- Summer Of Love II
- Lay Down (Candles In The Rain)
- Ring The Living Bell
- What Have They Done to My Song, Ma
- Brand New Key
- Love To Lose Again
- Lover's Cross
- Ruby Tuesday
- The Nickel Song
- Bobo's Party
- The Good Book
- Christopher Robin
- Animal Crackers
- Beautiful People
- Together Alone
- Leftover Wine
- Peace Will Come (According To Plan)
- I Will Get Over
Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie gets the nod over the 1990 Rhino compilation The Best of Melanie as the best compilation of the singer's work. Containing 19 tracks where the earlier album contained 18, it could hardly be longer and fit on one CD. The songs have been mastered from their original master tapes for the first time by Robert Fripp (!) and David Singleton, so the sound quality is the best yet. The set contains the original LP version of Melanie's Top Ten hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)," running just over seven minutes, as opposed to the nearly four-minute single edit. Also featured are two recent songs, "Summer of Love II" and "I Will Get Over." That's all on the credit side. On the debit side, it is not in chronological order and the selection leaves off several of Melanie's singles chart entries, notably "Bitter Bad," which made the Top 40 (and is included in the Rhino compilation). Nevertheless, this must be counted as the best Melanie compilation yet, featuring her number-one hit "Brand New Key," as well as standards like "Beautiful People" and "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma?."
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Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Good collection that showed she was more than a bubble gum or one hit wonder. The enginering of the disc sounds great with an equal balance of highs and lows very often left out of newer rereleases. She is versitle and a number of surprises make this very good ear candy Not a fast rocker but a good listening album
Melanie / Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie is a truly wonderful CD for those of us of the Woodstock generation. Melanie was, at the time, the living embodiment of Flower Power and she remains so (in all its best ways). The full length version of Lay Down (Candles in the Rain) is reason enough to buy this CD but everything on it is choice material. This CD only reaches to her work up to the mid 1970's (with the exception of the song: Summer of Love II, which is her tribute to that era) so there is plenty of great music to be found in her albums past that date but this is a perfect reflection of her Buddha and Neighborhood recordings (plus 2 tracks from MCA). Melanie's performance from Woodstock ('69) is not included here but can be found in other CDs. Her Woodstock performance was on the original Woodstock movie but cut out of the "directors cut", which is a great shame. In 2009 a Woodstock DVD box set is coming out but it appears they are leaving her out of it again (I hope I turn out to be in error about that). It's very odd because I can't think of any other performer from Woodstock that still represents the Woodstock experience today. I certainly encourage everyone to buy this CD; it really is a beautiful gift for beautiful people.
One of my husbands favorites "Brand New Key" which has the line "I have a brand new pair of roller skates, you have a brand new key" is the reason we purchased this CD. You have to be old enough to remember metal skates that attached to your shoes and were adjusted with a key. My 14 yr. old granddaughter loves the CD as well and we lent it to her to download the songs on her MP3 player. Who knew these songs would make a comeback with teenagers so many years later.
the cd Melanie hits is maybe half hits and the rest album tracks. easy listening uplifting and happy.