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Baseball's Greatest Hits
Various Artists
Baseball's Greatest Hits
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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It would be impossible to capture all the things that make the game great--the drama, the humor, the roar of the crowd--on one album, but the folks behind this sprawling collection come pretty darn close to hitting for the...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Baseball's Greatest Hits
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 3/28/1989
Re-Release Date: 5/1/1992
Genres: Jazz, Special Interest, Pop, R&B, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Comedy & Spoken Word, Nostalgia, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPCs: 081227071028, 081227071011, 081227071042

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It would be impossible to capture all the things that make the game great--the drama, the humor, the roar of the crowd--on one album, but the folks behind this sprawling collection come pretty darn close to hitting for the cycle. Old-time faves like Les Brown's "Joltin' Joe DiMaggio" segue into modern tributes such as Bill Slayback's "Move Over Babe, Here Comes Henry," while such tangential yet groovy chestnuts like the Intruders' soul standard "Love Is Like a Baseball Game" and Rockin' Richie Ray's utterly unhinged "Baseball Card Lover" are guaranteed to make even nonfans cock an ear. Interspersed among the songs are spoken interludes, ranging from classic comedy bits like Abbott & Costello's "Who's on First" to moving memories such as Lou Gehrig's famed farewell speech. Baseball's Greatest Hits is a one-of-a-kind collection. --David Sprague

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A sure hit for those who embrace the history of baseball
Andre´ Pichly | Sacramento, CA | 10/09/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"What a great CD! For me and my son it has been a history lesson. We especially enjoy the songs about Dimaggio, Robinson and Mays, as well as Who's on First and Russ Hodge's 1951 home run call. Tons of stuff I've never heard before, which was great. Good to hear Mel Allen's voice again, too.If you love baseball, the game's history and the love affair American's have had with the National Pastime, you'll love this CD."
Great Compilation Album
Jeffery S. Anderson | Tigard, Oregon USA | 01/26/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is baseball as told through all different forms of music--folk, rock, swing, and even gospel!! "A Dying Cub Fan's Last Request" by Steve Goodman was the highlight of this album for me. Listening to it in the dead of winter makes me anxious for baseball season to begin, even if your team always comes on the losing end. There is also that classic Danny Kaye song "D-O-D-G-E-R-S" that was recorded in the 1960's and takes you back to that time period of the intense rivalry between the Dodgers and the Giants. And the album wouldn't be complete without Tommy Lasorda losing his temper with a reporter when asked about "how he feels" about losing a ballgame in the 9th inning due to a homerun by an opposing player. Any baseball fan will enjoy this!"
It's a Home Run!
Richard R. Johnson | Houston, TX United States | 09/22/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This compilation serves up some of the finest baseball tunes ever written. Though a few of the songs at the end of the disc are definite filler, the diversity of the material offered make this a superb addition to any baseball fan's music collection. Omissions of note include Jonathan Richman's "Walter Johnson" and Peter, Paul, and Mary's "Right Field.""