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7 Classic Albums
7 Classic Albums
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5.0 out of 5 stars Johnny Mathis: 7 Classic Albums Vol. 1 (4CDs): 7 complete albums (56-59) with 104 songs; good sound!, Sept. 30 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Johnny Mathis was born on September 30, 1935 in Gilmer, Texas, but raised in San Francisco, California. He was discovered by George Avakian of Columbia Records. He initially recorded as a jazz-styled singer. Columbia A&R executive Mitch Miller switched him to singing pop ballads. Johnny has 53 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have just finished a Complete Singles Discography, and have compiled a total of 132 singles (264 songs, uncharted & uncharted, US & UK) from 1957 to 2003. Amazing feat! He also has 76 charted albums on Billboard 200. In reality, he has released over 100 albums. His label was mainly on Columbia although he founded his own production company, Global Records, for a four-year stay at Mercury Records from 1963 to 1967. On November 17, 2014, a Complete Global Albums Collection box set (13 CDs, covering all 10 previous albums, plus one unreleased and 2 CDs on singles, will be released. As to his vast Columbia album output is another kettle of fish altogether.

CONTENT:

This 4 CD set contains 7 complete albums by Johnny Mathis on Columbia, with 104 songs:

Disc 1:
01 JOHNNY MATHIS (1956)
02 WONDERFUL WONDERFUL (Columbia 1028)(4/1957)
Disc 2:
03 WARM (Columbia 1078)(2/1957)
04 GOOD NIGHT, DEAR LORD (Columbia 1119)(10/1958)
Disc 3:
05 SWING SOFTLY (Columbia 1165)(6/1958)
06 MERRY CHRISTMAS (Columbia 1195)(1958)
Disc 4:
07 OPEN FIRE, TWO GUITARS (Columbia 1270)(4/1959)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 It is nice to have 7 early Johnny Mathis albums in one set.
2 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
3 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.
4 The price is reasonable, especially from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no bonus tracks. Surely, with a lot of extra space left on the discs, singles of that era (a and b-sides) can be included for added value.
2 There is no booklet, no label & number and chart positions.
3 There are no pictures of album covers.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Real Gone Music, a reputable reissue label from UK, has released 2 Volumes of 7 Classic Albums on Johnny Mathis. (My review of Volume 2 is found elsewhere). Generally, his albums from the 70s and 80s are still not available on CDs yet. In this current set, all the albums are familiar to most of us. It is nice to have them all in one set with good sound. If you are a Johnny Mathis fan, this is no brainer. This set is also recommended to all music lovers.

A Merry Christmas
A Merry Christmas
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas: 20 Christmas songs: Bing Crosby (7), Andrews Sisters (7) & duet (6); good sound, Sept. 30 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

The Andrews Sisters consisted of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews, that emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. They boasted an exuberant, close-harmony style well-suited to cheery novelty songs, and their intricate vocal arrangements and rhythmic ability mirrored the sound of the swing bands that constituted their chief competition in their heyday. In the Pop Memories book by Joey Whitburn, they have 90 charted entries. I have now painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography on the Andrews Sisters, and found that they have released 218 singles from 1937 to 1973, with 428 songs (not 436, because 3 had no b-sides, and 5 had b-sides belonging to other artists, Bing Crosby (3), Jimmy Durante (1) & Jimmy Dorsey (1). This is truly an amazing feat! Their main label was Decca (1937 to 1955), then Capitol (1955 to 1973) with Dot releasing a single in 1963. They also collaborated with many artists, with the main one being Bing Crosby (23 charted entries; 50 duets together (charted & uncharted). Other duet artists also include Danny Kaye, Red Foley, Dick Haymes, Al Jolson, Dan Dailey, Carmen Miranda and Ernest Tubb. Their main orchestra was conducted by Vic Schoen. Of course, I also included all the solo and duets by Patty Andrews. Sadly, LaVerne Andrews died on May 8, 1967 (age 52); Maxene Andrews died October 21, 1995 (age 79); Patty Andrews left us on January 30, 2013 (age 95).

With such a large discography, it is impossible to have a box set containing all the singles. I am glad to say that out of 428 songs, I am only missing one (Helena, uncharted single, 1953). As far as releasing Andrews Sisters songs, Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label in UK, has released 3 separate box sets, each with 4 CDs, plus 1 set with 2 CDs, and 1 set on Patty Andrews (2CDs).

CONTENT:

This CD, released by the original label MCA/Decca in 2000, contains 20 songs: Bing Crosby solo (7), Andrews Sisters solo (7) and duet (6). Since the song listing is already in the Amazon.ca website, it will not be repeated here.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are 13 Christmas songs released as singles by Andrews Sisters, either solo, or duet with Bing Crosby. They are all included here. There are 2 that are making their CD debut (with a-side in capital letters):
(1) MERRY CHRISTMAS POLKA (Decca 24748)(18/1950)
(2) Christmas Candles (b-side)(Decca 24748)(1950)
You may be wondering why 13, and not 14 songs (12 singles). It is because the b-side of Jing-A-Ling, Jing-A-Ling was Parade Of The Wooden Soldiers, not considered a Christmas song.
2 There is a 12-page booklet, with an informative essay by F.B. Wiggins. But the best part of the booklet is the inclusion of label & number for each song, thus helping me a lot in locating the song in my Complete Singles Discography spreadsheet. Priceless! And thank you!
3 The inclusion of Bing Crosby's solo Christmas songs is a true bonus.
4 The sound is very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
5 All the songs are original versions, not re-recorded versions.
6 The price is reasonable, especially when you buy from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINT:

