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The Essence of Nancy Wilson: Four Decades of Music

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Nancy Wilson 21/2/2002

Review

Nancy Wilson has recorded a lot of material in several different styles, so an accurate summary is hard to achieve -- even on a collection the size of the four-disc The Essence of Nancy Wilson. Perhaps realizing this, the compilers have ditched the traditional chronological progression of a box set and instead dedicated each disc to a specific theme. The first disc is "Spanning the Decades," containing "rare singles and charted hits"; the second is a collection of 23 previously unreleased cuts, including an entire unreleased Live at the Sands album from August 1968, dubbed "From the Vaults"; each of the 22 selections on the third disc were selected by the artist herself on a disc appropriately called "Nancy's Choice"; the fourth is "Hidden Gems," featuring 18 tracks finding their first U.S. release on CD here. This is an idiosyncratic approach, to say the least, and it does have its charms, especially since the Live at the Sands is nicely done (albeit a little supper-clubby), and there are good moments peppered throughout the rarity-filled collections, moments that hardcore collectors will cherish. That doesn't mean that this is the definitive Nancy Wilson set, or that it truly captures her "essence," either, especially since it often leans toward the pop side and does favor the obscure to the basic canon (which essentially is on disc one and much of disc three). That doesn't make this a bad box, since it does have a lot of good Nancy Wilson in one place, plus a lot of interesting material for collectors, but it falls short of being truly definitive. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Seventh Son Nancy Wilson 2:25
  3. 2 My Foolish Heart Nancy Wilson 2:36
  4. 3 The Verdict Nancy Wilson 2:32
  5. 4 The Next Time You See Me Nancy Wilson 2:44
  6. 5 Save Your Love for Me Nancy Wilson 2:45
  7. 6 You Can Have Him Nancy Wilson 4:43
  8. 7 (You Don't Know) How Glad I Am Nancy Wilson 2:39
  9. 8 Afterthoughts Nancy Wilson 2:17
  10. 9 (You Got) The Power of Love Nancy Wilson 1:58
  11. 10 But Only Sometimes Nancy Wilson 2:29
  12. 11 He Called Me Baby [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:48
  13. 12 Are We Losing Touch Nancy Wilson 2:54
  14. 13 You're as Right as Rain Nancy Wilson 2:56
  15. 14 Now Nancy Wilson 4:58
  16. 15 In My Loneliness (When We Were One) Nancy Wilson 4:0
  17. 16 As Time Goes By [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:47
  18. 17 The Way It Goes The Crusaders 5:28
  19. 18 Do You Still Dream About Me [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:48
  20. 1 Hello, Young Lovers [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:48
  21. 2 Small World [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:14
  22. 3 Gypsies, the Jugglers and the Clowns [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:2
  23. 4 I Can't Get Started [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:50
  24. 5 If We Only Have Love [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:50
  25. 6 The Man That Got Away [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:25
  26. 7 The Folks Who Live on the Hill [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:56
  27. 8 Crazy Butterfly [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 1:56
  28. 9 Peace of Mind [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:5
  29. 10 Face It Girl, It's Over [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:32
  30. 11 Just Go [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:33
  31. 12 Band Introduction Nancy Wilson 2:45
  32. 13 We Would Have Been Fine [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 6:26
  33. 14 K.C. Medley: That Face/K.C./Black Is Beautiful [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 8:15
  34. 15 Ghost of Yesterday [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:17
  35. 16 I Concentrate on You [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:56
  36. 17 Be True to Me [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:33
  37. 18 Anytime [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:22
  38. 19 Hurry Change (If You're Coming) [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:18
  39. 20 No Easy Way Down [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:11
  40. 21 Go Away and Find Yourself [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:21
  41. 22 When You're Alone [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:53
  42. 23 I'm Gonna Make You Love Me Nancy Wilson 3:1
  43. 1 I Want to Be Loved Nancy Wilson 2:17
  44. 2 Passion Flower Nancy Wilson 2:24
  45. 3 He's My Guy Nancy Wilson 2:29
  46. 4 Did I Remember Nancy Wilson 3:45
  47. 5 Rain Sometimes Nancy Wilson 2:19
  48. 6 Over the Weekend Nancy Wilson 3:5
  49. 7 Free Again Nancy Wilson 3:47
  50. 8 Theme from "Hotel" Nancy Wilson 2:38
  51. 9 Prelude to a Kiss Nancy Wilson 2:45
  52. 10 Glad to Be Unhappy Nancy Wilson 3:18
  53. 11 Do It Again Nancy Wilson 3:1
  54. 12 Suzanne Nancy Wilson 4:37
  55. 13 How Many Broken Wings Nancy Wilson 3:14
  56. 14 Can I Nancy Wilson 3:13
  57. 15 China Nancy Wilson 3:50
  58. 16 I'm a Balloon Nancy Wilson 4:30
  59. 17 Sunshine Nancy Wilson 6:42
  60. 18 Casablanca [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:37
  61. 19 If You Wanna Sing Me (I'll Be a Song) [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:47
  62. 20 Dindi Nancy Wilson 5:3
  63. 21 Godsend [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 2:50
  64. 22 I Remember Nancy Wilson 4:13
  65. 1 I'm Gonna Laugh You Right out of My Life Nancy Wilson 2:40
  66. 2 Listen Little Girl Nancy Wilson 3:15
  67. 3 Wave Nancy Wilson 2:47
  68. 4 Below, Above Nancy Wilson 3:24
  69. 5 What Do You See in Her? Nancy Wilson 2:57
  70. 6 Let's Fall in Love All Over Nancy Wilson 3:15
  71. 7 Morning in Your Eyes Nancy Wilson 4:1
  72. 8 All My Love Comes Down Nancy Wilson 4:4
  73. 9 I Don't Want a Sometimes Man Nancy Wilson 3:55
  74. 10 All by Myself Nancy Wilson 2:38
  75. 11 He Makes Me Feel Good 'Bout Myself Nancy Wilson 3:16
  76. 12 I'm Gonna Let Ya Nancy Wilson 3:8
  77. 13 The Island [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 4:50
  78. 14 Ribbon in the Sky [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:44
  79. 15 Not Afraid to Love Nancy Wilson 3:11
  80. 16 When Did You Leave Heaven? [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:11
  81. 17 Guess Who I Saw Today [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:42
  82. 18 The Greatest Performance of My Life [Previously Unreleased] Nancy Wilson 3:18

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