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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This must be the only album that can advertise itself as containing all recordings that spent at least eight weeks each at number one in the charts, if only because records tended to stay at the top of the charts longer in the 1940s than they did subsequently. But British archival label ASV/Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Forties really does live up to its name, containing the biggest hits of 1940-1947. And what happened to 1948 and 1949? Well, albums like this exist because European copyright law extends only 50 years for recordings, allowing labels like ASV/Living Era to remaster old 78s from major labels like Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor and create collections ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This must be the only album that can advertise itself as containing all recordings that spent at least eight weeks each at number one in the charts, if only because records tended to stay at the top of the charts longer in the 1940s than they did subsequently. But British archival label ASV/Living Era's Chart-Toppers of the Forties really does live up to its name, containing the biggest hits of 1940-1947. And what happened to 1948 and 1949? Well, albums like this exist because European copyright law extends only 50 years for recordings, allowing labels like ASV/Living Era to remaster old 78s from major labels like Columbia, Decca, and RCA Victor and create collections like this without licensing and paying royalties. But they would have to have waited a little longer to get the last two years of the decade in. They do have to pay song publishing royalties, but differences in the law in Europe make it more economical to have 25 tracks on a disc than it is in the U.S. All of this must be seen as an end-run around American law, however, since this compilation, which consists entirely of American artists and is keyed to the American charts, is clearly intended for the American market, where it is readily available, even though those major labels claim copyright on this material at home. But then, why should an American fan complain when such a collection would be nearly impossible to assemble stateside? Note that the recording of "I'll Never Smile Again" credited to Frank Sinatra is the hit version by Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra with Sinatra and the Pied Pipers on vocals, and that "Sentimental Journey," credited to Doris Day, is the hit version by Les Brown and His Orchestra with Day on vocals.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/1999
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625529425
  • Catalog Number: 5294

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 In the Mood - Glenn Miller (3:31)
  2. 2 I'll Never Smile Again - Frank Sinatra (3:09)
  3. 3 Tuxedo Junction - Glenn Miller (3:31)
  4. 4 Frenesi - Artie Shaw (3:05)
  5. 5 Only Forever - Bing Crosby (3:04)
  6. 6 Chattanooga Choo Choo - Glenn Miller (3:27)
  7. 7 Amapola - Jimmy Dorsey (3:22)
  8. 8 Moonlight Cocktail - Glenn Miller (3:21)
  9. 9 Paper Doll - The Mills Brothers (2:38)
  10. 10 I've Heard That Song Before - Harry James (2:58)
  11. 11 Pistol Packin' Mama - Al Dexter and His Troopers (2:52)
  12. 12 Shoo Shoo Baby - The Andrews Sisters (2:52)
  13. 13 Swinging on a Star - Bing Crosby (2:29)
  14. 14 Rum and Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters (3:13)
  15. 15 Sentimental Journey - Doris Day (3:14)
  16. 16 Till the End of Time - Perry Como (3:08)
  17. 17 Oh! What It Seemed to Be - Frankie Carle (2:58)
  18. 18 The Gypsy - The Ink Spots (2:44)
  19. 19 To Each His Own - Eddy Howard & His Orchestra (2:24)
  20. 20 Rumours Are Flying - Frankie Carle (2:52)
  21. 21 Heartaches - Ted Weems (2:34)
  22. 22 Peg O' My Heart - The Harmonicats (2:06)
  23. 23 Near You - Francis Craig (2:48)
  24. 24 Ballerina - Vaughn Monroe (3:18)
  25. 25 White Christmas - Bing Crosby (3:03)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jerry Murad Track Performer
The Andrews Sisters Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Doris Day Track Performer
The Mills Brothers Track Performer
Vaughn Monroe Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Les Brown Clarinet
Harry James Trumpet, Track Performer
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Track Performer
Al Klink Tenor Saxophone
Frankie Carle Piano, Track Performer
Ray Eberle Vocals
Helen Forrest Vocals
Helen O'Connell Vocals
Ted Weems Track Performer
The Ink Spots Track Performer
The Harmonicats Track Performer
Tex Beneke Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Dorsey Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
Tommy Dorsey Trombone
Marjorie Hughes Vocals
Clyde Hurley Trumpet
Glenn Miller Trombone, Track Performer
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Francis Craig Piano, Track Performer
Eddy Howard & His Orchestra Track Performer
Al Dexter and His Troopers Track Performer
Chummy MacGregor Piano
Elmo Tanner Human Whistle
Technical Credits
Les Brown Composer
Erskine Hawkins Composer
Julian Dash Composer
Paul Baron Composer
Bud Green Composer
Ben Homer Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Morey Amsterdam Composer
Martin Haskell Remastering
Alberto Dominguez Composer
Jeri Sullivan Composer
Buddy Feyne Composer
Jose Maria La Calle Composer
Albert Gamse Composer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
Ted Mossman Composer
William Johnson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOW---This is music

    I was a teenager when this music was popularand thank goodness for tapes and CDs so I can remember this beautiful music. We danced to all the selections on this CD and Oh-what wonderful memories. I recommend it to all.

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