None

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I find that in completing my Complete Singles Discography on the Andrews Sisters, their Christmas songs plus the Bing Crosby duets are an important integral part in completing my collection. This CD serves that purpose, especially there are two songs that are making their CD debut. The sound is very good. There are also Bing Crosby's solo hits too. But careful, there is another set out there with the same front cover, but with only the first 10 songs, thus not complete. I got that from the local library. This set is recommended.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Andrews Sisters: Mister Five By Five (1CD): 23 songs with 5 rare gems making their CD debut; good sound., Sept. 30 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

The Andrews Sisters consisted of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews, that emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. They boasted an exuberant, close-harmony style well-suited to cheery novelty songs, and their intricate vocal arrangements and rhythmic ability mirrored the sound of the swing bands that constituted their chief competition in their heyday. In the Pop Memories book by Joey Whitburn, they have 90 charted entries. I have now painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography on the Andrews Sisters, and found that they have released 218 singles from 1937 to 1973, with 428 songs (not 436, because 3 had no b-sides, and 5 had b-sides belonging to other artists, Bing Crosby (3), Jimmy Durante (1) & Jimmy Dorsey (1). This is truly an amazing feat! Their main label was Decca (1937 to 1955), then Capitol (1955 to 1973) with Dot releasing a single in 1963. They also collaborated with many artists, with the main one being Bing Crosby (23 charted entries; 50 duets together (charted & uncharted). Other duet artists also include Danny Kaye, Red Foley, Dick Haymes, Al Jolson, Dan Dailey, Carmen Miranda and Ernest Tubb. Their main orchestra was conducted by Vic Schoen. Of course, I also included all the solo and duets by Patty Andrews. Sadly, LaVerne Andrews died on May 8, 1967 (age 52); Maxene Andrews died October 21, 1995 (age 79); Patty Andrews left us on January 30, 2013 (age 95).

With such a large discography, it is impossible to have a box set containing all the singles. I am glad to say that out of 428 songs, I am only missing one (Helena, uncharted single, 1953). As far as releasing Andrews Sisters songs, Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label in UK, has released 3 separate box sets, each with 4 CDs, plus 1 set with 2 CDs, and 1 set on Patty Andrews (2CDs).

CONTENT:

This CD, released by Empress Recording Company in UK, contains 23 songs. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with singles label & number, chart position plus personal comments, and a-side in capital letters):

01 MISTER FIVE BY FIVE (Decca 18470)(14/1942)
02 Strip Polka (b-side)(Decca 18470)(6/1942)*double sided hit.
03 What To Do (b-side)(Decca 4182)(1942)*rare gem; CD debut
04 That's The Moon, My Son (b-side)(Decca 18398)(18/1942)*rare gem; CD debut.
05 One Meat Ball (b-side)(Decca 18636)(1945)*a-side was Rum and Coca Cola.
06 SING A TROPICAL SONG (Decca 18581)(uncharted a-side, 1944)
07 Lonesome Mamma (1941)*should spelled Mama
08 I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo (b-side)(Decca 18464)(1942)*rare gem; CD debut; title misspelled in original CD listing; see below.
09 Massachusetts (b-side)(Decca 18497)(1942)*rare gem; CD debut.
10 STRAIGHTEN UP AND FLY RIGHT (Decca 18606)(8/1944)
11 Well All Right! (Tonight's The Night)(b-side)(Decca 2462)(5/1939)
*double-sided hit; a-side was Beer Barrel Polka (Roll Out The Barrel)
12 BEGIN THE BEGUINE (With Bob Crosby)(Decca 2290)(uncharted a-side, 1939)
13 Long Time No See (b-side)(With Bob Crosby)(Decca 2290)(1939)
14 LULLABY TO A LITTLE JITTERBUG (Decca 2082)(10/1938)*labelled only as Little Jitterbug in the CD song listing.
15 I Love You Much Too Much (b-side)(Decca 18563)(1943)*rare gem; CD debut; title misspelled; see below
16 BEAT ME DADDY, EIGHT TO THE BAR (Decca 3375)(2(3)/1941)
17 The Cock-Eyed Mayor Of Kaunakakhai (b-side)(Decca 3245)(1940)
18 Pennsylvania 6-5000 (b-side)(Decca 3375)(1941)
19 Say "Si Si" (b-side)(Decca 24462)(1948)
20 BEER BARREL POLKA (ROLL OUT THE BARREL)(Decca 2462)(4/1939)
21 Pross-Tchai (Goodbye)(b-side)(Decca 2082)(15/1939)*double-sided hit; a-side was Lullaby To A Little Jitterbug.
22 FERRYBOAT SERENADE (Decca 3328)(1(3)/1940)
23 RHUMBOOGIE (Decca 3097)(11/1940)

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are many rare gems in this collection, with 5 making their CD debut as noted above:
(1) What To Do
(2) That's The Moon, My Son
(3) I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo
(4) Massachusetts
(5) I Love You Much Too Much
2 The sound is surprisingly good. This is probably due to using a Cedar Remastering System.
3 There is a 4-page booklet, with an essay on the group. Composers and orchestra were listed.
4 The price is reasonable, if you buy from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no label & number, and chart position listed.
2 There are a few misspellings:
(1) Lonesome Mama, misspelled as Lonesome Mamma.
(2) I've Got A Gal In Kalamazoo, but mislabeled as I've Got A GUY in Kalamazoo.
(3) Lullaby To a Little Jitterbug, but labelled as Little Jitterbug.
(4) I Love You Much Too Much, but mislabeled as I Love You Too Much

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I bought the above CD purely to get those 5 songs listed above that I could not find anywhere else, in order to complete my Complete Singles Discography. The set is more for collectors.

Hans Brinker Original TV Sou
Hans Brinker Original TV Sou
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hans Brinker Of The Silver Skates (1CD): Rare Peggy King singles making their CD debut, plus Tab Hunter songs., Sept. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Peggy King was born on February 16, 1930 in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. She started singing with Charlie Spivak and did a duet with trombone player Ralph “Rusty” Nichols. She also sang Very Good Advice from Disney’s Alice in Wonderland. She then signed with MGM and released the single I Cried For You. She also sang the popular jingle You’ll Get A Kick Outa Cookin’ and became the Hunt’s Tomato Sauce Girl. In 1954, she debuted on the George Gobel Show, and she was signed to Columbia Records by Mitch Miller. She also got to have a guest appearance on the movie comedy Abbott and Costello Meet The Mummy and more importantly, she was asked to sing Count Your Blessings (Instead Of Sheep), which was later nominated for an Oscar. She also got to perform this song during the Oscar ceremony. On the George Gobel show, he nicknamed her Pretty, Perky Peggy King.

Although she only has 3 charted singles, I have done a Complete Singles Discography on her, and found that she has a total of 18 singles (charted and uncharted) from 1950 to 1962. She started with Bullet, MGM (1950), then, Columbia (1954 – 1957), Cameo, Roulette and Buena Vista (1958 – 1962).

CONTENT:

The singles of Peggy King are not available on CD until now. Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, has released a 30 song set with 11 singles. You will find 16 songs (singles a or b-sides) in this set as bonus tracks, with 11 songs making their CD debut (a-side in capital letters):

01 MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE (Columbia 4-40363)(US 30/1955)
02 The Gentleman In The Next Apartment (b-side)(Columbia 4-40363)(b-side, 1955)
03 ANY QUESTIONS (Columbia 4-40437)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
04 You Never Gave It A Try (b-side)(Columbia 4-40437)(b-side, 1955) *CD debut.
05 YOU DID YOU DID (Columbia 4-40524)(uncharted a-side, 1955)* CD debut.
06 Please Wait For Me (b-side)(Columbia 4-40524)(b-side, 1955)* CD debut.
07 TALL BOY (Columbia 4-40744)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*CD debut.
08 Test Of Time (b-side)(Columbia 4-40744)(b-side, 1956)*CD debut.
09 LOVE SICK (Columbia 4-40773)(uncharted a-side, 1956)*CD debut.
10 He Never Looks My Way (b-side)(Columbia 4-40773)(b-side, 1956)*CD debut.
11 IN MY OWN LITTLE CORNER (Columbia 4-40863)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
12 Miracle Man (b-side)(Columbia 4-40863)(b-side, 1957)*CD debut.
13 C'MON OVER (Columbia 4-40996)(uncharted a-side, 1957)*CD debut.
14 If You Don't Love Me (b-side)(Columbia 4-40996)(b-side, 1957)* CD debut.
15 ZERO HOUR (Columbia 4-41054)(uncharted a-side, 1957)
16 No Sleep Til Dawn (b-side)(Columbia 4-41054)(b-side, 1957)*CD debut.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is one rare occasion when I buy a CD mostly for its bonus tracks. In this set, I was seeking out Peggy King’s 16 songs, many of them making their CD debut. Actually this CD was released before the Jasmine’s CD, technically, all the songs are actually making their CD debut! There are 11 songs that are not found in the Jasmine CD.
2 As per high standard at Sepia Records, using 24 bit Cedar Remastering System, the sound is simply wonderful: vibrant, clean with no hiss. They have become my new reference standards.
3 There is a 16-page booklet, with informative essay and nice pictures of Tab Hunter and Peggy King. Chart positions were provided.
4 The price is dirt cheap, especially from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINT:

1 There is no label & number.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you want Peggy King’s solo singles, this set is for you. I treat the NBC-TV’s “Hallmark Hall Of Fame” production of Hans Brinker of the Silver Skates, plus a few Tab Hunter singles as added bonus. This set is more for Peggy King’s fans.

Non-Stop [Blu-Ray + DVD + Ultraviolet]
Non-Stop [Blu-Ray + DVD + Ultraviolet]
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5.0 out of 5 stars Non-Stop (blu-ray): a non-stop thrilling ride with top-notched video/audio!, Sept. 28 2014
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VIDEO:

Non-Stop flew onto blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC 1080p 2.40:1 encode. The transfer was pristine. The film was shot with 35 mm film, faithful to Collet-Serra and cinematographer Flavio Martínez Labiano's intentions. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail evident in facial features, hair, clothing, and the airplane's interior surfaces. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Though the airline interior doesn't burst with vibrant hues, the bluish seat upholstery and various costume accents look bright and bold, with deep blacks. This is a filmic visual experience. (5/5)

AUDIO:

Universal's DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround track effectively recreates the tight, confined spaces of an aircraft with precision-crafted directionality, slick pans and a suitably claustrophobic soundfield that crams the listener right alongside Liam Neeson. The sense of confined aircraft ambiance and atmosphere is excellent. Dialogue is consistently intelligible. The orchestral music score is actively engaging, with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surround. This is an excellent, thrilling, engaging and immersive experience. (5/5)

MOVIE:

The movie plot is quite engaging, keeping you guessing until the very end. A brooding atmosphere of tension pervades the proceedings, and a gallery of cold, suspicious characters populate the scenario, making it a real challenge to figure out who is the devious mastermind behind the murderous plot. Liam Neeson leads the charge, coupling the part's required square-jawed strength and gravity with a welcome dose of vulnerability, insecurity, and sincerity that makes him an instantly relatable everyman instead of a robotic, cardboard superman. Who could have predicted Taken would spawn such a drastic - and lucrative - career change? The movie is suspenseful and thrilling, with surprise ending. (4.5/5)

TRIVIA:

1 Did you know that while shooting the final scene of the movie, Liam Neeson suffered a stroke but he didn't break character?
2 Liam Neeson's character name in this film is Bill Marks. In Taken (2008) and Taken 2 (2012) his name is Bryan Mills. Both share the initials 'B.M.'
3 The set for the plane was built very slightly larger than a standard commercial airliner to accommodate Neeson's 6'4" height for filming.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

I was literally “taken” by Liam Neeson’s performance in Taken. Since then, I followed this new-found action-hero career. He was already an established actor in Schindler’s List and Star Wars. He also had a supporting role as the henchman Bad Cop/Good Cop in the animated film The Lego Movie. In Non-Stop, he was the “soul” of the movie, and did an excellent believable job. It was a totally enjoyable and thrilling 107 minutes. Both the video and audio are top-notched. The blu-ray movie is highly recommended

Real Paul Anka
Real Paul Anka
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3.0 out of 5 stars Paul Anka: The Real Paul Anka (3CDs): His ABC hits re-recorded on RCA, not original versions; plus some RCA album tracks., Sept. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Paul Anka was born on July 30, 1941, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. His hit singles have spanned a few decades. He has a total of 60 charted hits on Billboard Hot 100, with three number 1 singles: Diana (1957), Lonely Boy (1959), and (You’re) Having My Baby (1974). To have a complete singles or album discography of Paul Anka is much more challenging because he has changed labels a few times: ABC-Paramount (1956-1962), RCA-Victor(1962-1970), Barnaby (1971), Buddah (1971-1974), Fame (1974), United Artists (1974-1977), Epic (1976), RCA-Victor (1978-1981), Columbia (1982-1987), Verve and Universal.

His major singles output was on ABC-Paramount label (from 1956-1962), RCA Victor (from 1962-1969) and United Artists (from 1974-1977). Beside a great singer, he was also a fantastic writer: ‘It Doesn’t Matter Anymore’ (Buddy Holly), ‘She’s A Lady’ (Tom Jones, and the English lyrics to ‘My Way’ (Frank Sinatra). He also wrote the theme for TV’s ‘The Tonight Show.’ He also appeared in the 1959 movie ‘Girls Town’, the 1962 movie ‘The Longest Day’ and the 1992 movie ‘Captain Ron.’

Paul Anka is also an astute businessman, having the foresight to take control of the copyrights to all his songs (the other being Dave Clark of Dave Clark Five). In one of his interviews with DJ Uncle Ray from Radio Hong Kong, Paul said that (like Dave Clark) he has no intention to release all his output into box sets. Many of his RCA output is still sorely missing. Dave Clark and Paul, why??? (see also my reviews on Dave Clark Five)

CONTENT:

Although he has only 60 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100, I have done a Complete Singles Discography on Paul Anka, and discovered that he has 113 singles: ABC-Paramount (39 singles), and RCA-Victor (also 39 singles). This 3-CD set is released by RCA label, with a total of 48 songs.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 All his popular hits from ABC-Paramount era have been re-recorded when Paul joined RCA. He recently admitted in an interview that that might not be the good idea after all. So, buyer beware. Listening to re-recorded hits even by the original artist is not my cup of tea.
2 RCA (UK) is following the pattern of One Day Music with a fold-out case. There is no booklet. The details about each song are on the page behind the disc, sometimes obscured by the spindle.
3 No detailed information is given. In some cases, it is just stated as recorded prior to 1972. Come on, RCA: you can do better than that. There is no label or number and no chart positions.
4 Of course there are no picture sleeves. Here we must be asking for too much!
5 The release date is much slower in US than UK. I bought mine from UK for £4.99 ($8.95), and I received it two weeks prior to local release date.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 There are some original RCA materials, mostly album tracks:

01 A Steel Guitar and A Glass of Wine (RCA Victor 8030)(13/1962)
02 All I Have To Do Is Dream (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
03 (I’m Watching) Every Little Move You Make (RCA)
04 Crying In The Wind (RCA Victor 8115)(b-side, 1963)
05 Moon River (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
06 Ramblin’ Rose (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
07 My Way (from LP SINCERELY/RECORDED LIVE AT THE COPA (RCA LSP-4203) 1969)
08 Fly Me To The Moon (from LP OUR MAN AROUND THE WORLD (RCA LPM-2614) 1963)
09 Hello, Dolly! (from LP PAUL ANKA SINGS HIS FAVORITES (RCA ANL 1-1584) 1976)
10 Eso Beso (That Kiss)( RCA Victor 809)(26/1963)
11 Satin Doll (from LP SINCERELY/RECORDED LIVE AT THE COPA (RCA LSP-4203) 1969)
12 Memphis, Tennessee (from LP STRICTLY NASHVILLE (RCA LSP-3580) 1966)
13 Save The Last Dance For Me (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
14 Hello Jim (RCA Victor 8195)(97/1963)
15 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore (RCA, 1963)
16 Love (Makes The World Go Round)( RCA Victor 8115 26/1963)
17 Can’t Get Used To Losing You (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
18 Who’s Sorry Now (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
19 I Can’t Stop Loving You (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
20 Sincerely (from LP SINCERELY/RECORDED LIVE AT THE COPA (RCA LSP-4203) 1969)
21 Happy (RCA Victor 9767)(86/1969)
22 In The Still Of The Night (RCA Victor 126)(64/1969)
23 Memories Are Made Of This (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
24 You Make Me Feel So Young (from LP YOUNG, ALIVE AND IN LOVE (RCA LPM-2502) 1962)
25 She’s A Lady (PAUL ANKA '70s (RCA LSP-4309) 1970)
26 Every Night (Without You)(RCA)
27 I’m Still Waiting Here For You (RCA)
28 You Always Hurt The One You Love (from LP SONGS I WISH I'D WRITTEN (RCA LPM-2744) 1963)
29 The Longest Day (from LP Paul Anka’s 21 Golden Hits)(RCA 2691) 1963)
30 Remember Diana (RCA Victor 8170)(39/1963)

2 The sound is well remastered: clean with no hiss.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

If you really want his RCA materials (which are readily available), go ahead to buy this set. There are 30 RCA original songs. But please do not be misled by the golden hits from ABC-Paramount. Even though he tried to make it sound as close as possible to the original versions, they are still NOT the same. Further, his ABC-Paramount materials are readily available. 3 stars are for his RCA materials. Again, beware of re-recorded materials. This is NOT the Real Paul Anka.

Ultimate Collection
Ultimate Collection
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dodie Stevens: Ultimate Collection (1 CD on Marginal Records): 32 songs with 22 single sides; good sound; expensive!, Sept. 28 2014
This review is from: Ultimate Collection (Audio CD)
INTRODUCTION:

Dodie Stevens was born Geraldine Ann Pasquale on February 17, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised in Temple City, California. She was first discovered while singing on Art Linkletter’s House Party TV show at age 8. She first recorded as Geri Pace on Gold Star in 1954. At age 12, she was signed to Crystalette label and had a #3 hit with Pink Shoelaces. She did have 7 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have done a Complete Singles Discography on Dodie Stevens and discovered that she had 20 singles (charted & uncharted): Crystalette (2 singles)(1959); Dot (12 singles, 1959 – 1962); Imperial (2 singles, 1963); Dolton (2 singles, 1963) and World Pacific (3 singles as Geraldine Stevens, 1969 – 1970). She took additional singing lessons, and in 1972 began appearing and recording with Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '77. In the ensuing years she toured as a backup singer with such recording artists as Loretta Lynn, Frankie Avalon, and Boz Scaggs, and for twelve years with Mac Davis. In the 1990s, as Geri Stevens, she toured with Fabian and her own company "Dodie Stevens and The Pink Shoe Laces Review." Recently, she has performed with her daughter Stephanie and appeared at oldies concerts across the country. If you check her website, you will find that she and her daughter Stephanie are still very active in live performances.

CONTENT:

This CD, released by Marginal Records, contains 32 songs.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 A Definitive Singles Collection on Dodie Stevens is sorely lacking. As the matter of fact, beside the recent Jasmine release, this is the only collection available on Amazon.ca. I personally own a Japanese import Pink Shoelaces released in 1994, but now out of print. In this case, out of 32 songs, 22 songs are singles sides (a or b-sides, charted or uncharted, now presented chronologically)(a-side in capital letters):

01 PINK SHOE LACES (Crystalette 724)(3/1959)*b-side Coming Of Age is missing.
02 YES-SIR-EE (Crystalette 728)(79/1959)
03 The Five Pennies (b-side) (Crystalette 728)(b-side, 1959)
04 Poor Butterfly (b-side)(Dot 15975)(b-side, 1959)*a-side Miss Lonely Hearts is missing.
05 STEADY EDDY (Dot 16002)(uncharted a-side, 1959)
06 Mairzy Doats (b-side)(Dot 16002)(b-side, 1959)
07 Candy Store Blues (b-side)(Dot 16067)(b-side, 1960)*a-side Amigo’s Guitar is missing.
08 NO (Dot 16103)(73/1960)*b-side A Tisket A Tasket is missing.
09 AM I TOO YOUNG (Dot 16139)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
10 So Lets Dance (b-side)(Dot 16139)(b-side, 1960)*not So Let’s Dance.
11 YES, I'M LONESOME TONIGHT (Dot 16167)(60/1960) *Christmas single Merry Christmas Baby/Jingle Bells is missing.
12 Too Young (b-side)(Dot 16167)(b-side, 1960)
13 TURN AROUND (Dot 16200)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
14 I Fall To Pieces (b-side)(Dot 16200)(b-side, 1961)
15 LET ME TELL YOU 'BOUT JOHNNY (Dot 16259)(uncharted a-side, 1961)*b-side You Are The Only One is missing.
16 THE IN BETWEEN YEARS (Dot 16279)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
17 Trade Winds, Trade Winds (b-side)(Dot 16279)(b-side, 1961)
18 I CRIED (Dot 16339)(uncharted a-side, 1962)
19 Dancing On The Ceiling (b-side)(Dot 16339)(b-side, 1962)
20 I WORE OUT MY RECORD (Dolton 83)(uncharted a-side, 1963) *2 singles Don’t Send Me Roses/Daddy Couldn’t Get Me One Of Those and Hello Stranger/For A Little While on Imperial are missing.
21 You Don't Have To Prove A Thing To Me (b-side)(Dolton 83)(b-side, 1963)
22 SAILOR BOY (Dolton 88)(uncharted a-side, 1963)*b-side Does Goodnight Mean Goodbye is missing; all 3 singles on World Pacific are missing.
This is the most complete coverage of Dodie Stevens’ singles up to date.

02 I personally believe that releases on Marginal Records are probably bootleg versions. But the sound here is surprisingly good, clean with no hiss. There is some minor distortion in Just A Dream.
03 All the songs are original versions, no re-recorded versions.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 This is very expensive! This item has become a collectors’ item now.
2 Many tracks (as noted above) are missing.
3 There are no label & number and chart positions.
4 The songs are listed haphazardly, not chronologically.
5 There is no booklet.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

Many people considered Dodie Stevens as a One-Hit Wonder. As you can see from above, she does have many singles. The entire CD is totally enjoyable. All the songs are catchy and reflect the sound of the late 50s and early 60s. Dodie Stevens sang two “Answer Songs”: Yes, I ‘m Lonesome Tonight (to Elvis’s Are You Lonesome Tonight) included here, and Billy, I’ve Got To Go To Town (answer song to Kenny Rogers’ Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town) not included here, but readily available. Her song “No” left a deep impression in my heart. In those innocent shy younger years when you tried to ask somebody for a date, instead of bluntly telling you in your face, I would hear the dedication from her, asking me to listen carefully to the lyrics. The song is “No”. I got the message!

