Let Me Sing and I'm Happy [Rhino]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Cub Koda
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/19/1996
  • Label: Rhino Mod Afw
  • UPC: 081227254421
  • Catalog Number: 72544

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jolson Primary Artist, Vocals
Bert Fiske Piano
Leo F. Forbstein Conductor
Louis Silvers Conductor
Al Goodman Conductor
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Ian Whitcomb Producer, Liner Notes
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Doug Schwartz Engineer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Dan Russo Composer
Joe Young Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Robert A. K. King Composer
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