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My Ideal: The Definitive Collection - 113 Tracks [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 4CD SET [Box set, Import]

Margaret WhitingAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (November 27, 2007)
  • Original Release Date: 2007
  • 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: B000X1L852
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,515 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. It Might As Well Be Spring
2. Whirlwind
3. The Story Of My Life
4. I Speak To The Stars
5. Singing Bells
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. My Heart Stood Still
2. My Funny Valentine
3. This Can't Be Love
4. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
5. Lover
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. My Own True Love
2. I'll Walk Alone
3. It Happened At The Festival Of Roses
4. How Deep Is The Ocean
5. River Road Two-Step
See all 28 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. My Ideal
2. That Old Black Magic
3. If You Were Only Mine
4. Alone Together
5. Oh, But I Do
See all 29 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

'My Ideal: The Definitive Collection' is the most comprehensive overview of Margaret Whiting's recording output during her tenure with Capitol Records from 1943-1957. With a whopping 113 tracks from who was in this 4CD set from a lady who was the best selling female singer of the post war years and is a wonderful follow up to Jasmine's highly successful 'Till We Meet Again' 4CD box set with Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely. Available here are her million selling singles and great American standards. The hits include: "It Might As Well Be Spring", "Moonlight In Vermont", "Far Away Places", "Now Is The Hour", "My Ideal" plus many, many more! Collaborations with Johnny Mercer, Bob Hope, Peggy Lee, Benny Goodman & Dean Martin. In addition to this there are great orchestral arrangements by Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Frank DeVol and more. This truly is the Definitive collection!!!!

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41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SUPERB TRIBUTE TO MARGARET WHITING - VOCALIST SUPREME! December 10, 2007
Format:Audio CD
Margaret Whiting had the reputation during the 40's and `50's as a vocalist who could handle all song genres from show tunes and movie themes to country ballads, standards, pop ditties and even kids nursery rhymes set to music. In other words, a singer with all-round versatility who budded at Capitol in 1943 and bloomed there until 1957 when she sought pastures new and renewed popularity elsewhere. This anthology is a fine tribute to Margaret's vocal talent as it touches all bases described above, with no fewer than 113 tracks spread over four discs brim-full of quality songs like IT'S A MOST UNUSUAL DAY, HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN and I COULD WRITE A BOOK.

Thanks to Johnny Mercer signing her to his newly-launched label in 1943, Margaret's hits began as featured vocalist on Freddie Slack and his Orchestra's THAT OLD BLACK MAGIC and continued through MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT with the Billy Butterfield Orchestra until her solo name was sufficient to propel IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING, ALL THROUGH THE DAY, IN LOVE IN VAIN, GUILTY, A TREE IN THE MEADOW, NOW IS THE HOUR,, FAR AWAY PLACES and many others into the Hit Parade.

Being the daughter of songwriter Richard Whiting who had died in 1938, growing up in the circle encompassed by other songwriters enabled Margaret to appreciate a good song when she heard it and of course she had her father's song catalogue to explore with MY FUTURE JUST PASSED and MY IDEAL prime examples.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VERSATILE MARGARET WHITING January 5, 2008
Format:Audio CD
WOW! 113 songs by a lady with one of the most versatile voices from the golden age of popular music. With a warm, smooth, clear alto/contralto voice along with perfect pitch, excellent diction, and complete control, Margaret Whiting could effectively sing in a soft, intimate style (MY DREAM IS YOURS, DON'T TELL ME), straight down the middle of her range (IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING, TRUE LOVE), in her deep sultry register (MY FUNNY VALENTINE, OVER AND OVER AND OVER), or in full voice against the lustiest orchestrations (ALONE TOGETHER, WHY DON'T YOU BELIEVE ME?). She also was very adept at singing upbeat tunes and novelty songs (A WONDERFUL GUY, OOPS!, C.O.D., BLIND DATE, ALL I WANT IS ALL THERE IS AND THEN SOME). I never get tired of listening to her.

This is definitely the definitive collection so far of Whiting's Capitol years. Many of her million sellers and hits are here as well as great standards and wonderful lesser known performances. The arrangements backing her by such luminaries as Paul Weston, Frank DeVol, Nelson Riddle, Billy May, Lou Busch and others are inventive and outstanding, and the sound throughout all four discs is crisp and clear.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Jasmine Records for this wonderful tribute to a GREAT singer.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and extensive collection March 30, 2009
Format:Audio CD
The first thing to say about this compilation of Magic Maggie's music is that a lot of hits are missing. None of her duets with Jimmy Wakely are here, these being covered in a separate single CD Till we meet again that contains every duet they ever recorded, plus a few solo tracks. However, some of Maggie's solo hits are also missing, though all the hits that really matter are here including Moonlight in Vermont, Guilty, Oh but I do, You do, Now is the hour, A tree in the meadow (a British song originally recorded by Dorothy Squires), Far away places, Forever and ever and her Christmas duet with Johnny Mercer, Baby it`s cold outside, together with some of her lesser (but still brilliant) hits that I haven`t mentioned. Maggie's top ten hits with Freddie Slack (That old black magic) and Paul Weston (It might as well be spring) are also included here, though it doesn't normally appear on compilations of her music. Another hit she had with Freddie Slack, Silver wings in the moonlight, is mentioned in the liner notes but not included; I've yet to find this track anywhere though I haven`t actually looked for it specifically.

