Victor Wood

Victor Wood's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3

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Philippine independent label Vicor records released Victor Wood's Greatest Hits, Vol. 3, a collection of songs recorded by Philippine singer Victor Wood for the label between 1970 and 1975. (The album's release date is not available at the record company.) The album is dominated by remakes of American songs, including a rendition of "Crying Time," a hit for Ray Charles; "Paper Roses," previously performed by Anita Bryant and Marie Osmond; and the Platters' "The Great Pretender." The songs are mostly slow, and the music is mellow and soothing. In addition, Victor Wood's delivery throughout the album is also warm and soothing. He possesses a fine voice, and has much depth and fluidity. The original versions of these songs are excellent, of course, but Victor Wood stamps his own personality here, and makes the songs enjoyable and worthwhile. Most of these slow songs, including "Remember You're Mine," "Hurt," "A Tear Fell," "No Other Love," "My Promise," and others, contain straightforward melodies and are quite suitable for karaoke singing, a popular pastime in the Philippines. Victor Wood's version of "The Great Pretender" contains snappy staccato horn lines not heard in the original Platters version. The horn lines add flair and make the song distinctive, instead of a note-for-note imitation of the original. These songs are available in the original versions, but it would take much time, money, and effort to find them, and this collection makes the songs readily accessible -- although performed by the same singer. Still, Victor Wood's warm, enjoyable voice and delivery makes the experience worthwhile.

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