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Singers & Songwriters [Time Life]

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This two-disc, forty-track collection, like all Time Life anthologies, is carefully assembled, and features a mix of pop songwriters doing their own material and top singers interpreting songs by others. With writers ranging from Paul Simon ("Mother and Child Reunion," "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover") to Donovan ("Catch the Wind") and Rod Stewart (not necessarily known for his songwriting, Stewart's own and fine "Maggie May" is included here) and singers as elegant and smooth as Linda Rondstadt (with a beautiful version of Roy Orbison's "Blue Bayou"), Judy Collins and Harry Nilsson (a gifted songwriter in his own right, Nilsson is represented here with his flowing cover of Fred Neil's "Everybody's Talkin'"), Singers & Songwriters has a measured and mellow feel perfect for a Sunday afternoon drive.

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