There's really only one thing wrong with this album, and that's Dorothy Provine. Lou Busch, under his alias Joe "Fingers" Carr, is, as always, in top form. He rarely turned in a mediocre performance. The material, corny by today's standards (but that's almost a plus in my book!), is arranged and played beautifully in Busch's inimitable style. But that voice! Ms. Provine hadn't a clue as she leaped around the songs, pounding the hell out of them...unless, of course, you're a Provine fan, which the other reviewer of this album obviously is, in which case she's brilliant). I have always wished there were some way to get hold of the master tapes for these sessions and wipe her vocals, then find a real singer who knows what she's doing and dub her in. Barbara Cook was mentioned in the other review of this album. Yes, that woman could handle these songs brilliantly. When Teresa Brewer was still alive, she would have been another good choice. Toward the end of her career, long after she'd lost the perky quality her early recordings had, she was turning out some beautiful albums. Ms. Provine could have learned something. Maybe she did, since apparently there were only three albums to her "credit". I'm sorry if I'm coming off snippy here, but I have always loved and honored Joe "Fingers" Carr and the thought of him in the studio, doing his typically wonderful job just to back up such a mediocre singer galls me.
As for the other tracks included with this collection, JOE "FINGERS" CARR AND HIS SWINGING STRING BAND is a brilliant album. I don't know why it's included here, since it was one of his Capitol albums -- one of few he did in stereo for that label. (The Provine album was after he'd moved to Warner Bros Records.) It shows just how delightful Lou Busch could be when not encumbered by a singer like Provine.