Although it's a little skimpy at 12 tracks -- especially compared with GNP's import The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark, which features 16 cuts -- Buddha's Downtown: The Greatest Hits of Petula Clark is nevertheless an excellent, concise chronicle of her peak hit-making years. All of her American Top Ten hits are here -- "Downtown," "I Know a Place," "My Love," "I Couldn't Live Without Your Love," "This Is My Song," "Don't Sleep in the Subway" -- plus the majority of her Top 40 singles, including "You'd Better Come Home," "A Sign of the Times," "Colour My World," "Kiss Me Goodbye," and "Who Am I?" They've all been perfectly remastered, sounding clean and vibrant, yet still of their era. All of this makes Downtown an ideal choice for most fans, especially casual listeners. It may not be as comprehensive as some collections, but it's concise, delivering everything you need in terrific sound.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine