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Black And White Minstrel Show [Soundtrack]

George Mitchell Audio CD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD (14 Feb 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B004INTNHQ
  • Other Editions: Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,610 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Meet The Minstrels: Weep No More / Ring Ring De Banjo / Oh Susanna / Oh Dem Golden Slippers / Li'l Liza Jane / Take Me To That Swanee Shore / Camp Town Races / I Want To Be In Dixie / You Forgot To Remember / If You WereThe Only Girl In The World
2. Leslie Stuart Melodies: Little Dolly Daydream / I May Be Crazy / Sweetheart May / Lily Of Laguna
3. In The Moonlight: Shadow Waltz / Me And My Shadow / By The Light Of The Silvery Moon / Dream Dream Dream / When I'm Too Old To Dream
4. Your Requests: You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby / Daddy Wouldn't Buy Me A Bow Wow / She Was One Of The Early Birds / Daisy Bell (A Bicycle Built For Two) / Moonlight Bay / Dew-Dew-Dew-Day / Ma (He's Making Eyes At Me) / I'm Looking Over A Four...
5. Meet The Girls: Lulu's Back In Town / Miss Annabelle Lee / Mary's A Grand Old Name / K-K-K-Katy / Cecilia / Ramona / Laura / Oh You Beautiful Doll
6. A Tribute To Al Jolson: I'm Sitting On Top Of The World / There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder / Carolina InThe Morning / California Here I Come / Swanee / Let Me Sing And I'm Happy / My Mammy / Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody
7. Memories Of Stephen Foster: Poor Old Joe / I Dream Of Jeannie With The Light Brown Hair / Beautiful Dreamer / Come Where My Love Lies Dreaming
8. Grand Finale: Coal Black Mammy / Polly Wolly Doodle / Some FolksDo / When The Saints Go Marching In / Back Home In Tennessee / Dixieland / When The Midnight Choo Cho Leaves For Alabam / Camp Town Races

Product Description

Product Description

Although largely forgotten now, there was a time when the Black & White Minstrel Show was a staple diet in British homes. First airing on television in 1958 it would run for the next twenty years, pulling in audiences of 18 million at its height. In 1960 a theatrical show was launched which would run for twelve years and 6,477 performances, something of a record. And speaking of records, the Black & White Minstrel Show were to enjoy no fewer than three UK number one hit albums as well as a further three Top Ten hits. This album was their first chart topper, enjoying seven weeks at the summit.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Very poor sound quality 29 Dec 2011
Format:Audio CD
When I received this CD, I immediately transferred the tracks onto my MP3 player because I was going out for a walk and wanted to listen to them. What terrible sound quality, all the more exagerated through headphones. I thought that there must have been some sort of problem with the CD ripping process so listened to the CD itself when I got back home only to find the same bad quality sound. Anyone buying this CD should be made aware that it's for historical interest only and not much good for a nice relaxed listening session!
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1.0 out of 5 stars What could have been a welcome release 18 Feb 2011
Format:Audio CD
Putting aside the arguments over the political incorrectness of the shows, as recorded music the Minstrel's albums were full of polished performances and superb arrangements. They may appeal to only a certain section of the public today, but it must be remembered that in the first half of the 1960s they featured in the album charts, including at times the number one spot, holding their own against musical soundtracks and the dominance of the rock and pop of the era.

At first sight, this CD appeared to be a welcome re-release of their first album in the original format, possibly heralding the release of all of them in due course. The Disky compilations of a few years ago were welcome, despite their lack of information and mistakes in the listing and spelling of the tracks. But being different compilations they didn't quite seem like the real thing to anyone familiar with the LPs.

However, what a disappointment! No information beyond a list of song titles, therefore no composer or soloist credits, let alone any historical and factual notes. But then these deficiencies pale when the CD is played! It is an actual recording of a vinyl record, and a mono one at that, with poor sound, background crackle, and all the usual clicks and pops. Nothing of this is mentioned in the publicity; I have actually seen it called a "digital remastering". Is this fraud? At least the Disky CDs were stereo and seemed to be taken direct from the master tapes.

Is anyone (perhaps EMI themselves) going to bite the bullet and produce a full set of these albums in their original formats with proper credits and notes, decently remastered, perhaps all in one box? Or do the political correctness problems mean that this can never be, so justice will never be done to this otherwise first class legacy?
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor sound quality... 12 Aug 2011
By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Why do they do this? Having read the other review I had to hear this CD for myself. I agree and it is not worth buying. I would urge caution whenever you see this label which is a pity because many of the LPs released on CD by them have been long awaited and so it is even more of a disappointment when such poor results are heard. Hallmark please take note.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars VINYL TO CD!!!!! 2 Aug 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I agree with every review here. I have several of the newly released Hallmark cd's and to be honest could not see what all the fuss was about - until today. I am not always close to my player when listening to music but today I was and I heard the surface noise and pops and crackles in between tracks and also on quieter passages of the music.
Hallmark used to be a reputable company, I can make better vinyl to cd copies myself, they really do not deserve to be in the business if they can't improve their standards.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderefl entertainment 1 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I can only repeat all I said about the other Black and White Minstrel disc which I purchased.How can one improve on perfection??
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