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The Original "Boop-Boop-a-Doop" Girl, Classic Years -- 1928-1930
Genres: Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Beautiful bit o' Boop
Leealike | London | 09/08/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Although I imagine Ms. Kane turns in her grave everytime she's mentioned in the same breath as Betty Boop (She tried to sue the makers of Boop's cartoons - unsuccesfully - for stealing her persona and by default, her career), this collection of all her recordings shows once and for all that she was a unique talent in her own right.Her version of such songs as "Button Up Your Overcoat" have never been bettered, sung with a mix of Betty Boop and Eddie Cantor, with all the innocent innuendo you could get away with in the late 20s.Amoung the less well known gems on the disc are "That's My Weakness Now" (the song that rocketed her career) and "I've Got It and It don't Do Me No Good..." (what a title!).I'd love to see some of the films she made for Pararmount in the very early 30s, but I wouldn't trade this CD for anything. A grade "A" genuine classic!"
An essentail jazz age vocalist!!!
VAL R. | 06/20/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Most jazz collectors prefer the recordings of Ruth Etting and Annette Hanshaw in the 20's, because of their whistful swinging styles. Often overlooked are Lee Morse and Helen Kane. Kane did have a squeeky voice and an accent, however she had a wonderful sense of rhythm and her timing was impeccable. She could be just as wistful and swinging as Etting and Hanshaw, and she had charm and humor to add to that. She had what it took to be a jazz singer. This CD brings back all of her recordings from the 20's & 30's in digital srereo impressions, thanks to Robert Parker who has restored these timeless performances to sound as though they were recorded just yesterday. All the tunes are wonderful, including her hit "I Wanna Be Loved By You" as well as the classics "Button Up Your Overcoat" and "Get Out & Get Under The Moon." Most of these songs find Kane backed by top notch jazz oriented dance bands, and on "I Wanna Be Loved By You" there is a brief bass sax solo, that sounds very Adrian Rollini-ish. This is the 1st release ever on cd of Kane, and it is exellent, Louisiana Red Hot Records has released another gem. Recommended to anyone who likes good and fun music."
Great content but too much bass
Ted McKay | cincinnati, OH USA | 03/08/2002
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I must agree with Michael Jered Kopp of Chicago!Helen Kane had perhaps the best diction of any pop singer of the 20's and well beyond, but because of the attempt to create a sterophonic effect most of the lyrics are impossible to decipher.Anyone who has heard the great restoration of I Wanna Be Loved By You on the RCA CD Nippers Greatest Hits would be hard pressed to identify the Helen Kane here with the genuine aricle.Too bad, because the collection of songs is the most comprehensive available on one disc.I don't want Helen Kane in stereo - Helen Kane in a crisp mono would be just fine for me!"