Best of Taco

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Considering that Taco had only one hit -- his robotic, synthesized new wave interpretation of "Puttin' on the Ritz" -- most listeners will be satisfied with any album that delivers that cut. Maybe they'd also want "Cheek to Cheek," the follow-up that didn't do as well, but all they're looking for is their single hit and maybe a couple of things that sound similar. Fortunately, every Taco collection has "Puttin' on the Ritz," so BMG Germany's Best of Taco is as good as any, especially since it also has "Cheek to Cheek." It's not the best Taco collection available, since there are a disarming number of tracks recorded in 1985 and 1986 -- let's face it, if you want Taco's schtick, you want it sounding a lot like the hit, meaning anything from the album with "Puttin' on the Ritz" -- but at least that gives the impression of a comprehensive compilation since it touches on all of his '80s albums. That's not really something anybody would want, but it's nice to know that it's there for anyone that wants to dig deeper into Taco's body of work. The question is, is it worth digging deeper into Taco's catalog? Well, no. This is silly stuff that loses its charm fairly quickly when spread out over the course of a collection. But "Puttin' on the Ritz" is a good new wave artifact, as are the selections from its parent album After Eight, and that may be enough for some listeners ... but they may want to find those elsewhere in a collection that has a higher concentration of songs from that record -- or they could just stick with the original album.

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