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Helen KaneAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 24, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • ASIN: B0002AYPPY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #218,700 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wanna Be Loved By You
2. That's My Weakness Now
3. Get Out and Get Under the Moon
4. Is There Anything Wrong in That?
5. Don't Be Like That
6. Me and the Man in the Moon
7. Button Up Your Overcoat
8. I Want to Be Bad
9. Do Something
10. That's Why I'm Happy
11. I'd Do Anything for You
12. He's So Unusual
13. Ain'tcha?
14. I Have to Have You
15. I'd Go Barefoot All Winter Long (If You'd Fall for Me in the Spring)
16. Dangerous Nan McGrew
17. I Owe You
18. Thank Your Father
19. I've Got "It" (But It Don't Do Me No Good)
20. Readin', Ritin', Rhythm
See all 27 tracks on this disc

Customer Reviews

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Kane: Gone, but not forgotten September 22, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Helen Kane was an extremely talented singer from the 20's who is best known for inspiring the creation of "Betty Boop" and for her rendition of "I Wanna Be Loved By You", which opens this collection. Upon further listening, you'll latch on to many of Miss Kane's nuances that made her truly stand apart from all the other singers of the day. Her phrasing is impeccable and her comic timing is precise. Add some great backing musicians and you have a thoroughly enjoyable collection.

To the best of my knowledge this is the only CD that contains her recordings from the 50's as well. Although they are much more produced than the 20's recordings (technology had come a long way), they still capture that fun/silly atmosphere and deliver.

Give it a listen -- Cyndi Lauper did (Cyndi covered "He's So Unusual" on her 1984 debut LP, and mimicked Helen Kane throughout that LP's closing track "Yeah Yeah") -- and look where it got Cyndi!!

Highly recommeded.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Helen Kane Has Plenty of IT! December 16, 2004
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This is a treasured CD, and one long overdue. None of the fake stereo that the previous release suffered. No songs left out, like the LPs. This is the definitive collection in glorious mono! Historically, Ms. Kane's very musical, lyrical phrasing is often overshadowed by the novelty of her records. One listen will dispell the notion of her being a lightweight. Still, the "bonus tracks" of later material don't shine as well as her earlier recordings, but it's obvious that these were some producer's idea of what she should do, and not as musical as her true talent. Buy this CD now before it goes out of print. The next release may not be as good.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A style lost for good. December 28, 2004
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Helen Kane's sensually high pitched and extremely effeminate singing is a great form of pop song art. It may not be appealing to the postmodern taste in music but can be highly addictive if one finds a way to appreciate it.

Kane's voice is not screeching in high notes. It has a child-like quality for humorous effect; but the smooth yet controlled flow, the impeccable phrasing contradict that quality and deny any stylistic immaturity.

The song selection is excellent and Kane's treatment renders the lyrics beyond hilarity. According to legend, Kane rejected "I wanna be loved by you" initially, and only agreed to sing it with the interpolation of her trademark "boop-boop-a-doop".

Track No. 23 to 27 are her later recordings (ca. 50). They might not stand up to her early success but make this album more interesting.