Collectors’ Choice has released a Complete Singles Collection on the other “Stevens”: Connie Stevens. I hope one day, Real Gone Music or Ace will release a Complete Singles Collection on Dodie Stevens, containing all the a and b-sides, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically, covering different labels beyond 1962 (Public Domain copyright law in UK). Jasmine Records has released a 2 albums on Dodie Stevens with good sound, but with very few singles (my review elsewhere). In the meantime, this is the only Singles Collection available. Good luck!

Pink Shoelaces & Rainbows
Pink Shoelaces & Rainbows
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dodie Stevens: Pink Shoelaces & Rainbows (1 CD, Jasmine Reords): 2 rare complete albums from Dodie Stevens; great sound!, Sept. 28 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

Dodie Stevens was born Geraldine Ann Pasquale on February 17, 1946 in Chicago, Illinois. She was raised in Temple City, California. She was first discovered while singing on Art Linkletter’s House Party TV show at age 8. She first recorded as Geri Pace on Gold Star in 1954. At age 12, she was signed to Crystalette label and had a #3 hit with Pink Shoelaces. She did have 7 charted singles on Billboard Hot 100. I have done a Complete Singles Discography on Dodie Stevens and discovered that she had 20 singles (charted & uncharted): Crystalette (2 singles)(1959); Dot (12 singles, 1959 – 1962); Imperial (2 singles, 1963); Dolton (2 singles, 1963) and World Pacific (3 singles as Geraldine Stevens, 1969 – 1970). She took additional singing lessons, and in 1972 began appearing and recording with Sérgio Mendes and Brasil '77. In the ensuing years she toured as a backup singer with such recording artists as Loretta Lynn, Frankie Avalon, and Boz Scaggs, and for twelve years with Mac Davis. In the 1990s, as Geri Stevens, she toured with Fabian and her own company "Dodie Stevens and The Pink Shoe Laces Review." Recently, she has performed with her daughter Stephanie and appeared at oldies concerts across the country. If you check her website, you will find that she and Stephanie are still very active in live performances.

CONTENT:

This single CD release by Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label from UK, contains two complete albums on Dodie Stevens. Since Amazon.ca did not provide a song listing, I have compiled a detailed song listing (with label & no for albums and singles and year):

LP OVER THE RAINBOW (Dot 3323)(1960):
01 Over The Rainbow
02 Be A Clown
03 Where Or When
04 Look For The Silver Lining
05 Meet Me In St. Louis
06 The Boy Next Door
07 The Trolley Song
08 Someone To Watch Over Me
09 Johnny One Note
10 You Made Me Love You
11 On The Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
12 Little Girl Blue
LP PINK SHOELACES (Dot 3371)(1961):
13 Pink Shoelaces (Crystalette 724)(3/1959)
14 Yes, I’m Lonesome Tonight (Dot 16167)(60/1960)
15 No (Dot 16103)(73/1960)
16 I Fall To Pieces (Dot 16200)(b-side, 1961)
17 Poor Butterfly (Dot 15975)(b-side, 1959)
18 Turn Around (Dot 16200)(uncharted a-side, 1961)
19 Mairzy Doats (Dot 16002)(b-side, 1959)
20 Am I Too Young To Love (Dot 16139)(uncharted a-side, 1960)
21 The Five Pennies (Crystalette 728)(b-side, 1959)
22 Just A Dream
23 To Know Him Is To Love Him
24 Rockin’ Robin

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the first time that two rare complete albums by Dodie Stevens are available on CD. Too bad her first album called Dodie Stevens (Dot 3212) is not included.
2 Many singles (a and b-sides) are included, but far from complete.
3 The sound is very well remastered, clean, vibrant and clean.
4 There is a 4-page booklet, with an informative essay. Two small pictures of the front covers are included.
5 The price is reasonable, especially from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 As in Jasmine Records’ past tradition, bonus tracks should have been included.
2 There are no label & number and no chart positions.
3 Like Real Gone Music, each front album cover should occupy the entire page.

FINAL THOUGHTS:

This is an excellent coverage of 2 complete rare albums by Dodie Stevens. As with the trend of not including singles in the albums in the late 50s (like Paul Anka, Johnny Nash’s albums), album tracks usually included old standards, hits from the 40s, to demonstrate that the artist can sing. Therefore, there is no single track on the first album. I personally do not mind. I get more of Dodie Stevens this way.

Collectors’ Choice has released a Complete Singles Collection on the other “Stevens”: Connie Stevens. I hope one day, Real Gone Music or Ace will release a Complete Singles Collection on Dodie Stevens, containing all the a and b-sides, charted and uncharted, arranged chronologically, covering different labels beyond 1962 (Public Domain copyright law in UK). There is only one singles collection so far Ultimate Collection (my review elsewhere).

This entire CD is very enjoyable with great sound! All the songs are catchy and reflect the sound of the late 50s and early 60s. Dodie Stevens sang two “Answer Songs”: Yes, I ‘m Lonesome Tonight (to Elvis’s Are You Lonesome Tonight) included here, and Billy, I’ve Got To Go To Town (answer song to Kenny Rogers’ Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love To Town) not included here, but readily available. Her song “No” left a deep impression in my heart. In those innocent shy younger years when you tried to ask somebody for a date, instead of bluntly telling you in your face, I would hear the dedication from her, asking me to listen carefully to the lyrics. The song is “No”. I got the message! This set is highly recommended for all music lovers of the sound of the early 60s.

