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Deanna Durbin: Can't Help Singing - A Tribute, Her 27 finest

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  • Audio CD (6 Jan. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Retrospective
  • ASIN: B00H7D3816
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,311 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Can't Help Singing
  2. Il Bacio
  3. It's Raining Sunbeams
  4. Les Filles De Cadix
  5. My Own
  6. Ave Maria (Bach-Gounod)
  7. Because
  8. The Last Rose of Summer
  9. Home, Sweet Home
  10. One Fine Day
  11. Spring in My Heart
  12. Amapola
  13. Musetta' Waltz Song
  14. Love Is All
  15. Waltzing in the Clouds
  16. It's Foolish but It's Fun
  17. When April Sings
  18. Beneath the Lights of Home
  19. Perhaps
  20. Annie Laurie
  21. Kiss Me Again
  22. My Hero
  23. Poor Butterfly
  24. Estrellita
  25. Love's Old Sweet Song
  26. Always
  27. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year

Product Description

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2013 saw the passing, at the age of 91, of one of the most successful teenage stars in screen history: Deanna Durbin (1921-2013). Prior to her early retirement in 1949, she delighted millions the world over with her natural, wholesome girl-next-door manner and sweet, lyrical light soprano voice. But her many recordings have had an enduring popularity and, 70 years on, still sell as well as they ever did. With Can't Help Singing (the title of both her 1944 film and the opening track) Retrospective pays generous tribute to one of the finest popular singers of the 20th century by gathering together no fewer than 27 of her most famous 78 recordings, unsurpassed as a single-CD collection. They range from songs featured in her many films, such as It's Raining Sunbeams (from 100 Men And A Girl), My Own (from That Certain Age), and Waltzing In The Clouds (from Spring Parade), to sentimental ballads (e.g. Beneath The Lights Of Home and Love's Old Sweet Song) and favourite operatic arias: One Fine Day and Musetta's Waltz Song.

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Deanna Durbin was born in December 1921 of English parents who moved from Winnipeg to Hollywood when she was one year old. At the tender age of 14 she made the first of the 78s reproduced now on this cd (Il bacio) and went on till the end of 1944 with the 27 tracks recorded here, all with Decca, and all mostly featuring vocals used in films she made with Universal Studios - in fact so great was her popularity in her films that she was a major influence in saving Universal from closure.

Deanna Durbin was the girl next door whom many of us growing up in the thirties, and later going to war, regarded as an ideal fantasy heroine who, with her wholesome and virtuous exterior, would seem to be typical of those of our loved ones who would be waiting for our return after the conflict. She was signed by MGM along with Judy Garland but taken up by Universal when her contract lapsed. So great was her film success that she was able to retire from public life at the age of 27!

Although she might well have become an operatic star, she pursued her film career, one of her more popular successes being the film A Hundred Men and a Girl in which she starred along with Leopold Stokowsky and his Philadelphia Orchestra. This tribute, featuring many of her most popular tracks, is a welcome adjunct to a timely consideration of her valuable and considerable film successes, following her death, at 91, in April 2013.
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Deanna Durbin was a Canadian singer and actress. She had a fine soprano voice, light yet full. It may seem a little sweet for modern tastes, but her clarity is to be applauded. It is surprising to find, on the newly released Retrospective CD, both popular hits and operatic pieces such as Puccini's 'One Fine Day' from Madam Butterfly. Her rendition of Bach-Gounod's 'Ave Maria' is rather moving and the notes tell us that Durbin sang it in the 1938 film 'Mad About Music'. The best track on the album for me is Irving Berlin's 'Always' (1944). Slow-paced and thoughtful, Durbin rescues the song from its association with Noel Coward's play, 1941 (and film,1945) 'Blithe Spirit' where it is sent up and now has a rather too firm a hold over its reputation. A great track restored by Durbin for us all.
This CD covers the years 1936-1944: the rich years for this star, and she was a star.
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RTR4237 Can't Help Singing, Deanna Durbin
This new Retrospective compilation is a reworking of the earlier Living Era CD. The new CD has 27 tracks and many new tracks but because of popularity must include many familiar songs as well. The sound quality is excellent. Informative liner notes. Attractive liners in keeping with the rest of the retrospective releases. As always shop around for the best price.
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I liked this cd because it showed the range of Deanna Durbin's voice, it was very good and I enjoyed the older songs that she sang
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she is great at singing
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