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  • Audio CD (June 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Half Moon UK
  • ASIN: B000007ZMR
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #392,814 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Stompin At The Savoy
2. Christopher Columbus
3. Bless You
4. When The Swallows Come Ba
5. My Prayer
6. I Don't Want To Set The W
7. Into Each Life Some Rain
8. Whispering Grass
9. Don't Get Around Much Any
10. We Three
11. I'm Getting Sentimental O
12. Java Jive
13. With Plenty Of Money & Yo
14. Do I Worry
15. Someones Rocking My Dream
16. I'll Never Smile Again
17. Maybe
18. If I Didn't Care
19. Coquette
20. I'm Beginning To See The
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Editorial Reviews

The 'Spots were seldom absent from the pop charts between 1939 and 1951; these 23 tracks are some of their best! Their first Decca smash If I Didn't Care joins We Three (My Echo, My Shadow, and Me); Java Jive; When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano; Whispering Grass; Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall; I'm Beginning to See the Light (last two with Ella Fitzgerald), and more.

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How can you not love The Ink Spots?!
Sue Dobson
I think this greatest hits album raps up their best and most famous songs very well.
C. Stebing
Good remastering and good liner notes.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on May 23, 2005
Format: Audio CD
The Ink Spots were one of the most popular vocal groups of the forties. There were no record sales charts in Britain back then so I don't know which of their songs were most popular in the UK, but a look at the American charts shows that this collection omits several big hits. Nevertheless, many others are included and all the tracks here are worth hearing, so I don't mind - this is, after all, a budget collection. The sound quality, while not perfect, is fine given the age of the recordings.

Here you will find the original version of Whispering grass, which became a British number one hit in the seventies when covered by TV actors Windsor Davis and Don Estelle. Another song that got a new lease of life via a cover is My prayer, which the Platters had an international hit with in the fifties. Other big American hits for the Ink Spots to be found here include If I didn't care, Bless you, When the swallows come back to Capistrano, Maybe, We three my echo my shadow and me, Do I worry, I don't want to set the world on fire and Don't get around much anymore (a cover of a Duke Ellington song, but the Ink Spots had the biggest hit). Notable omissions include Address unknown, I'll get by as long as I have you, The gypsy, Prisoner of love, To each his own, You were only fooling while I was falling in love and You're breaking my heart.

The Ink Spots also recorded several duets, four of which made the American charts (all top ten or better). Two (Into each life some rain must fall, I'm beginning to see the light) are included but two (Cow cow boogie, I'm making believe) are omitted.

To compensate for the missing major hits, there are plenty of other wonderful songs here, some but not all of which were lesser hits for the Ink Spots.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on October 26, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I was 25 when I saw one edition of the Ink Spots. Only the guitar player was an original member of the group. The lead singer sounded a lot like Bill Kenney; it was an enjoyable evening. The Ink Spots found a sound and stuck to it as nobody before or since; it was as if they were afraid to stray away from it and in time they faded as a group. The Mills Brothers, a similar group who had Dean Martin as a major fan, on the other hand, lasted until every brother was dead. But during their time, the Ink Spots left us with some classics, "To Each His Own", "If I Didn't Care", and one used in a commercial "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire". Some other songs like "My Prayer" were covered in the 50s by the Platters with Tony Williams on lead and "That's When Your Heartache Begins" by Elvis Presley. If you are willing to slip back in time, you should enjoy this CD. I recommend it.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J. Munyon on January 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The Ink Spots are one of the great 20th century musical groups of all time. That goes without saying. What needs some saying, and LOUDLY, is that our new generations of kids are missing out on this incredibly relaxing music. I am twenty-seven years old, and I've loved The Ink Spots since my days in high school when I first realized that music is larger and broader than the hip-hop, R&B and angst-ridden rock music of my generation.

The first time I heard an Ink Spots song was, like many people in my generation, from the soundtrack The Shawshank Redemption. It was there that I heard 'If I Didn't Care' and was instantly hooked. I bought all their music I could find and eventually came to this greatest hits collection. Call me a Renaissance Man, but the Ink Spots made my mind wander to a place I've always wanted to go but never have found the time - that little field where the wind sways and I'm half-asleep beneath a thick oak, with nothing but the setting sun and my baby to keep me company.

That's what this music will do to you. It's sweet and poetic, but mostly, it's relaxing, and unlike the lyrics of our current romantic genres, The Ink Spots sing about the depths of love told from an honest and pure perspective, from a time and place when men actually pursued the complexities of women in their entirety, and not simply just their physical nature.

A few personal favorites of mine from this cd include, 'If I Didn't Care', 'Java Jive', 'We Three', 'My Prayer' (perhaps the greatest love song of it's day), 'Puttin and Takin', and the classic, 'Don't Get Round Much Anymore'.

Give this music a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Johnathan Flanders on September 1, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Being a fan of 1930s jazz I've always loved the Ink Spots (and the Mills Bros. for that matter because they have a similar style). Their music is simple but so distinctly performed. Most of the short tunes on this collection begin with a signature little, subdued guitar intro. What follows is the perfect, beautiful harmony of their voices that go so well together.

All of their major hits or "most requested" tunes of theirs are here. My favorite tune has to be "My Prayer" - a song about a man who wants to be sure of his lover's devotion to him. Another gem on the CD is with Ella Fitzgerald on "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall". Save Billy Holiday, in my opinon the best female voice in all of jazz. Most of the songs here are from their early period which is undoubtedly the high-point of their long careers.

Overall this is a nostalgic, relaxing disc - great for turning down the lights and to slow dance with your love :) That is, if you find the 1930's acapella jazz sound romantic. Even if you don't you gotta admit the Ink Spots' music is unique and has its own place in the vast history of the American jazz tradition. Enjoy!
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