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Best of Polka

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  • Audio CD (November 9, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: November 9, 1999
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polka City
  • ASIN: B00002R16E
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #104,461 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Elspeth on June 5, 2001
Format: Audio CD
Sure, polka is thought of as a joke. But if you're one of the many lovers of polka, novelty songs, old time music, or even banjo or clarinet, you have to get this compilation. It collects the greatest -- Frankie Yankovic, Six Fat Dutchmen, Jimmy Sturr, etc., and the greatest songs -- "She's Too Fat Polka", "Pennsylvania Polka", "Who Stole the Keeshka". Anyone who makes fun of this CD is just unenlightened! If you love this comp and you live near or are visiting the San Francisco area, try to check out a live show of Polkacide. The greatest punk-polka band ever!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Bill Smythe on November 24, 2001
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
All of the material on this two-CD set is at least 30 years old, but the sound quality is a cut above some other similar re-releases on this label. It is almost worth the price just because of Ach du Lieber Augustin on disc two. That track, by Whoopee John Wilfahrt, originally appeared on a 45-rpm single around 1960. The tuba player is in top form, perhaps inspired by the lyrics, "Und vhen the tuba goes oompah so schweet, my heart will ahnswer with each oompah beat". I wish more of these 45's could be found, for it is rare these days for Whoopee John tracks to sound decent (most are taken from 78's recorded in the 1940s). Many of the other artists' contributions to this collection leave a lot to be desired. The Frankie Yankovic tracks are thin and distorted, compared to that artist's superb original releases, and some of the other polka bands are nothing to write home about to begin with. There are several serious dropouts beginning on track 16 of disc two. Maybe it's just my copy; if so, and if you get a good copy, it might be worth an additional half-star or so. Future re-releasers, please search for those Whoopee John 45's, like When Otto Plays a Polka, Starlight Waltz, Banjo Polka, When the Sun Comes Over the Brewery, etc. I miss those.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Michael Kabala on April 2, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This collection contains many of the old standards and a few I'd not heard before. The quality of performance varies markedly from track to track however. I've heard better renditions of the Pennsylvania Polka from Jimmie Sturr and Lawrence Welk. "The Happy Wanderer" is abysmal however, and will probably turn off all but the most avid fan. There is the occasional gem, like Dick Rodgers' "Try It, You'll Like It" polka, which is hilarious even though it's a bit thin on the vocals.
This is certainly not a "Best in Class" recording, but it may serve to start you off on your Polka collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Brown on July 30, 2012
Format: Audio CD
Back in 2001, Bill Smythe wrote in a review, "There are several serious dropouts beginning on track 16 of disc two. Maybe it's just my copy." I bought my copy in 2012 and no, it's not just Bill's copy. My Disc 2 also contains at least 10 noticeable, but small, dropouts starting with Track 16. Another copy I borrowed from the library contained dropouts in the exact same spots, so the conclusion is that the problem is either in the mastering of the music for CD or, more likely, flaws in the original tapes. Granted, as has been pointed out by others, some of these recordings are pretty old, so keep that in mind (Disc 1 is fine, by the way).

That being said, this compilation from 1999 is STILL the single best collection of polka classics available, even after all these years. Even those who never listen to polka will instantly recognize about half of these melodies. Included are excellent versions of virtually every polka standard you could think of. With 50 mostly well-known songs, no other CD collection even comes close. And you can't beat the price.

It should be noted that what is included here are mainly American polka tunes ... not that this is a bad thing, but if you are looking for European polka music, check out Slavko Avsenik, and for yodeling try Oesch's Die Dritten.

Aside from the quality issue, one other minor complaint with this release is that there are no liner notes ... a shame since it would be nice to know a little more about the performers represented here. The deduction of 1 star, then, is for the combination of poor mastering on a few tracks, and the lack of notes.

But despite this set's shortcomings, it is at the top of my list in the polka department. You won't find a more comprehensive compilation anywhere.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By dnc89 on April 25, 2011
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My son love polka and square dance type music. But I even found some of the tune catchy. I am not what you would call a polka lover.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dwight H. Slocum on July 22, 2008
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This was purchased as a gift, and the person really LOVES it, she plays it in her car while she drives, always.
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By Marvin Hughey on January 19, 2014
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This set has some of the best polka bands from the 50's,60's and 70's. Great tune's, very danceable. Can get a good dance party started. Well worth buying to start your collection, or to add to an exhisting one. Very enjoyable.
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This set is just okay. Their is to much singing on it by unknown singers. I just want the instrumental not polkas with singers. Maybe people would like that but not me unless it's Weird Al ! LOL!
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