Let Me Sing and I'm Happy [Rhino]

Let Me Sing and I'm Happy [Rhino]

by Al Jolson
     
 
Many of Al Jolson's greatest performances were on the soundtracks to the seven movies he made as a star for Warner Brothers pictures in the late '20s and early '30s. His performances in these early talkies were live and, as a result, this is the closest link we have to the electric performances Al brought to Broadway during his peak years of performing. The 23

Overview

Many of Al Jolson's greatest performances were on the soundtracks to the seven movies he made as a star for Warner Brothers pictures in the late '20s and early '30s. His performances in these early talkies were live and, as a result, this is the closest link we have to the electric performances Al brought to Broadway during his peak years of performing. The 23 selections included here give the best possible overview of Jolson's movie career in its early stages. Al Jolson in a Plantation Act, a one-reel short Jolson made before The Jazz Singer, is heard for the first time on this compilation and his performances on "April Showers" and "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody" are stunning. The true believer moment would probably be "Toot, Toot, Tootsie!" from The Jazz Singer. Bursting at the seams with energy, it reveals Jolson's myriad talents, all set to a driving performance. Even Jolson's directions to his bandleader on this track ('give it to 'em hard and heavy') presages rock terminology by a good 40 years -- Al Jolson was America's first high-energy entertainer and this proves it. Jolie's way with a ballad are well served by his galvanic reading of "It All Depends on You." Comparing these tracks with the latter-day recordings is a minor revelation as the energy on these tracks is palpable, revealing Al as a performer with plenty of gas left in the tank. Hard to imagine that this performing dynamo was already 40 when the first of these tracks were cut and all of 50 by his final appearance in his last Warner Bros. starring role. This is an unbelievably fine collection, making it an essential purchase for Jolson fans the world over.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/19/1996
Label:
Rhino Mod Afw
UPC:
0081227254421
catalogNumber:
72544

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Tracks

  1. April Showers
  2. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody
  3. Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!
  4. Toot, Toot, Tootsie, Goodbye
  5. Blue Skies
  6. Mother of Mine, I Still Have You
  7. My Mammy
  8. It All Depends on You
  9. I'm Sitting on Top of the World
  10. The Spaniard That Blighted My Life
  11. There's a Rainbow 'round My Shoulder
  12. Golden Gate
  13. Sonny Boy
  14. Back in Your Own Backyard
  15. Used to You
  16. I'm in Seventh Heaven
  17. Let Me Sing and I'm Happy
  18. Looking at You
  19. Why Do They All Take the Night Boat to Albany?
  20. Liza Lee
  21. Little Sunshine
  22. About a Quarter to Nine
  23. I Love to Sing-A

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