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Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under
     

The Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under

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by Peter Allen
 
Australian Peter Allen, who passed away in 1992, will probably be best remembered as a brilliant songwriter and flamboyant performer rather than as a charting artist. Indeed, his own chart successes were modest, but cover versions of his material have been pure gold for many major acts, including "Jennifer" for teen idol Bobby Sherman,

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Australian Peter Allen, who passed away in 1992, will probably be best remembered as a brilliant songwriter and flamboyant performer rather than as a charting artist. Indeed, his own chart successes were modest, but cover versions of his material have been pure gold for many major acts, including "Jennifer" for teen idol Bobby Sherman, "I Honestly Love You" for fellow Aussie Olivia Newton-John, and "Don't Cry Out Loud" for Melissa Manchester. His songwriting range -- tender ballads through to poppier fare and even campy fun numbers like "I Go to Rio" -- has rarely been rivaled. And while his career was neither as long nor prolific as other piano men like Elton John and Billy Joel, his work is arguably in their league. The Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under captures the cream of Allen's career on one highly engaging disc. All but two of the 20 tracks were penned or co-penned by Allen. Highlights include his moving 1972 ballad about his grandfather, "Tenterfield Saddler" (Allen was born in the town of Tenterfield, N.S.W.), the Judy Garland tribute "Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage," his ragtime-style classic "Everything Old Is New Again," and a live version of "Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)" recorded at Carnegie Hall in the mid-'80s. But perhaps the jewel in the crown is his poignant ode to his homeland, "I Still Call Australia Home." A vivacious performer with a poet's sensitivity, this album spans the moods and melodies that made Peter Allen such a special artist.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498615430
catalogNumber:
000183402
Rank:
48013

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peter Allen   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Christopher Cross   Composer
David Lasley   Composer
Brooks Arthur   Producer
Mike Post   Producer
Peter Allen   Composer,Producer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
David Foster   Producer
Carole Bayer Sager   Composer
Eric Kaz   Composer
Richard Landis   Producer
Tom Snow   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Producer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Jeff Barry   Composer
Dick Bozzi   Producer
Joel Dorn   Producer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Ed Thacker   Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
D. Foster   Composer
Norman Seeff   Tray Photo
Mark Hanauer   Cover Photo
Dee Anthony   Producer
Estelle Levitt   Composer
Tom Keane   Composer
Tony Sachs   Liner Notes

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The Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Peter Allen was a very good performer. I had the privellage of seeing him live once. This is one of a handful of performances I will always remember. I felt no need to see The Boy from Oz with Hugh Jackman since I had seen the real person. Although the show might have given more insight as to how he went from being straight to gay, since Liza Minnelli is still alive I did not want to see their dirty laundry aired in public. With all Ms. Minnelli has been through since it is painful to think of how such a great talent as Liza was, it is too painful to see how she destoyed her own life after what happened to her Mother, Judy Garland.
MLKCA More than 1 year ago
I had the pleasure of meeting Peter Allen in NYC during the time he performed regularly at a club. He was the Real Deal as a song writer, performer and human being. He was 100% willing to talk to me, and I know he appreciated my compliments. You may know that "Quiet Please.." track is about Judy Garland. Want to feel positive emotion? or dance in your living room? This is the album.