Very Best of Peter Allen: The Boy from Down Under

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,See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/27/2004
Label:
Hip-O Records
UPC:
0602498615430
catalogNumber:
000183402
Rank:
50450

Tracks

  1. Honest Queen  - Peter Allen
  2. Tenterfield Saddler  - Peter Allen
  3. Just Ask Me I've Been There  - Peter Allen
  4. Everything Old Is New Again  - Peter Allen
  5. I Honestly Love You  - Peter Allen
  6. She Loves to Hear the Music  - Peter Allen
  7. I Go to Rio  - Peter Allen
  8. Quiet Please, There's a Lady on Stage  - Peter Allen
  9. The More I See You  - Peter Allen
  10. I Could Have Been a Sailor  - Peter Allen
  11. Don't Wish Too Hard  - Peter Allen
  12. Don't Cry Out Loud  - Peter Allen
  13. I'd Rather Leave While I'm in Love  - Peter Allen
  14. One Step Over the Borderline  - Peter Allen
  15. Fly Away  - Peter Allen
  16. Bi-Coastal  - Peter Allen
  17. I Don't Go Shopping  - Peter Allen
  18. I Still Call Australia Home  - Peter Allen
  19. You Haven't Heard the Last of Me  - Peter Allen
  20. Arthur's Theme (The Best That You Can Do)  - Peter Allen

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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
Erick Labson   Mastering
Dee Anthony   Producer
Estelle Levitt   Composer
Tom Keane   Composer
Tony Sachs   Liner Notes

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