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Review by James Christopher Monger

This budget-priced, three-disc, 60-track box set is all about the amore. The no-frills Greatest Ever! Love Songs features a wide cross-section of genres and spans multiple decades, with highlights arriving via the lush, Benjamin Orr-led Cars classic "Drive," Eva Cassidy's lovely "Songbird," the Everly Brothers' "All I Have to Do Is Dream," and Harry Nilsson's cathartic "Without You."

Annotation last modified on 2015-01-01 02:00 UTC.

Tracklist

CD 1
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 How Do I Live
LeAnn Rimes 3 4:07
2 Drive
The Cars 3:56
3 Fields of Gold
Eva Cassidy 4:43
4 If Tomorrow Never Comes
Ronan Keating 3:36
5 Nothing Compares 2 U
Sinéad O’Connor 4.35 5:00
6 Geek Love
Nerina Pallot 4:00
7 Friday I’m in Love
The Cure 3:35
8 Love… Thy Will Be Done
Martika 4:19
9 Only You
Yazoo 5 3:10
10 Love and Affection
Joan Armatrading 4:21
11 Days
Kirsty MacColl 3:01
12 It Must Be Love
Madness 3:21
13 Crazy for You
Let Loose 2 4:11
14 To Love Again
Alesha Dixon 2 3:51
15 Closest Thing to Crazy
Michael Ball 3:59
16 Stay
Shakespears Sister 3:25
17 The Power of Love
Frankie Goes to Hollywood 4 5:30
18 Moments in Love
Art of Noise 4:38
19 You’re the One
Shane MacGowan and The Popes 3:55
CD 2
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Songbird
Eva Cassidy 3:43
2 Up Where We Belong
Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes 3:46
3 Unchained Melody
The Righteous Brothers 3:37
4 Stand by Me
Ben E. King 2:54
5 When a Man Loves a Woman
Percy Sledge 2:50
6 Stop in the Name of Love
The Supremes 2:53
7 We’re All Alone
Rita Coolidge 3:35
8 Dedicated to the One I Love
The Mamas & the Papas 3:01
9 Happy Together
The Turtles 5 2:55
10 All I Have to Do Is Dream
The Everly Brothers 2:20
11 To Love Somebody
Nina Simone 4 2:40
12 My Guy
Mary Wells 2:49
13 If I Were Your Woman
Gladys Knight & The Pips 3:12
14 The Way You Look Tonight
Jimmy Scott 2:27
15 Baby Make It Soon
Marmalade 3:02
16 Standing in the Shadows of Love
Four Tops 2:36
17 You Are Everything
Diana Ross & Marvin Gaye 3:08
18 Long Live Love
Sandie Shaw 2:39
19 Jennifer Juniper
Donovan 2:41
20 Love Hurts
Nazareth 4.4 3:51
CD 3
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 Stay Another Day
East 17 4:27
2 Love Me for a Reason
Boyzone 3:38
3 Love Is All Around
Wet Wet Wet 3.65 3:59
4 Without You
Harry Nilsson 4.65 3:16
5 Can’t Get Enough of Your Love Babe
Barry White 3 4:30
6 Love Will Keep Us Together
Captain & Tennille 3:22
7 Now That We’ve Found Love
Third World 3:52
8 Love Train
The O’Jays 4 2:56
9 Move Closer
Phyllis Nelson 4:04
10 Sandy
John Travolta 2:34
11 Don’t Give Up on Us
David Soul 3:38
12 There’s a Whole Lot of Loving
Guys ’n’ Dolls 3:14
13 Forever and Ever
Demis Roussos 3:38
14 The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
Mel Tormé 3:48
15 They Don’t Know
Kirsty MacColl 3:02
16 Move Over Darling
Tracey Ullman 2:35
17 I’ll Be There for You
The Rembrandts 3:06
18 Only Love Can Break Your Heart
The Mint Juleps 3:25
19 If She Should Come to You
Anthony Newley 2:32
20 If I Were a Carpenter
Bobby Darin 2:21
21 Misty
Ray Stevens 2:41