There are no complaints to the re-mastering. The sound is crisp and the noises are not sharp. None of that echo for mock-stereo effect.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Helen Kane caused quite the sensation in the late 20's and early 30's with her remarkably unique style, and listening to this beautifully compiled collection, it's easy to see why. Her charm is saturating and her talent is exquisitely evident. Her voice, accentuated with a thick bronx accent and replete with her distinctively squeaky tone, form the words of her lyrics with grace and control. Her range proves to be amazingly versatile, as evidenced in the innocent yet provocatively suggestive "I Want To Be Bad", the romantically delightful "That's Why I'm Happy", and most impressively showcased in the lighthearted "I'd Do Anything For You."
Every song in this collection is a gem, each one offering something clever and new. Helen takes the lyrics and makes them purely her own, providing her unique twist on each verse while taking each song to a new plateu. Thus, no track is unintersting. On the contrary, the listener will find themselves anxious for the next track to begin just to hear what she'll do next.
It was said in one review or another that Helen used her signature "boop boop a doop" ad nauseum. While she does indeed import the classic phrase many times throughout the cd, it's usage is usually subtle and not used in every song. The instances where she includes the legendary words fit quite well in the flow of the tune. At times it's done quickly, like a quaint little poke to remind you who you're listening to, and has passed before you realize what hit you. In other cases, she changes up the words, extends them, creatively re-arranges them to form a completely new word and sound that dances, blends, and becomes one with the rythm.
All in all, a wonderful collection of a beautiful, talented woman from a bygone, golden era of hope and reckless abandon. I highly recommend it to anyone in love with the era and it's timeless, wonderful music.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original Boop! February 7, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Helen Kane was an actress and singer of the late 1920's and 1930's and the inspiration for the famous Betty Boop cartoons of that period. This collection is a great record of her unique comic style. Lots of the songs in this collection also appeared in the animated cartoons, and it's great to hear them sung in full on this CD. I had only ever heard the Marilyn Monroe version of "I Wanna Be Loved By You" before getting this album - who knew it had so many extra verses?? Same goes for "He's So Unusual", which I always assumed was an original Cyndi Lauper pastiche, but I know better now - it's actually a cover version, and the full song is included here, in full-on "boop" style. Actually, Helen Kane's trademark "Boop Oop A Doop" phrase appears in so many of the tracks that you'd be advised not to play the whole lot in one sitting as it could rapidly wear out its welcome!

This isn't really a criticism, though. Lot's of the songs are hilarious, and Helen's voice is a treat to hear on every one. Some of the sentiments portrayed in the lyrics are also very sweet, which is something of a long-lost art, nowadays. Of course her style has been much imitated since, and the informative sleeve notes provide lots of interesting details about how her career progressed after the Betty Boop cartoon character was created, with all the Boopish vocals recorded by sound-a-like Mae Questel (Kane sued - and you can read the rest of the story in the notes!).

The remastering is great and unobtrusive, by which I mean that the songs still have the unmistakeable squeakiness of antique recordings, but I wouldn't have it any other way, it's a vital part of the charm of this type of music. This CD doesn't cost much, and provides a lot of fun. I would pick one up while it's still around.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars ASurprise find !
Love this happy to be able to find it.........I used to listen to Helen Kane on old 78s years ago but this is so much better....very little surface noise if any . Read more
Published 2 months ago by crmine curcerello
5.0 out of 5 stars just amazing
I heard this as bumper music on 20th-century radio and fell in love with it and her, Helen Kane, immediately. Read more
Published 6 months ago by dan w carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars a great compilation of Helen Kane's songs
Helen Kane (born Helen Schroeder in New York, August 4, 1904 [or 1903] – September 26, 1966) sings delightfully on this CD with 27 tracks including 4 that were recorded in 1950... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Matthew G. Sherwin
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE'S My Weakness Now
Helen Kane's story has already been well-chronicled, so there's no need for me to try to retell it.

From what I have been able to research so far, this CD by Living Era... Read more
Published on November 24, 2008 by T. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars SHE HAD "IT"
This is a somewhat unusual reissue insofar as the first 22 tracks were recorded betweeen September 1928 and July 1930, when Helen Kane established her trademark ingenue style of... Read more
Published on October 31, 2008 by Barry McCanna
4.0 out of 5 stars She Boops to Conquer
Too long overshadowed by Betty Boop, the character allegedly ripped-off from her persona, Helen Kane's personality, humor, and overall talent shine in this comprehensive collection... Read more
Published on January 27, 2007 by Brent R. Swanson
4.0 out of 5 stars Boop is good
Each one of these recordings is a gem, a period piece. Sure it's possible that listing to the entire CD in one sitting is too much, but Helen never dreamed of anyone doing this... Read more
Published on February 6, 2006 by Avid Viewer
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This whole Helen Kane thing started when I was at a Flea-Market

and I found a 7 33 r.p.m lp box set called "These Were our Songs The Late 30's" It it had a 1936 song on... Read more
Published on February 2, 2006
3.0 out of 5 stars A little Helen goes a long way
Certainly there is a fine vocalist in here, a woman with taste and some sterling musicians, but these recordings can quickly wear out their welcome. Read more
Published on April 26, 2005 by J. C Clark
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