Ultimate Collection [Bonus Track]

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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Seekers' The Ultimate Collection not only lives up to its name, but is unique among the array of single-disc compilations devoted to the Australian quartet, in that it was programmed by the four members themselves, from what they consider their most important recordings. Additionally, it's the only compilation of the group's work to draw on their entire recorded history, from their 1963-vintage Australian recordings which have never been widely available outside of their native country right up to their 2003 recording of the Bee Gees' "Massachusetts." Done as a memorial tribute to Maurice Gibb, it's the only version of the song that this reviewer has heard to rival the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The Seekers' The Ultimate Collection not only lives up to its name, but is unique among the array of single-disc compilations devoted to the Australian quartet, in that it was programmed by the four members themselves, from what they consider their most important recordings. Additionally, it's the only compilation of the group's work to draw on their entire recorded history, from their 1963-vintage Australian recordings which have never been widely available outside of their native country right up to their 2003 recording of the Bee Gees' "Massachusetts." Done as a memorial tribute to Maurice Gibb, it's the only version of the song that this reviewer has heard to rival the Bee Gees' own. Also present are the group's best-known songs from their English folk-pop period, including "Come the Day," "I'll Never Find Another You," "A World of Our Own," "Someday, One Day," and "Georgy Girl," though the real value to the collection will be the many tracks that show the quartet as a straight folk group with no pop pretensions. Indeed, much of this disc may startle listeners who only know their later charting work -- when the Seekers do "Dese Bones Are Gonna Rise Again" from 1963 in Melbourne, or even "The Wreck of the Old '97" and "We're Movin' On" where Judith Durham belts out that gospel tune with operatic intensity, the latter two tracks cut in London for the EMI subsidiary World Record Club, they sound a lot more like the Weavers than like any British Invasion outfit. It's all good, and very different from the Seekers sound anthologized anywhere else. For all of its range, however, there's also a surprising degree of cohesion on this CD -- between the Melbourne-era sides and their Tom Springfield-produced London sides, such as "Allentown Jail," and the 1997-vintage "The Shores of Avalon" or "The Bush Girl," there is a unity of sound that is startling to ponder, across 34 years. All of their voices have held up well, and in the instrumental breaks on those modern sides, they even give a nod to the polish of their folk-pop period. In all, between the range of material, the exceptional sound quality, and the thorough annotation, this is a great place to finish a Seekers collection, but also just as good a place to start.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/24/2004
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • UPC: 724359449128
  • Catalog Number: 594491
  • Sales rank: 63,516

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Seekers Primary Artist
Keith Potger Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Vocals, Guitar (12 String Acoustic)
Bruce Woodley Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, Vocals
Judith Durham Autoharp, Tambourine, Vocals
Athol Guy Vocals, Double Bass
Technical Credits
Hamilton Camp Composer
Bob Gibson Composer
Malvina Reynolds Composer
Paul Simon Composer
Robin Gibb Composer
Kenny Young Composer
Michael Christian Producer, Mastering
Barry Gibb Composer
Tony Campbell Creative Design
Charles Fisher Producer
Maurice Gibb Composer
Keith Grant Producer, Engineer
Michael Letho Engineer
Keith Potger Arranger, Composer, Vocal Arrangements
Denny Purcell Mastering
David Reilly Composer
Ern Rose Producer
Graham Simpson Liner Notes, Executive Producer, Art Direction, Concept
Tom Springfield Composer, Producer
Harry Vanda Composer
Bruce Woodley Arranger, Composer
Judith Durham Arranger, Composer, Producer, Concept
Athol Guy Arranger, Composer
Dobe Newton Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Traditional Composer
Doron Kipen Engineer
John Kovac Composer, Concept
Jim Dale Composer
Bob Sage Composer
Henry Lawson Composer
Cyril Ornadel Producer
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