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We'll Meet Again
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
This is a fine, well-paced, nicely put together collection of 44 songs of the war years. Those responsible have managed to produce a consistently pleasing sound quality from recordings of various vintages.
The only disappointment, given that this is meant to be a premium compilation of WWII tunes, is that of the 44 tracks, 15 are more recent re-recordings of well-loved tunes from the war years. Most of the tracks featured by The Andrews Sisters and - gasp! - Dame Vera are 1950s and 1960s renditions rather than the original versions of the war era. These are presumably the versions EMI had access to themselves, but it's a shame that the whole collection is not strictly of the period this compilation was made to commemorate. For this it loses one star.
Otherwise, this is a wonderful, beautifully-mastered trip through many nostalgic peaks of the music of World War II. If the above issues do not matter to you, you can buy this compilation with confidence and be delighted.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 5 November 2004
Evocative, varied and well produced, this album is a great collection for those who'd like to be transported to the Forties. It's a great CD with some recordings which are the less-than-usual type for compilations and the like. This is not one of those cheap compilations with artists you've never heard of or versions which are awful - they seem to have spent some money on putting it together and it works!
A few favourites by particular artists would have been nice, but I am merely being picky, as I ahve played this over and over and every time I find something else wonderful.
Dance, swoon, remember... the Forties may have been ravaged by war, but some of the music was fantastic!
A wonderful compilation!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
We'll Meet Again, Various Artists, One Day Music, DAY2CD103
This new nostalgia collection for a new label that has plans to release around 80 CDs over the next year is a real winner and bring together many of the most popular songs of the era. In total there are 50 performances and a total running time of approx 150 minutes. The sound quality is very good across the set and there are liner notes by Michael Heatley. A nice touch is the addition of some small photographs of some of the performers and a larger image of Vera Lynn on the inside of the liner. The period covered here is 1931 to 1945. Standout tracks include "The Sun Has Got His Hat On" sung by Al Bowlly and a memorable choice on Desert Island Discs by England Cricketer Geoff Randall many years ago. The ever popular "Roll Out the Barrell" is performed by The Rex Massed Bands & Chorus and the stirring rendition of "There'll Always be An England" by Alfred Piccaver closes CD1. CD2 opens with forces favourite Vera Lynn singing "Be Like the Kettle and Sing" and it isn't too long to wait for Gracie Fields who sings "Sing as We Go" and then Coronation Street's Betty Driver sings "The World will Sing Again" backed by Harry Roy. Nicely packaged.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
I am a big fan of Dame Vera and play her songs all the time in my car.. Last year I took her some flowers for her 96th birthday and had a cup of tea and a chat. It must have meant so much to our troops during WW2 that a young lady with a beautiful voice risked her life to entertain them. I am looking forward to her new CD coming out in June
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 March 2011
A Mother's Prayer At Twilight
A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
After A While
Coming Home
Goodnight Children Everywhere
Harbour Lights
I Paid For The Lie That I Told You
I Shall Be Waiting
I'll Pray For You
It Always Rains Before The Rainbow
It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
Little Sir Echo
Lonely Sweetheart
Love Makes The World Go Round
Medley with Jack Cooper:
a. I Hear A Dream
b. You're Hear, You're There, You're Everywhere
c. So Rare
Memory Of A Rose
We'll Meet Again
Mexicali Rose
When Mother Nature Sings Her Lullaby
When The Lights Go On Again
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 18 February 2005
My mum,79, says it's great, and she was there!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 7 April 2015
I ordered this CD so the first track "We'll Meet Again" could be played at a funeral. The CD started with track 2 instead!! Eventually, I found the track - it was number 9 or number 10. Not sure how I get my money back as it is of no use to me now.
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on 18 May 2011
A perfect gift for my elderly mother, who loves this style and era of music.
Unfortunately, both cd's in the set failed to play out, both stopping about two thirds of the way through (on a brand new cd player, which doesn't have a problem with other cd's).
I felt I ought to give this item two stars - one for the evocative artwork, and one for the very good price, but I'd rather have paid more for a faultless product. Now we'll have to see how Amazon's returns policy fares.

Pity. Could've been a good 'un.

Important Update:
I've since had the chance to play the cd's on another machine, and they play perfectly. My mother will be keeping them, and it will be the cd player that will be replaced!
Apologies to the makers of the cd's - I've amended my rating accordingly.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 January 2013
This album of most of the classic war era songs is brilliant, my grandfather enjoyed it because he was in the army during ww2, he said when they got a little time from the war they would sit and sing these songs of home.
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on 4 July 2015
My Mum grew up in WWII and I remember her singing many of these songs to me when I was a child. She has advanced dementia now and I bought this CD to soothe her when she's agitated. She loves it and sings snatches every now and then. The staff say t really helps and they sing with her. It's brought some lovely memories back for me too. Even my husband recognised one of the songs because Seven of Nine sang it in an episode of Star Trek:Voyager!
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