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Wes Montgomery - Greatest Hits Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (May 7, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: INgrooves Fontana/A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G57
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,080 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By J. B Brent on September 20, 1999
Format: Audio CD
When Wes Montgomery's GREATEST HITS was released as A&M SP 4247 on vinyl in 1970, it contained only 10 tracks. It was expanded to a 20-song set with the CD release of CLASSICS in 1987. This remastered GREATEST HITS contains the same tracks as CLASSICS. Fifteen of the tunes come from Wes' three A&M albums, A DAY IN THE LIFE, DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND and ROAD SONG. There are 5 titles not featured on these albums: "Pata Pata," "Butterfly," "Hello Young Lovers," "My Favorite Things" and "Switchin." Because these songs demonstrate Wes' improvisational talents, this set is worth having even if you already own the other 3 albums.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Douglasnegley on July 5, 2003
Format: Audio CD
It is nice to see people digging Wes - no matter what the venue. Popular songs made Wes accessable to a larger audience, and it made him some well deserved bread in the process. His style became defined (some might say diluted as well) and, much like with Antonio Carlos Jobim, the style that was boiled down from this genius CREATED the genre now known as "elevator/dentist office music". That said, it doesn't mean his 'greatest hits' is his greatest work. It emphatically is not...in my opinion. If you dig this CD you may or may not dig "Smokin' at the Half Note", or "Boss Guitar". But I'll bet you will, and you owe it to yourself and to Wes to check them out along with his debut LP entitled "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery". All in all, again, I love to see people loving Wes Montgomery under any and all banners - be they 'pop hits' or jazz classics.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Todd Hagley on July 28, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I finally bought this album the other day because after hearing so much from fellow guitar players about Wes' style. I can't believe I haven't picked this up before now! These tracks are mostly pop standards, and while the musicianship is top notch, it makes me hunger to hear his live material, if only to listen to his improvisational skills.
At times it can sound dangerously close to elevator music, but there is little to be done about that. Its tragic that his life was so short, that he couldn't be allowed to go in whatever direction he wanted.
All in all, this is serves me as a great introduction to his work, and will push me into buying more.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Phasedin on August 10, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Originally released around 1987 as "Classics", this is now re-named but keeps exactly the same tracks-which is a good thing.
The original compilation consisted of taking 5 selected tracks from each of Wes' 3 albums recorded for A&M records-the last 3 albums he recorded before his passing.
So what we have here is 5 selections from each "A DAY IN THE LIFE", "DOWN HERE ON THE GROUND" and "ROAD SONG."
The best thing though are the 5 titles recorded during the same period but never before previously released, "Pata Pata," "Butterfly," "Hello Young Lovers," "My Favorite Things" and "Switchin."
Although all of the tracks are quite short the previously unreleased tracks are all small-band recordings without added embellishments, unlike the large ensembles and arrangements of the other 15 tracks taken from the original albums.
So if you are (like me) and must have everything Wes' recorded you need this one for those 5 tracks. And if you only want to sample Wes' more pop-oriented final period this one is easily the best (and longest) of the compilations to do that.
ALL of Wes' various periods are recommendable. The original earliest years with his brothers on Pacific Jazz, to his most highly-regarded stuff on Riverside records (small-group organ trio stuff and mainstream jammin' improvisations-and very long tracks) to his more pop-oriented recordings on Verve (mixed into his Verve years though are some incredible small-group recordings) and his final very commercial (at the time) pop recordings of his final years, with A&M Records.
I certainly wouldn't steer those who hadn't heard Montgomery earlier to this particular recording to find out what he was about.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Ben on December 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
If you're buying this to introduce yourself to Wes' playing, do yourself a favor and pick up Incredible Jazz Guitar, Full House, and Smokin' at the Half Note. These albums are much more exciting, and they give Wes space to strech out while improvising. This greatest hits collection from his time with A&M is more pop-oriented, and, as another reviewer said, much of the material sounds like elevator music. Wes was, IMHO, the greatest jazz guitarist ever, and all of his recordings are worth listening to, but there are better albums to have.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Thomas E. Reid on June 1, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Marvelous guitar and orchestra presentation of pop music from the sixties in the unique style of the late Wes Montgomery. If you like jazz, the Beatles, and other music that will be around forever, you'll enjoy this!
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This is an awesome compact disc for fans of jazz guitar. Wes Montgomery is a great guitar player, and is suprisingly not as well known as he should be. This album contains twenty great songs, which makes this album a solid listen all of the way through. If you have heard any of Wes Montgomery's playing, and enjoy it; buy this album.
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