The five disc Ultimate Collection: 60s Classics box rounds up 100 genre spanning hits from the explosive decade, with highlights arriving via iconic cuts from the likes of Jimmy Ruffin ("What Becomes of the Broken Hearted"), Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), the Walker Brothers ("The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)"), and the Moody Blues (Nights in White Satin").
This collection can truly be called 'The Ultimate Collection' since it contains all the tracks they ever released. On this collection each track can be found as either a studio recording or a live recording.Disc one contains the complete debut album with some tracks from the second and third album. This disc gives the best example of how good Solution is. At their best they make progressive, jazzy music with references to Soft Machine and Supersister. The music is mainly instrumental with few vocals. But when they sing it sounds very nice. Disc two is less interesting. It starts good with a remaining track from 'Cordon Bleu', but with the fourth album Solution made more mainstream music. Most progressive music lovers will loose interest here.
This is another fabulous album from Russell, with all the favourites and a bonus live recording from the Royal Albert Hall. Anyone who enjoys the pure class of a brilliant operatic voice, will not be disappointed, by this marvellous mix of tracks.
Though billed as a Paul Simon anthology, Sony's 19-song Ultimate Collection features nearly as much Simon & Garfunkel material as it does his solo work. Ranging from the duo's early-'60s breakthrough folk hit "The Sound of Silence" to Simon's 1990 percussive, Latin-flavored single "The Obvious Child," this set is focused largely on the more titanic tracks of his career. Displaying his range equally as a singer ("Still Crazy After All These Years") and a songwriter (the Art Garfunkel-led masterpiece "Bridge Over Troubled Water"), it's difficult to choose highlights, as almost all of these songs are career highlights and many are widely recognized as iconic classics of pop music. While it would be nice to see some representation of Simon's excellent solo releases of the late '90s and early 21st century, it's tough to argue with the selections offered here.