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Moonlight in Vermont

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Moonlight In Vermont
  2. My Ideal
  3. That Old Black Magic
  4. Hit The Road To Dreamland
  5. It Might As Well Be Spring
  6. Come Rain Or Come Shine
  7. Guilty
  8. Oh, But I Do
  9. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  10. Old Devil Moon
  11. This Can't Be Love
  12. You Do
  13. Pass That Peace Pipe
  14. But Beautiful
  15. My Own True Love
  16. A Tree In The Meadow
  17. Faraway Places
  18. While The Angelus Was Ringing
  19. Slippin' Around
  20. Forever And Ever
  21. Ain't We Got Fun?
  22. A Wonderful Guy
  23. Younger Than Springtime
  24. Baby, It's Cold Outside
  25. Now Is The Hour


Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 28, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 1943
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • ASIN: B00004YTYK
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,878 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 14, 2004
Format: Audio CD
Maggie Whiting was born for a career in music, as her father was a successful songwriter and had many friends in the business. So, all she needed to be a successful singer was a reasonably good voice. In fact, she had a wonderful voice, ideally suited to the romantic songs that provided her with her greatest hits.

With access to the finest songs available at the time Maggie recorded the original versions of several songs that have become popular classics including Moonlight in Vermont, Far away places and Baby, it's cold outside. I've heard several versions of these songs, but Maggie's originals are hard to beat.

My particular favorite song of Maggie's, A tree in the meadow, was actually her biggest hit, but there are not many covers of this song around. Could this be because meadows themselves are a rarity these days?

Maggie was also a major influence on popular music via her duets with country star Jimmy Wakely. Probably conceived as an idea to give Jimmy some pop success, these duets were not only very successful on the pop charts, but also on the country charts. And so it was that country/pop crossover was firmly established.

This compilation includes many of Maggie's hits of the forties (her best years), among them being Moonlight in Vermont, A tree in the meadow, Slipping around (with Jimmy Wakely), Baby it's cold outside (with Johnny Mercer), Guilty, Oh but I do, You do, Pass that peace pipe, Now is the hour, Forever and ever and Far away places. Of these, only Moonlight in Vermont failed to make the American top ten. Its comparative failure as a single (it peaked at fifteen) shows that over-reliance on charts is a mistake.
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By A Customer on August 25, 2001
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This is a compilation of some of Margaret Whiting's greatest hits. The sound is beautiful. The voice is magnificent. Fans of America's best popular music should enjoy the album thoroughly.
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These days,everywhere you look you will find Margaret Whiting getting backhand compliments "she was good singer but she never improvised" - I dare you to find another place where this has not being mentioned - its always the same story,grudging admition she was top star of 1940s and popular singer BUT never improvised.Well people,whats wrong with that - she was pop singer who worked within idiom of popular songs that had jazz texture and jazz orchestration and were mostly written for her. In fact,as much as I love Billie Holiday and such,the fact is that jazz singers often turned and twisted songs into something else,so to hear Whiting singing these classy ballads the way they were originaly written and how composers heard them in their heads comes as breath of fresh air - "oh,so this is how the song actually was meant to be" - when I heard Whiting singing "That old black magic" its a pure joy since she doesn't have any pretentions towards changing the melody or giving it her own stamp,which in itself is the biggest compliment to composers - just sing it baby - leave it to others to mess up the words or to "improve",I really love her style,clear-headed & wide-eyed honesty.
Songs compiled here are all first-class and the fact that different orchestras and backing still sound like one consistent album is just a testimony of how good Whiting was.
And "It might as well be Spring" is beautiful beyond belief.
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This CD is a bargan at any price. How did we lose good music?
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