Greatest Hits: Puttin' on the Ritz

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Saying Taco had hits is a bit of a stretch. But credit should be given to anyone who could make an Irving Berlin song popularized by Fred Astaire a smash hit at radio and on MTV in 1982. Taco sadly deserved his label of one-hit wonder because he was unable to follow-up his success with "Puttin on the Ritz." That's not to say that the other songs on this collection are bad, but you just will not have heard them before. Also, Taco's shtick does wear thin, but if you program your CD play for the standards on the disc, it will take longer to burn out. This is not the collection that will force you to ask, "Remember all those great hits we used to listen to?" The rest of the 14-tracks on the disc include classic songs from Edith Piaf, Arlen/Harburg, and Brown and Freed's Singing in the Rain, including the title track and "You Are My Lucky Star." This collection has a fair enough number of songs in the same genre of "Puttin on the Ritz" to satisfy people's curiosity. Songs like "Taco's Charleston Medley" may in fact be a hidden gem to some. But others, like "Superphyical Ressurection," are impossible to even say, let alone listen to, without cracking a smile. Less than half of the 14 songs here are originals, which is still a little too much. The only songs missing are Cole Porter's "Night and Day" and Fred Astaire's "If Swing Goes, I Go Too," which can be found on the German Best of Taco collection. Overall, this is a bit better pickup.

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