Sony Music Special Products' The Essence of Doris Day shouldn't be thought of as a hits collection. Instead, it should be seen as a sampler, one that contains a few hits ("Lover Come Back," "Everybody Loves a Lover," "The Party's Over," "Julie," "Teacher's Pet") balanced by album cuts, flipsides and non-charting singles. In that sense, it may be a bit of a hodgepodge, but it's a listenable, enjoyable and informative hodgepodge that will be of interest to casual fans on a tight budget.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine