This is a whirling, twirling tempest of a song -- throbbing cabaret stomp, cathartic moments of self-awareness, breathy whispers of desperation, gigantic closing shouts. Melanie was best known for the one-off pop hit "Brand New Key," but one of the '60s most memorable folk personalities was more than a hokey kid sister.

Her influences were diverse and her catalog, captured fairly well on this collection, spanned numerous genres, continents and emotive styles.