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5.0 out of 5 stars Great song selection, recorded in the usual style, 6 Sept. 2009
This review is from: Songs Of Love And Laughter (Audio CD)
After a series of 40-track double albums that combined plenty of re-released recordings with some newly-recorded tracks, this particular 40-track double album came as a surprise, as it is made up entirely of newly recorded music. As ever, many of the songs are famous and come from a variety of sources including folk, pop, country and Irish. While there are plenty of famous songs here, there are plenty that aren't.

Taking the familiar pop songs first, you'll find a couple of Buddy Holly covers (True love ways, It doesn't matter anymore), two songs recorded by the Everly brothers (All I have to do is dream, Let it be me), two songs recorded by Elvis Presley (I just can't help believing, A fool such as I), a Matt Monro cover (Portrait of my love), a Don McLean cover (And I love you so) and a Solomon King cover (She wears my ring). Less familiar is Oldest swinger in town, with which Fred Wedlock had an unlikely British top ten hit in 1981. I suspect that it may be very appropriate for Foster and Allen at this stage in their career

Country music fans may recognize Little old wine drinker me, Help me make it through the night, I guess I'm crazy, Blue side of lonesome, Crying my heart out over you, Ring of fire, He stopped loving her today and Don't let me cross over. Jim Reeves recorded several of these songs, though he wasn't necessarily the original artist in each case. Foster and Allen show their Irish roots by including such songs as When you were sweet sixteen, Gentle mother, Delaney's donkey and Daniel O'Connell.

Based on the title alone, I didn't recognize Seven old ladies. Actually, it is a (spoof?) version of Oh dear what can the matter be. Listening to the lyrics of Seven old ladies, it occurs to me that if the story were true and occurred now, there would be a public outcry. As it is, the song is not treated seriously. I have long accepted that songs are a product of their times and should be treated as such, but the politically correct brigade may not find this song funny. (In the standard version of Oh dear what can the matter be, there is no mention of seven old ladies, as the lyrics concern themselves with Johnny not coming back from the fair, so there's no controversy there.)

As I said earlier, this collection also includes some delightful obscurities. Among them are Love is pleasing, Maria's heading out to California, If I were a blackbird, The winning dream, Lassie come and dance with me, Candle and wine and Life in the old dog yet.

Foster and Allen's dedicated fans probably bought this when it first came out. Having bought and enjoyed several of their albums, I would say that although I love all their music, this is one of their most interesting collections, if only because the material is generally less obvious than usual.
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