The Magic of Doris Day
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(2007/SONY AUSTRALIA) 22 tracks 1950-1965 including two unreleased songs from the Doris Day Show 1973 & 1975.
Whatever Will Be, Will Be - Que Sera, Sera
Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps (Quizas, Quizas, Quizas)
Move Over Darling
Pillow Talk - From 'pillow Talk'
Teacher's Pet - 78 Rpm Version
Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered - 78 Rpm Version
When I Fall In Love - Live
It's Magic - 78Rpm Version
Lullaby Of Broadway - Album Version
Secret Love - Album Version
The Deadwood Stage
The Black Hills Of Dakota
A Very Precious Love
Everybody Loves A Lover - Single Version
Love Me Or Leave Me - 78 Rpm Version
Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words)
Dream A Little Dream Of Me
Close Your Eyes
You'll Never Walk Alone - Album Version
Who Will Buy?
The 59Th Street Bridge Song (Feelin' Groovy)
The Way We Were
When Doris Day essentially retired from showbiz in the early 70s (to concentrate on her animal welfare campaigning), she had already been out of fashion for a couple of decades - but it wasn't always so. When Doris Mary Anne von Kappelhoff chose her stage name she went for the rather plain-sounding 'Doris Day', after the song, 'Day After Day', which she performed in the early stages of her career. Doris was forever to be the clean-cut, innocent blonde singer and actress - later even dubbed 'the world's oldest virgin. But she was also dearly loved by her public.
Despite her fame as an actress, Doris started her career as a singer and this 22-track compilation captures essentially two sides of her repertoire: the earlier Swing/Big Band material and the later pop/easy Listening material.
The CD opens with Doris' signature track, the Oscar-winning classic 'Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)', a song that she was so reluctant to record initially. Other classics follow with 'Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps' which was given a new lease of life in Baz Luhrmann's film Strictly Ballroom, 'Pillow Talk' from the film of the same title co-staring her long-term friend Rock Hudson and 'Move Over Darling', co-written by her son Terry Melcher (who produced such classics as The Byrds' 'Mr Tambourine Man' and 'Turn, Turn, Turn'). So far so good - but by the time you get to 'Teacher's Pet', the title track of her 1958 film, you are in for a saccharine overdose and cringe-worthy lyrics.
It's the older swing tracks that stand out and show the lesser-known side of Doris, like 'Lullabye of Broadway', 'Sentimental Journey', 'Secret Love' and 'The Deadwood Stage', the latter two from the 1953 film Calamity Jane. She may lack sex (and camp) appeal but when talking about the Magic Of Doris Day then it's the older material that fits this description.
For Doris aficionados two previously unreleased tracks have been included, these being the most recent work here: The medley 'Secret Love/ Who Will Buy/ The 59th Street Song' is a winner; however her version of 'The Way We Were' can't compete with that of America's other great singer/actress, Barbra Streisand. --Ilka Schlockermann
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Top customer reviews
This CD has all the tracks that I want of Doris' career and in particular I like "Que, Sera Sera, Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps, Move Over Darling, Pillow Talk, Teachers Pet, It's Magic, Secret Love, The Deadwood Stage, The Black Hills Of Dakota, Love Me Or Leave Me" and "Sentimental Journey." The rest of you songs are also highly enjoyable.
The sound quality is very good on this release from Columbia and comes with an 8 page sleeve, 3 pages of which contain liner notes by Paul Grein where he gives a brief history of each of the songs. Lastly, a couple of pages detailing song titles, writers, original release dates and song timings are here.
I recommend this cd for anyone who wants to celebrate the best songs in the career of Doris Day.
Footnote: Ignore the first tracklisting that Amazon have put on this page as it is incorrect. The second listing further down however, is correct.
It is a great pity that those seeking their fortunes the relatively easy way, via television 'talent' shows should learn from singers such as Miss Day and Jo Stafford.
Born 'Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff' in 1922 or maybe 1924, strange not being sure i guess.
As 'Doris Day' the lady enjoyed a sparkling recording career mainly during the 50's with songs
such as 'Secret Love' (Chart '1' 1954) and 'Black Hills of Dakota' (Chart '7' also 1954) of course
these two numbers from the being from the memorable movie 'Calamity Jane' as of course is
'The Deadwood Stage' the album also includes her number one smash hit of 1956 'Whatever
Will Be, Will Be' (Que Sera Sera) and 'Ready Willing And Able' (Chart '7' 1955) 'A Very Precious
Love' (Chart '16' 1958) 'Love Me Or Leave Me' (Chart '20'1955) 'Everybody Loves A Lover'
(Chart '25' 1958) and her 1964 number '8' Hit - 'Move Over Darling'
There are many other well known 'Doris Day' gems on-board from films and albums which i'm sure
many will remember.
Of course 'Doris Day' had quite a film career of 'love/comedy' roles playing opposite stars such as
'Rock Hudson' and 'James Garner'
This album is a great collectors item for those of us that have memories of both her music and indeed
her film roles.
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have never heard a bad one from Doris this one is no exception
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