Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Classic Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
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R. M. Glenn | Los Angeles, CA., United States | 01/31/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Mills Bros. fan all my life,and I use to have an excellent anthology of them,which unfortunately was ruined some years ago,So thinking I could try to replace it,I ordered this one(after much research to make sure ALL the right songs were included)Imagine my dissapointment when while listening I immediately noticed that NONE of the tunes I most wanted to hear were the original versions,mostly remakes with big band backing,I played ALL of my old favorites,not a single original in the bunch,I almost cried & I couldn't listen any more.So my search for the difinitive Mills brothers' cd continues..."
Mills Brothers sound is addictive!
Ed Holtum | Iowa City, IA | 01/26/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a great collection for anyone who wants a healthy taste of one of the best popular musical groups of this century. I've been a Mills Brothers fan for a long time and was not disappointed in the least with this anthology. A previous reviewer notes that most of the collection is devoted to the songs which utilized orchestral accompaniment. Actually, only 18 of the 48 cuts use an orchestra. All the rest are guitar only (with seven having the MB's unique vocal instrument ornamentation. One small correction: the opening photo in the accompanying brochure has the brothers labeled incorrectly. You won't be sorry you bought this."
Okay, Terribly Lopsided
Ed Holtum | 11/23/1999
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As a fan, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this collection for someone trying the Mills out. In spite of how much attention the liner notes devote to the early portion of their career (the four brothers), only 3 songs are devoted to that era. 1931-1944 are the years to focus on, when, as a quartet with single guitar accompaniment, the group peaked and enjoyed enormous success. 3/4 of the collection are after 1945, which is when they were primarily accompanied by an orchestra, and sound, well, Las Vegasy. Plus, too much need to include collaborative works with Ella and ?Al Jolson. To hear this great quartet at their best and most unique, search for the works focusing on the years I mentioned. This big band stuff is far inferior."