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Stan and Ollie ... with others
on 6 September 2013
This cd gets off to a great start with the iconic "Dance Of The Cuckoos" despite missing the last bit of the tune which is rather annoying. The best known Laurel and Hardy song "Trail Of The Lonesome Pine" is here in it's entirety. One of the best tracks "Lazy Moon" is one of the better produced recordings on the collection. "I Want To Be In Dixie", the closing song on Way Out West will bring back happy memories to those who know the film. A personal favourite track of mine, "Honolulu Baby" from Sons of the Desert is a good listen and will get your feet wagging even if the producers of this album (again) missed off the very ending of the song. Alas, the same can be said for the lovely "At The Ball, That's All" by The Avalon Boys from Way Out West. "The Mousetrap Song" is another iconic tune which is anxiously cut off, but at least it is here.
It may surprise readers that tracks 5, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17 and 18 don't feature the voices of Laurel and Hardy, which to me makes this collection a choosy tracks to play or skip affair. There are no liner note details about Laurel and Hardy, the songs, other singers or films the tracks were taken from, just adverts for other artists, which may explain Hallmarks slapdash cutting off of tracks.
The disc is more enjoyable on the second listen, therefore, instead of the initial three stars, I award the collection four stars.