With over 100 tracks included here, there are many great songs that you won't find Maggie's versions of elsewhere. Some of these may be familiar via versions by other artists including True love (Bing Crosby/Grace Kelly), My son my son (Vera Lynn) My funny valentine (Hal McIntyre), My romance (Paul Whiteman), God bless America (Kate Smith) and Look for the silver lining (Marion Harris) to name a few.

This collection, not being limited to her hits, is able to look at the diversity of Maggie's music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Track Listing January 13, 2011
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An earlier reviewer wanted to see a track listing for this 4-CD box set. Seems reasonable to me. Hope this helps someone:

DISC 1

1. IT MIGHT AS WELL BE SPRING
2. WHIRLWIND
3. THE STORY OF MY LIFE
4. I SPEAK TO THE STARS
5. SINGING BELLS
6. MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT
7. LET'S TAKE AN OLD-FASHIONED WALK
8. TRUE LOVE
9. BIDIN' MY TIME
10. SORRY
11. I JUST LOVE YOU
12. OOPS!
13. ALL THROUGH THE DAY
14. IN LOVE IN VAIN
15. I KISS YOU A MILLION TIMES
16. C.O.D.
17. THREE RIVERS
18. HOME COOKIN'
19. LUCKY US
20. AIN'T WE GOT FUN
21. BLIND DATE
22. APRIL SHOWERS
23. STOWAWAY
24. COME RAIN OR COME SHINE
25. STAY WITH THE HAPPY PEOPLE
26. WHILE THE ANGELUS WAS RINGING
27. MY SON, MY SON
28. THE SECOND TIME IN LOVE

DISC 2

1. MY HEART STOOD STILL
2. MY FUNNY VALENTINE
3. THIS CAN'T BE LOVE
4. I DIDN'T KNOW WHAT TIME IT WAS
5. LOVER
6. LITTLE GIRL BLUE
7. THOU SWELL
8. MY ROMANCE
9. TAKE CARE, MY LOVE
10. IT'S NICE TO HAVE YOU HOME
11. IT'S A MOST UNUSUAL DAY
12. A TREE IN THE MEADOW
13. OVER AND OVER AND OVER
14. MY FUTURE JUST PASSED
15. THAT'S FOR SURE
16. I'VE FORGOTTEN YOU
17. THIS LITTLE PIGGY WENT TO MARKET
18. HOPPY, TOPPER, AND ME
19. SO FAR
20. A WONDERFUL GUY
21. YOUNGER THAN SPRINGTIME
22. A COCK-EYED OPTIMIST
23. MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT
24. ASK M
25. OLD ENOUGH
26. BABY, IT'S COLD OUTSIDE
27. THE FREEDOM TRAIN
28. GOD BLESS AMERICA

DISC 3

1. MY OWN TRUE LOVE
2. I'LL WALK ALONE
3. IT HAPPENED AT THE FESTIVAL OF ROSES
4. HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN
5.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful singer
I am a lover of big band music. Margaret Whiting is one ofthe best. Her voice is so sweet. This set of cd's is terrific. I can listento her all day. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Another terrific Margaret whiting collection.
This one can't be beat. Great price for a wonderful collection of Maggie Whiting hits. Excellent sound quality. For those fans of forties music, this is a must-have.
Published 2 months ago by Gil Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Lover of Margret Whiting's music
This collection is simply a tremendous overview of her beautiful voice and why this lady had such a great musical career and left us such a gift.
Published on February 18, 2011 by Jules Traut
5.0 out of 5 stars GREATEST COLLECTION YET BY THE SINGER WHO DEFINED 'CLASS'!
I just finished listening to the 4th and final CD from this truly magnificent Margaret Whiting collection. Read more
Published on January 21, 2011 by Bill Busse
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten out of ten for Margaret Whiting
Margaret Whiting must have one of the most beautiful voices in the genre of popular music. Margaret IS in the top five of the all time female singers list, without a doubt. Read more
Published on April 20, 2010 by robm
5.0 out of 5 stars Maybe 4 stars
I was ready to purchase this box set, but is it too much to ask, to at least list the songs that are on the four CDs?! I have come across this a few too many times recently. Read more
Published on January 10, 2010 by Marco
5.0 out of 5 stars Margaret Whiting:
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I truly enjoy listening to the many songs on this 4 CD collection of Margaret Whiting's singing. She has a special
voice and way of presenting the lyrics. Read more
Published on July 18, 2008 by B. Clarke
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