This is about as bare bones as it gets folks. "The Best of Mel Carter" just has to be one of the stingiest offerings I have ever come across. And that's too bad because just about anything Mel Carter sings is a pleasure to listen to. Yes, you will find all of Mel's Hot 100 hits here including my personal favorite "Band of Gold" as well as his most popular single "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" which peaked at #8 back in June of '65. One of the main reasons I decided to purchase this disc was to finally get my hands on Mel's spendid version of the old Tommy Edwards hit "Love Is All We Need". I had not heard his version in over 40 years and I still contend that it is better than the original! While all 10 of the tunes on this disc are wonderful I particularly enjoyed Mel's take on the old Mario Lanza favorite "Be My Love". Why this one did not crack the Hot 100 I will never know. I also enjoyed a couple of other old favorites including "You You You" and "The More I See You". Because Mel Carter is such an incredible talent it is absolutely criminal that are least 4 or 5 more songs were not included here. "The Best of Mel Carter" includes no liner notes at all but does provide some minimal chart information. A -3 package for a +4 performer. Such a shame! I guess I'll round it off to a +2.
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t only ten songs and 24 minutes, this is a bit skimpy, but it does include his Imperial chart singles from the mid-'60s. "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is the natural highlight, and one that may be best appreciated via its appearance on compilations. Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide