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The Very Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan - A Singer and His Songs

Gilbert O'Sullivan

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Released in early 2012 but not part of Salvo's simultaneous expanded catalog reissue program, The Very Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan: A Singer and His Songs is a generous 22-track overview of the singer/songwriter’s career. All the big hits are here — "Nothing Rhymed," "Alone Again (Naturally)," "Clair," "Get Down," "Matrimony," "Ooh-Wakka-Doo-Wakka-Day" — and while the compilers don't spend a considerable time on early byroads (there's none of the precocious post-psychedelia of "Mr. Moody’s Garden," for instance), this offers a good cross-section of his highly produced prime and rivals both Rhino’s 1991 comp The Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan and 2004's The Berry Vest of Gilbert O'Sullivan as a first-rate retrospective.

Customer Reviews

Redundant Greatest Hits Collection.

Does someone care to explain to me why this is here? You already have "The Berry Best of Gilbert O'Sullivan" up on the iTunes store. It's been there since I'd say a couple of months already, and then you had his studio albums starting to be released on iTunes. Then you have this, I mean it's issued by the same label that released "The Berry Best" and song for song it's basically a duplicate best of album so why would you release two of the same thing?

Doesn't make sense to me but if you want to buy both more power to ya.

singer sings his songs

redundant is a good word for this one. the last few songs aren't his best/
there is too much of his work that should be listened to and isn't.
i'm glad to finally see him on itunes.

The Very Best

It's a good compilation. It is very good for iTunes to offer as much diversity as they can.


Born: December 1, 1946 in Waterford, Ireland

Genre: Pop

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

Singer/songwriter Gilbert O'Sullivan successfully combined a flair for Beatlesque popcraft with an old-fashioned music hall sensibility to emerge as one of the most distinctive and popular new performers of the early 1970s. Born Raymond O'Sullivan in Waterford, Ireland on December 1, 1946, he went on to attend art school in Swindon, England, writing songs throughout his formative years and sending out demo tapes to little avail. After graduating he went to work in a London department store; one of...
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