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Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye: 21 of His Greatest Hits
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
An excellent career overview of Sammy Kaye's biggest hits
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This compact disc offers an excellent one-disc overview of Sammy Kaye's biggest hits. Sammy Kaye had many hits in the 1940s and early 1950s, and this disc includes many of his memorable recordings, including "Daddy", "Harbor Lights" and "The Old Lamp-Lighter." Some wonderfully sentimental songs of the late 1940s are also included -- "Apple Blossom Wedding", "Serenade of the Bells" and "Roses". The sound quality is excellent. This is a first-rate disc and the only disappointment is that Collector's Choice has not yet issued Volume 2!"
BEST OF THE SWEET BANDS
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If more people had the feel for this music, the world might be just a little more gentle as it was after the war. This compact disc offers an excellent one-disc overview of Sammy Kaye's biggest hits. Sammy Kaye had many hits in the 1940s and early 1950s and this disc includes many of his memorable recordings, including "Daddy" and "Harbor Lights." I enjoyed the music of Sammy Kaye and have a difficult time finding his recordings. It was refreshing to stumble across this sample. I am especially interested in his "Sunday Serenade" radio programs of the 1940s and 1950s and I wonder if they (recordings) are available.
As even the liner notes to this CD admit, bandleader Sammy Kaye represented the squarer, more commercial end of the Big Band era, taking his cues from the workmanlike Glenn Miller, but restricting his dance music to an even more controlled, brisker, less lyrical style. It's fine stuff, emblematic of the times and well-packaged music. This generously programmed 21-track set features a wide swath of Kaye's work--from 1939 to 1950.
The bad thing is that all the songs featured here have vocals (Don Cornell, Jimmy Brown, Tony Alamo, Billy Williams, Nancy Norman, Laura Leslie, Betty Barclay as well as the Kaydets and the Kaye Chior) and no instrumentals--but that's okay, since I'm sure there are instrumentals on other Sammy Kaye CD's.
This is a Great CD by the best of the sweet bands. The sound quality is excellent. A second volume should be issued featuring his immediate post-war vocalists and the songs that made the top 100. It's not immortal, timelessly poetic music (like many of the big band records were), but it is a nice slice nostalgia and perfectly fine in its own right. Worth checking out!"
Sammy Kaye CD
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Great CD by the best of the sweet bands. A second volume should be issued featuring his immediate post-war vocalists and the songs that made the top 100."