A wonderful way to revisit the '50s!
John A. Kuczma | Marietta, GA USA | 06/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This Nipper's collection does a marvelous job of representing the bewildering hodge-podge of sounds that made up the popular music of the 1950s. There is mainstream pop like Perry Como's "Catch a Falling Star", mainstream country like Hank Locklin's beautiful "Send Me the Pillow You Dream On" and the early rock sounds of Elvis Presley's "Heartbreak Hotel" and Neil Sedaka's "Oh, Carol." Mario Lanza's "Be My Love" is nearly operatic, Perez Prado's "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" represents the big band sound, and Harry Belafonte's catchy "Banana Boat (Day-O)" has a strong calypso character.The mastering of this disc is very good and the sound quality may surprise you. The Nipper's 1950s GH discs are an excellent way to jump start a '50s collection or to just take a quiet journey back to a simpler musical time. Either way, this disc and its companion will provide many hours of listening pleasure. Highly recommended."
"Catch a Falling Star" in Real Stereo!
email@example.com | Nova Scotia, Canada | 07/18/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD compilation contains the only ever BMG released real stereo version of Perry Como's 1958 classic "Catch a Falling Star". For many years, RCA Victor denied the existence of these tapes, now referred to as binaural, where Perry's voice is recorded solely on one side with everything else on the other. Listening to Perry's vocal harmony with the Ray Charles Singers within this simple arrangement is remarkable . . . considering that it was never supposed to exist! RCA's release of this song, and others, subjected to electronic reprocessing to simulate stereo seems all the more ridiculous when you hear the real thing! This stereo version was also released by Time-Life within their series "Your Hit Parade" for the year 1958. "Catch a Falling Star" was the very first record certified as "Gold" by the Record Industry Association of America" and Perry received a Grammy that same year for his performance."