Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Judy Garland; Bing Crosby|
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
LaserLight Digital. Mono. 1992 Delta Music Inc. Track listing: Mail Call!, The Trolley Song-Judy Garland; It's Love, Love, Love-Bing Crosby; Can Do, Will Do-Judy Garland; Amor-Bing Crosby; Groaner, Canary & Nose-Bing Crosb... more »
LaserLight Digital. Mono. 1992 Delta Music Inc. Track listing: Mail Call!, The Trolley Song-Judy Garland; It's Love, Love, Love-Bing Crosby; Can Do, Will Do-Judy Garland; Amor-Bing Crosby; Groaner, Canary & Nose-Bing Crosby, Judy Garland and Jimmy Durante; Mail Call!; The Dixieland Band-Judy Garland; I Love You-Bing Crosby; All The Things You Are-Frank Sinatra; You're The Top-Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Bob Hope; Something To Remember You By-Binr Crosby, Judy Garland.
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Wonderful singing and hilarious wartime entertainment
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 11/11/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is a priceless recording combining great singing, heaps of good clean entertainment, patriotism, and history itself. Mail Call combines two broadcasts made over the Armed Forces Radio Service during World War II; many of the biggest names in the entertainment business took part in such broadcasts in support of America's armed forces, and I, as a huge Judy Garland fan, know that she did a great deal of radio work in these years. Fans of Garland and Bing Crosby will take particular delight in this CD, as both are featured in each of the two broadcasts, but joining in on the fun are Jimmy Durante, Frank Sinatra, and Bob Hope.The first Mail Call broadcast features Judy Garland as the emcee, and the fact that Judy sings The Trolley Song from 1944's Meet Me in St. Louis indicates that this particular broadcast dates back to the later stages of World War II. After her first song, Judy welcomes Bing Crosby, and the two of them take part in an extended period of light and very funny banter, after which Bing croons his way through It's Love, Love, Love. Then Jimmy Durante shows up to take the comedy level of the show up several notches; Durante is absolutely hilarious. At this point, Judy delivers her rendition of Can Do, Will Do, one of the theme songs of the celebrated Navy Sea Bees; Bing Crosby follows this up with Amor. Durante then takes center stage again, first trying to get Bing to help him find a butler and then trying to hire actor Arthur Treacher for the job. This is an extended dialogue that gets funnier and funnier as it goes along. Eventually, Bing, Durante, and Judy decide they want to make serious films involving no musical performances at all, espousing their wishes in the undeniably unique song Groaner, Canary & Nose.Then we are on to a second Mail Call broadcast, hosted on this occasion by Bob Hope, and he puts on a vintage show guaranteed to bring a smile to all the soldiers out fighting for their country and to the families praying for their safe return and an end to the war. Judy Garland comes on to sing Dixieland Band, after which she asks Bob's help in finding the leading man for her next picture. Hope naturally pictures himself in the role, but Judy has already decided it's going to be either Bing Crosby or Frank Sinatra. Both men arrive to "audition" for the part, with Bing singing I Love You and Frank All the Things You Are. The decision is left up to Hope, who endorses Sinatra. Bing and Frank "praise" each other in song, leaving Hope in the position of adding his own self-glorification to the tune (You're the Top). The show ends on a more serious note, with Judy and Bing singing the somber yet touching Something to Remember You By.Don't look at the twelve tracks and think this is a short album; it runs a little over an hour in length. There is actually much more dialogue and joking than there is singing, which is perfectly fine since all of the friendly banter is nothing short of hilarious. When Bing, Frank, and Bob Hope start making friendly digs at one another's qualities and shortcomings, I guarantee you will find yourself laughing heartily. These types of radio broadcasts played an important role during the years of World War II, doing much to sustain the morale and optimism of Americans at war and at home, and I am more than proud to be able to listen to these wonderful, historically significant Mail Call broadcast recordings."
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 02/12/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"During World War 2, COMMAND PERFORMANCE and MAIL CALL were two one-hour variety shows that were transcribed and sent overseas for broadcast on Armed Forces Radio. These weekly star-studded extravaganzas featured celebrities from many industries: film, radio, recording, politics, sports, etc. The shows were always upbeat and highly entertaining.
These samples of Judy Garland, Bing Crosby, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Durante and others give a good idea of the quality of the MAIL CALL show. Audio fidelity of the six decade old recordings is excellent. MAIL CALL is recommended for lovers of the Golden Age Of Radio, and of course, Garland, Sinatra and Crosby fans. Also this CD is a great way for those too young to remember to experience 40s wartime radio programming at it's best."
The golden age of radio
Bluebird | USA | 12/11/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderfully nostalgic trip back to the days when entertainers didn't depend on technology to thrill audiences. Instead they used TALENT. To hear radio shows with the likes of Garland, Crosby, Sinatra, and Durante having a ball and singing up a storm is sheer bliss. The audio isn't top quality, but the material represented more than makes up for it. A gem."