Knock Three Times: Encore Collectionby Tony Orlando & Dawn
BMG's Knock Three Times: Encore Collection from 1999 is a solid and brief collection of light and fun tunes from '70's chart sensations Tony Orlando and Dawn. The ten songs include four of their biggest hits, the bubblegum pop hit "Knock Three Times," "Say, Has Anybody Seen My Sweet Gypsy Rose," and the sweet and corny "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Old Oak Tree," as well as the hit that launched their career, "Candida." The rest of the disc is made up of lesser songs like "Stepping Out (Gonna Boogie Tonight)," "Skybird," and covers of the Drifters' "Up on the Roof," Stephen Stills' "Love the One You're With," and two James Taylor songs, "Carolina in My Mind" and "Rainy Day Man." The disc is a pleasant if innocuous listen, but it fails as a collection because it leaves off one of the group's Number One hits: 1975's "He Don't Love You Like I Love You." If you are looking for the full view of Tony Orlando and Dawn's talents, look for a disc with that song on it. If all you need is a quick peek, this disc will do the trick.
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While not a complete a hits set as The Definitive Collection, this is a good budget-priced set for the casual fan or someone just exploring Tony Orlando & Dawn. Encore Collection features six hit singles and four album cuts from the group's Bell/Arista catalog. The fantastic version of ''Love the One You're with'' makes it's CD debut. This set will leave you wanting more Tony Orlando & Dawn for sure.