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Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits


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Frankie Laine ~ Greatest Hits

1. Moonlight Gambler
2. Jealousy (Jalousie)
3. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
4. Your Cheatin' Heart
5. Some Day
6. I Believe
7. Jezebel
8. Granada
9. That Lucky Old Sun
10. Rose, Rose, I Love You
11. That's My Desire
12. Answer Me (Mutterlein)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000024RF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,157 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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4.4 out of 5 stars

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33 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Michael Pendragon on May 6, 2002
Format: Audio CD
The world's best song stylist singing his greatest hits ... how could it be anything short of great? These are the hit recordings except for "That's My Desire," and "That Lucky Old Sun" (which were originally recorded for Mercury). The remakes were recorded at Columbia in the 1950s and, in my opinion, surpass the originals. This album is a must for anyone starting a Frankie Laine collection.
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Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits is a fair to middling CD that is currently out of print. This may not cause too much of a problem, though, because it's hard to take just twelve numbers and refer to them as Frankie Laine's "greatest hits." This is certainly not a complete package and that disappoints me. However, the sound quality is very good and the artwork is very thoughtfully done.

"Moonlight Gambler" starts the CD; and Frankie Laine sings this like the pro he always was! Frankie's uncanny sense of timing enhances his performance and the percussion helps to mark the beat, too. "Jealousy (Jalousie)" is a beautiful ballad when Frankie Laine sings this with all his great sensitivity; and the brass helps make the melody very pretty. "Jealousy (Jalousie)" is easily a highlight of this album; Frankie sings it all THAT good.

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" puts Frankie Laine squarely in the spotlight; and he certainly doesn't shy away from that position! Frankie does this up right and he never sings a superfluous note. "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" shines beautifully when Frankie sings it. In addition, Frankie Laine performs "Your Cheatin' Heart" with a lot of passion; his heartfelt emotion on "Your Cheatin' Heart" sounds wonderful and this country flavored ballad works so well.

"I Believe" showcases Frankie Laine's fine ability to deliver a song right alongside the best of them; the background chorus enhances the melody and they bolster Frankie's performance as well. "Jezebel" gets a fine treatment from Frankie Lain and the guitar work couldn't be better! The percussion is great and overall "Jezebel" is an excellent song by Frankie Laine.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Publius on October 14, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you are new to Frankie Laine, this CD will expose you to some of the various styles of music he performed.

Mr. Laine was a very powerful and versatile singer who excelled at Western Ballads, 1940's Jazz, Spanish-flavored songs, etc.

My two favorite songs on this disc are "Jezebel" and "Granada".

For anyone who has ever been tormented by a woman, the song "Jezebel" just about says it all!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By T. Canaday on June 16, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I hadn't been able to regularly listen to Frankie Laine for over two decades but have always had really fond memories of hearing his songs. I finally got around to purchasing this CD and have been very pleased to find that his songs have not diminished over time in their impact on me.

"Moonlight Gambler" has been my favorite song of his all these years but, with this CD, I've found some close competitors. His powerful voice and the great arrangements make for some terrific songs. I highly recommend this CD!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. Houston on November 9, 2006
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had this album on 33-1/3 many years ago. Was so glad I found it at Amazon on CD. If You like Frankie Laine, this is one of his best! Digitally remastered sound better than origional.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on February 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Having been a young teen in the early 1950s, I grew up listening to the likes of Frankie Laine, and in those years of 1949 to about 1955, he was among my favourites. But, having said that, and having become a devoted collector of oldies hit singles, I have to say that, trying to pin down the original renditions of his many hits is almost as difficult as it for B. B. King. Because, while these two artists could not be further apart in terms of styles, never mind musical genres, they do share one thing in common, and that is, multiple re-recordings of their many hits over the years, registered for several different labels. And so often these re-recordings have appeared in albums blaring "greatest hits" and "best of."

Frankie, for example, had 22 hit singles for Mercury from 1947 to 1951, then another 39 for Columbia from 1951 to 1963, and 12 more for ABC from 1967 to 1969.

And, just like another Columbia release under the title "greatest hits" this one - a CD release of an earlier vinyl LP - also includes re-workings of two of his Mercury chart-toppers, these being That's My Desire and That Lucky Old Sun. That, combined with the paucity of tracks and the absolute omission of any recording details, including dates, label numbers and backing orchestras, not to mention liner notes, makes this a dinosaur insofar as CDs are concerned these days.

What we need is an Ace Of London, Jasmine, or Acrobat treatment of his best, with their usual abundance of tracks (upwards of 30) and copious and informative liner notes. These simply do not cut it anymore.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Son of Flintstone on October 5, 2012
Format: Audio CD
The CD version has exactly the same track list as the vinyl Lp, Columbia CL 1231, though the cover photo on this CD dates from a late '60s/early '70s budget reissue update of the "stereo" version. (If you're looking for this album on vinyl press, avoid the fake "stereo" rechanneled version--awful sound.)

A little history:

This album dates about November, 1958, release. It was part of a then-new concept series, Columbia's "GREATEST HITS" albums. The first, the template for GREATEST HITS albums, was Johnny Mathis's Columbia CL 1133 package from April, 1958, which is one of the longest-lasting chart albums in Joel Whitburn's Billboard histories. The success of Mathis' package set up a succession of Columbia compilation 45 singles albums for other '50s pop artists. Here are the early ones; by 1962+, hits packages were a retail staple:

Johnny Mathis, Columbia CL 1133 (stereo version CS 8634)
Doris Day, Columbia CL 1210 (stereo version CS 8635)
Guy Mitchell, Columbia CL 1226 mono
Johnny Ray, Columbia CL 1227 mono
Jo Stafford, Columbia CL 1228 mono
Tony Bennett, Columbia CL 1229 (stereo version CS 8652)
Frankie Laine, Columbia CL 1231 (stereo version CS 8636)
Four Lads, Columbia CL 1235 mono
Various artists, Columbia CL 1308 mono
Marty Robbins, Columbia CL 1325 (stereo version CS 8639)
Johnny Mathis #2, Columbia CL 1344 (stereo version CS 8150)
Percy Faith, Columbia CL 1493 (stereo version CS 8637)
Jerry Vale, Columbia CL 1529 (stereo version CS 8778)
Mitch Miller, Columbia CL 1544 (stereo version CS 8638)
Ray Price, Columbia CL 1566 (stereo version CS 8866)
--far more hits came later, most in true stereo.
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