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More recent substitutions slightly mar a grand collection
on 14 March 2005
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.