The Definitive Collection

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
If there’s any justice in the world of pop music, Neil Sedaka will one day find his name enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hip he may never be, but this proto-singer/songwriter is a perennial talent whose career continues to stretch across the decades. Composing and performing snappy, compact pop songs since the late 1950s, as well as beautifully crafted ballads, Sedaka has consistently exhibited a knack for the stick-in-your-head hook, from early hits like “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” to mid-career gems such as “Laughter in the Rain,” “Bad Blood" (his smash duet with Elton John), and “The Hungry Years” -- not to mention the Sedaka songs ...
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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
If there’s any justice in the world of pop music, Neil Sedaka will one day find his name enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Hip he may never be, but this proto-singer/songwriter is a perennial talent whose career continues to stretch across the decades. Composing and performing snappy, compact pop songs since the late 1950s, as well as beautifully crafted ballads, Sedaka has consistently exhibited a knack for the stick-in-your-head hook, from early hits like “Calendar Girl” and “Breaking Up Is Hard to Do” to mid-career gems such as “Laughter in the Rain,” “Bad Blood" (his smash duet with Elton John), and “The Hungry Years” -- not to mention the Sedaka songs made popular by others (“Love Will Keep Us Together”). This fine collection brings the whole ball of wax together, mixing durable hits with other superior tracks that add luster to a still-undervalued reputation.
All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
From all appearances, Razor & Tie's 2007 compilation The Definitive Collection surely seems to live up to its title. It weighs in at 22 tracks and the back cover claims that it is a "celebration of Neil Sedaka's 50 years making music, from his first recordings in 1957 to his most recent work. The first career-spanning collection of its kind." Well, that's true to a certain extent -- it is the first to attempt to survey everything Sedaka's done from 1957 to 2007, so in that sense it is a first, and it's also a celebration since it has his biggest songs, from "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" through "Bad Blood." However, it doesn't have the original versions of these songs from the '50s and '60s: it has 1991 re-recordings that are a little stiff and overly polished, but Sedaka is thankfully in good voice. For those who realize this Definitive Collection is a combination of re-recordings and originals and don't care that his earliest and biggest songs are present in latter-day versions, this isn't a bad disc, since it does have all of his biggest songs as well as good notes by Gene Sculatti. And for hardcore fans, there are some additional enticements: demos of "Where the Boys Are" and "It Hurts to Be in Love," plus "What a Surprise" and "Junkie for Your Love" making their CD debut.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2007
  • Label: Razor & Tie
  • UPC: 793018296823
  • Catalog Number: 82968
  • Sales rank: 2,759

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neil Sedaka Primary Artist, Piano
Technical Credits
Neil Sedaka Composer
Phil Cody Composer
Elliott Federman Mastering
Howard Greenfield Composer
Gene Sculatti Liner Notes
Craig Balsam Executive Producer
Cliff Chenfeld Executive Producer
Helen Miller Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    50's nostalgia

    Once I realized there was still a Sedaka recording available, I had to have it! The songs are reminders of my high scool days in a beautiful voice.

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