This is the ultimate Neil Diamond record. Not necessarily the best -- he's at his most appealing crafting in the studio -- but certainly the ultimate, capturing all the kitsch and glitz of Neil Diamond, the showman.
While Polydor's 2005 Gold set is a more thorough and elegantly compiled set (and at two discs it's also a lot longer), this does pretty well by the Velvets' history and gives a clear portrait of their stylistic breadth in just 75 minutes.
Status Quo has been one of England's finest rock & roll bands for years. This, the second Quo covers album in four years, is not one of those albums with great songs. Rather, Famous in the Last Century is an obvious cry for help, a musical suicide note if you will.
Maybe it was youthful exuberance or perhaps it was the fact that the band itself was not pulling all the strings, Three Imaginary Boys is not only a very strong debut, but a near oddity (it's an admittedly "catchy" record) in the Cure catalog.