Beginning with the Dean Martin classic that gives this compilation its title, this compilation is packed full of easy listening classics from the fifties and sixties, some of which have been released many times on different compilations while others don't get released very often.
Cliff Richard is here with three songs - The young ones, The minute you're gone and Bachelor boy. Elsewhere, there are a couple of classics each by the Seekers (Georgy girl, I'll never find another you), Des O'Connor (Dick-a-dum dum, I pretend) and Tony Bennett (Chicago, I left my heart in San Francisco).
Johnnie Ray (Just walking in the rain), Jim Reeves (Distant drums), Michael Holliday (Story of my life), Petula Clark (This is my song), Perry Como (Magic moments), Frank Ifield (I remember you), Pat Boone (Love letters in the sand), Doris Day (Secret love), Matt Monro (Portrait of my love), Vikki Carr (It must be him) and Jo Stafford (You belong to me) are among the many other great singers represented by classic oldies. I'm also pleased to see that the UK hit version of Moon River (by Danny Williams) is included. While this song is generally associated with Andy Williams (no relation to Danny), his version is generally easier to find.
If I haven't mentioned your favorite, don't worry - there's a lot of great music here. If you enjoy easy listening music of the fifties and sixties, you'll love this compilation - and if you haven't already got the second volume, buy that too, if you can afford them both.
on 14 March 2005
Let me take you back... to a time before the Beatles took the British popular music genre by the scruff of the neck and gave it something to make the Americans sit up and notice. Back to a time when the chart was called a hit parade and it was filled with (mostly male) singers either doing novelty songs or trying to be the next Cole or Sinatra (does that not sound familiar?).
Concentrating mainly on the period between the publication of the first British chart in 1954 and the arrival of the beat groups in 1963, this collection manages to squeeze 60 of those classic oldies into two and a half hours - in those days nothing outstayed its welcome. A few post-Beatles artists are included - they tended either to be comedians (Ken Dodd, Des O'Connor, who actually had very fine singing voices) or linked to movies ("This Is My Song" and "Edelweiss").
The over-riding consideration is that just about all of these songs had unforgettable melodies, were well sung and produced, and still sound great today, proof of this being that many of them have been covered in more recent times by performers old and new.
Anyone over 50 will remember these all too clearly, may even have bought the original 7" singles (or 78s in a few cases). While none of the tracks are rare or been on compilations before this is a great collection to have - the only risk involved is possible annoyance to others caused by your whistling or humming tunes from it at odd times of the day!
on 9 January 2014
This cd has passed all my expectations, very good value for money, very good on delivery and packaging and I expected a somewhat old sound from the 60 tracks that are on the cd, but, the quality of sound is very good through my six speakers and sub woofer that I have connected to my PC.