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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nowhere in the packaging of this CD, released by the British reissue label Jasmine Records, is the source of the material revealed, other than to state that Eddie Fisher is presented "live" "in performance." So, it is left to the reviewer to point out that the disc consists of audio excerpts drawn from Fisher's 1950s television series Coke Time, circa 1956. The show was a 15-minute program usually broadcast live twice a week, in which Fisher would trade banter with sidekick Freddy Robbins (as he does here, though Robbins' name is not mentioned in the credits) as a means of introducing some thematic selection of familiar song standards that he would sing over the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Nowhere in the packaging of this CD, released by the British reissue label Jasmine Records, is the source of the material revealed, other than to state that Eddie Fisher is presented "live" "in performance." So, it is left to the reviewer to point out that the disc consists of audio excerpts drawn from Fisher's 1950s television series Coke Time, circa 1956. The show was a 15-minute program usually broadcast live twice a week, in which Fisher would trade banter with sidekick Freddy Robbins (as he does here, though Robbins' name is not mentioned in the credits) as a means of introducing some thematic selection of familiar song standards that he would sing over the accompaniment of Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra, followed by applause from the studio audience. Here, for example, on tracks eight, nine, and ten, as a run-up to the 1955 Academy Awards ceremony (which took placed on March 21, 1956), he sings all of the nominees for best song, an appropriate follow-up to his 1955 LP Eddie Fisher Sings Academy Award Winning Songs. In fact, the entire disc could be called an appropriate follow-up in the sense that Fisher did not release a new LP in 1956, and this collection helps fill that gap. He also does a clutch of songs relating to the weather (tracks 15-18), allowing him to cover "Blue Skies" and "Stormy Weather," among others. What he does not do, for the most part, is sing his hits, although the disc begins with "Lady of Spain" and includes "Heart." Rather, this is the sound of Eddie Fisher attempting to move beyond his teen idol days to become more of a well-rounded musical entertainer in the Sinatra mold. That he did not succeed entirely may be put down, at least in part, to changing times; his rendition of "I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine" in the weather medley inevitably calls to mind Elvis Presley, who succeeded him as a teen idol and as the flagship artist on RCA Victor Records with a very different style, as reflected in his version of the same song, recorded around the same time. In terms of musical style (if not always copyright date), these 1956 recordings could have been made in 1945; Fisher looked backward to an earlier time just as the future was arriving, even on TV.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/17/2000
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988036121
  • Catalog Number: 361
  • Sales rank: 153,378

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady of Spain - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:21)
  2. 2 Memories Are Made of This - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:12)
  3. 3 Never Before - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:57)
  4. 4 All at Once You Love Her - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:51)
  5. 5 Begin the Beguine - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:13)
  6. 6 The Girl on the Magazine Cover/All of You - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:27)
  7. 7 Ramona/Cuban Love Song - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:56)
  8. 8 Love Is a Many Splendoured Thing - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:09)
  9. 9 The Ballad of Davy Crockett/A Woman in Love/I'll Never Stop Loving You - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (4:55)
  10. 10 The Tender Trap/Unchained Melody/Something's Gotta Give - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (4:46)
  11. 11 Imagination - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:57)
  12. 12 I Love Paris - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:55)
  13. 13 Dream - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:42)
  14. 14 Long Ago (And Far Away) - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:32)
  15. 15 Blue Skies - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:38)
  16. 16 I Don't Care If the Sun Don't Shine/A Foggy Day - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (4:27)
  17. 17 Stormy Weather - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:35)
  18. 18 Pennies from Heaven - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:20)
  19. 19 Love and Marriage - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:03)
  20. 20 Embraceable You - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:12)
  21. 21 Whispering - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:29)
  22. 22 You're My Everything - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:06)
  23. 23 Heart - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:44)
  24. 24 Fanny - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (2:52)
  25. 25 Makin' Whoopee/Where or When/Somebody Loves Me/All the Things You Are - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (3:18)
  26. 26 Let Me Sing and I'm Happy - Axel Stordahl & His Orchestra (1:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Fisher Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Geoff Milne Producer
Paul Pelletier Producer, Liner Notes, Concept
Stanley Damerell Composer
Richard Dehr Composer
Frank Miller Composer
Robert Hargreaves Composer
Henry Tilsley Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great 50's songs

    This CD has a pretty good sound quality to it considering it is from the 1950's. Eddie Fisher had one of the best voices in the business back then and his own TV show. These songs are from his Coke Time show. It is great to hear Eddie sing the other songs other than his hit songs. I am glad they put this CD out and it would be great to have more of them.

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