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Album Review

Beautiful People: The Greatest Hits of Melanie gets the nod over the 1990 Rhino compilation The Best of Melanie as the best compilation of the singer's work. Containing 19 tracks where the earlier album contained 18, it could hardly be longer and fit on one CD. The songs have been mastered from their original master tapes for the first time by Robert Fripp (!) and David Singleton, so the sound quality is the best yet. The set contains the original LP version of Melanie's Top Ten hit "Lay Down (Candles in the Rain)," running just over seven minutes, as opposed to the nearly four-minute single edit. Also featured are two recent songs, "Summer of Love II" and "I Will Get Over." That's all on the credit side. On the debit side, it is not in chronological order and the selection leaves off several of Melanie's singles chart entries, notably "Bitter Bad," which made the Top 40 (and is included in the Rhino compilation). Nevertheless, this must be counted as the best Melanie compilation yet, featuring her number-one hit "Brand New Key," as well as standards like "Beautiful People" and "What Have They Done to My Song, Ma?."

Customer Reviews

Should have been a superstar

This woman had/has one of the most spectacular voices ever. The music business is so fickle. That she never became a superstar is baffling. By choice? Bad management? Who knows. Every time I hear Lay Down I get goosebumps. Whatta voice!!! I love her!

The Real Thing!!!

This is a great CD and a must have for any Melanie fan! Melanie is the real deal, in a world deluged with fake hippies clad in Dolce Gabbana, facelifts, and harboring adulterous ex-presidents on Martha's vineyard. We have the voice of Melanie, a reason to live, love and fight the grate fight! * Kickback and enjoy her talent for singing with her heart in her diaphragm!!!

love love love melanie

This album is amazing! All of my music was lost last week and this was the first album I had to buy. I love it!


Born: February 3, 1947 in Queens, New York, NY

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

No talent who came out of Woodstock and who continued actively performing more than a quarter century later remained as closely associated with the 1960s and "flower power" than Melanie. Born Melanie Safka in Astoria, Queens, in 1947, she made her first public appearance at age four on a radio show, later studying at the New York Academy of Fine Arts. After mounting a singing career while in college, she later sang in clubs in Greenwich Village, and was signed to a publishing contract in 1967. She...
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