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Old Time Radio: 60 All Time Favorites Soundtrack


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  • Audio Cassette (May 15, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 20
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Radio Spirits
  • ASIN: B00005LZW8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #638,827 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The track list reads like a "Best in Radio History" list: Abbott and Costello; Ozzie and Harriet; Sam Spade; Bob Hope; Burns and Allen; "Dragnet;" "The Falcon;" "Fibber McGee and Molly;" "The Green Hornet;" "Gunsmoke;" "Have Gun, Will Travel;" Jack Benny; "The Lone Ranger;" "Mystery Playhouse with Peter Lorre;" "Your Hit Parade with Frank Sinatra;" and on and on and on. Every episode is the original presentation from the golden age of radio, accompanied by detailed liner notes. 30 hours 20 cassettes.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By F. Behrens HALL OF FAME on January 29, 2002
Format: Audio Cassette
Radio Spirits is noted for its fabulous collections of old-time radio shows. Their boxed sets of tapes and CDs are devoted to a single show (Jack Benny) or a single star (Frank Sinatra) or to types of programs such as Science Fiction, Mystery, Westerns, comedy, Christmas shows. Some are based on a theme such as the recent "America at War" in which broadcasts of World War II were frighteningly like those on and just after 9/11/01. However, the beginner might turn to the most recent release: "Old-Time Radio's 60 All-Time Favorites."

Available on 20 tapes with three shows each or on 30 CDs with two shows each, this collection includes several examples of just about every kind of radio show that kept us glued to that box when our imaginations supplied what the video tube was all too soon to give us--to our detriment.
Without trying to list all 60 shows, here are some of those included in this set. For comedy we have Abbott & Costello, Ozzie & Harriet, Bob Hope, "A Date With Judy," "The Great Gildersleeve" ( a serious Easter episode), "Life With Luigi," "Our Miss Brooks," Fred Allen, Red Skelton, and Phil Harris and Alice Faye. It is interesting to note that the most popular of them all, "Amos 'n' Andy," is not included, although separate collections of that hysterically funny show are available.
You like hard-boiled detectives? Try Philip Marlowe, Nero Wolfe, Sam Spade, Boston Blackie, Richard Diamond, the Falcon, and Nick Carter. A little less hard-boiled are Casey, Crime Photographer, and Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons. For mystery with a spooky atmosphere, there are "The Whistler," "Suspense," "Lights Out," and "The Black Museum.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Edward Torpy VINE VOICE on December 16, 2005
Format: Audio CD
This is a very broad introduction to 60 different old time radio shows. Although these episodes are not generally the greatest from each show, they do serve as a great introduction to the quality and variety of old radio shows. The following is a list of the shows includes in this set.Read more ›
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michelle Ramage Todd on November 4, 2008
Format: Audio CD
This collection is fabulous! I was not around for the original radio shows, but was able to catch "The Shadow" and some others on Sunday evenings while growing up. I was hooked! I loved the sound effects and visualizing everything in my mind -- it was amazing. Too bad we just don't have this kind of entertainment anymore.
Needless to say, when I "discovered" this and other old-time radio show collections, I was ecstatic! And this collection will not disappoint. From comedies to thrillers, cowboy westerns to gumshoe detectives, sci-fi chillers to murder mysteries, this collection has it all.
I bought this set as a gift for my parents, who did grow up with these old shows. I'm sure they will love this set and listen to it over and over again, recalling fond memories.
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I bought this as part of my father's Christmas gift! It has a lot of variety, which he enjoyed!
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