John from London, United KingdomFor years Neil has lived in the long shadow of his late sixties and seventies songs, and for many of his fans it may have seemed his time for writing classics had passed. When I listened to 12 Songs I was largely disapointed, not because it was a bad album, but because it had nothing to compare with the likes of Brooklin Roads, Cracklin Rosie, I Am I Said, etc, so I approached the album Home Before Dark with scepticism. At first I believed it had reached #1 on the basis of a very ear-catching promotional track, Pretty Amazing Grace, but then I heard the album. It is full of excellent songs about God, goldiggers, past loves, and returning to his first love, his audience and music. After about five plays I discovered the reason why it had been his first UK #1; it just happens to be his best album. But is there anything on the album to trouble those early classics? Well yes, there is actually, in fact the album contains something I would have thought impossible; his best ever song, and it is the title track. It is so beautiful, so full of the weight of a lifetime's experience, it could bring tears to a glass eye. If you used to be a fan, even if you just liked a few of the old songs, buy the album and listen to it a few times; you won't be sorry.
"White "Christmas" was so popular that Bing had to re-record the song five years after the original 1942 recording because the original masters had been worn out from all the pressings. This is the version that became a holiday tradition.
The Prince-penned "Manic Monday" was the first song The Bangles heard coming from a car radio, but "Eternal Flame" is closest to Susanna's heart, perhaps because she sang it in "various states of undress."