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100 Hits: Wartime Memories

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Genre: Easy Listening / Artist: Various Artists / Audio CD released 2009-04-27 at DMG 100

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      16.01.2010 11:48
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      If you need a pick up, this music will do it for you.

      If you are a fan of the Forties wartime era and its music then look no further than this fantastic five CD compilation of 100 of the best tracks from that evocative period. Every type and genre of music from the time is represented on one of these CDs somewhere. I have no intention of listing all the tracks and artists that are included as you can get that gen from the Review header as well as I can.

      Now I make no bones about this review, I am biased! I absolutely love this type of music and all that goes with it. Some of the songs and tunes will have you singing along at times, tapping your feet at times, it will most certainly want to make you get up and Dance. It will also make you feel like crying at times as well - don't worry, go right ahead. So many examples of the greatest wartime tracks are here, they just hit you one after another. Some you will know from the first note, others will take you a moment to recognise, some I guess a lot of you maybe won't recognise for a while, but rest assured they are all fabulous and authentic. They evoke such wonderful, and as previously said, some very sad memories of times and scenes from one of our Finest, yet very darkest hours.

      What ever memories, scenes, or images you have from / of that period, whether they are first hand, second hand or even from a film, they will be brought to the fore by something you will hear on these CDs - there is no escape.

      There are recordings by Glenn Miller, Vera Lynn, Our Gracie, Al Bowlly, George Formby, The Andrews sisters, Flanagan and Allen, Frank Sinatra, Jack Buchanon, Anne Shelton... the list just goes on and on.

      The quality of the recordings are excellent bearing in mind what equipment was available at the time, most of the clicks and bangs, scratches and "Atmospherics" are still here which add even more poignancy and power to the music, thankfully none of the atmosphere has been lost at all.

      These CDs conjure up to me and bring back, such powerful memories of wartime and of my parents who lived, and fought through the war that I play one of them most days. I find it helps me to get through the day and to get me away from this "Horrible" world that we live in today. They allow me to spend a little time in a "Better place". I hope they will do the same for you.

      I do not have the slightest complaint about this CD set at all, it is tremendous - or as we oldies say "Tickety boo".

      If you only ever buy one "CD" of music from the period, then I have no qualms in recommending this particular one to you.

      Enjoy, I know I do.

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      Disc #1 Tracklisting
      1 Vera Lynn - The White Cliffs Of Dover
      2 Doreen Stevens - Wish Me Luck
      3 Joe Loss And His Orchestra - Hey Little Hen
      4 Binnie Hale - A Nice Cup Of Tea
      5 Billy Cotton And His Band - Kiss Me Goodnight Sergeant Major
      6 Geraldo And His Orchestra - We Must All Stick Together
      7 Lew Stone And His Band - Wings Over The Navy
      8 Hutch - This Is Worth Fighting For
      9 Flanagan And Allen - Run Rabbit Run
      10 Gracie Fields - Sing As We Go
      11 Arthur Askey - Get In Your Shelter
      12 The Two Leslies - We're Gonna Hang Out The Washing On The Siegfried Line
      13 Geraldo - If I Only Had Wings
      14 Joe Loss And His Orchestra - Tiggerty-Boo
      15 George Formby - Bless 'Em All
      16 Vera Lynn - It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
      17 Ambrose And His Orchestra - Ma, I Miss Your Apple Pie
      18 Alan Breeze - The Fleet's In Port Again
      19 Billy Cotton And His Band - I've Got Sixpence
      20 Al Bowlly - The Very Thought Of You

      Disc #2 Tracklisting
      1 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - In The Mood
      2 Anne Shelton - I'm Stepping Out With A Memory Tonight
      3 Joe Loss And His Band - Somewhere In France With You
      4 Flanagan And Allen - If A Grey-Haired Lady Says 'How's Yer Father'
      5 George Formby - Leaning On A Lampost
      6 Gracie Fields - Sally
      7 Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - On The Sunny Side Of The Street
      8 The Ink Spots - To Each His Own
      9 The Andrews Sisters - One Meat Ball
      10 Harry James And His Orchestra - I've Heard That Song Before
      11 The Mills Brothers - Paper Doll
      12 Woody Herman And His Orchestra - At The Woodchopper's Ball
      13 Vera Lynn - I'm In Love For The Last Time
      14 Artie Shaw And His Orchestra - Begin The Beguine
      15 Al Bowlly - Love Is The Sweetest Thing
      16 George Formby - When I'm Cleaning Windows
      17 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - A String Of Pearls
      18 Geraldo And His Orchestra - All In Favour Say 'Aye'
      19 Charlie Barnet And His Orchestra - Skyliner
      20 Gracie Fields - Now Is The Hour

