Thanks for the Memory: The Best of Bob Hope

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Mere weeks before his death in the summer of 2003, Capitol released this Bob Hope compilation, consisting of a few interesting singing performances the label could access without the risk of excessive licensing fees. Most of them make use of Hope's easy, self-deprecating humor -- especially when it comes to women -- when confronted by such glamorous leading lights as Jane Russell, Margaret Whiting, Dorothy Lamour, and Edie Adams. Highlights include the uproarious "Wing-Ding Tonight" from 1951's Son of Paleface featuring a fine harmony duet with Russell, as well as two unreleased titles with Whiting "Lucky Us," "Ain't We Got Fun". Capitol couldn't have released Best of Bob ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Mere weeks before his death in the summer of 2003, Capitol released this Bob Hope compilation, consisting of a few interesting singing performances the label could access without the risk of excessive licensing fees. Most of them make use of Hope's easy, self-deprecating humor -- especially when it comes to women -- when confronted by such glamorous leading lights as Jane Russell, Margaret Whiting, Dorothy Lamour, and Edie Adams. Highlights include the uproarious "Wing-Ding Tonight" from 1951's Son of Paleface featuring a fine harmony duet with Russell, as well as two unreleased titles with Whiting "Lucky Us," "Ain't We Got Fun". Capitol couldn't have released Best of Bob Hope without at least a few songs pairing Hope with Bing Crosby, his equally easygoing song and film partner; though their best performance, "The Road to Morocco," is sadly missing, a few of these make the grade: two from 1962's The Road to Hong Kong "Teamwork" and the title song, plus a 1958 single, "Nothing in Common." The latest material comes with 1965's "Nothing Can Compare With You," a slightly contemporized pop number that reflects Hope's unease with serious romantic material. Another black mark is the version of Hope's theme song, "Thanks for the Memory," that concludes this compilation; though it's an interesting period piece dating from a war-era radio broadcast, it's not an important performance aside from its value to collectors.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2000
  • Label: SPECTRUM HMN
  • UPC: 797273501425
  • Catalog Number: 33

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Two Sleepy People - Shirley Ross (3:07)
  2. 2 Thanks for the Memory - Shirley Ross (3:00)
  3. 3 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) - Bob Hope & Shirley Ross (2:24)
  4. 4 The Road to Morocco (2:37)
  5. 5 The Road to Morocco (2:38)
  6. 6 Put It There Pal (2:35)
  7. 7 Put It There Pal (2:49)
  8. 8 Chicago Style (2:30)
  9. 9 Hoot Mon (2:35)
  10. 10 Road to Bali (2:31)
  11. 11 Nothing in Common (2:36)
  12. 12 Paris Holiday (2:58)
  13. 13 Merry-Go-Run-Around (2:43)
  14. 14 The Boys With the Proboscis - Jimmy Durante & Bob Hope (2:52)
  15. 15 Home Cookin' (2:45)
  16. 16 Buttons and Bows (2:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bob Hope Primary Artist
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Margaret Whiting Track Performer
Jimmy Durante Track Performer
Shirley Ross Track Performer
Technical Credits
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Ralph Rainger Composer
Leo Robin Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Will Jason Composer
Val Burton Composer
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