Judy Collins

36 Greatest Hits!

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This budget-priced collection from Warner Special Products surveys Judy Collins' recordings for Elektra Records from 1961 to 1979 and includes all ten of her Billboard Hot 100 hits, starting with "Both Sides Now" and ending with "Send in the Clowns." The 36 tracks clock in at two-hours-and-17-minutes, which means that the music could have fit onto two CDs instead of being spread across three. The sequencing is very roughly chronological, with the first disc including some of Collins' early folkie efforts like "Bold Fenian Men" and "Golden Apples of the Sun," and the third disc mostly given over to ‘70s recordings. The packaging is skimpy, with no annotations and, oddly, even the songwriting credits are not entirely accurate; Lennon and McCartney's "In My Life" is said to have been written by "Collins-Simon." No attempt has been made to improve the sound; the discs were probably mastered simply as straight transfers from the two-track LP masters. Still, the selection includes more of Collins' most popular recordings than her authorized two-CD compilation Forever: An Anthology.

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