The Great Old Time Radio Stars Vinyl Album

The Great Old Time Radio Stars Vinyl Album
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The Great Old Time Radio Stars Vinyl Album Vinyl Album

This collection of tracks related to "old time" radio stars is mostly a delight. But this is "old time" radio, so we know this stuff had to have been put on wax sometime before Elvis first wiggled onto stage.

At any rate, there is much to love here. For the millionth time, we hear the young Bing Crosby, this time with Isham Jones and his orchestra, in a jazzy, rubato rendition of THE circle-of-fifths 1920s novelty, "Sweet Georgia Brown." And there's a wonderful version of the anti-capitalist classic "Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?" ironically introduced by bandleader/singer Rudy Vallee as "a song from Americana." Kate Smith sings beautifully on "When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain," a simple but charming tune with music by Harry Woods of "Four Leaf Clover" fame, and there is masterful vocalizing by Buddy Clark, The Boswell Sisters, and Cliff Edwards (whose jazzy guitar-strumming and kazoo-like scatting are revelations to this listener) on their respective tracks. Gene Austin is most pleasant, and Ethel Merman is... Ethel Merman. Her recording of "I Get a Kick Out of You," at any rate, is refreshingly unadorned--arrangement-wise, at least--and consequently in keeping with Cole Porter's intentions.

Both the album cover and the vinyl album are in great condition. The inner sleeve is the original generic sleeve that came with the album.

Songs on Album:

Side One

1 - Sweet Georgia Brown - Bing Crosby
2 - Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? - Rudy Vallee
3 - When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain - Kate Smith
4 - Inka Dinka Doo - Jimmy Durante
5 - Everything I Have Is Yours - Gene Austin

Side Two

6 - What Is a Boy? - Arthur Godfrey
7 - I Get a Kick Out of You - Ethel Merman
8 - It's Only a Paper Moon - Cliff Edwards
9 - There'll Be Some Changes Made - The Boswell Sisters
10 - You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love) - Buddy Clark

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