Only the Best of Eddie Fisher

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Collectables Records' seven-CD collection Only the Best of Eddie Fisher is a box set in only the most literal sense; the discount reissue label simply has put a light cardboard shell around its seven previously released Eddie Fisher discs and marketed them as a single package. The title is something of a misnomer, since it suggests a highly selective compilation, when in fact this one is wide-ranging, containing 163 tracks (with some repetition) at a running time of nearly seven and a half hours. In the liner notes that are reprinted with slight variations in the booklets of six of the CDs, Robert W. Rice states, "Eddie Fisher was not an album maker, in the generic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Collectables Records' seven-CD collection Only the Best of Eddie Fisher is a box set in only the most literal sense; the discount reissue label simply has put a light cardboard shell around its seven previously released Eddie Fisher discs and marketed them as a single package. The title is something of a misnomer, since it suggests a highly selective compilation, when in fact this one is wide-ranging, containing 163 tracks (with some repetition) at a running time of nearly seven and a half hours. In the liner notes that are reprinted with slight variations in the booklets of six of the CDs, Robert W. Rice states, "Eddie Fisher was not an album maker, in the generic sense." True, Fisher was for the most part a singles artist. Yet Collectables' scheme for its 2002 reissue series (which ran to six discs, the seventh being a straight reissue of the 1960 album Tonight with Eddie Fisher that the label came out with in 2000) was to reproduce Fisher's LP releases for RCA Victor Records of the 1950s and 1960s, usually presenting two to a CD. (When Fisher got started in the early '50s, the standard LP format was an 8" platter containing eight songs, which could allow for three of them to fit on a single CD.) Thus, this collection includes the solo LPs Eddie Fisher Sings (1952), I'm in the Mood for Love (1952), Christmas with Eddie Fisher (1952), Eddie Fisher Sings Irving Berlin Favorites (1953), May I Sing to You (1953), Eddie Fisher Sings Academy Award Winning Songs (1955), I Love You (1955), Thinking of You (1957), As Long as There's Music (1958), Tonight with Eddie Fisher (1960), Games That Lovers Play (1966), People Like You (1967), and You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet! (1968), plus the soundtrack album Bundle of Joy (1956), the EPs Broadway Classics (1954) and A Girl, a Girl (1954), and the one-off single "Christmas Eve in My Hometown" (1953). What it does not include from this era are Eddie Fisher at the Winter Garden (1963), issued on his own Ramrod Records label, anything from his 1965-1967 stint on Dot Records, or a few stray singles for other labels. Curiously, it is also missing some of Fisher's biggest hit singles. Only Thinking of You was a hits compilation, and so, amazingly, the Fisher Top Tens "Any Time," "Tell Me Why," "I'm Yours," "Lady of Spain," "Outside of Heaven," "Even Now," "Downhearted," "Count Your Blessings (Instead of Sheep)," "Heart," "Dungaree Doll," and "Cindy, Oh Cindy" are all missing from a massive album called Only the Best of Eddie Fisher. Well, never mind the silly title, then. The package presents an opportunity to obtain the bulk of Fisher's RCA recordings in one place, and he's actually better essaying the Tin Pan Alley standards and show tunes that make up much of his LPs than the second-rate material he was saddled with for his singles, even if they were popular at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/30/2008
  • Label: Collectables
  • UPC: 090431113929
  • Catalog Number: 1139
  • Sales rank: 370,506

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Just Say I Love Her - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:30)
  2. 2 Sorry (3:25)
  3. 3 A Little Bit Independent - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:08)
  4. 4 If You Should Leave Me - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:12)
  5. 5 I Remember When - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:48)
  6. 6 Am I Wasting My Time on You (2:46)
  7. 7 I Love You Because (2:47)
  8. 8 Thinking of You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:44)
  9. 9 I'm in the Mood for Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:14)
  10. 10 You'll Never Know - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:15)
  11. 11 Hold Me - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:24)
  12. 12 Everything I Have Is Yours - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:04)
  13. 13 That Old Feeling - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:01)
  14. 14 Full Moon and Empty Arms - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:40)
  15. 15 Paradise - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:46)
  16. 16 I've Got You Under My Skin - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:32)
  17. 17 Silent Night - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:35)
  18. 18 White Christmas - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:02)
  19. 19 You're All I Want for Christmas - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:46)
  20. 20 Christmas Day - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:03)
  21. 21 That's What Christmas Means to Me - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:34)
  22. 22 Here Comes Santa Claus (Right Down Santa Claus Lane) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:19)
  23. 23 Jingle Bells - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (1:59)
  24. 24 O Come, All Ye Faithful (Adeste Fideles) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:55)
  25. 25 Christmas Eve in My Hometown - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:04)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Games That Lovers Play (2:34)
  2. 2 Where's That Rainbow (3:03)
  3. 3 Carnival (3:49)