Credits

CD 1

drumset:
Peter Gill (UK drummer for Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
bass guitar:
Mark O’Toole (former bassist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
strings arranger:
Anne Dudley (track 17)
guitar:
Brian Nash (track 17)
additional arranger:
Anne Dudley (track 17)
additional producer:
Stephen Lipson (track 17)
Daniel Miller (founder of Mute Records) (track 9)
composer:
Mike Batt (track 15)
Vince Clarke (songwriter) (track 9)
Anne Dudley (track 18)
Trevor Horn (track 18)
J.J. Jeczalik (track 18)
Gary Langan (track 18)
Paul Morley (track 18)
Ric Ocasek (track 2)
Prince (“The Artist Formerly Known as…”) (track 5)
Richie Wermerling (track 13)
Labi Siffre (track 12)
Diane Warren (US songwriter) (track 1)
conductor:
Stuart Bruce (track 17)
engineer:
Eric Radcliffe (track 9)
Chris Birkett (track 5)
John Fryer (track 9)
guest percussion:
Luis Jardim (track 17)
guest keyboard:
Anne Dudley (track 17)
Andrew Richards (Strawbs keyboard player/record producer) (track 17)
lead vocals:
Holly Johnson (track 17)
Mark O’Toole (former bassist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
Paul Rutherford (Member of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
lyricist:
Mike Batt (track 15)
Vince Clarke (songwriter) (track 9)
Ric Ocasek (track 2)
Prince (“The Artist Formerly Known as…”) (track 5)
Richie Wermerling (track 13)
Labi Siffre (track 12)
Diane Warren (US songwriter) (track 1)
mixer:
Chris Birkett (track 5)
Sinéad O’Connor (track 5)
producer:
Gary Barlow (track 14)
Nicky Graham (track 13)
Nellee Hooper (track 5)
Trevor Horn (track 17)
Eric Radcliffe (track 9)
John Shanks (track 14)
Yazoo (80s British synthpop duo, aka Yaz) (track 9)
Sinéad O’Connor (track 5)
vocals:
Alison Moyet (track 9)
Sinéad O’Connor (track 5)
writer:
Gary Barlow (track 14)
Alesha Dixon (track 14)
Peter Gill (UK drummer for Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
Holly Johnson (track 17)
Brian Nash (track 17)
Mark O’Toole (former bassist of Frankie Goes to Hollywood) (track 17)
John Shanks (track 14)
phonographic copyright by:
ZTT Records Ltd. (for copyrights use only; also referred to as Zang Tumb Tuum or Zang Tuum Tumb) (1984) (track 17)
publisher:
Chrysalis Music (music publisher - NOT for release labels) (track 12)
Dramatico (track 15)
Lido Music, Inc. (track 2)
Perfect Songs (track 17)
Perfect Songs Ltd. (track 17)
Realsongs (track 1)
Sony Music Publishing (worldwide except Japan, ended 1995) (track 15)
株式会社ヤマハミュージックエンタテインメントホールディングス (holding company - do not use as release label) (track 1)
sampled by:
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 162) (track 5)
Indie 88: Top 500 Indie Rock Songs (number: 413) (track 5)
cover recording of:
It Must Be Love (track 12)
is the basis for:
Moments in Soul (track 18)
later translated parody versions:
later translated versions:
Nicht nach Haus (track 2)
袛有你 (track 9)
recording of:
Crazy for You (track 13)
Drive (track 2)
How Do I Live (track 1)
Moments in Love (track 18)
Only You (track 9)
The Power of Love (Frankie Goes to Hollywood song) (track 17)
To Love Again (track 14)

