His Special Years: Very Best

His Special Years: Very Best

by Val Doonican
     
 
Fifty songs by Val Doonican may seem like overkill, but there is something about the man's voice that makes this set work, even for a non-fan. It's not just the attractive intonation and the care that he brings to each song -- which encompasses everything from folk ("Scarlet Ribbons") and country-pop standards ("King of the Road") to covers of '60s rock numbers ("All

Overview

Fifty songs by Val Doonican may seem like overkill, but there is something about the man's voice that makes this set work, even for a non-fan. It's not just the attractive intonation and the care that he brings to each song -- which encompasses everything from folk ("Scarlet Ribbons") and country-pop standards ("King of the Road") to covers of '60s rock numbers ("All My Lovin'," "If I Were a Carpenter") and pop standards ("Windmills of Your Mind") -- but the sincerity of his singing; he seems to "live" the song in his laid-back but effective manner. The mastering is superb, bringing out the richness and depth of Doonican's fine, low tenor voice, plus such little embellishments as the fine modulations over certain phrases, which at times recall Richard Harris in his pop-singer phase, and at other moments recall Justin Hayward of the Moody Blues. The selection includes all of his hits for Decca, and most of his best album tracks, dating between 1966 and 1986. It's all pretty impressive, especially for those with a taste for pop or country-pop vocals -- Perry Como fans may especially want to check this out, but there's also good reason for fans of Glen Campbell, Tennessee Ernie Ford, and Jim Reeves to give this set a try.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2001
Label:
Decca Import
UPC:
0028946640623
catalogNumber:
466406
Rank:
103644

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. The 59th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
  2. You Were Always on My Mind
  3. If I Were a Carpenter
  4. All My Loving
  5. When You Were Sweet Sixteen
  6. Me and the Elephant
  7. Wind Beaneath My Wings
  8. Liverpool Lullaby
  9. The Special Years
  10. Durham Town (the Leaving)
  11. Windmills of Your Mind
  12. If I Knew Then What I Know Now
  13. Green, Green Grass of Home
  14. Walk Tall
  15. A Bunch of Thyme
  16. Hello
  17. Now
  18. Yesterday
  19. A Thing Called Love
  20. He'll Have to Go
  21. I'm Gonna Get There Somehow
  22. Elusive Butterfly
  23. If the Whole World Stopped Lovin'
  24. Stranger on the Shore
  25. What Would I Be

Disc 2

  1. Walk Right Back
  2. Three Times a Lady
  3. The Streets of London
  4. It's Impossible
  5. High
  6. Maggie
  7. Scarboro' Fair
  8. You Needed Me
  9. Two Streets
  10. Ring of Bright Water
  11. I Love You Because
  12. Daughter
  13. Portrait of My Love
  14. Mysterious People
  15. The Folks Who Live on the Hill
  16. King of the Road
  17. A Man Chases a Girl
  18. Morning
  19. The Sun Always Shines (When You're Young)
  20. Heaven Is My Woman's Love
  21. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
  22. Memories Are Made of This
  23. Scarlet Ribbons
  24. You're the Only One
  25. Delaney's Donkey

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