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Prelude: The Best of Charlotte Church

Charlotte ChurchAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 26, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: November 26, 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Sony Legacy
  • Run Time: 61 minutes
  • ASIN: B00006LFGG
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #121,276 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Charlotte Church ~ Prelude: The Best Of Charlotte

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Need more evidence of the record industry's obsession with youth? Consider that budding Welsh diva Charlotte Church was a ripe, old 16 when this, her first greatest-hits anthology was released. Spanning her first four releases, as well as some outside collaborations and unreleased material, this 18-track collection underscores the soprano's seemingly boundless potential--as well as some potential career obstacles ahead. Her crystalline, still-maturing voice is best showcased on classically oriented works like Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu," Franck's "Panis Angelicus," and her now-ubiquitous rendering of Delibes' "Flower Duet." She also excels on folk traditionals such as "She Moved Through the Fair" and "My Langan Love." But overwrought productions like the already-dated "Dream a Dream" and "Habanera," a faux-flamenco take on Bizet, nearly get the best of her. Still, her promising duet with fellow young phenom Josh Groban on "The Prayer" and her mature, dreamy reading of A Beautiful Mind's "All Love Can Be," as well as strong performances on the previously unreleased "It's the Heart That Matters Most" and "Bridge over Troubled Waters," are ample evidence of her potential for rewarding pop crossover--if she doesn't retire by 21. --Jerry McCulley

