Sony - 2000 – 65 minutes (CD1), 67 minutes (CD2)
An 'interesting' selection of a few old classics that the record company didn't manage to shoehorn onto volumes 1 and 2 along with the songs you've got on all those Levis compilation albums and a few tracks that you may never have across before, for good reason – Horst Janowski's 'A Walk in the Black Forest' and 'Excerpt from a Teenage Opera' by Keith West, for instance. There are some gorgeous moments on this album – Aretha Franklin's 'I Say A Little Prayer'; the evocative Henry Mancini version of 'Moon River'; Doris Day sparkling sadly through 'Secret Love' - but, as with most compilations, there are too many fillers and this two-disc album would fit more comfortably on a single cd.
If you are looking for some easy listening that won't have you pre-programming the cd player to avoid fillers check out some Walker Brothers albums, Dusty Springfield's 'Dusty in Memphis' or anything by Dinah Washington. And if you want to check out something from the twenty-first century but along the same lines, The Gentle Waves new album 'Swan Song For You' should fit the bill perfectly.
Tracklisting: CD One - What's New Pussycat (Tom Jones) - Volare (Dean Martin) - Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White (Perez Prado) - Just A Gigolo (Louis Prima) - Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin) - Stranger In Paradise (Tony Bennett) - Guantanamera (The Sandpipers) - The Windows Of The World (Scott Walker) - Moon River (Henry Mancini) - Unforgettable (Dinah Washington) -I'll Try Anything (Dusty Springfield) - Spooky (Andy Williams) - The Twelfth Of Never (Johnny Mathis) - I Say A Little Prayer (Aretha Franklin) - Smile (Nat King Cole) - (There's) Always Something There To Remind Me (Sandie Shaw) - My Love (Petula Clarke) - Because They're Young (Duane Eddy) - Mad About The Boy (Dinah Washington) - Last Date (Floyd Cramer) - God Only Knows (Beach Boys) - It's Impossible (Perry Como).
CD Two - A Walk In The Black Forest (Horst Jankowski) - House Of Bamboo (Andy Williams) - I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Dionne Warwick) - You're My World (Cilla Black) - Je T'aime…Moi Non Plus (Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin) - Trains & Boats & Planes (Burt Bacharach) - Shadow Of Your Smile (Tony Bennett) - Secret Love (Doris Day) - Speak Softly Love (Andy Williams) - Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (Vic Damone) - Misty (Johnny Mathis) - Excerpt From A Teenage Opera (Keith West) - Never My Love (The Association) - Anything Goes (Harpers Bizarre) - Dream A Little Dream Of Me (Mama Cass) - Love Is Blue (Paul Mauriat) - What Kind Of Fool Am I? (Anthony Newley) - Hey There (Rosemary Clooney) - Light My Fire (Jose Feliciano) - This Is My Song (Petula Clark) - Help Yourself (Tom Jones).