You surely remember this man through his Pina Colada song... Who doesn't ? Rupert Holmes reached the peak of his notoriety with this hit single from "Partners in crime", but that was about it. This man fell into a category of artists known just for one song and had to carry this cross for the rest of his life. Other artists who still could make a more prolific career than Rupert also had to suffer from this constant reference to one of their early career hits. That is what marketing or labeling can do to you.
Yet, Rupert does have two excellent albums : Partners in crime and Adventure (though I think the latter was never released on cd). Fortunately for the ones who appreciated more than...the pina colada song (you guessed it)...this "best of" is a chance to listen to this poet and some of his (sometimes) remarkable songs. I personally always preferred by much "Him", a song about infidelity, "I don't need you" (the continuation of "Him"), the bluesy "Get outta yourself", or the title track of the album "Partners in crime" to... the Pina...(you guessed it right). The tracks pulled out of Adventure are even more interesting because of an increased depth and power, like in "Blackjack", "Cold" (again referring to a woman...), "The mask" or the title track "Adventure". The lyrics here are still poetic, clever, witty, descriptive, but there is an added value of a better musical arrangement and guitars than on Partners in Crime. You see, I have already given you eight better tracks than, yes, you guessed again, the ...pina -was it Colada?- song... and that is why this collection is really interesting. Only problem I see in it, the opening is... the Pina colada song... and the closer is also (the single version) of... well...
If you decide to get (or borrow) this cd, you will be in for a 71 minutes, and 17 songs, ride that will take you to the flavour of the late seventies-early eighties. You will surely enjoy it, despite a couple of sappy songs, if you like(d) people such as Barry Manilow, Paul Simon, Cat Stevens, James Taylor or Stephen Bishop. All poets, of which Rupert is the one that disappeared sooner from the headlines...
Amazon.com: 8 件のカスタマーレビュー
The lost Anglo-American poet...
2006年4月13日 - (Amazon.com)
Worth the purchase
2014年10月2日 - (Amazon.com)
Hadn't heard these songs in 35+ years. I mostly liked, Escape, Him, Partners in Crime, Answering Machine, Lunch Hour, Get Outta Yourself and Drop It. But that's just my personal taste. With that many songs that I liked, it was a bargain for me, to purchase this CD of Rupert's Best.
Dena A. Peck
2014年7月6日 - (Amazon.com)
Popular music at its very finest. Ethereal! Catchy, fun, romantic. smart. And beautiful.
2010年10月6日 - (Amazon.com)
I bought this Cd because I remembered a few songs and was surprised how good it was. Glad to add this to my memory list now 1 step closer to the pack. Good buy for those that remember him!
REALLY JUST A COMBINATION OF 2 ALBUMS
2015年10月17日 - (Amazon.com)
In reality this supposed "best of" only consists of tracks from 2 Rupert Holmes albums. 10 tracks from the 11 track 1979 album PARTNERS IN CRIME (missing only the song "Nearsighted") and 7 tracks from the 1980 album ADVENTURE, plus a single version of ESCAPE.