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Very Best of Al Jolson [Pearl]
     

The Very Best of Al Jolson [Pearl]

by Al Jolson
 
While some may with good reason prefer his earliest recorded performances (a mysterious body of work comprising the true and magical heart of the Jolson legacy), Al Jolson's Decca recordings from 1945-1949 represent the mature culmination of decades spent perfecting one of the best-known acts in all of show business. Listening through 28 tracks one might marvel at the

Overview

While some may with good reason prefer his earliest recorded performances (a mysterious body of work comprising the true and magical heart of the Jolson legacy), Al Jolson's Decca recordings from 1945-1949 represent the mature culmination of decades spent perfecting one of the best-known acts in all of show business. Listening through 28 tracks one might marvel at the sheer pungency of the man's voice and the forceful nature of his dramatic delivery. Putting aside all preconceived reservations, this cedar chest packed with great apple pie melodies is a striking testament to a gifted performer who staunchly adhered to old-fashioned sensibilities during a period of rapid social change. "Swanee," originally backed with "April Showers," in some ways represents the artistic high point of this "best-of" compilation. A handful of guests crop up here and there, including Bing Crosby, the Mills Brothers, and the great Jimmy Durante. All giggles and gags aside, Jolson had a beautiful lower register hidden behind that showy nasality so cheerfully lampooned by Mel Blanc and subsequent teams of comedic impersonators. Jolson's early synagogue cantor training provided him with a passionate resonance that formed the basis for his greatest performances, perfectly and proportionately counterbalancing the corn. Maximum listener enjoyment requires the cancellation of his acquired reputation as a whining, bellowing ham covered in greasepaint. There's so much more to Jolson than the specter of one ethnic minority masquerading as another.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Pearl
UPC:
0727031785620
catalogNumber:
7856

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jolson   Primary Artist
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Jimmy Durante   Track Performer
Lee Gordon Singers   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Jolson   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer
Jimmy Durante   Composer
Colin Brown   Producer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Tony Jackson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Dan Russo   Composer
Ted Fio Rito   Composer
Tony Watts   Producer
Edgar Smith   Composer
James Thornton   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Louis Silvers   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
L. Wolfe Gilbert   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
John Stromberg   Composer
Jackie Barnett   Composer
Ernie Erdman   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Lewis F. Muir   Composer
Robert A. K. King   Composer

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