Best of the War Years

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Jo Stafford fans see the title The Best of the War Years, they might assume that this CD is a collection of her essential Capitol hits of the 1940s. The material was recorded in the 1940s -- 1941-1947, to be exact -- but these aren't the pre-rock pop goddess' more famous recordings. Rather, The Best of the War Years is mostly a collection of V-disc material. During World War II, V-discs were non-profit 78-rpm records that were shipped overseas to American servicemen. V-discs (the V stood for victory) weren't sold commercially or made available to the general public -- they were strictly for the enjoyment of U.S. military forces. Many major artists participated in ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
When Jo Stafford fans see the title The Best of the War Years, they might assume that this CD is a collection of her essential Capitol hits of the 1940s. The material was recorded in the 1940s -- 1941-1947, to be exact -- but these aren't the pre-rock pop goddess' more famous recordings. Rather, The Best of the War Years is mostly a collection of V-disc material. During World War II, V-discs were non-profit 78-rpm records that were shipped overseas to American servicemen. V-discs (the V stood for victory) weren't sold commercially or made available to the general public -- they were strictly for the enjoyment of U.S. military forces. Many major artists participated in the Pentagon-approved, government-funded V-disc program, including Stafford, who joins forces with Paul Weston's orchestra on many of these performances. Not everything on this 20-song CD is a V-disc recording -- for example, "Yes, Indeed!" from 1941 and "Manhattan Serenade" from 1942 (both of which unite Stafford with Tommy Dorsey's big band) never came out on the discs, although Dorsey did participate in the program. But most of the 20 tracks are V-disc recordings, and that includes captivating versions of well-known standards like "I Remember You," "Alone Together," "Blue Moon," and "Yesterdays." Unfortunately, the sound quality is scratchy on some of the material, although not unbearably so. This is still a pleasing collection, but one that falls short of essential. Casual listeners and novices would be better off starting out with a collection of Stafford's definitive Capitol hit -- the generally superb Capitol Collectors Series CD (Capitol 91638) that the label assembled in 1991 would be a fine introduction to her pop legacy. However, The Best of the War Years is enthusiastically recommended to Stafford's hardcore fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/10/2001
  • Label: Cleopatra
  • UPC: 741157106527
  • Catalog Number: 1065

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Manhattan Serenade - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:15)
  2. 2 Haunted Heart - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:50)
  3. 3 Gee, It's Good to Hold You - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:42)
  4. 4 When Our Hearts Were Young and Gay - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:10)
  5. 5 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home - Billy Butterfield (5:22)
  6. 6 Alone Together - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:13)
  7. 7 I'm So Right Tonight (2:43)
  8. 8 I Didn't Know About You - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:11)
  9. 9 Carry Me Back to Old Virginny - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:16)
  10. 10 When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (1:48)
  11. 11 Yes, Indeed! - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:29)
  12. 12 Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:48)
  13. 13 Bakery Blues - Lou McGarity (4:41)
  14. 14 For You - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (4:38)
  15. 15 That's for Me (2:45)
  16. 16 I'll Be Seeing You - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:23)
  17. 17 I Remember You - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (3:03)
  18. 18 Yesterdays - Paul Weston & His Orchestra (2:13)
  19. 19 Blue Moon - Lou McGarity (4:47)
  20. 20 Tallahassee (2:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jo Stafford Primary Artist, Vocals
The Pied Pipers Vocals
Billy Butterfield Trumpet
Matty Matlock Reeds
Lou McGarity Trombone
Sy Oliver Vocals
George Van Eps Guitar
Tommy Dorsey Trombone, Leader
Nick Fatool Drums
Herbie Haymer Reeds
Nate Kazebier Trumpet
Jack Ryan Bass
Bill Schaeffer Trombone
Fred Stulce Reeds
Charles Griffard Trumpet
Harry Schuchman Reeds
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Joe Yukl Trombone
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Al Thompson Trombone
Technical Credits
Matty Matlock Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Edgar Hayes Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Winston Rodney Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Paul Weston Arranger
Athan Maroulis Liner Notes
Bob Nolan Composer
Terry Shand Composer
Harry MacGregor Woods Composer
By Dunham Composer
Traditional Composer
Eric Hammer Graphic Design
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