If you're only going to own one Temptations disc, The Ultimate Collection is a very good one to get; it includes the majority of the group's biggest hits, the remastering sounds great, and the chronological sequence gives a fine picture of the group's constant musical evolution. The Ultimate Collection isn't the last word on the Temptations, but it's a splendid starting point to their music, and will add a satisfying portion of sweet-and-sour soul to your next party. Special added attraction: a rare a cappella take of "My Girl" is included as a bonus.
Barbra Streisand's numerous awards and unparalleled accomplishments have made her one of the most recognized artists in the world today. Her career has been paved with bold, creative achievements and highlighted by a series of firsts. When Love Is the Answer reached #1 last year it marked yet another, she became the first (and only) artist to have a number one album in each of the last five decades. Barbra is a collection of greatest hits that span Barbra Streisand's entire career. The artwork of this new collection salutes her 50 year achievement with a beautiful photograph from each decade of her career. The Ultimate Collection includes the amazing "Guilty" featuring Barry Gibb, "Memory", "Woman in Love" and a track taken from her last album "Stranger in a Strange Land."
Big Country may never have reached the commercial highs of similarly structured outfits like the Waterboys and U2, but the Scottish rockers had all the ingredients needed for stadium domination. This two-disc U.K. collection from Spectrum dutifully chronicles the underrated Dunfermline, Fife-based outfit’s nearly 20-year career, from the band's classic 1983 debut, The Crossing, to 1999’s Driving to Damascus. Listeners who only know the group’s two big international hits (“In a Big Country” and "Fields of Fire”) will find in Fields of Fire: The Ultimate Collection a veritable treasure trove (as in 35 excellent remastered tracks) of anthemic modern rock with a rural twist, propelled in large part by the late Stuart Adamson’s soaring, bagpipe-inspired guitar leads.