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Celebration: The Ultimate Collection

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This triple-CD set devoted to Alma Cogan won't supplant the four-disc set issued a couple of years earlier by EMI, but it does contain a different breakdown of her music with a couple of tracks -- most notably, her rendition of the Beatles' "Help!" -- that aren't on the larger set. Each disc is broken down chronologically, into "The Fifties," "The Sixties," and "The Standards," respectively, and while John Lennon might've been amused by it, Paul McCartney will probably be downright impressed that the Beatles songs that Cogan -- a beloved personal friend of the band, but a half-generation older and out of a completely different performing tradition -- embraced during the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
This triple-CD set devoted to Alma Cogan won't supplant the four-disc set issued a couple of years earlier by EMI, but it does contain a different breakdown of her music with a couple of tracks -- most notably, her rendition of the Beatles' "Help!" -- that aren't on the larger set. Each disc is broken down chronologically, into "The Fifties," "The Sixties," and "The Standards," respectively, and while John Lennon might've been amused by it, Paul McCartney will probably be downright impressed that the Beatles songs that Cogan -- a beloved personal friend of the band, but a half-generation older and out of a completely different performing tradition -- embraced during the final phase of her career, are presented on that last disc, alongside the work of George Gershwin, Harold Arlen, Arthur Freed, and Nacio Herb Brown; as Cogan herself might've quipped, all "jolly good company." Although the music off of her album Alma, the one attempt that she ever made at a proper LP, has been spread around across these two discs, that work is so strong that it holds up even compromised in this manner. At the same time, there are a couple of oddities and rarities in her output, mostly distantly rock-related, that are still missing, such as her German-language rendition of "A Lover's Concerto," which one would love to have seen here (on the other hand, we do get her Japanese version of "Tell Him"). In defense of the 75-song set, however, the sound of what is here is excellent, and the annotation is extremely thorough, and at the very least this collection renders as obsolete all of those single-CD compilations of Cogan's early work that have been showing up since the late '80s -- the package is also nicely designed, with a delightful array of artwork in the CD panels, showing the evolution of Cogan's image and her work by way of sheet music graphics and more (yes, she went back far enough to represent a time when sheet music was a significant part of the business, and lived and worked just long enough to see the start of the pop side of psychedelia).
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2006
  • Label: Emi Gold Imports
  • UPC: 094636377926
  • Catalog Number: 3637792

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamboat (1:46)
  2. 2 To Be Worthy Of You (3:04)
  3. 3 If I Had A Golden Umbrella (2:07)
  4. 4 Sittin' In The Sun (2:31)
  5. 5 Bell Bottom Blues (2:34)
  6. 6 Little Things Mean A Lot (3:17)
  7. 7 I Can't Tell A Waltz From A Tango (2:26)
  8. 8 Twenty Tiny Fingers (2:36)
  9. 9 Never Do A Tango With An Eskimo (2:10)
  10. 10 Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane (2:30)
  11. 11 Sycamore Tree (2:22)
  12. 12 Mama Teach Me To Dance (2:16)
  13. 13 Lizzie Borden (2:35)
  14. 14 Hermando's Hideaway (3:07)
  15. 15 Mambo Italiano (2:24)
  16. 16 Why Do Fools Fall In Love (2:17)
  17. 17 In The Middle Of The House (2:08)
  18. 18 Stairway Of Love (2:00)
  19. 19 Willie Can (2:08)
  20. 20 You Me And Us (2:11)
  21. 21 Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) (2:47)
  22. 22 The Story Of My Life (2:08)
  23. 23 Sugartime (1:49)
  24. 24 Last Night On The Back Porch (2:20)
  25. 25 Blue Skies (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Ja-Da (1:58)
  2. 2 The Train Of Love (2:28)
  3. 3 Just Couldn't Resist Her With Her Pocket Transistor (2:26)
  4. 4 All Alone (1:55)
  5. 5 She's Got You (2:49)
  6. 6 Tell Him (2:10)
  7. 7 Fly Me To The Moon (3:48)
  8. 8 Just Once More (2:07)
  9. 9 Tennessee Waltz (2:11)
  10. 10 It's You (2:31)
  11. 11 I Knew Right Away (1:59)
  12. 12 Snakes And Snails (2:36)
  13. 13 Don't You Know Yockomo (3:05)
  14. 14 The Birds And The Bees (2:12)
  15. 15 Trains And Boats And Planes (3:10)
  16. 16 Now That I've Found You (3:45)
  17. 17 Love Is A Word (2:11)
  18. 18 I Know (2:31)
  19. 19 Quanda La Luna (2:26)
  20. 20 This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' (1:44)
  21. 21 Let Her Go (1:55)
  22. 22 There's A Time And Place (2:49)
  23. 23 Itte Kudes (2:14)
  24. 24 Hava Nagila (Dance Everyone Dance) (2:54)
  25. 25 Jolly Good Company (2:09)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Help! (2:11)
  2. 2 I Feel Fine (2:41)
  3. 3 Eight Days A Week (3:53)
  4. 4 Ticket To Ride (3:13)
  5. 5 Love Is (3:04)
  6. 6 Taking A Chance On Love (2:50)
  7. 7 You Do Something to Me (2:32)
  8. 8 If This Isn't Love (2:16)
  9. 9 Comes Love (1:59)
  10. 10 As Long As He Needs Me (3:59)
  11. 11 I Dream Of You More Than You Dream I Do (3:08)
  12. 12 Let's Fall In Love (2:22)
  13. 13 My Heart Stood Still (2:24)
  14. 14 Love Walked In (2:54)
  15. 15 All I Do Is Dream Of You (2:35)
  16. 16 Falling In Love With Love (2:09)
  17. 17 I Love You Much Too Much (2:37)
  18. 18 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (2:50)
  19. 19 I've Never Been In Love Before (3:06)
  20. 20 The This Lady's In Love With You (2:36)
  21. 21 Love Me As Though There Were No Tomorrow (2:26)
  22. 22 Love Is Just Around The Corner (2:32)
  23. 23 If Love Were All (3:50)
  24. 24 More (2:28)
  25. 25 I Get A Kick Out Of You (3:50)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alma Cogan Primary Artist
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Paul Anka Composer
Barbara George Composer
John Lennon Composer
Frankie Lymon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Lionel Bart Composer
Michael Brown Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Roy Bennett Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Felice Bryant Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Hank Cochran Composer
Hal David Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Arthur Freed Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Jack Hoffman Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Burton Lane Composer
John Latouche Composer
Norman Newell Composer
Riz Ortolani Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Don Raye Composer
Huey "Piano" Smith Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Sid Tepper Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Stan Foster Composer
Jimmy Merchant Composer
Herman Santiago Composer
Alma Cogan Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Nino Oliviero Composer
Bert Russell Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Al Hoffman Composer
Preston Foster Composer
Edith Lindeman Composer
Mack David Composer
Dick Manning Composer
Lou Stallman Composer
Carl Stutz Composer
Leon Carr Composer
Marcello Ciorciolini Composer
Ted Fetter Composer
Lewis Gensler Composer
Traditional Composer
Marjorie Goetschius Composer
Carl Schraubstader Composer
Robin Beaumont Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Ruth Allison Composer
Raymond Wallace Composer
Darin Composer
Danoff Composer
Kolber Composer
Bart Howard Composer
C. Phillips Composer
John Vincent Composer
B. Merrill Composer
Towber Composer
Andrew Oldham Composer
Al Western Composer
Deani Testa Composer
Leon Pomber Composer
Lee Rubin Composer
Stephen Forest Composer
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