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A lovely introduction to the music of Doris,
This review is from: Golden Girl - Columbia '44-'66 (Audio CD)
In a double-CD, it is impossible to cover all Doris's career properly. Here, the compiler chose to concentrate on the less well known earlier music, resulting in many well-known songs from the late fifties and the sixties being omitted. There are many other compilations which cover those decades in depth.
So, what you get here are some of her biggest American hits, including the original recordings of Sentimental journey and It's magic (1948), together with Love somebody (1948), Again (1949), Shanghai (1951), A guy is a guy (1952) and Sugarbush (1952) representing the early part of career. Curiously, Bewitched (1950) is omitted. However, there are many other lovely songs from those years which are included, which I'd never heard before, as well as songs that you will recognise via other versions.
As her movie career evolved in the fifties and sixties, Doris recorded many songs for them as well as recording songs purely intended for albums and singles. A few famous songs from this period are included - Black hills of Dakota (my favorite Doris song), Secret love, Whatever will be will be, If I give my heart to you, Everybody loves a lover, I'll never stop loving you, Pillow talk and Move over darling - but there are other compilations which cover this period in greater depth.
For loyal Doris fans, there are some tracks that are otherwise difficult to find (I think they are only available in a Bear Family box)- That Jane from Maine and You're good for me - but this collection is mainly aimed at the wider public.
As an introduction to her music, this is brilliant, especially for the early solo music - but you may also want to buy another Doris compilation covering those later years. I already ownded such a collection when this was released, so it was ideal for me.