I Ll Walk Alone: Dynamite Lead
I Ll Walk Alone: Dynamite Lead
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5.0 out of 5 stars Patty Andrews: I'll Walk Alone (2CDs): 55 songs with many ultra-rare gems of Patty Andrews making CD debut; good sound!, Sept. 25 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

The Andrews Sisters consisted of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews, that emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. They boasted an exuberant, close-harmony style well-suited to cheery novelty songs, and their intricate vocal arrangements and rhythmic ability mirrored the sound of the swing bands that constituted their chief competition in their heyday. In the Pop Memories book by Joey Whitburn, they have 90 charted entries. I have now painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography on the Andrews Sisters, and found that they have released 218 singles from 1937 to 1973, with 428 songs (not 436, because 3 had no b-sides, and 5 had b-sides belonging to other artists, Bing Crosby (3), Jimmy Durante (1) & Jimmy Dorsey (1). This is truly an amazing feat! Their main label was Decca (1937 to 1955), then Capitol (1955 to 1973) with Dot releasing a single in 1963. They also collaborated with many artists, with the main one being Bing Crosby (23 charted entries; 50 duets together (charted & uncharted). Other duet artists also include Danny Kaye, Red Foley, Dick Haymes, Al Jolson, Dan Dailey, Carmen Miranda and Ernest Tubb. Their main orchestra was conducted by Vic Schoen. Of course, I also included all the solo and duets by Patty Andrews. Sadly, LaVerne Andrews died on May 8, 1967 (age 52); Maxene Andrews died October 21, 1995 (age 79); Patty Andrews left us on January 30, 2013 (age 95).

With such a large discography, it is impossible to have a box set containing all the singles. I am glad to say that out of 428 songs, I am only missing one (Helena, uncharted single, 1953). As far as releasing Andrews Sisters songs, Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label in UK, has released 3 separate box sets, each with 4 CDs, plus 1 set with 2 CDs, and 1 set on Patty Andrews (2CDs)(currently being reviewed).

CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records, contains 55 songs, with 20 songs under the Andrews Sisters and the rest either Patty Andrews solo or her various duets with Bing Crosby, Red Foley, and Dick Haymes. Since Amazon.ca has kindly provided a song listing, it will not be repeated here.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 This is the most comprehensive coverage of songs by Patty Andrews. There are many rare gems, either her solo, duets or under Andrews Sisters. The following list contains the ultra-rare gems that are making their CD debut (with a-side in capital letters):

(01) Be-Bop Spoken Here (b-side)(Patty Andrews with Bing Crosby)(Decca 24635)(1949)
(02) Why Won't Ya (b-side)(Patty Andrews & Dick Haymes)(Decca 24809)(1950)
(03) IT IS NO SECRET (With Red Foley) (Decca 14566)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
(04) IF I WERE A BELL (Patty Andrews With Bing Crosby)(Decca 27232)(uncharted a-side,1950)
(05) TOO YOUNG (Patty Andrews) (Decca 27569)(19/1951)
(06) LOVE IS HERE TO STAY (Patty Andrews) (Decca 27845)(uncharted a-side,1951)
(07) It's All Over But The Memories (b-side)(Patty Andrews) (Decca 27845)(1951)
(08) I'LL WALK ALONE (Patty Andrews) (Decca 28038)(uncharted a-side,1952)
(09) That's The Chance You Take (b-side)(Patty Andrews)(Decca 28038)(1952)
(10) Where Is Your Wandering Mother Tonight (b-side)(With Red Foley)(Decca 28163)(1952)
(11) BABY BLUES (Patty Andrews with Red Foley) (Decca 28767)(7/1953)
(12) Unless You're Free (b-side)(Patty Andrews with Red Foley)(Decca 28767)(1953)
(13) Dissertation On The State Of Bliss (Love And Learn)(b-side)(Patty Andrews & Bing Crosby)(Decca 29409)(1955)
(14) THE RAINS CAME DOWN (Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3268)(uncharted a-side, 1955)
(15) I'll Forgive You (b-side)(Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3268)(1955)
(16) I NEVER WILL MARRY (Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3344)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
(17) Daybreak Blues (b-side)(Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3344)(1956)
(18) FRIENDSHIP RING (Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3403)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
(19) Music Drives Me Crazy (b-side)(Patty Andrews)(Capitol F 3403)(1956)
(20) TOO OLD TO ROCK 'N' ROLL (Patty Andrews) (Capitol F 3495)(uncharted a-side, 1956)
(21) Broken (b-side)(Patty Andrews)(Capitol F 3495)(1956)

2 The sound is very well remastered as per high standard at Jasmine Records: clean with no hiss.
3 There is a 8-page booklet, with an informative essay by Robert Nickora. Names of duet artists, orchestra, solo or group were included.
4 The price is reasonable, especially from sellers.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 The songs are haphazardly arranged, and not arranged chronologically according to label & number.
2 There are no label & number and chart positions. I have to use various websites plus ebay to track down the label & number in compiling my Complete Singles Discography. Now I truly appreciate what a good job Jasmine has done in providing so many singles in one set.
3 There are no picture sleeves, no label pictures.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

To achieve getting 428 song, you will need the following CDs: (1) the current set, (2) Best of Andrews Sisters (5CDs, Wagram Records, to be released on September 16; from the song listing: the best Greatest Hits Collection, (3) Some Sunny Days (4CDs, Jasmine, 2012), (4) Wake Up And Live! (4CDs, Jasmine, 2014), (5) Now Is The Time (2CDs, Jasmine, 2012), (6) Golden Age Of (4CDs, Jasmine, 2002), (7) Their All-Time Greatest Hits (2CDs, MCA, 1994), (8) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Complete Recordings (2CDs), (9) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas, (10) Best of Andrews Sisters (2CDs, Charly UK, 1999), (11) Rum and Coca Cola (4CDs, Intense Media, 2014), (12) Says My Heart (1CD), (13) Mister Five by Five (1CD), (14) Melody Time (1 CD, Sepia); great selections with great sound, (15) The Magic of Andrews Sisters (1CD), and (16) Collector's Series (1 CD, Capitol, 1991).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As noted above, if you want to make just one purchase to get most of the hits by the Andrews Sisters, I would highly recommended Best of Andrews Sisters: a 5CD set and the song listing is very impressive. This is just recently released yet and I shall review it when I get it. Hopefully the sound is good. In the meantime, this current set has the most comprehensive coverage of Patty Andrews, with many ultra-rare gems that you can only find in this set. The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound and harmony. These old songs sound like brand new. This type of close harmony is sorely missed. Long Live the Andrews Sisters. If you are a fan of the Andrews Sisters, this set is a MUST-OWN!

