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  • Audio CD (24 Aug 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Best of
  • Label: Decca
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,367 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of DoverVera Lynn 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Auf Wiederseh'n SweetheartVera Lynn 2:36£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. We'll Meet AgainRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 3:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Travellin' HomeThe Glen Somers Orchestra 3:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. As Time Goes ByVera Lynn 3:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. DreamVera Lynn 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Faraway PlacesVera Lynn 2:41£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Harbour lightsVera Lynn 3:07£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. It's A Lovely Day TomorrowVera Lynn 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. If You Love MeRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. When You Hear Big BenRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 2:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen12. YoursRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 3:11£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Loveliest Night Of The YearThe Stargazers 1:12£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me GoodbyeVera Lynn 3:15£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Medley - Half as much - Isle of Innisfree - You Belong To MeRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Up The Wooden Hill To BedfordshireVera Lynn 3:05£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen17. When I Grow Too Old To DreamVera Lynn 2:45£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Medley - Somewhere Along The Way - Here In My Heart - Let The Rest Of The World Go ByRoland Shaw And His Orchestra 3:31£0.59  Buy MP3 
Listen19. I'm Forever Blowing BubblesMike Sammes Singers 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. From The Time You Say Goodbye (The Parting Song)Vera Lynn 2:27£0.59  Buy MP3 

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To celebrate seventy years after the end of World War II, this is the very best of Dame Vera Lynn. Twenty beautiful tracks from the original forces sweetheart, including the nations favourite war time songs "We'll Meet Again", "(There'll Be Blue Birds Over) The White Cliffs Of Dover" and "As Time Goes By".

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70 of 73 people found the following review helpful By P. J. Wallace on 5 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
Any compilation claiming to be the "very best of" any artist is likely to be the object of a certain amount of disagreement. This new selection of Vera Lynn recordings is no exception, but at least it is a well-chosen collection from the Dame's wonderful recorded legacy.

No recording dates are provided, but the earliest recording is "Up The Wooden Hill To Bedfordshire" - Vera's first solo record made in 1936. Nowadays there is a tendency to forget that Vera Lynn had already established a successful career prior to her years as the Forces Sweetheart. She was a dance band vocalist with the bands of Charlie Kunz and Ambrose, amongst others, and a popular recording and radio star. However the war years made her a superstar and no musical history of World War 2 is complete without Vera singing "We'll Meet Again" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". I was born long after the war, but Vera's renditions of these classic songs are incredibly powerful and moving. Another fine song of those dark days (1940) was Irving Berlin's optimistic "There's A Lovely Day Tomorrow" and Vera is backed by Jay Wilbur's Orchestra featuring Arthur Young on the novachord - the world's first synthesizer!

Five of the recordings included here were made in 1952 with vocal backing by "members of H M Forces". Of these, "Yours" and "Auf Weiderseh'n Sweetheart" are definitely amongst Vera's very best, and the latter title was a big hit for her. More than half the tracks on this CD date from the 1950s and have fine orchestral accompaniments conducted by Woolf Philips, Roland Shaw, Eric Rogers and others.

This album will appeal to many purchasers for a variety of reasons.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 6 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
To anybody who is not particularly familiar with Vera's music and who just wants a selection of some of her most famous songs, this compilation provides that. It includes We'll meet again (albeit a re-recording from 1953) and White cliffs of Dover, but it in no way could truly be called the very best of Vera Lynn. It focuses mainly on her recordings from the fifties, yet even omits most of her fifties pop hits.

I have several compilations of Vera's music, which between them represent her career as a recording artist from 1936 to 1977. Vera recorded for Decca (now part of Universal) until 1960, before switching to a label that is now part of EMI for the remainder of her career. In the sixties and seventies, Vera appeared regularly on TV and recorded plenty of great music during those decades, some of which is available on Singles Collection. However, people are primarily interested in the early half of her career so it is her Decca recordings, 20 of which are included here, that Vera will always be remembered for. Closer inspection shows that the people at Universal didn`t put a lot of thought into the track selection.

Of the compilations of Vera Lynn's Decca music that I own, there are two double CD's that I particularly love. One is Forces Sweetheart: 49 Original Mono Recordings 1936-1952, released on the ASV label that has now been shut down. Now out of print along with all other ASV titles, it includes 43 tracks from the period 1936 to 1945, together with six from 1951 and 1952.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Music fan on 1 Sep 2009
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Dame Vera Lynn was not the only singer to make their name in the Second World War but there can be no doubt that she was very important to many. Her East End upbringing meant than many people felt she could understand through the Blitz and for young soldiers she was a " girl next door type ". Her songs of the wartime do have a powerful emotional charge and I know that she was much liked by members of my grandparents' generation .

There can be few more telling reminders of this than a BBC concert a few years back when Katherine Jenkins warbled annoyingly through many of Dame Vera's numbers only for the audience in which many veterans were present to perk up and singalong vigorously when Dame Vera now retired appeared on stage .

This is a good compliation including many of her greats and as today is the 70th anniversary of the outbreak of war it is good to see it in the top 20 as if there is any war that we must never forget - it is that one.
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53 of 57 people found the following review helpful By I. Stanfield on 3 Sep 2009
Format: Audio CD
I am so pleased that this music is being redone, I was not born when the war was on, but was born in 1947 the baby boom year.

I can always remember the Sunday Mornings, my mother prepairing the lunch time dinner always Beef roasts and yorkshire pudding with lovely creamed rice pudding, and hearing on the radio Home and Away, this was the type of music that was played at the time, every one used to have this one and all the neighbours were cooking roast dinners, the smell on a sunday was absolutly fantastic, an experiance that you do not have this day.So this brings back lots of memories.

As for the war being over and that it should not be kept being brought up, why not? how many of our kin were killed in the war, why should we not want to remember, in years to come the young men of this centery who are still at war, and many who have given their lives for us, should they be forgotten for what they did,Ido not think so, they will be rememberd for years,also the wars.
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