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I Had The Craziest Dream - The Golden Years Of Helen Forrest [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 4CD SET Box set, Import


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  • Audio CD (September 23, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • ASIN: B0000C669Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,568 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Night Over Shanghai
2. Deep In A Dream
3. I Won't Tell A Soul
4. Monday Morning
5. Summer Souvenirs
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I Can't Resist You
2. Nobody
3. The Man I Love
4. More Than You Know
5. Yes, My Darling Daughter
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Long Ago And Far Away
2. Look For The Silver Lining
3. Time Waits For No One
4. It Had To Be You
5. Together
See all 25 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Till We Meet Again
2. Waitin' For The Train To Come In
3. In Love In Vain
4. All Through The Day
5. Here I Go Again
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

This box set is a huge collection from whom is considered by many experts, the greatest big band singer or all time and includes both broadcast and studio material dating back to 1938. As a link to the already released The Golden Years Of Dick Haymes, Let The Rest Of The Year Go By on JASBOX 9-4. All 18 duets which Helen and Dick recorded together and one broadcast track "People Will Say We're In Love". Helen Forrest had a great career singing with Artie Shaw, Harry James and Benny Goodman as well as solo hits. The sound quality is bright and clear and this is an outstanding set of 97 vocals! The titles were chosen from those which feature the best of Helen's talents. Many tracks included in this set have never been issued on CD or LP before.

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Helen Forrest was simply the best female singer of all time.
GWCarver
While this is not a definitive collection, it is a great showcase for Helen's music.
Peter Durward Harris
Her voice has a keening quality that sends chills up and down my spine.
Robert L. Halla

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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
If you are looking at this set thinking that it must be the ultimate Helen Forrest collection containing all her big hits, you'll be disappointed. Nevertheless, this is a fine collection that showcases Helen's talents superbly. It is worth noting that Helen refused to sing up-tempo songs, which didn't always help her career, but she was brilliant at what she did. And while four CD's of ballads might sound a bit excessive, half of the music here was recorded in the big band era, with the other half being in a more lush, orchestral style. Thus, there is plenty of variety in the arrangements, with many mid-tempo songs among the slower songs.

Helen's earliest recordings were with Artie Shaw in 1938 and 1939. Jasmine previously released two single compilations of Helen's music with Artie Shaw, both of which I bought and reviewed some years ago. The first CD here begins with 21 of these recordings but omits their two number one hits (They say, Thanks for everything), though some of their big hits together (notably Deep in a dream, I poured my heart into a song) are here. Still, Helen's music with Artie was all brilliant so I'm not complaining for myself. Others may resent buying this then having to buy two other compilations to plug important gaps in their collection. CD 1 ends with two tracks (I'd be lost without you, A ghost of a chance) recorded in 1940 with Lionel Hampton, Nat King Cole and his trio. There is no mention of these two tracks in the liner notes, but they are worth a listen.

The first ten tracks from CD 2 are taken from Helen's recordings with Benny Goodman in 1940 and 1941.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By E. C Goodstein on December 30, 2003
Format: Audio CD
I'm not at all a Helen Forrest expert, but I picked this up
on sale not long ago, & I'm really glad I did. 4 CDs, studio, radio & 'ballroom' recordings & I think a few fairly rare.
Seems a good cross section of her recordings with Goodman, Shaw & James, as well as Nat King Cole, Gordon Jenkins, Johnny Mercer & others, including a few also from films. The sound quality is really very good overall. Warm, compelling voice that sounds great in big band setting IMO. I love Jo Stafford, & think Helen similar caliber of singer (not that they sound exactly alike).
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By GWCarver on November 26, 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Helen Forrest was simply the best female singer of all time. Although her hits are great, it is her covers on this collection that make it worth buying. Bea Wain's "My Sister and I" is a rather obscure tune, but one of my big band era favorites, and Helen Forrest brings a level of beauty to it that brings the song to another level, as she does with every song she sings. Someone suggested she was like the female Frank Sinatra. Although it isn't a perfect comparison, mainly because it really isn't fair to compare anyone to the great Sinatra, it is pretty close to the way I think of her.

Most of the best songs on this compilation I had never heard before, because they were all way before my time. It is hard to believe that the upbeat sounding "Night Over Shanghai", with Helen's voice soaring beautifully during her chorus, is actually about the Japanese bombing Shanghai prior to Pearl Harbor. The lyrics are a little mysterious unless you know that. The song was recorded in 1938, so she was probably with Artie Shaw at the time.

So, how did I end up finding Helen Forrest and the rest of the wonderful singers and bands from the 30's and 40's? I asked my mother what kind of music she listened to when she was in high school, and she insisted it was rock and roll. So, I did a little research to find out what kind of music was being played in 1938, when she was 16, and it was Swing. Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James played swing, and Helen Forrest sang for all of them. Everyone danced holding hands or each other at that time, all they way until "The Twist" changed everything. Maybe that is what confused her.

I think by now I have everything Helen Forrest put on vinyl or was transcribed from radio performances, and I think this comp is your best bang for the buck.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shane on January 22, 2014
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I hadn't heard of Helen Forrest until I was browsing on Amazon and took a chance with this collection, where she sings with a variety of bands, and also duets with Dick Haymes, who has a most attractive, smooth-toned baritone. I'm really enjoying working my way through the collection and getting much pleasure from her singing. Lovely tone and effortless phrasing of a sort that reminds me of Jo Stafford. I'm also finding out what a big name she was at the time and it's always nice to find out new stuff and enjoy a new singer, even other people have known about her for ages. Good sound for the time on the CD's
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Pete Moss on August 23, 2012
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...what's not to like! great voice! classic melodies. just can't go wrong with a helen forrest collection! love it! would recommend to all!
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