The Andrews Sisters – The Best Of – Anthology (2009)

The Andrews Sisters - The Best Of - Anthology (2009)
Artist: The Andrews Sisters
Album: The Best Of – Anthology
Genre: Vocal Jazz
Origin: USA
Released: 2009
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (2:16)
Here Comes The Navy (Beer Barrel Polka) (2:47)
Any Bonds Today (2:19)
Is You Is, Or Is You Ain’t My Baby (2:37)
Down In The Valley (2:58)
Straighten Up and Fly Right (2:24)
Put That Ring On My Finger (2:21)
The Three Caballeros (2:25)
Vic’try Polka (1:48)
The Blond Sailor (3:01)
Corns for My Country (2:48)
Lullaby of Broadway (2:27)
Don’t Blame Me (2:45)
Sing A Tropical Song (2:34)
Rhumboogie (2:33)
Money Is the Root Of All Evil (2:31)
Red River Valley (3:22)
The Andrew Sisters Medley of Hits (3:14)

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The audience for V-disc recordings has changed considerably since the Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry “Give-‘Em-Hell” Truman years. Back in the 1940s, V-discs were not created for commercial purposes or sold in record stores; rather, the recordings (which ranged from alternate takes to radio broadcasts) were donated to the United States military, and the V-discs that were made from those recordings were given to members of America’s army, navy, marines and air force — not civilians. But these days, the audience for V-disc recordings is primarily a civilian audience consisting of jazz and traditional pop collectors. Many of those civilians weren’t even born in the ’40s but have become serious connoisseurs of ’40s music, and such connoisseurs are the target audience for this two-disc Andrews Sisters collection (which offers a 47-minute, V-disc-oriented audio CD, and a 70-minute DVD containing the 1942 musical/comedy film Private Buckaroo). The Best of Anthology isn’t really a best-of; it doesn’t boast the Andrews Sisters’ definitive Decca versions of hits like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Is You Is, Or You Ain’t My Baby” and “Rhumboogie.” But the V-disc versions of those hits that Master Classics/Cleopatra provides are pleasingly solid, as is a 1944 medley of three other hits: “Bei Mir Bist Du Schon,” “I’ll Be with You in Apple Blossom Time,” and “Pennsylvania Polka.” And while Private Buckaroo doesn’t exactly have the most substantial plot in the world (no one will mistake it for Casablanca or Citizen Kane), the presence of the Andrews Sisters, Harry James and Helen Forrest makes the lighthearted puff picture worth seeing. The Best of Anthology is not recommended to casual listeners, but it’s a nicely assembled release that hardcore collectors will definitely appreciate.
Review by Alex Henderson

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