MELANIE - Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits Of Melanie (1999)
"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?." ~ All Music Guide DOWNLOAD
TRACKS: 01. Summer Of Love II 02. Lay Down (Candles In The Rain) [Feat. The Edwin Hawkins Singers] 03. Ring The Living Bell 04. What Have They Done To My Song, Ma 05. Brand New Key 06. Love To Lose Again 07. Lover's Cross 08. Ruby Tuesday 09. The Nickel Song 10. Bobo's Party 11. The Good Book 12. Christopher Robin 13. Animal Crackers 14. Psychotherapy (Live) 15. Beautiful People 16. Together Alone 17. Leftover Wine 18. Peace Will Come (According To Plan) 19. I Will Get Over
"We were so close, there was no room
We bled inside each other's wounds
We all had caught the same disease
And we all sang the songs of peace."
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