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The Ink Spots - The Greatest Hits [MCA]
Genres: Pop, R&B, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
The Ink Spots' hushed harmonies and acoustic-guitar backing were something of an anomaly in the brash swing era; they nevertheless carved a niche as one of the benchmark acts of '40s pop and were harbingers of doo wop. The... more »
The Ink Spots' hushed harmonies and acoustic-guitar backing were something of an anomaly in the brash swing era; they nevertheless carved a niche as one of the benchmark acts of '40s pop and were harbingers of doo wop. The group's most distinctive voices were tenor Bill Kenny, whose soft leaps into his high range remain heart-catching more than a half century later, and baritone Orville "Hoppy" Jones, who provides most of the 15 songs on Greatest Hits with recitations that are usually sincere and solemn, occasionally self-parodying ("Whispering Grass"). Not just for nostalgia buffs, this disc has a gentleness that stands on its own. (Beware the myriad later rerecordings by groups with vague ties to the original.) --Rickey Wright
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David N. (ilikeallmusic) from GADSDEN, AL
Reviewed on 2/28/2015...
Great CD, Don't hear a lot of hiss or hum as with other cds of this period music. All the big hits are here!!
Getting back to old-time basics
Kevin Cox | USA | 04/10/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the definative Ink Spots collection for those who want to experience the delicate touch of these early American masters. The precision of each voice and breathy vibrato and the end of a long-held note or word will leave an indelible imprint on you, from the inside of your soul outward. This is some of the very best "American" music from this country. The more you listen - and you should listen many times over - the more you will understand the beautiful simplicty of the Ink Spots, from their campy sound and talking interludes to the seemingly identical strumming of the guitar to start each song. Listen closely at night with a martini or a glass of wine and you will discover the magic of this music."
Pure Elegance--Thirties Style
J Keistler | Lake Jackson, Texas USA | 09/23/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I first heard the Ink Spots in the seventies when I got into big band. It was impossible to find their music then, and I listened eagerly on the radio. This CD illustrates the restorative magic that can be done with a competent remastering. It ain't stereo, but it's clear and true as only good mono can be! I wonder--do any black people listen to this music? I only know white people that like the Ink Spots. This music evokes elegance in the Roosevelt years. Like one of your other reviewers says, dim the lights, pour a drink, and enjoy!"