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4.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful compilation, July 11, 2010
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This review is from: Recollection (2CD) (Audio CD)
I always find compilations a bit suspect, especially when they include "previously unreleased material". One can't help but wonder if there wasn't a perfectly fine reason these were never released, specifically because they simply aren't all that good; they didn't make the cut. This is not the case here, though, as lang lends her lovely voice and writing skills (she co-wrote three of the 11 previously unreleased songs) to this effort. I am left to wonder why some of these superb renditions were never put out there, and her version of Lennon and McCartney's "Golden Slumbers/The End" is particularly beautiful.

Of course, much of these are not in fact being heard here for the first time. I am not enough of an aficionado to know the entire history of these songs, but I know that Jane Siberry released this version of "Calling All Angels" years ago. I also believe the duet with Tony Bennett was released by him (I know I've heard it before), and I have heard her version of Cole Porter's "Love for Sale" prior to this. Still and all, it is great to have them all in one place, and to have an alternate version of her stupendous rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is an added bonus.

The first disk of this set is not as inspiring, simply because it is something of a miniature Greatest Hits, and there is little need to release them here except to beef up what would otherwise have been a rather thin compilation. As with any such selection of 11 songs, there will be debate over which should have been included, but I think it would be indisputable that better choices may have been made.

All in all, though, buy this album for the second disk of "unreleased" songs and you will not be disappointed. A great overview of a splendid talent.
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