It started as a series of 2-LP box sets which were also issued on cassette and, a year later, on CD. The LP sets were discontinued about the end of in favor of CDs. We have seen LP sets as high as volume 40, and expect the LP volumes might exist as high as volume As far as we have seen, almost all the cover art for the LP and CD series are identical. Essentially the same information was contained in the CD booklets, which also folded out into a not-as-large sheet. The two vinyl discs were housed in Time-Life anti-static poly- lined inner sleeves.
Early issues in the series had many flaws, like wrong versions, mono instead of stereo, and many disc transfers. After this his popularity began to wane and his singles enjoyed only moderate success: "Alice In Wonderland" No.
In Sedaka's career began a sharp decline, hastened by The Beatles ' arrival on the radio and TV, and the rest of the so-called British Invasion. When describing the Beatles' effect on his career in the mids, Sedaka put it brusquely: "The Beatles—not good!
To make matters worse, RCA Victor refused to release his new recording, " It Hurts to Be in Love ", because he had not recorded at their own studios, as stipulated by his contract. Sedaka attempted another recording of this song in RCA's studios, but the results were unsatisfactory.
Pitney took the existing musical track, replacing Sedaka's lead vocal track with his own. Everything else was Sedaka, including his own arrangement and backing vocals, piano-playing, and usual female backup singers. Pitney ended up with a No. RCA decided not to renew his contract when it expired in , leaving Sedaka without a recording label.
He went into retirement as a performing artist. Although Sedaka's stature as a recording artist was at a low ebb in the late s, he was able to maintain his career through songwriting.
On a episode of the quiz show I've Got a Secret , Sedaka's secret was that he was to represent the United States at the Tchaikovsky classical piano competition in Moscow. Unaware of Sedaka's secret, panelist Henry Morgan challenged Sedaka with the fact that the Soviet bureaucracy had outlawed rock 'n' roll music, and that any Western music young Russians wanted had to be smuggled into the country. Once Sedaka's secret had been revealed, he impressed the show's panelists with his performance of Frederic Chopin's " Fantaisie Impromptu ".
Sedaka also made an appearance in the movie Playgirl Killer , where he performed a song called "The Waterbug". Sedaka worked to revive his solo career in the early s. Despite his waning chart appeal in the US in the late s, he remained very popular as a concert attraction, notably in the UK and Australia.
In , as a guest on Australian disc jockey Bob Rogers' radio show, he thanked Rogers and Australian music fans for standing by him during that challenging time: "You know, Bob, in my lean years—I called them ' The Hungry Years '—it was Bob Rogers and Australia who welcomed me.
The song went to No. It also came in at No. It was co-produced by Festival staff producer Pat Aulton , with arrangements by John Farrar who later achieved international fame for his work with Olivia Newton-John and backing by Australian session musicians including guitarist Jimmy Doyle Ayers Rock and noted jazz musician-composer John Sangster.
Sedaka took a different approach to songwriting with Cody compared to Greenfield, with whom he was arguing frequently near the end of their collaboration; whereas he allowed Greenfield in the studio during recording, he met with Cody off-site to write songs. Cody did not consider Sedaka to be a personal friend; he mainly saw his work with Sedaka as a work project to bring the singer into the modern era.
This album also marked the effective end of his writing partnership with Greenfield, commemorated by the track "Our Last Song Together" later the last hit song for Bo Donaldson and the Heywoods , whose version hit No. They reunited, however, and composed together again, before Greenfield's death in From onward, Sedaka's records were issued in Europe and around the world on the Polydor label.
His first album of new material with Polydor was Laughter in the Rain Elton John and Sedaka met at a party in London in When John visited Sedaka at his London apartment, they discussed plans for relaunching his career in the United States. John said he had "always been a Sedaka fan anyway". So the basic plan was as simple as finding out what he wanted to have on his album — which turned out to be a compilation from his British albums.
It had been like Elvis coming up and giving us the chance to release his records. We couldn't believe our luck. Sedaka returned to the U. Sedaka was known principally as a singles artist up to that point in his career; his only other American charting album was Neil Sedaka Sings His Greatest Hits , a compilation of his early singles.
Although the single was released in the autumn of and was very slow in building in sales and at radio, eventually Sedaka found himself once again topping the Billboard Hot singles chart February 1, with " Laughter in the Rain. Sedaka followed the success of "Laughter in the Rain" with a more politically motivated song, " The Immigrant ," inspired by the songwriters' parents and by John Lennon , then facing immigration issues at the time.
Sedaka agreed, on the condition he liked the song. He sent a tape of the song together with a rough translation to Sedaka, who within days returned original lyrics, co-written with Phil Cody.
The single, credited to Andersson, Ulvaeus, Anderson, Sedaka and Cody, reached number 1 in Sweden and Belgium, and charted in the top 5 in at least four other countries. Toni Tennille paid tribute to Sedaka's welcome return to music business success with her ad lib of "Sedaka is back" in the outro while she was laying down her own background vocals for the track. In late , Sedaka's most successful year of his career continued as he earned yet more chart success with the release of his second Rocket Records album, The Hungry Years.
Reviews at a Glance. Christmas Wonderland 8 0 out of 5 0 Reviews Review. Customer Reviews. Christmas Wonderland 8 is rated 4. What does that mean? It means that I played this game, Christmas Wonderland 8, and I'm now playing Christmas 6, and many of the search and finds are the same.
Date published: Rated 5 out of 5 by jackthemac22 from Christmas is here I just love, love these games, I have all the games and play them over and over. The story's are good and fun to play. Just relaxing not much thinking to do, just what you need in this stressful time, takes you off to a happy place. I am just waiting for 9 to come this year so I know Christmas is just around the corner.
Rated 5 out of 5 by Italia47 from If you love Vacation Adventures, you'll love this! Such a delightful game! I'm one-quarter into this laid-back game and realized I missed the other 7. It's beyond me! Like Vacation Adventures, it's an ease-on-up kind of game. Play it at your leisure and find the objects, collectibles, angels; but the puzzles and games, though, not real hard, are tedious at best.
No sweat! The items are small to find but that's what makes it a little challenging and lots of fun. I love Christmas and the decorations and the snow. The boys find out that their father Wayne had been fired from his job and Christmas might not happen this year.
He leaves his year-old son Danny in charge of Mary and her year-old brother Brian. Mary tells Santa that she wants a million dollars for Christmas for Wayne, although she doesn't know he was fired. She also says the same thing to "Rudolph" the reindeer and Brian tells her that if she wanders off again, the "Mall Ghost" will eat her.
They then go to the ice rink. Meanwhile, Leonard and Sheldon Cardoza are talking about using counterfeit money to get real money in exchange. In an argument, Leonard accidentally knocks the money off the ledge and onto the ice rink. Brian and Mary find it and not knowing that it contains counterfeit money, leave to go on a shopping spree.
Mary thinks Santa gave it to her as an early present. Ginger Peachum goes to Leonard and Sheldon and gets mad at them for losing it. They go to the ice rink to find Brian and Mary but they have already left.
They buy a motorcycle while Wayne is having a tough time buying a gift for his wife, Judy, who is still in Los Angeles after getting bumped.
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