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Every hit plus some eclectic surprises plucked from the best albums by this soft-rock star. His smashes Escape (The Pina Colada Song) and Him join Answering Machine; I Don't Need You; Morning Man , and more!

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Remember When (Theme from "Remember WENN")
  2. Second Saxophone
  3. Terminal
  4. Escape (The Pina Colada Song)
  5. Him
  6. The Last Of The Romantics
  7. The People That You Never Get To Love
  8. Weekend Lover
  9. Answering Machine
  10. Speechless
  11. I Don't Need You
  12. Let's Get Crazy Tonight
  13. Less Is More
  14. Widescreen
  15. Studio Musician
  16. Morning Man
  17. Talk
  18. Town Square & The Old School


Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 25, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks
  • Label: Hip-O
  • ASIN: B00004VVYQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,556 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Rupert Holmes is truly one of the most impressive songwriters of all time. This "Greatest Hits" CD offers an excellent sampling of songs from his first six albums which span the years 1974-1980--every track on here was written solely by Rupert. Track after track displays his sophisticated & awesomely melodic songwriting, & of course, there's his extremely well-crafted lyrics, often filled with humor, yet often heart-tuggingly sentimental as well. "Speechless", "Less Is More", "Terminal", "The People That You Never Get To Love", the epic "Town Square & The Old School", the regretful "Weekend Lover", & "Morning Man", with its luminous, richly-harmonized chorus, all demonstrate his incredible knack for sentimental balladry. Then, there's his "playful" side which is represented with such gems as "Let's Get Crazy Tonight", the hilarious denial song "I Don't Need You", & of course, that notorious, yet classic #1 hit "Escape" aka "The Pina Colada Song". His one other US Billboard Top Ten single, the dramatic infidelity song "Him", is yet another gem. Out of the 18 tracks on this 70+ minute disc, there's very little to complain about. The disc opens with the enjoyable 2000 track "Remember When", his theme song to the American Movie Classics series "Remember WENN", & it's followed by the nod to 1940's-style jazz on the largely splendid "Second Saxophone". I get the feeling Rupert liked the idea of starting this collection with these 2 uncharacteristic tracks, thinking that quite a few people would be buying this mainly to hear "The Pina Colada Song". On the other hand, to put it a certain way, nothing is uncharacteristic for Rupert--he has a great knack for incorporating various styles into his music.Read more ›
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It's almost impossible to find words adequate enough for Rupert. Genius seems a bit strong, talented doesn't seem strong enough, and The Most Powerful Man In The Universe is taken already. (I think.)
I'm one of these people that prefers songs where I get to use my brain. Brainpower is sadly lacking in today's top 40 music selections, which is why I wish the songwriters of today would enroll in Rupert 101, "How To Write A Good Song". Songs where you not only use your imagination, but you find yourself relating to/experiencing the song itself. If you only want this CD to play in the background, then buy it, (the more sales, the better!) but you'll get more out of it if you really sit and listen.
Some of my favorites include "Remember When" (Theme from Remember WENN), "Second Saxophone", "Him", and "The People That You Never Get To Love".
Now, take your mouse, move it to the "Buy It" key, click, and happily hand over your money. I promise, you won't be disappointed.
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Hearing "HIM" by Rupert Holmes brings back the clarity of many happy moments of my latter high-school days -- back in the day when I "knew everything" & the world was gonna be my oyster.
I parallel Rupert with other UNSUNG hero's of 70's pop-rock: Andrew Gold, Gino Vanelli, David Pack (Ambrosia), Lake (the "Key to the Rhyme" German group, not the ELP Lake), Chris Rea, Todd Rundgren & Kenny Loggins. Rupert's & these others' best work was to be found in the goldmine of buying their albums & not just the singles. Their work is best described as "thinking man's pop" (largely influenced by that WONDERFUL '70s music invention -- the "concept album").
REAL artists like these guys, who did their own stuff instead of simply letting the producer go out & buy it & arrange it all for them, had the guts to do their own thing instead of selling out to the flavor-of-the-month club.
Sooo, get this Rupert album from Amazon! It's a great disc for Saturday afternoon ease around the house. There are NO stinkers on this one babe! Go for it!
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Ok, this is a good start...It's nice to see a collection of Rupert Holmes's music on CD, but he really needs a box set to do him justice... It was never about individual songs, it was about the albums... And, in addition to that, there are so many great songs that didn't make the cut... So, what I'm saying, is, by all means get this, but then work your way back and try to find some of those great albums he did; search them out even if you have to buy vinyl because there is some really great stuff that didn't make this cd... My favorite was his second album, just called Rupert Holmes with Rifles and Rum, The Man Behind the Woman, Brass Knuckles... This guy is a genius that happens to sing... I guess we should be happy that this came out and I am... Get it, but don't stop there...
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By Gary Livingston on September 25, 2000
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It's a great album (excuse me, my age you know), CD. It's a throwback to when music was fun and romantic. Tell me after listening to the answering machine song you don't wake up in the middle of the night humming it. Enjoy.
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Rupert Holmes is best know for Escape (The Pina Colada Song), which hit #1 and it's follow-up titled 'Him' (which hit #6).

Then seemingly he disappeared from the charts.

But after listening to Answering Machine, Remember WENN (from the TV show which was pretty good, actually) and Second Saxophone I couldn't help but wonder why. His songs are able to tell a story in a very intriguing way.

After doing a little poking around on the internet (and confirming what I found in multiple sites) I was surprised that he was associated with the almost group, the 'Cuff Links' along with Ron Dante. But even more surprising to me was to find out he wrote The Buoys weird hit, Timothy - which seems to be about cannibalism - which I well remember from 1971.

And he also wrote many songs for Barbara Streisand among many other people.

I think the wide range of stuff he did worked against him and limited his success as a individual performer.

So I enjoyed this far more than I thought. I would rate this a pretty good 6.75 to 7.25 out of 10 stars. I recommend you give this a try as on top of all of the above I only paid $7.50 which makes this a really good deal overall!!
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