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on March 11, 1999
If you know Doris Day only from her top forty hits, you haven't really heard her at her peak. This boxed set (and the other three in the series) comprise almost all of her singles and albums from Columbia Records. This boxed set has possibly her supreme achievement, "Duet" with Andre Previn. Singing with Previn's piano and occasionally a two-instrument rhythm section, Day is at her best. Some of the ballads--"Falling in Love Again" and "Remind Me"--are hauntingly beautiful. Her saucy, sassy rendition of "Close Your Eyes" is sheer joy. Notice the superb breathing control, marvelous phrasing, and clear, precise diction. Best of all, Day sings what the composers/lyricists wrote: no added notes, syllables, or words (are you listening BarBra?). The boxed sets may be pricey, but each is exceptional value--all of them contain multi-cd's and a hardbound book of interviews and a detailed recording history. Five stars isn't a high enough rating for these sets.
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on June 1, 2005
The last volume of Doris Day's Bear Family box-sets from Germany--and it's arguably the best(with a hardcover book of photos that is nearly priceless for Doris-addicts). The music covers both her final movies and her final years with Columbia, and though that includes a lot of novelty songs, there are classics and gems here as well. Worth-noting: the hard to find "Oo-wee Baby", the amazing "Sorry", "Caprice" and "Rainbow's End", the newly discovered "Let the Little Girl Limbo"(2 versions!), and the complete albums "Love Him!", "The Christmas Album", "Annie Get Your Gun"(a tribute to the hit show featuring Robert Goulet), "Latin for Lovers", and "The Love Album"(a personal collection of ballads recorded just after DD left Columbia). There's a lot to sift through, but wow! what a great lot!
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on December 31, 2002
There has never been a singer who could put as much into a song as Doris Day, and that includes Ol Blue Eyes. If the song is happy or up lifting, you can bet Doris is right up there with it. Romantic, sad, that beautiful voice can convey the message and deliver the sermon as no body else can. I am a fan of many great singers, Clooney, Gorme, Streisand, Garland but, none can match the sheer beauty of the Doris Day voice. If you have not experienced the sound that comes from the singer or if you are looking for real music, by that I mean the correct balance/harmony of the right music, the right arrangement, and perfect singer, this is the set for you. This is a lost art. Just by listening to Doris you learn about life. Seize the monent. The only way you can go back in time to experience the good ol days is to go back in your mind. Listening to this set will do it for you.
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on September 27, 2000
For those of us who appreciate the worlds most underrated vocalist, this set from the German Bear Fimily is a treat, and well worth every penny. I'll agree with the reviewer from Marilyn, I can't stand Barbara Streisand either, however I must disagree with the their statement about Doris Day singing the exact notes the way the songwriter wanted. She doesn't ever sing the songs straight through without adding small improvisations, Doris Day, when she wanted to could be a jazz singer(improvise" as she does on the classic 50's LP "Duet"(included in this set) She sings 12 standards backed by Andre Preven(though he's no Oscar Peterson, heck he aint even a George Shaering) however Day let's loose and improvises when backed by a somewhat jazzy pianist(just as Dinah Shore did when backed by Previn on "Dinah Sings, Previn Plays" (Shore is another underrated jazz singer, but that's another review) Day is a great vocalist, and if you ver had any doubts about her try this CD set, and you'll see why Will Friedwald practicly wrote an entire chapter on Doris Day in his book "Jazz Singing." This CD is recomeded to Day fans as well as jazz vocal collectors.
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on October 8, 2007
Bear Family preceded this box with three others of similar superior quality in both performance and presentation. Shame Doris stopped recording in 1967, it would be a joy to hear her take on ballads of more modern times. One of the purest voices of any genre.
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