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Rod McKuen - Greatest Hits Import

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22 great songs from one of the most celebrated and prolific songwriters of all time. Mckuen first started in the business as a vocalist with Lionel Hampton's band. He moved on to write songs for television that were performed by the likes of Danny Kaye, Henry Mancini, the Kingson Trio and more. He composed the scores of the films "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" and "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", both of which were nominated for Academy Awards. His classical musical works are still celebrated around the world. Collaborations with French legend Jacques Brel endeared him to the other side of the pond, as well as his rich award winning poetry. Mckuen is held as simply one of the best, a true american treasure and this disc compactly collects his best recordings.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Soldiers Who Want To Be Heroes
  2. Doesn't Anybody Know My Name
  3. The World I Used To Know
  4. The Importance Of The Rose
  5. Jean
  6. Rock Gently
  7. Ill Catch The Sun
  8. Cycles
  9. About The Sun Time
  10. Loves Been Good To Me
  11. Listen To The Warm
  12. Champion Charlie Brown
  13. I Think Of You
  14. Amor
  15. South America Take It Away
  16. Seasons In The Sun
  17. If You Go Away
  18. (The Port Of) Amsterdam
  19. Je Vien De Loin (I've Been To Town)
  20. Without A Worry In The World
  21. And To Each Season (A Fugue For Pachelbels Canon In G)
  22. Theyre Playing Our Song


Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 26, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Br Music Holland
  • ASIN: B000024CJV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #155,307 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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This "Greatest Hites Of Rod McKuen" is a fantastic collection of his best recordings. Rod has a most "poetic" delivery as well as abilitiy to write lyric verses.

I first hear "Doesn't Anbod Know My Name" on a Kingston Trio album ears ago . . . i have alwas had a special place in my memory for that song . .and to hear Rod himself deliver his own words in music is a great treat. His voice wraps around his words and thoughts and sends them out to touch our hearts and souls. He succeeds so well on this song.

another McKuen classic is "Jean" from the motion picture "The Prime Of Miss Jean Brod" -- i first heard this song of Rod's composition by "Oliver" . . and i love both renderings, Oliver's and Rod's . . . the both evoke the lonsome feeling of being out alone in the heather, missing a lost love (lost by death? or lost by a departure perhaps) . . . and it is difficult to not tear-up a bit whenever you play this track.

Rod does an exccellent job with Gale Caldwell's "Cycles" . . a song i first heard by Frank Sinatra . . . andRod also wrote an entire album of songs for Mr. Sinatra . . two kindred souls. And Rod on collection also has his "Love's Been Good To Me" which Frank recorded on his album of Rod McKuen penned songs.

Ahhhh! and then there's the Jaques Brel song which Rod put english lyrics to: "If You Go Away" . . . i first heard this song sung by Australian songstress Lana Cantrell . . . and i fell in love with Lana and this song . . . and now i get to hear it by the man who wrote the english verses.

There are twenty-two tracks on this collection . . and every one a "keeper" . . . i'm forever glad that they are now preserved for all posterity: examples of a true artist at his best!
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I have been a Rod McKuen follower since the 1970s and miss some of my early LPs that were unfortunately stolen years ago. So I ordered this CD in good faith but when I played it was amazed to hear that the sound and tempo of the songs (in my mind based from hearing them years ago) was faster, possibly to fit all the selections on one CD (I don't know). End product is a sound that is NOT romantic OR mood setting, not peaceful, rather racing through the selections to the point of annoyance. Save your money up to buy older and in good condition copies of the originals, like I am doing.
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My husband and I had listened to Rod McKuen's Live at Carnegie Hall when we were dating. This CD is good, but not like the other (which is very expensive). We enjoyed the songs and they brought back lots of memories none-the-less.
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I am a contemporary artist and love listening to this while I paint. This CD is a wonderful compilation of Rod McKuen's work. It transports you to another place and time and some songs, particularly "I'll Catch The Sun" give you goose bumps immediately. It's a very romantic group of songs and Rod McKuen's voice is unique and timeless etched with a deep melancolia that's very endearing.

The leaflet that comes with the CD is more like a little book with a lot of fascinating reading about the "how's and when's and where's" of every song which makes it all the more interesting to listen to. A great buy! Go see my work on [...]
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Years ago, I would carry his books of poetry with me, loving each one.
And his raspy voice even back them was alluring. I had to laugh, my Mom
and I were 33 years apart in age, but we both just couldn't pass up the chance
to watch him on television, walking the beach in his white chinos, barefoot, old
lopsided straw hat and singing in his gruff way. Mom and I were so different in
so many ways, it just amazed me that we could appreciate the same man for his
talents.
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If you remember fondly the poetry and music of Rod McKuen from the 60's and 70's as I do, you will enjoy this vintage McKuen CD. It includes many of Rod's best..."I'll Catch the Sun", "If You Go Away" and "The Importance of the Rose"...to name a few and one, "Soldiers Who Want to be Heroes" unfortunately hits home as deeply today as it did in the 1960's. I was so happy to find this CD as my McKuen collection was on 8-track tapes :-( After listening to a few of the songs, I dug out my McKuen poetry books, lit a candle, sipped a glass of wine and sunk back into the kinder and gentler days of my youth.
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Although I enjoyed this, my alltime favorite is the compilation he did with the Anita Kerr Singers back in the 60's. It was The Earth, The Sea and The Sky - wonderful music/poety on all levels. This was actually the time that I was moved to create my own poetry. These were LP Records of course and I misplaced them years ago. I managed to get The Sea on CD but the other two are unavailable except at a pricey $299 for the trilogy - yikes...
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Use to listen to his album years ago as a kid and he still sounds good to me. Was glad to find him on cd since my record player and records are long gone. I have missed his songs. Would recommend this cd for anyone that remembers and cares to hear him again..:)
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