20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Nana Mouskouri

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All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Scott McClintock
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: 3/21/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498322017
  • Catalog Number: 000601302
  • Sales rank: 7,532

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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