Frank Boeijen

Toen En Nu: De Vijftig Mooiste Liedjes

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2004 was a big year for Frank Boeijen. Not only did he win a Zilveren Harp and an Edison award, a three-disc career retrospective was released: Toen en Nu: De Vijftig Mooiste Liedjes. The three discs of the set are thematically divided: disc one contains all the hits of the '80s (from never played "Linda" to persistent crowd pleaser "Zwart Wit"). Disc two is concerned with Boeijen's music -- mostly ballads -- of the '90s, and disc three is a collection of odds and ends (from live renditions of "Hier Komt De Storm" to 1982's "Boze Tongen"). This retrospective then, has something for everyone: the hits of the Frank Boeijen Groep for the novice or the casual fan, the ballads for the listener who has aged with Boeijen, and some nice extras for the die-hard fans (such as a live rendition of Leonard Cohen's "Suzanne") -- with translated lyrics -- or fan favorites "Robbert Zimmerman" and "'S Nachts Wanneer Ik Waak." [The first pressing of this album was accompanied with a small hardcover book -- no booklet -- containing Boeijen's lyrics. Also, although the subtitle is "De Vijftig Mooiste Liedjes," two bonus tracks are included, "Gebroken Hart" and "Het Oude Lied," bringing the total of songs to 52.]

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