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Charlotte's greatest--but so soon? November 30, 2002
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Four albums, including a Christmas album, all within four years, and then a greatest hits? Seems too soon. However, if anything, this collection provides a showcase of her voice as it has developed throughout the years. From the youthful voice that breathed new life into Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Pie Jesu" to the anthemic "Just Say Hello," to the developing beauty in "The Flower Duet" and the other songs in Enchantment (her best album by far), this Welsh wonder has gone from being Good Charlotte to Great Charlotte--sorry, I couldn't resist the pun.
As for the remaining five songs, wow, what a revelation! To quote the Beatles, she's "getting better all the time." "All Love Can Be", sung over the closing credits of A Beautiful Mind, deserved to have snatches of it sung during the movie proper instead of being shuffled off towards the end. Surrounded by a lush orchestral arrangements, it's one of her best. "It's The Heart That Matters Most" could've been one a hit ballad in any of the preceding three decades, complete with its gospelish chorus. It sounds like something Melissa Manchester would've done. "Tantum Ergo" has a lovely backing Christmas choral type, highlighting Great Charlotte's voice. And there are very few people who can do justice to Simon and Garfunkel's "Bridge Over Troubled Water" When she sings "I will comfort you" and "I will take your path when darkness comes", you know she really means it. The closing ballad "Sancta Maria" could well be a companion piece to "In Trutina." Like Sarah Brightman, she does good singing any language, but does best in Italian.
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43 of 49 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The Fall Of An Angel November 26, 2002
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In most "Greatest Hits" type albums, you will see a progression from an artists raw beginnings to a hightened finish or point in their career. However, in the case of Charlotte Church, we see just the opposite. From an initial album where she showed so much promise as a 12-year-old, possessing the volume to sing un-amplified to an audience of 5000, we hear "progress" into her 2nd and 3rd albums where, despite better song selections, she demonstrates no improvement as her lack of emotion, vocal range, and vocal control become painfully conspicuous. Finally, in the album Enchantment, we find that she has lost that volume which made her so unique and now she is relegated to little more than a choir girl. The one song from that album, where she could still shine, Carrickfergus, is left out of this compilation, leaving only evidence of how far she has fallen.
The album is best described as a documentary of how a promising career was allowed to disintegrate and an artist who just doesn't seem to care. This CD is recommended for historical value only. Her first album, Voice of an Angel, is the only one which can justify any type of a positive rating.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Who made this Song Selection? November 26, 2002
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The most positive aspect of this album by Charlotte is that there are an abundance of songs. The most glaring negative aspect is that the song selection brings out the Worst of Charlotte Church. To include Habanera, a song which was written for a Mezzo, and on which Charlotte floundered badly, both on this CD and live, is insanity. Its the last song I thought I would ever see her associated with again. Secondly, to include "The Prayer", a beautiful song, with the brilliant Josh Groban joining for a duet, only serves to exacerbate the fact that Charlotte no longer has the power of voice she once had. The result sounds as if a middle-school vocal student is in a duet with her teacher.
I am also miffed by why Carrickfergus, the one bright spot on an otherwise dull 4th album was omitted from this collection. The inclusion of My Lagan Love serves as somewhat of an offset and the inclusion of the bouncy La Pastorella reminds us of just how far Charlotte dared to proceed down the road of Opera.
While Pie Jesu remains her theme song, I believe that she would be better off leaving it alone seeing that her voice is no longer able to generate that level of high-octave volume.
All things be considered,including her age at the time, in my opinion, she would have been better off, re-issuing Voice of an Angel with a few added tracks, as for all practical purposes, that was The Best Of Charlotte Church.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More of the same. December 4, 2002
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As others have noted, this CD brings nothing new to the table. The "new" songs have the same problem that Enchantment had and that is that she had lost most of her voice when they were recorded. I am very disappointed that something better than this could not have been released after such a disappointment as Enchantment. But maybe this is as good as she will ever be. If so, she needs to look for new musical genres. The ones included herein are not compatible with her voice any longer.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars More Green Needed December 4, 2002
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Having listened to all of Charlotte's albums and having read all of her reviews, I'm surprised that this mix of songs was compiled for release. Charlotte has many faults and few virtues now. And in this CD, we see too many of the faulted songs or genre's of music. She no longer has the power or volume to sing opera. She does not have the vocal control to sing classical properly and she does not have the range to sing pop. You need to be more of a mezzo to do that and she had demonstrated via Habanera that she cannot perform at those octaves. What this leaves is her ability to sing traditional folk songs; specifically Irish Folk, which may be attributed to the Irish in her. She did a great job with Danny Boy (where I first saw her sing on TV)and Carrickfergus was also well done. My Lagan Love is another example of how well she comes across in this area. However, both Carrickfergus and Danny Boy are left out of this album. Charlotte, her label, and the listening public would have been much better served by an album of Irish/Celtic Folk songs. To have us all look at again, songs which she is at best, marginally qualified to sing, are not in anyones best interest.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars angelic voice
Arrived quickly, in good shape. I got this because I heard her sing "Pie Jesu" with such beauty and clarity. The other songs are good,too.
Published 5 days ago by NewEnglander
5.0 out of 5 stars Heavenly music
When I die if there is no Charlotte Church music in the background then I will know I didn't make it to heaven. Voice of an angel is not hype it is unadulterated truth.
Published 5 months ago by derrell wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing voice - but sad that she changed her style
Perfect. Charlotte Church is the only singer in the world that I wish would return to her roots and sing the most beautiful classical music in the world. Read more
Published 6 months ago by samuel broyles
1.0 out of 5 stars As I was expecting a CD I do not have ...
As I was expecting a CD I do not have the outmoded cassette playing equipment so I have been unable to play. E.Smith
I have not yet received remainder of this order.
Published 13 months ago by E. Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars A singer to watch
Excellent singer. So young and so good.
Published 15 months ago by alicia loveland
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
My toddlers and I love this
Published 16 months ago by Elena Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very good CD
Published 18 months ago by Kathy Wabinga
5.0 out of 5 stars amazing
her beautiful voice and elegant song selection make this a must have
Published 20 months ago by R. centanni
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
contraary to popluar opinion of this girls private life..I find her a simply faboulous singer,pardon my spelling
Published 20 months ago by Starlite
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love it
Published 21 months ago by TJL
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