If I Didn't Care - The Ink Spots, Lawrence, Jack [Lyr
Address Unknown - The Ink Spots, Hill, Dedette Lee
My Prayer - The Ink Spots, Boulanger, Georges
When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano - The Ink Spots, Rene, Leon
Whispering Grass (Don't Tell the Trees) - The Ink Spots, Fisher, Doris
Maybe - The Ink Spots, Flynn, Allan
I'll Never Smile Again - The Ink Spots, Lowe, Ruth
We Three (My Echo, My Shadow and Me) - The Ink Spots, Mysels, Sammy
Java Jive - The Ink Spots, Drake, Milton
I Don't Want to Set the World on Fire - The Ink Spots, Benjamin, Bennie
Someone's Rocking My Dreamboat - The Ink Spots, Rene, Leon
Street of Dreams - The Ink Spots, Lewis, Sam M. 
I'll Get By (As Long As I Have You) - The Ink Spots, Ahlert, Fred E.
The Gypsy - The Ink Spots, Reid, Billy
To Each His Own - The Ink Spots, Evans, Ray [Lyricis
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 » 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« less
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
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!"
Marvelous, virtually forgotten harmonic music
email@example.com | CO | 03/04/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lead tenor Bill Kenney will make you forget all about Aaron Neville with Kenney's mellow, precise, soaring, but smooth renditions of the old classics - "If I didn't care" etc. This is exquisite stuff."
R&R Hall Of Fame "Forefathers"
firstname.lastname@example.org | 08/29/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This group, elected in 1989 to the R&R Hall of Fame in the Forefather category, started out in 1931 as The King, Jack & Jesters, consisting of Ivory "Deke" Watson, Charlie Fuqua, Orville "Hoppy" Jones, and Jerry Daniels. In 1932 they changed their name to The Ink Spots, and in 1935 secured a recording contract with Victor.
A year later Daniels left the group, replaced by the wonderful voice of Bill Kenny. In 1944 Jones died and was replaced by Bill's brother Herb. A year after that Watson left to form The Brown Dots, later changing to The Four Tunes [and charting three hit singles from 1948 to 1954]. In 1952 Bill Kenny went solo and Herb became a DJ in Washington, D.C. Fuqua's nephew, Harvey, lead The Moonglows.
All this to say that, since 1952, there have been many passing themselves off as The Ink Spots and, consequently, there is a lot of stuff out there that does not reflect the original group or its key replacements in the 1940s.
From 1940 to 1951 the originals put 30 selections into the Billboard Pop Top 25, including four Number 1 hits - a double-sided No. 1 in 1944 with Ella Fitzgerald - Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall/I'm Making Believe - the wonderful The Gypsy which stayed at No. 1 for THIRTEEN weeks in 1946 [see track 14], and To Each His Own, also in 1946 [see track 15].
Prior to 1940 they had a # 1 in 1939 with Address Unknown, and lesser hits with tracks 1 and 3. Tracks 7 and 12 were low charters in 1940 and 1943. Since this claims to be their best from 1939 to 1946, we would have been better served had they included Stop Pretending (So Hep You See) [# 18 in 1940], Don't Get Around Much Anymore [# 4 in 1943], and Prisoner Of Love [# 9 in 1946].
The liner notes by Todd Everett are kind of skimpy, and in the discography they do not show chart performances. However, the sound quality is excellent on each track and the 15 selections are a nice mix of their library of hits. Still, what we need is a definitive box-set of ALL their hits plus the B-sides. "