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Robert Goulet: The Definitive Collection *

Track List

>If Ever I Would Leave You
>My Love Forgive Me (Amore Scusami)
>If I Ruled the World
>What Now My Love (Et Maintenant)
>Call Me Irresponsible
>Real Live Girl
>Happy Time, The
>On a Clear Day
>Something's Gotta Give
>What Kind of Fool Am I?
>Once Upon a Summertime (La Valse des Lilas)
>Once Upon a Dream
>Sunrise, Sunset
>For Once in My Life
>Somewhere My Love
>It's All in the Game
>Impossible Dream, The
>Ciao Compare
>She Touched Me
>These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)
>Bicyclettes de Belsize, Les
>Who Can I Turn To? (When Nobody Loves Me)
>Girl That I Marry, The
>Summer Sounds
>I Wish You Love (Que reste-t-il de nos amours?)
>Mon Amour...Mon Amour
>My Cup Runneth Over
>Make Someone Happy
>Until It's Time for You to Go
>I'll Take Romance
>They Say It's Wonderful
>Second Time Around, The
>My Best Girl
>Walking Among My Yesterdays

Album Notes

The physical release of the digital-only 2014 compilation The Essential Robert Goulet, Real Gone Music's 2016 double-disc set The Definitive Collection lives up to its title. Then again, it doesn't have stiff competition. Prior to this collection, the last release from Sony was the budget-line 1989 set 16 Most Requested Songs, which itself was the first collection since 1969's Robert Goulet's Greatest Hits. All these served nothing more than the basics, whereas this offers 36 songs recorded between 1960 and 1969. Goulet kept recording after this but sporadically: the '60s were his golden age and The Definitive Collection documents it thoroughly, proceeding out of chronological order with the intent of providing a more listenable experience -- a gambit that pays off handsomely. Apart from some production flourishes, Goulet didn't really evolve with the times, so the non-chronological order helps emphasize his consistency, as does the lengthy running time. Goulet remains something of a lounge lizard -- his touch is somewhat too easy -- but this shows him at his best and it's the kind of thorough compilation he deserves. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine


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