  4. 4 Lara's Theme (Somewhere, My Love) (3:17)
  5. 5 It Never Entered My Mind (2:49)
  6. 6 Just Let Me Look at You (2:52)
  7. 7 Yesterday (2:48)
  8. 8 How Insensitive (3:09)
  9. 9 I Get Along Without You Very Well (3:49)
  10. 10 Once I Loved (3:17)
  11. 11 You're Devastating (3:16)
  12. 12 Maybe Today (2:52)
  13. 13 You Don't Have to Say You Love Me (2:53)
  14. 14 People Like You (2:14)
  15. 15 My Best Girl (2:34)
  16. 16 Watch What Happens (2:50)
  17. 17 Come Love! (2:23)
  18. 18 I Haven't Got Anything Better to Do [from Doctor, You've Got to Be Kidd (2:43)
  19. 19 I Will Wait for You (2:54)
  20. 20 Born Free (3:15)
  21. 21 If She Walked into My Life (4:03)
  22. 22 Mame (3:06)
Disc 3
  1. 1 April Showers - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (4:26)
  2. 2 I'm Just a Vagabond Lover - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:25)
  3. 3 You Call It Madness But I Call It Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:12)
  4. 4 Where the Blue of the Night Meets the Gold of the Day - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:03)
  5. 5 Night and Day - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:17)
  6. 6 Nature Boy - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:15)
  7. 7 Begin the Beguine - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:54)
  8. 8 May I Sing to You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:40)
  9. 9 I'll Buy You a Star - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:27)
  10. 10 You Are Too Beautiful - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:52)
  11. 11 I Am in Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:04)
  12. 12 The Best Thing for You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:20)
  13. 13 Time on My Hands - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:41)
  14. 14 I'll See You Again - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:52)
  15. 15 As Long as There's Music - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:09)
  16. 16 You're My Girl - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:06)
  17. 17 In Love in Vain - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:56)
  18. 18 I Wish I Were in Love Again - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:04)
  19. 19 Close as Pages in a Book - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:36)
  20. 20 There But for You Go - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Continental - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:22)
  2. 2 Lullaby of Broadway - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:38)
  3. 3 The Way You Look Tonight - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:57)
  4. 4 Sweet Leilani - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:40)
  5. 5 Thanks for the Memory - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:40)
  6. 6 Over the Rainbow - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:21)
  7. 7 When You Wish Upon a Star - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:07)
  8. 8 The Last Time I Saw Paris - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:53)
  9. 9 White Christmas - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:00)
  10. 10 You'll Never Know - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:10)
  11. 11 Swinging on a Star - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:18)
  12. 12 It Might as Well Be Spring - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:34)
  13. 13 On the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:22)
  14. 14 Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:02)
  15. 15 Buttons and Bows - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:49)
  16. 16 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:32)
  17. 17 Mona Lisa - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:39)
  18. 18 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:35)
  19. 19 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me, Oh My Darlin') - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (1:34)
  20. 20 Secret Love - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:19)
  21. 21 Three Coins in the Fountain - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (2:11)
  22. 22 Finale - Axel Stordahl Orchestra And Chorus (0:50)
  23. 23 With You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:54)
  24. 24 How About Me? - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:55)
  25. 25 How Deep Is the Ocean (How High Is the Sky) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:27)
  26. 26 When I Leave the World Behind - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:57)
  27. 27 Cheek to Cheek - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:31)
  28. 28 They Say It's Wonderful - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:52)
  29. 29 All by Myself - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:20)
  30. 30 Remember - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:08)
  31. 31 And This Is My Beloved - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:07)
  32. 32 Alone Too Long - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:46)
  33. 33 Lazy Afternoon - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:59)
  34. 34 Lost in Loveliness - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:27)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Thinking of You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:43)
  2. 2 Wish You Were Here - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:57)
  3. 3 My Blue Heaven - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:10)
  4. 4 Oh! My Pa-Pa - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:09)
  5. 5 I'm Walking Behind You - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:08)
  6. 6 Turn Back the Hands of Time - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:22)
  7. 7 I Need You Now - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:31)
  8. 8 Trust in Me - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:40)
