- Audio CD (Dec 17 1999)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Best of
- Label: EMI Europe Generic
- ASIN: B00000GAX2
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #45,526 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Happy Ever After (Rain Forrest Mix)|
|2. Where Does The Time Go? ('98 Version)|
|3. Manhattan Skyline|
|4. Lock And Key|
|7. Falling Forward|
|8. I Can't Help Myself|
|9. I Thought It Was You|
|10. East West|
|11. Killing Me Slowly|
|13. It Was Nothing That You Said|
|14. (Love Moves In) Mysterious Ways|
|15. Happy Ever After|
Her second (and best) album, "Porcelain," continued in that vein, including another near hit in "Manhattan Skyline." It was during this tour that I saw her twice, one of those a showcase at the top of the World Trade Center where the audience included such admirers as Sting. Her vocal and expressive talents on stage won over a signifigant following, but despite some heavy muscle on behalf of her record company, the album only sold a modest amount. When the third album was being prepared, Julia recorded her first outside song, "Love Moves In Mysterious Ways." A great ballad written by Tom Snow and Dean Pitchford of "Footloose" fame and produced by Peter Asher (then riding high as a producer of Joe Jackson and 10,000 Maniacs), it was attached to the movie "The Fisherman's Wife." It was supposed to be the song that would lift Julia's "Swept" off the launch pad and make her an American Star. But when "Fisherman's Wife" failed to lure in movie goers and the song disappeared, it also seemed like Julia's record company lost interest.
That left the very good "Falling Forward" and introspective "East West" albums to fend for themselves. As the songs here from those two discs suggest, both are worthy albums. Producer and bassist Larry Klien's work on "Falling Forward" in particular is noteworthy; listen to how he showcases Julia on "I Can't Help Myself." Of the two songs recorded expressly for this CD, "It Was Nothing That You Said" ("it was everything you didn't say") continued to show that Julia was an expert in capturing emotions to music.
I heartily recommend this CD to fans of both Norah Jones and Dido.
"The Collection" is an especially good album for first time listeners. There isn't a bad track on the album and it offers a taste of some of her best work to date, including several tracks off her sublime "Porcelain". Three songs are re-worked and two new songs are added making it a worthwhile purchase for those who already have all her albums. And if you don't already have her entire collection, "The Collection" will leave you wanting to more.