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Excellent collection of Gracie's music
on 26 July 2011
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.