  9. 9 I'll Hold You in My Heart ('Till I Can Hold You in My Arms) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:03)
  10. 10 How Do You Speak to an Angel? - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:26)
  11. 11 Bring Back the Thrill - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:02)
  12. 12 (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry? - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:13)
  13. 13 Bundle of Joy Overture (3:55)
  14. 14 Worry About Tomorrow Tomorrow (2:02)
  15. 15 What's So Good About Good Morning/Worry About Tomorrow/Tomorrow (Repris (1:38)
  16. 16 Some Day Soon (2:47)
  17. 17 Some Day Soon Fantasy (3:56)
  18. 18 All About Love (3:30)
  19. 19 Lullaby in Blue (3:16)
  20. 20 New Year's Eve on Times Square (Auld Lang Syne) (1:14)
  21. 21 I Never Felt This Way Before (4:48)
  22. 22 Tempo Fugit (3:38)
  23. 23 Bundle of Joy/Finale (5:32)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Just in Time (2:36)
  2. 2 Gigi (3:07)
  3. 3 Let Me Entertain You (2:21)
  4. 4 Another Autumn (2:40)
  5. 5 The Sound of Music (3:02)
  6. 6 Summertime Love (2:45)
  7. 7 Tomorrow (2:28)
  8. 8 Happy Talk (2:55)
  9. 9 Small World (2:11)
  10. 10 I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face (2:33)
  11. 11 Till There Was You (2:35)
  12. 12 Tonight (2:45)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody (2:39)
  2. 2 Sonny Boy (2:38)
  3. 3 I Only Have Eyes for You (2:56)
  4. 4 You Made Me Love You (3:02)
  5. 5 When You Were Sweet Sixteen (2:53)
  6. 6 Swanee (2:35)
  7. 7 My Mammy (2:39)
  8. 8 April Showers (2:26)
  9. 9 Back in Your Own Back Yard (3:13)
  10. 10 Anniversary Song (3:52)
  11. 11 Let Me Sing and I'm Happy (2:38)
  12. 12 So in Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:22)
  13. 13 Pretty Baby - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:18)
  14. 14 My One and Only Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:55)
  15. 15 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:18)
  16. 16 The Girl That I Marry - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:47)
  17. 17 I Surrender, Dear - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:31)
  18. 18 What Is This Thing Called Love? - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:43)
  19. 19 Let's Fall in Love - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:21)
  20. 20 My Romance - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:52)
  21. 21 Love Somebody - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:58)
  22. 22 Love Sends a Little Gift of Roses - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:47)
  23. 23 Somebody Loves Me - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:15)
  24. 24 A Girl, A Girl (Zoom-Ba di Alli Nella) - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:32)
  25. 25 With All My Heart and Soul - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:43)
  26. 26 Oh! My Pa-Pa - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (3:09)
  27. 27 Many Times - Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddie Fisher Primary Artist
Ralph Burns Conductor
Sid Feller Conductor
Marty Manning Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Richard Wess Conductor
Technical Credits
Rudolf Friml Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Maurice Jarre Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Eddy Arnold Composer
Gene Autry Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
John Lennon Composer
Paul McCartney Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Michel Legrand Composer
Ralph Burns Arranger
Glen Moore Composer
Abe Lyman Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Larry Wagner Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Eddie Cantor Liner Notes
Noël Coward Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Leon Payne Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Jerry Herman Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Franz Gruber Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Irving Bibo Composer
Don Black Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Con Conrad Composer
Luigi Creatore Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Sid Feller Arranger
Dorothy Fields Composer
Jim Foglesong Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Otto Harbach Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Leigh Harline Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Tony Jackson Composer
Antonio Carlos Jobim Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Burton Lane Composer
John Latouche Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Hugo Peretti Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Marty Manning Arranger
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Jerome Moross Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Billy Reid Composer
Richard Wess Arranger
Leo Robin Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Al Schmitt Producer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Paul Vance Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
George David Weiss Composer
George Whiting Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Mark Marymont Liner Notes
Seger Ellis Composer
Little Jack Little Composer
Lee Pockriss Composer
Eddie Snyder Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Jimmy Dale Composer
Sam Ward Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Joseph Mohr Composer
George Forrest Composer
Edgar Leslie Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Harry Owens Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Ira Schuster Composer
Jimmie Crane Composer
Buddy Daye Composer
Jack Val Composer
Ted Varnick Composer
Ned Wever Composer
Stan Zabka Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Traditional Composer
Robert Rice Liner Notes
Buddy Pepper Composer
Martin Kalmanoff Composer
Haley Horton Composer
Ted Mossman Composer
John Openshaw Composer
Ruth Poll Composer
Felix Stahl Composer
Jessie Barnes Composer
Nick Acquaviva Composer
Percy Haid Composer
Ed Sarche Composer
The Dubois' Composer
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