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

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All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
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 ...
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All Music Guide - Adrian Zupp
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: 1/27/2004
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 602498615430
  • Catalog Number: 000183402
  • Sales rank: 40,995

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The Best Collection of His Work

    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.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Met Him

    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.

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