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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Gracie was an all-round entertainer - comedienne, actress and singer, but my interest is limited to her music. The recordings here date from the thirties to the sixties and include many songs that she is remembered for, but not necessarily the original versions. It appears that Gracie sometimes re-recorded her songs and some of those re-recordings are included instead of the originals. Nevertheless, this is a very entertaining collection that does full justice to Gracie's music.

As the booklet notes say, Gracie's theme song (Sally) is not really a woman's song but it became her signature song nevertheless and a recording of it opens this set. The booklet notes, such as they are, mainly focus on a basic outline of Gracie's life and career and don't say much about the music (they could be used for any Gracie Fields compilation that includes Sally, which is the only song mentioned)

Among the other songs, you`ll find Wish me luck as you wave me goodbye, Walter Walter lead me to the alter, In my little bottom drawer, The biggest aspidistra in the world, Now is the hour and If I knew you were coming I'd have baked a cake. The last song was a huge American hit for Eileen Barton at the time, but Gracie's version was eventually used in a British TV commercial. I also particularly liked her medleys of Annie get your gun (Parts 1 and 2) and Oklahoma (Parts 1 and 2).

Not everything worth having of Gracie's music is here, but this is a very comprehensive collection and should provide plenty of enjoyment for Gracie's fans everywhere, unless they object to the re-recordings of some songs. I don't object and I am very happy with the set.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
An excellent boxed set,containing the very best of Gracie Fields.
Until you listen to the set right through you are unaware of the amount of songs "Our Gracie" made famous.You won't get a better overview of her career than this!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Lovely ballad singing by the most beautiful voice of the twentieth century. Simple to skip the comic numbers while enjoying all the lovely melodies of a bygone age.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 25 January 2013
All the 78s my grandmother had and many more are on this disk. It is a wonderfully nostalgic record of a great artiste.
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on 31 December 2012
A wide variety of songs from Gracie but without 'SING AS WE GO !'Didn't note the absence of this definitive song when I ordered so dissappointed.Good value ,however and geat delivery.
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on 1 August 2012
my friend aged 93 was very pleased when i gave it to her she was born in rochdale , so she new all the songs on it , and it was great value for the money would recommend it for all
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on 30 March 2013
If you like Gracie Fields, or want to understand the phenomenal popularity she enjoyed, then you must spend time listening to this rich collection of her songs.
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on 29 July 2015
I am not that old to know Gracie Fields the first time round
but she has such a fantastic voice and some fun songs that always make me smile.
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on 14 January 2014
Searched for a long time to find all Gracie's best on one album.All on here plus rare recordings.Would definitely reccomend
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on 2 June 2013
she is still the darling of the nation to my generation any way. Her humour is to be enjoyed by all
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