The Best of Nana Mouskouri 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection

The Best of Nana Mouskouri 20th Century Masters the Millennium Collection

by Nana Mouskouri
     
 

With over 300 million albums sold worldwide, Nana Mouskouri is one of the select few who can rightfully wield the title of global citizen. A command of eight languages certainly serves to anchor her ongoing status as one of Europe's most popular all-time singers and, with a voice like hers, the praise is justified. Classically trained from a young age, Nana Mouskouri… See more details below

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With over 300 million albums sold worldwide, Nana Mouskouri is one of the select few who can rightfully wield the title of global citizen. A command of eight languages certainly serves to anchor her ongoing status as one of Europe's most popular all-time singers and, with a voice like hers, the praise is justified. Classically trained from a young age, Nana Mouskouri eventually developed a strong interest in jazz, blues, and pop (and got herself tossed out of Athens Conservatory because of it). The classical world's loss became the pop world's gain, and Mouskouri's career trajectory had her conquering Greece, Germany, and, by the early '60s, France (achieving the greatest number of gold records by a female artist -- ever -- in that country). Under the wings of a young Quincy Jones she finally began making headway in the U.S. in 1962, and since then, her popularity has only continued to grow globally. With over 1,500 songs (in ten languages!) in her repertoire, whittling it all down to a "best-of" is a daunting task. Hip-O takes up the challenge, and gives it a good shot with their 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Nana Mouskouri. It's a scattershot affair, with most of the tracks falling under a distinctly Western-centric bias -- but that's to be expected. No single-disc collection could sift through over 1,000 songs and succeed in being definitive. Instead, Hip-O focuses on Mouskouri's most recognizable (to Western ears) output -- sneaking in a few of her undisputed global hits ("Plaisir d'Amour," "Ta Pedia Tou Peria," and "The White Rose of Athens") in the process. The more Americanized selections aren't just filler, though. Her readings of "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and her über-sexy version of "Love Me Tender" are actually highlights here. Those looking for a safe, approachable introduction to Nana Mouskouri's talents could do a lot worse than the 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection. Those searching for a more worldly overview of her career can look toward PolyGram's multi-volume Coleccion series (which breaks her output up by language and subject matter) or, more compactly, Mercury's fine Passport collection.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2006
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498322017
catalogNumber:
000601302
Rank:
6870

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Nana Mouskouri   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ludwig van Beethoven   Composer
Jacques Offenbach   Composer
Giuseppe Verdi   Composer
Nana Mouskouri   Author,Vocal Arrangements
Don McLean   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Peter Yarrow   Composer
Peter Callander   Composer
André Chapelle   Producer
Pierre Delanoé   Arranger
Alain Goraguer   Arranger,Recording Arranger
Jean-Pierre Sabar   Instrument Arrangement
Robin Smith   Producer
Manos Hadjidakis   Composer
Harvey Schmidt   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Yussi Allie   Arranger
Claude Lemesle   Arranger
J. Johns   Recording Arranger
Vera Matson   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Mitch Murray   Composer
Tom Jones   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Joseph S. Szurly   Liner Notes
J. P. Florian DeClaris   Arranger

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