      Disc #3 Tracklisting
      1 Doris Day - Sentimental Journey
      2 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - American Patrol
      3 Irving Berlin - This Is The Army, Mr. Jones
      4 Dinah Shore - A Pair Of Silver Wings
      5 Deanna Durbin - Say A Prayer For The Boys Over There
      6 The Andrews Sisters - I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time
      7 Bing Crosby - Moonlight Becomes You
      8 Jo Stafford - I Remember You
      9 Frank Sinatra - Saturday Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week
      10 Duke Ellington And His Orchestra - Take The A-Train
      11 Tommy Dorsey And His Orchestra - Opus No. 1
      12 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Tuxedo Junction
      13 Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - G.I. Jive
      14 The Andrews Sisters - Rum And Coca-Cola
      15 The Ink Spots - I'll Get By
      16 Peggy Lee - How Deep Is The Ocean?
      17 Frank Sinatra - Fools Rush In
      18 Bing Crosby - Swinging On A Star
      19 Vaughn Monroe - There, I've Said It Again
      20 The Mills Brothers - You Always Hurt The One You Love

      Disc #4 Tracklisting
      1 The Andrews Sisters - The Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy
      2 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Bugle Call Rag
      3 The Merry Macs - Mairzy Doats And Dozy Doats
      4 Jimmy Dorsey And His Orchestra - They're Either Too Young Or Too Old
      5 The Ink Spots - Whispering Grass
      6 Tonny Martin - The Last Time I Saw Paris
      7 Harry James And His Orchestra - You Made Me Love You
      8 The Andrews Sisters - The Beer Barrel Polka
      9 Dick Haymes - You'll Never Know
      10 Perry Como - Long Ago (And Far Away)
      11 Glenn Miller And His Orchestra - Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree
      12 Louis Jordan And His Tympany Five - Caldonia
      13 The Merry Macs - Deep In The Heart Of Texas
      14 Harry Roy And His Orchestra - They Can't Black Out The Moon
      15 Frank Sinatra - Dream
      16 Helen Forrest And Dick Haymes - It Had To Be You
      17 Dinah Shore - I'll Walk Alone
      18 Bing Crosby - Where The Blue Of The Night
      19 Vaughn Monroe And His Orchestra - When The Lights Come On Again All Over The World
      20 Anne Shelton - Lillie Marlene

      Disc #5 Tracklisting
      1 Jack Hylton - Painting The Clouds With Sunshine
      2 International Novelty Orchestra - Colonel Bogey
      3 No?l Coward - Mad Dogs And Englishmen
      4 Jack Buchanan - Everything Stops For Tea
      5 Gracie Fields - The Thing-Ummy-Bob
      6 Flanagan And Allen - Down Forget-Me-Not Lane
      7 Anne Shelton - A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square
      8 Dorothy Carless - That Lovely Weekend
      9 No?l Coward - London Pride
      10 Betty Driver - The World Will Sing Again
      11 Vera Lynn - There's A Land Of Begin Again
      12 Anne Shelton - Coming In On A Wing And A Prayer
      13 Sam Brown - The Spitfire Song
      14 Vera Lynn - When They Sound The Last All-Clear
      15 Margaret Eaves - "V" Stands For Victory
      16 Carroll Gibbons And His Orchestra - I'm Gonna Get Lit Up (When The Lights Go On In London)
      17 Al Bowlly - Goodnight Sweetheart
      18 Anne Shelton - I'll Be Seeing You
      19 Alfred Piccaver - There'll Always Be An England
      20 Vera Lynn - We'll Meet Again