Memories Of Old Broadway / Various (Box)

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Review Text The subtitle of Take Two Records' three-hour, triple-disc set Memories of Old Broadway is "60 vintage recordings of songs from the musical stage, 1904-1934," and that's what it delivers, in chronological order, both by the opening date of the show in which each song was featured, and the year the recording was made. Of the 60 tracks, 17 are performed by the actual artists who introduced them on-stage, and another seven are by artists who appeared in the shows in which the songs were featured. In several other cases, the performer is the songwriter. Still, more than half of the selections are pop interpretations of show tunes. Thus, the album is not only a musical history of Broadway, but also a history of popular music over a 30-year period. And it scores heavily on both counts, presenting one song standard after another. Indeed, the song titles and songwriters are frequently better remembered than the performers, who include still-familiar names like Fred Astaire, Al Jolson, and Kate Smith, along with a host of singers and bandleaders nearly lost to history. In many cases, that obscurity is unjustified; for example, Billy Murray, the most successful recording artist of the first quarter of the 20th century, and the definitive interpreter of the songs of George M. Cohan, heard here on three tracks, deserves wider recognition. Annotator Gerald Bordman writes that Jim Bedoian, who assembled this collection, whittled its 60 songs down from an initial list of 300, which should give a sense that this is really a sampler more than a full-fledged chronicle. But it still works well as a collection of musical highlights. (The tracks have been mastered from records, with sound restoration applied, and the results are quite listenable, though one must forgive the hiss on the earliest selections.) ~ William Ruhlmann

Track Listing

CD: 1

  1. 1. Give My Regards to Broadway - 3:34
  2. 2. Yankee Doodle Boy - 3:36
  3. 3. You're a Grand Old Flag - 3:46
  4. 4. Ah! Sweet Mystery of Life - 4:02
  5. 5. Beautiful Lady - 4:42
  6. 6. Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers - 3:09
  7. 7. Hello, Frisco, Hello - 3:52
  8. 8. I'll Say She Does - 3:43
  9. 9. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - 4:31
  10. 10. Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - 3:36
  11. 11. Rose of Washington Square - 3:23
  12. 12. Kiss in the Dark - 3:03
  13. 13. Old Fashioned Love - 3:39
  14. 14. Rose-Marie - 3:43
  15. 15. Tea for Two - 3:03
  16. 16. Song of the Vagabonds - 3:58
  17. 17. Who? - 3:15
  18. 18. Cup of Coffee, A Sandwich and You - 3:26
  19. 19. Birth of the Blues - 3:48
  20. 20. Play Gypsies, Dance Gypsies - 3:24

CD: 2

  1. 21. Do, Do, Do - 3:04
  2. 22. Lily - 3:32
  3. 23. Sometimes I'm Happy - 3:46
  4. 24. Did You Mean It? - 3:22
  5. 25. Where Have You Been All My Life? - 3:01
  6. 26. Best Things in Life Are Free - 3:21
  7. 27. My Heart Stood Still - 3:19
  8. 28. Thou Swell - 3:33
  9. 29. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man - 3:04
  10. 30. You Took Advantage of Me - 3:11
  11. 31. Doin' the New Low-Down - 3:03
  12. 32. I Must Have That Man - 3:18
  13. 33. I'm on the Crest of a Wave - 2:24
  14. 34. Lover, Come Back to Me - 4:40
  15. 35. Stout Hearted Men - 3:41
  16. 36. Let's Misbehave - 3:49
  17. 37. Watching the Clouds Roll By - 3:06
  18. 38. Until You Get Somebody Else - 3:55
  19. 39. Button Up Your Overcoat - 2:28
  20. 40. Liza - 3:50

CD: 3

  1. 41. I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful) - 3:53
  2. 42. Don't Ever Leave Me - 3:37
  3. 43. Great Day - 3:57
  4. 44. You Do Something to Me - 3:58
  5. 45. Exactly Like You - 3:15
  6. 46. Thank Your Father - 3:43
  7. 47. Fine and Dandy - 3:06
  8. 48. I Got Rhythm - 3:44
  9. 49. Embraceable You - 3:10
  10. 50. Something to Remember You By - 3:16
  11. 51. Love for Sale - 4:35
  12. 52. You Said It - 3:05
  13. 53. White Heat - 3:03
  14. 54. Ooh! That Kiss - 3:43
  15. 55. Of Thee I Sing - 3:08
  16. 56. Soft Lights and Sweet Music - 3:28
  17. 57. I've Told Ev'ry Little Star - 3:20
  18. 58. Heat Wave - 3:03
  19. 59. Anything Goes - 3:10
  20. 60. You're the Top - 3:53

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1/17/12 

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