Robert Goulet

The Best of Robert Goulet [Retro]

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The title of this album should be "The Worst Of," not The Best of Robert Goulet. Some time in the late '70s, Robert Goulet returned to the recording studio and cut an album's worth of material, including a cover of the 1977 Debby Boone hit "You Light Up My Life" and a disco remake of his signature song, "If Ever I Would Leave You." These tracks have turned up on several budget compilations over the years, and the first seven tracks here are drawn from them. The last four tracks sound like they were cribbed from Goulet's Columbia recordings, that is, if taken from tapes several generations removed from the originals that were also strangely sped up. The spare annotations incorrectly credit some of the songwriters ("Quiet Nights" is the Antonio Carlos Jobim song, not the Rodgers & Hart song "Quiet Night," and "What Kind of Fool" is actually "What Kind of Fool Am I?," by Anthony Newley and Leslie Bricusse). But that's the least of the problems on this rip-off of an album.

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