Now Is the Time: Hidden Gems
Now Is the Time: Hidden Gems
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5.0 out of 5 stars Andrews Sisters: Now Is The Time (2CDs): 46 songs with many rare gems making CD debut; good sound! More for collectors., Sept. 24 2014
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INTRODUCTION:

The Andrews Sisters consisted of Patty, Maxene and LaVerne Andrews, that emerged from Minneapolis to become the most popular female vocal group of the entire pre-1955 era. They boasted an exuberant, close-harmony style well-suited to cheery novelty songs, and their intricate vocal arrangements and rhythmic ability mirrored the sound of the swing bands that constituted their chief competition in their heyday. In the Pop Memories book by Joey Whitburn, they have 90 charted entries. I have now painstakingly compiled a Complete Singles Discography on the Andrews Sisters, and found that they have released 218 singles from 1937 to 1973, with 428 songs (not 436, because 3 had no b-sides, and 5 had b-sides belonging to other artists, Bing Crosby (3), Jimmy Durante (1) & Jimmy Dorsey (1). This is truly an amazing feat! Their main label was Decca (1937 to 1955), then Capitol (1955 to 1973) with Dot releasing a single in 1963. They also collaborated with many artists, with the main one being Bing Crosby (23 charted entries; 50 duets together (charted & uncharted). Other duet artists also include Danny Kaye, Red Foley, Dick Haymes, Al Jolson, Dan Dailey, Carmen Miranda and Ernest Tubb. Their main orchestra was conducted by Vic Schoen. Of course, I also included all the solo and duets by Patty Andrews. Sadly, LaVerne Andrews died on May 8, 1967 (age 52); Maxene Andrews died October 21, 1995 (age 79); Patty Andrews left us on January 30, 2013 (age 95).

With such a large discography, it is impossible to have a box set containing all the singles. I am glad to say that out of 428 songs, I am only missing one (Helena, uncharted single, 1953). As far as releasing Andrews Sisters songs, Jasmine Records, a reputable reissue label in UK, has released 3 separate box sets, each with 4 CDs, plus 1 set with 2 CDs, and 1 set on Patty Andrews (2CDs).
CONTENT:

This 2 CD set, released by Jasmine Records in 2002, contains 46 songs.

POSITIVE POINTS:

1 Of the 46 songs, there are 8 ultra-rare gems that made their CD debut. I can reassure you that this is the only place you can find these songs (a-sides in capital letters):

1 ANY BONDS TODAY? (Decca 4044)(uncharted a-side, 1941)
2 HIS FEET TOO BIG FOR DE BED (Decca 23860)(uncharted a-side, 1947)
3 We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye (b-side)(Decca 24406)(1948)
4 Don't Rob Another Man's Castle (b-side)(With Ernest Tubb)(Decca 24592)(1949)
5 HE RIDES THE RANGE (FOR REPUBLIC)(Patty Andrews & Dick Haymes)(Decca 24809)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
6 I See I See (b-side)(With Carmen Miranda)(Decca 24841)(1950)
7 CHOO'N GUM (Decca 24998)(uncharted a-side, 1950)
8 THE CARIOCA (Decca 27757)(uncharted a-side, 1951)

2 Of the 46 songs, 42 songs are singles, from 1941 to 1951. Many of them are rare gems, like The Wedding Samba (with Carmen Miranda), Muskrat Ramble, Johnny Peddler, and Heartbreaker. Some non-singles are rare too, like May The Good Lord Bless And Keep You with Bing Crosby & Nat King Cole, taken from Chesterfield radio. Precious!
3 All the songs are very well remastered, clean with no hiss.
4 All the songs are original versions.
5 The price is reasonable, especially when you buy from sellers.
6 There is a 6-page booklet with an informative essay by Geoff Milne.

NEGATIVE POINTS:

1 There are no label & number, and no chart positions.
2 Songs are haphazardly arranged, and not chronologically.
3 There are no picture sleeves or labels.

COMPLETE SINGLES DISCOGRAPHY:

To achieve getting 428 song, you will need the following CDs: (1) the current set, (2) Best of Andrews Sisters (5CDs, Wagram Records, to be released on September 16; from the song listing: the best Greatest Hits Collection, (3) Some Sunny Days (4CDs, Jasmine, 2012), (4) Wake Up And Live! (4CDs, Jasmine, 2014), (5) Golden Age Of (4CDs, Jasmine, 2002), (6) Patty Andrews: I'll Walk Alone (2CDs, Jasmine, 2010), (7) Their All-Time Greatest Hits (2CDs, MCA, 1994), (8) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Complete Recordings (2CDs), (9) Andrews Sisters & Bing Crosby: Merry Christmas, (10) Best of Andrews Sisters (2CDs, Charly UK, 1999), (11) Rum and Coca Cola (4CDs, Intense Media, 2014), (12) Says My Heart (1CD), (13) Mister Five by Five (1CD), (14) Melody Time (1 CD, Sepia); great selections with great sound, (15) The Magic of Andrews Sisters (1CD), and (16) Collector's Series (1 CD, Capitol, 1991).

FINAL THOUGHTS:

As noted above, if you want to make just one purchase to get most of the hits by the Andrews Sisters, I would highly recommended Best of Andrews Sisters: a 5CD set and the song listing is very impressive. This is not released yet and I shall review it when I get it. Hopefully the sound is good. In the meantime, this current set is more for collectors and die-hard fans of the Andrews Sisters. There are many ultra-rare gems, that made their CD debut! The entire set is totally enjoyable with great sound and harmony. These old songs sound like brand new. This type of close harmony is sorely missed. Long Live the Andrews Sisters.

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