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Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye: 21 of His Greatest Hits

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1. Daddy
2. Penny Serenade
3. I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen
4. Sooner Or Later (You're Gonna Be Coming Around)
5. That's My Desire
6. The Old Lamp-Lighter
7. I'm A Big Girl Now
8. Chickery Chick
9. Until Tomorow (Goodnight, My Love)
10. An Apple Blossom Wedding
11. It Might As Well Be Spring
12. Serenade Of The Bells
13. Zip-A-Dee-Doo-Dah
14. There Goes That Song Again
15. Careless Hands
16. The Four Winds And The Seven Seas
17. Room Full Of Roses
18. Roses
19. Baby, It's Cold Outside
20. It Isn't Fair
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 15, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00000AFS9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #237,929 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 14, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This compact disc offers an excellent one-disc overview of Sammy Kaye's biggest hits. Sammy Kaye had many hits in the 1940s and early 1950s, and this disc includes many of his memorable recordings, including "Daddy", "Harbor Lights" and "The Old Lamp-Lighter." Some wonderfully sentimental songs of the late 1940s are also included -- "Apple Blossom Wedding", "Serenade of the Bells" and "Roses". The sound quality is excellent. This is a first-rate disc and the only disappointment is that Collector's Choice has not yet issued Volume 2!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on January 26, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If more people had the feel for this music, the world might be just a little more gentle as it was after the war. This compact disc offers an excellent one-disc overview of Sammy Kaye's biggest hits. Sammy Kaye had many hits in the 1940s and early 1950s and this disc includes many of his memorable recordings, including "Daddy" and "Harbor Lights." I enjoyed the music of Sammy Kaye and have a difficult time finding his recordings. It was refreshing to stumble across this sample. I am especially interested in his "Sunday Serenade" radio programs of the 1940s and 1950s and I wonder if they (recordings) are available.

As even the liner notes to this CD admit, bandleader Sammy Kaye represented the squarer, more commercial end of the Big Band era, taking his cues from the workmanlike Glenn Miller, but restricting his dance music to an even more controlled, brisker, less lyrical style. It's fine stuff, emblematic of the times and well-packaged music. This generously programmed 21-track set features a wide swath of Kaye's work--from 1939 to 1950.

The bad thing is that all the songs featured here have vocals (Don Cornell, Jimmy Brown, Tony Alamo, Billy Williams, Nancy Norman, Laura Leslie, Betty Barclay as well as the Kaydets and the Kaye Chior) and no instrumentals--but that's okay, since I'm sure there are instrumentals on other Sammy Kaye CD's.

This is a Great CD by the best of the sweet bands. The sound quality is excellent. A second volume should be issued featuring his immediate post-war vocalists and the songs that made the top 100. It's not immortal, timelessly poetic music (like many of the big band records were), but it is a nice slice nostalgia and perfectly fine in its own right. Worth checking out!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on April 11, 2005
Format: Audio CD
I always liked Sammy Kaye and when I got this CD, o was hoping there'd be instrumentals; but noooo, all the songs are vocal numbers. The best songs are "Penny Serenade" (v-Jimmy Brown), "I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen" (v-Don Cornell), "That's My Desire" (v-Don Cornell and the Kaydets), "There Goes That Song Again" (v-Nancy Norman), "Careless Hands" (v-Don Cornell and the Kaydets), "Room Full Of Roses" (v-Don Cornell and the Kaydets), "It Isn't Fair" (v-Don Cornell) and "Harbor Lights" (v-Tony Alamo and the Kaydets). This CD could've been better, but the next Sammy Kaye will have instrumentals. I hope!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 12, 1998
Format: Audio CD
Great CD by the best of the sweet bands. A second volume should be issued featuring his immediate post-war vocalists and the songs that made the top 100.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on October 4, 2007
Format: Audio CD
The title of this release delivers exactly what it says - 21 of his greatest hits. The thing is, he had 105 from 1937 to 1964 so, as one reviewer says, it's time for a volume 2. Followed by Volumes 3 to 5!

This one is a little light on his early years, delivering just seven of 64 hits from 1937 to 1945. These are: Penny Serenade (# 2 in March 1939 with vocal by Jimmy Brown, and his 16th hit); Until Tomorrow [Goodnight My Love] (# 10 in May 1941 with vocal by The Three Kaydets); Daddy (# 1 - for EIGHT weeks - in summer 1941 with vocal by The Kaye Choir); I Left My Heart At The Stage Door Canteen (# 3 in late summer 1942 from the Broadway music This Is The Army, with vocal by Don Cornell); There Goes That Song Again (# 8 in early 1945 with vocal by Nancy Norman); Chickery Chick (# 1 - for FOUR weeks - in late 1945 with vocal by Nancy Norman, Billy Williams and The Kaye Choir); It Might As Well Be Spring (# 4 late 1945/early 1946 from the film State Fair with vocal by Billy Williams). Omitted from this period were these # 1 hits: Rosalie (late 1937/early 1938), Love Walked In (spring 1938), and Dream Valley (late 1940) - all three with vocals by Tommy Ryan.
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