CD 2

drums:
Don Alias (1967) (track 11)
piano:
Nina Simone (American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement) (1967) (track 11)
arranger:
Dave Blumberg (track 17)
composer:
Boudleaux Bryant (tracks 20, 20)
Jack Nitzsche (track 2)
Buffy Sainte-Marie (track 2)
lead vocals:
Nina Simone (American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and activist in the Civil Rights Movement) (1967) (track 11)
lyricist:
Boudleaux Bryant (tracks 20, 20)
Will Jennings (track 2)
performer:
The Turtles (late 60s US rock band) (track 9)
producer:
Manny Charlton (track 20)
Danny Davis (country, band leader, producer) (track 11)
Hal Davis (track 17)
publisher:
Mike Stoller (track 4)
writer:
Thom Bell (track 17)
Garry Bonner (track 9)
Linda Creed (track 17)
Barry Gibb (track 11)
Robin Gibb (track 11)
Alan Gordon (American songwriter who co-wrote The Turtles' hit "Happy Together") (track 9)
Ben E. King (track 4)
Jerry Leiber (track 4)
Calvin Lewis (track 5)
Andrew Wright (US keyboardist) (track 5)
Mike Stoller (track 4)
phonographic copyright by:
Mountain Records (British record company, established early 1970s, best known act is Nazareth) (1974) (track 20)
publisher:
Alley Music Corp. (track 9)
BMG Music Publishing (NYC-based headquarters, with national subsidiaries under it) (track 11)
Gibb Brothers Music (track 11)
Hornall Brothers Music Ltd. (limited company) (track 4)
Jerry Leiber Music (track 4)
Melodie der Welt (track 4)
Mijac Music (track 5)
Neue Welt Musikverlag GmbH & Co. KG (- 2017) (tracks 20, 20)
Trio Music (track 4)
Unichappell Music (track 4)
Warner/Chappell (track 5)
Pronto Music (1966 –) (track 5)
mash-ups:
part of:
arrangements:
cover recording of:
Love Hurts (track 20)
You Are Everything (track 17)
To Love Somebody (1967) (track 11)
later parody versions:
Mia (track 4)
later translated parody versions:
later translated versions:
Bleib bei mir (track 4)
Pregherò (track 4)
Stand By Me (Spanish) (track 4)
Stand by Me (track 4)
緊靠一起 (track 4)
later versions:
live cover recording of:
Love Hurts (track 20)
recording of:
Happy Together (track 9)
Stand by Me (Ben E. King) (track 4)
Up Where We Belong (track 2)

CD 3

acoustic guitar:
John Uribe (1971-06) (track 4)
bass guitar:
Klaus Voormann (1971-06) (track 4)
strings arranger:
Fiachra Trench (track 3)
drums:
Jim Keltner (1971-06) (track 4)
brass and strings arranger:
Paul Buckmaster (track 4)
piano:
Gary Wright (US singer/keyboardist) (1971-06) (track 4)
co-producer:
Graeme Duffin (track 3)
composer:
Kenneth Gamble (track 8)
Reg Presley (track 3)
Barry White (track 5)
Neil Young (Canadian singer, songwriter & musician) (track 18)
conductor:
Paul Buckmaster (track 4)
Fiachra Trench (track 3)
engineer:
lyricist:
Reg Presley (track 3)
Barry White (track 5)
Leon Huff (Philly soul producer, of Gamble & Huff) (track 8)
Neil Young (Canadian singer, songwriter & musician) (track 18)
producer:
Kenneth Gamble (track 8)
Richard Perry (producer) (track 4)
Barry White (track 5)
Leon Huff (Philly soul producer, of Gamble & Huff) (track 8)
vocals:
Harry Nilsson (US singer-songwriter) (1971-06) (track 4)
writer:
Tom Evans (UK guitarist for Badfinger) (track 4)
Kenneth Gamble (track 7)
Pete Ham (track 4)
Leon Huff (Philly soul producer, of Gamble & Huff) (track 7)
phonographic copyright by:
Phonogram Ltd. (London) (company name, NOT a label!) (1994) (track 3)
publisher:
Mijac Music (track 8)
Warner Bros. Music (track 4)
mash-ups:
remixes:
Love Train (Tom Moulton Mix) by The O’Jays (track 8)
sampled by:
arrangements:
Per chi (translated) (track 4)
cover recording of:
Love Is All Around (track 3)
Without You (1971) (track 4)
later parody versions:
later translated parody versions:
I sauf ollahaund (track 3)
later translated versions:
recording of:
Love Train (track 8)