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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For over 30 years, Jo Stafford was one of America's top middle-of-the-road pop singers, admired for her ability to always sing in tune and to uplift every lyric she interpreted while actually singing very straight. This three-CD retrospective, which was released in 1994, has 76 selections covering a 40-year period, with most of the numbers dating from the 1940s and '50s. On the minus side, the music is not programmed in chronological order, and the complete personnel is not given, but since Stafford's style was unchanged through the years and she tended to be the main star of her records except when sharing vocals with the likes of Frankie Laine, Vic Damone, Gordon McRae, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
For over 30 years, Jo Stafford was one of America's top middle-of-the-road pop singers, admired for her ability to always sing in tune and to uplift every lyric she interpreted while actually singing very straight. This three-CD retrospective, which was released in 1994, has 76 selections covering a 40-year period, with most of the numbers dating from the 1940s and '50s. On the minus side, the music is not programmed in chronological order, and the complete personnel is not given, but since Stafford's style was unchanged through the years and she tended to be the main star of her records except when sharing vocals with the likes of Frankie Laine, Vic Damone, Gordon McRae, Nelson Eddy, Gene Autry and even Liberace, these are minor faults. It is unfortunate that Stafford's odd hillbilly hit "Tim-tay-shun" was not included, but all of her other big sellers are here. As an extra "bonus" at the end of each CD are one or two selections from the Jo Stafford/Paul Weston alter-egos Darlene and Jonathan Edwards, which features satirical cocktail piano from Weston and remarkable singing by Stafford that is consistently just a little bit out of tune -- pretty painful stuff! Recommended.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/30/1994
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 074645783628
  • Catalog Number: 57836

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Little Man with a Candy Cigar - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (3:05)
  2. 2 Haunted Heart (2:43)
  3. 3 If (3:17)
  4. 4 In a Little Spanish Town ('Twas on a Night Like This) (2:55)
  5. 5 April and You (3:10)
  6. 6 Where Are You? (2:25)
  7. 7 The Trolley Song (2:58)
  8. 8 I'll Remember April (2:54)
  9. 9 Blues in the Night - The Starlighters (3:14)
  10. 10 Floatin' Down to Cotton Town - Frankie Laine (2:25)
  11. 11 Every Night When the Sun Goes In (30:31)
  12. 12 The Night We Called It a Day (3:32)
  13. 13 The Gentleman Is a Dope (2:48)
  14. 14 My Darling, My Darling - The Starlighters (2:32)
  15. 15 Young and Foolish (2:54)
  16. 16 Tomorrow Mountain (2:40)
  17. 17 Peace in the Valley - Norman Luboff Choir (2:53)
  18. 18 Teardrops from My Eyes (3:05)
  19. 19 Dancing in the Dark - The Starlighters (2:38)
  20. 20 Love Is Here to Stay (3:37)
  21. 21 Gypsy in My Soul (3:25)
  22. 22 Imagination (3:47)
  23. 23 If I Were a Bell (2:43)
  24. 24 No Other Love (2:58)
  25. 25 You're Blasé - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (4:05)
Disc 2
  1. 1 You and Your Love (2:32)
  2. 2 As I Love YOu (2:54)
  3. 3 Teach Me Tonight (2:45)
  4. 4 When April Comes Again (3:13)
  5. 5 St. Louis Blues (2:36)
  6. 6 Good Nite - Mellomen (2:38)
  7. 7 Make the Man Love Me - Norman Luboff Choir (3:00)
  8. 8 Warm All Over (2:28)
  9. 9 The Best Things in Life Are Free (2:22)
  10. 10 One (2:31)
  11. 11 These Foolish Things (3:23)
  12. 12 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening - Frankie Laine (2:35)
  13. 13 The Nearness of You (3:09)
  14. 14 Smoking My Sad Cigarette (3:10)
  15. 15 The Party's Over (2:53)
  16. 16 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (3:31)
  17. 17 A Thought in My Heart - Gordon MacRae (3:01)
  18. 18 Yes, Indeed! (3:30)
  19. 19 I'm Your Girl (2:54)
  20. 20 When I'm Not Near the Boy I Love (2:15)
  21. 21 Whispering Hope - Amy Weston (3:36)
  22. 22 Shenandoah (3:34)
  23. 23 (What Can I Say) After I Say I'm Sorry? (3:06)
  24. 24 I'll Be Seeing You (3:28)
  25. 25 Candy (2:36)
  26. 26 The Last Time I Saw Paris - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (2:46)
Disc 3
  1. 1 All the Things You Are (3:04)
  2. 2 If I Loved You (2:57)
  3. 3 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:08)
  4. 4 Come Rain or Come Shine (3:12)
  5. 5 With These Hands - Nelson Eddy (2:47)
  6. 6 Use Your Imagination (2:37)
  7. 7 Three-Cornered Tune (2:55)
  8. 8 It Happened in Sun Valley - The Starlighters (2:17)
  9. 9 Don't Get Around Much Anymore (3:13)
  10. 10 Oh! Look at Me Now (2:24)
  11. 11 I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance with You (3:50)
  12. 12 My Heart's in the Highlands (3:05)
  13. 13 My One and Only Highland Fling (2:55)
  14. 14 I Didn't Know About You (3:08)
  15. 15 Indiscration (3:14)
  16. 16 Old Devil Moon (2:30)
  17. 17 For You (4:35)
  18. 18 Silence Is Golden - Vic Damone (2:48)
  19. 19 King of Paris - Norman Luboff Choir (3:10)
  20. 20 I Should Care (3:38)
  21. 21 Stardust (3:14)
  22. 22 I See Your Face Before Me (2:12)
  23. 23 You Belong to Me (3:04)
  24. 24 Stayin' Alive - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (2:20)
  25. 25 I Am Woman - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards (2:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jo Stafford Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Gene Autry Track Performer
Frankie Laine Track Performer
The Pied Pipers Track Performer
Billy May Conductor
Warren Covington Trombone
Vic Damone Track Performer
Nelson Eddy Track Performer
Gordon MacRae Track Performer
George Greeley Piano
Benny Carter Conductor
Johnny Mandel Conductor
The Starlighters Track Performer
Amy Weston Track Performer
Carl Fischer Piano
Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra Track Performer
Jonathan & Darlene Edwards Track Performer
Darlene Edwards Track Performer
Norman Luboff Choir Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Billy May Arranger
Matt Dennis Composer
Sy Oliver Composer
Pee Wee King Composer
Redd Stewart Composer
Benny Carter Arranger
Alan Bergman Arranger
Marilyn Bergman Arranger
Howard Dietz Composer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Paul Weston Contributor
John Berg Art Direction
Carl Cotner Director
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Chilton Price Composer
Frank Kilduff Composer
F. Henri Klickmann Composer
Manfred Weissleder Composer
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