Although this is just one of five volumes, it actually contains nearly half their American hits. That doesn’t make it necessarily any better than the others, but it shows that they, like the majority of singers in popular music history, achieved their greatest successes early on.
The ten hits here include When I take my sugar to tea, Roll on Mississippi roll on, I found a million-dollar baby, It’s the girl and Was that the human thing to do, all of which made the top ten. Among the other songs here is River stay away from my door, a number one hit for Kate Smith with Guy Lombardo and the Royal Canadians, and the standard Shine on harvest moon.
As is characteristic of this series, some tracks appear on more than one volume, but there is not much overlap between this volume and the others. In any case, there is much great music here.
Most people have long since forgotten the Boswell sisters, but they were a major influence on Ella Fitzgerald, the Andrews sisters and many others. They were extremely versatile, able to swing with the best but also well capable of slowing things down to sing a ballad.
All five volumes are outstanding but this is the CD containing their earliest and most popular recordings.