Anthony Newley

The Best of Anthony Newley [GNP Crescendo]

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Anthony Newley recorded for several record labels -- London, RCA Victor (which released an album called The Best Of Anthony Newley in 1969), MGM, and United Artists, among others -- but this seems to be an album of newly recorded versions of some of his better known compositions, among them "The Candy Man," "Who Can I Turn To? (When Nobody Needs Me)," and "What Kind of Fool Am I?," along with a couple of the songs that were hits for him in England in the early '60s, "Do You Mind?" and "Bee Bom." There are also many minor tunes (most embarrassingly, the reactionary "White Boy" and "Centrefold," a tribute to a nude model), while some major Newley copyrights are missing-"Gonna Build A Mountain," "Once in a Lifetime," and "Goldfinger," among others. Nevertheless, Newley remains an effective singer of melodic, reflective songs, and he is joined on two of them by his daughter Tara Newley.

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