Various hit artists - The World's Greatest

2006-03-30 03:05

Grammy Nominated Babes - hot hitmakers of recent times

There is something for everyone. Over 55 tracks from the likes of Annie Lennox, The Pretenders, Carly Simon, Simply Red, Van Morrison, Meat Loaf, Marvin Gaye and Oasis rub shoulders on one album.

And there's also Britney, Michael Jackson, Westlife, Dido, R Kelly, Anastacia, and Pink. Although whether Britney's "...Baby one more time" and Justin Timberlake's "Cry me a river" should be classed under "World's Greatest" is questionable. A big let down is Fugees rendition of "no woman no cry", not using the original artist doesn't conform to rest of the album and the track sticks out like a sore thumb.

CDs two and three take you way back into time, if you ever wanted to own a copy of Cyndi Lauper's "Time after time" or The Bangles' "Eternal Flame" then this is the album for you. Even Elvis Pressley's "Suspicious Minds" and Dolly Parton's "Jolene" made the cut.

The problem with compilations that try to keep everyone happy is that they're likely to annoy everyone a bit, too. The sheer variety of music included means that everyone's guaranteed to dislike at least ten of the songs. More importantly, just because songs were hits, any DJ worth their salt knows that doesn't mean they sound good when played one after another. Just because you like smoked salmon and fillet steak doesn't mean they're good combined in a stew recipe.

But overall, this is value for money. Edit out the tracks that annoy you, put the rest on your MP3 player or computer, and a collection of classics is yours.

- Ashlin Simpson

This 3CD compilation lives up to its name - if your musical world consists almost entirely of Britain and the USA. The World's Greatest has a diverse, well-balanced collection of old and new hit songs.

Antonia 2005/09/14 3:03 PM
Best songs of all time? Some of the songs on this, I would really rather forget. But here are also good surprises hidden here and there, like Jolene. Dolly's voice is even nicer than her nooblies.
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