a high but pleasing voice, she had a few top forty hits, but a large part of her library were local in nature, and these you must hear. "Fields Of St. Etienne" is classic, and "Sparrow ", also a flip side of "Goodbye" is good.
While expensive in the U.S., this is te only source of this amount of Mary Hopkin material, but it is well worth it.
A true representation of AM radio of 1968.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WISTFUL FOLKY POP May 18, 2003
Format:Audio CD
Mary Hopkin was one of those 1960s UK pop singers influenced by folk music, like the early Marianne Faithfull. She made breezy melodic pop music with flair and had huge hits with Those Were The Days, Temma Harbour and Knock Knock Who's There. There is a special wistful quality in her voice that makes these songs still resonate in my mind after all these years. The album also includes pop standards like Que Sera Sera and the folk classic Streets Of London which she interprets gracefully, plus a song in Italian. If you like melodic pop from the 60s and early 70s, you'll love this album. I also recommend it to fans of Marianne Faithfull's early work and of Francoise Hardy.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Definitive Hopkin December 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A lot of hits collections do not assemble all the artist's chart singles...but this one does. All six of Mary's U.S. chart singles are here: THOSE WERE THE DAYS, GOODBYE, TEMMA HARBOUR, QUE SERA SERA, THINK ABOUT YOUR CHILDREN and KNOCK KNOCK WHO'S THERE. Paul McCartney produced TWTD and GOODBYE as well as three others on the cd. (Paul did NOT discover Hopkin as some think - she was discovered by Twiggy!) It's a bit pricy, as it is an import, but it's a hard-to-find collection you may need (and it's still on the original Apple label). Plus it's a kick to hear GOODBYE again after all these years!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but needs perspective December 7, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This was Hopkin's 3rd US album, after PostCard and Earth Song/Ocean Song. A fine example of her European and UK language command. There is a misconception about the album, however. This record was not specially recorded, but rather compiled. After "PostCard", Hopkin's output consisted of multiple single 45's that were aimed primarily at the European market. "Earth Song/Ocean Song," her next album, also produced a couple of singles for both US and Euro release. "Those Were the Days", an album originally released (mostly) in the US, was a compilation of these European singles and their B-sides.
One misconception about a song on this album needs to be corrected. Some think that "Goodbye" is a cover of a Beatles song, since it was written by Paul McCartney. However. this is not really true. Hopkin was "discovered " by Paul McCartney, by way of Twiggy. McCartney wrote "Goodbye" specifically for her usage. McCartney's demo has surfaced on Beatle bootlegs and many think of it as a Beatles song. However, the lyrics were clearly intended to be sung by a woman--the bootleg versions have McCartney singing that "my lover ...calls me to HIS side" in the last verse." It was never a Beatles song---only a Hopkin song written by Paul McCartney.
Now, as to the album itself---its quite good. Unfortunately, you can tell that the songs are all intended as singles by the way they sound--the album lacks a certain cohesion that "PostCard" has. A much better and more musically mature album is "Earth Song/Ocean Song" which doesn't sound like just a string of folksy pop hits. This was recently released in the US but went out of print very quickly on CD. It also appears to be out of print in Europe.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Those Were the Days
We just love Mary Hopkin and this album is no exception. Thoroughly enjoyable. Her voice and phrasing is just wonderful. Read more
Published 21 months ago by marcia watson
5.0 out of 5 stars review is for the Apple vinyl 1st pressing
This essentially a Mary Hopkin greatest hits LP, almost, it's missing Water, Paper, and Clay from Earth Song, Ocean Song, A minor hit Apple single. Read more
Published on September 13, 2012 by Jason P. Pumphrey
5.0 out of 5 stars Take a messsage to Mary
This is not a reveiw so much as an appeal. The only way this CD is available right now is as an expensive import, when it could have easily have been a part of the Apple reissue... Read more
Published on January 19, 2012 by Gordon Pfannenstiel
3.0 out of 5 stars Good News
Apple is releasing all 15 albums re mastered, non Beatle,recordings including Mary's albums this fall. COOL!
Published on July 18, 2010 by Mark A. Burns
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Hopkin - Those Were The Days
One of the only CD's available on the Apple label with most of Mary's collection only on vinyl this includes a number of Mary's hit singles including of course the title track, the... Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by G. J. Moulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest hits of this wonderful Welsh singer.
Mary Hopkin was the most successful of the Beatles' Apple Records artists. THOSE WERE THE DAYS and the
Paul McCartney penned GOODBYE are both included in this package as well... Read more
Published on April 15, 2009 by S. Myers
5.0 out of 5 stars Mary Hopkin
Well of course it's a wonderful CD with one of my favorite old tunes (those were the days). For cryin out loud this CD is 40 years old and I grew up listening to her. Read more
Published on February 10, 2009 by Don Means
5.0 out of 5 stars unforgettable gourmet melodies from past
my son who surprised me that he recognized (those were the days )in a library of my old laptop i gave him considering it was a song way before his time but he recognized it like... Read more
Published on October 10, 2008 by fortune cookie
5.0 out of 5 stars CD Those were the Days
This is a wonderful cd.............the tunes are ballads for the most
part. I actully bought it for the title song, but we have enjoyed the
whole cd over and over!!
Published on June 18, 2008 by J. Hargrove
4.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I bought this CD just for the two songs I had heard before, "Days" and "Goodbye". I was surprised to find out that I enjoyed many of the other songs. Nice album.
Published on February 13, 2008 by Luther Wesley
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