The Fabulous Fifties: Those Wonderful Years [Single Disc]

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Fabulous Fifties: Those Wonderful Years is the first disc in a four-CD box set that is itself the first of two sets making up a total of eight CDs surveying the non-rock popular music of the 1950s. Just to be confusing, there is also a nine-CD version of the package, divided into three triple-CD sets. Assembled by Time-Life Music's Heartland Music division with manufacturing by Universal Special Markets, the 15-track album, running under 40 minutes, is typical of Time-Life's approach to compilations. Containing music originally released between 1955-1959, it is heavy on hits: ten Billboard number ones are included, and none of the other five tracks charted any ...
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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The Fabulous Fifties: Those Wonderful Years is the first disc in a four-CD box set that is itself the first of two sets making up a total of eight CDs surveying the non-rock popular music of the 1950s. Just to be confusing, there is also a nine-CD version of the package, divided into three triple-CD sets. Assembled by Time-Life Music's Heartland Music division with manufacturing by Universal Special Markets, the 15-track album, running under 40 minutes, is typical of Time-Life's approach to compilations. Containing music originally released between 1955-1959, it is heavy on hits: ten Billboard number ones are included, and none of the other five tracks charted any lower than number five. The songs have been licensed from a variety of labels, nine of them coming from the archives of Universal Music though originally released on Decca, Dot, Coral, MGM, and Mercury. That is one advantage to Time-Life collections -- they are not limited to a single label. Another is sound quality; drawn from the original masters, the tracks sound great. The disadvantages of the Time-Life style are also apparent, however. Despite brief liner notes from Joseph Lanza that provide two or three sentences on each track, there isn't much scholarship evident. To the listener, this is just a miscellaneous bunch of tracks, seemingly sequenced in any old order. And, of course, 40 minutes isn't very long for a CD. Upon its release, Time-Life was selling the whole package on its website with a bonus disc, bringing the nine-disc version up to ten -- for about 120 dollars, not counting shipping and handling or sales tax. That's not really a bargain, but for the nostalgic fan of '50s pop, this album and its partners deliver hit after hit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2001
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • UPC: 610583021523
  • Catalog Number: 18617

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Venus - Frankie Avalon (2:23)
  2. 2 Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing - The Four Aces (3:01)
  3. 3 The Banana Boat Song (Day-O) - Harry Belafonte (3:05)
  4. 4 Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone (2:16)
  5. 5 White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) - Marty Robbins (2:32)
  6. 6 Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler (2:55)
  7. 7 Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (3:07)
  8. 8 Don't You Know - Della Reese (2:35)
  9. 9 My Happiness - Connie Francis (2:28)
  10. 10 It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards (2:38)
  11. 11 Heart of Stone - The Fontane Sisters (2:05)
  12. 12 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters (2:39)
  13. 13 Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como (2:31)
  14. 14 Chances Are - Ray Conniff & His Orchestra (3:04)
  15. 15 Sugartime - The McGuire Sisters (2:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marty Robbins Track Performer
Harry Belafonte Track Performer
Perry Como Track Performer
Al Hibbler Track Performer
Johnny Mathis Track Performer
Debbie Reynolds Track Performer
Pat Boone Track Performer
Connie Francis Track Performer
The Platters Track Performer
Della Reese Track Performer
Frankie Avalon Track Performer
The McGuire Sisters Track Performer
Tommy Edwards Track Performer
Ray Conniff & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Fontane Sisters Track Performer
Technical Credits
Robert Allen Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Omar Dykes Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Al Stillman Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Joseph Lanza Liner Notes
Borney Bergantine Composer
Robert Hull Executive Producer
Ron Rice Mastering
Nick Kenny Composer
Suzanne Manlove Creative Services Director
Betty Peterson Composer
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