The Anthology: 1931 - 1968

August 1, 1995 | Format: MP3

$18.99
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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Geffen
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  • Total Length: 2:18:07
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  • ASIN: B000WOT3ZM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,704 Paid in Albums (See Top 100 Paid in Albums)

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It is indeed quite nice, and has a great booklet that clearly explains the group and its origins and longevity.
William E. Adams
THE ANTHOLOGY packs four dozen winners onto two platters made to be spun again and again, a fitting tribute to one of pop music's most elegant, enduring legacies.
Jukebox Dave
If I were stranded on an island and had the choice of listening to the recordings of any one artist I would choose the Mills Brothers.
Paul Tognetti

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Ed Holtum on January 25, 2000
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What a great collection for anyone who wants a healthy taste of one of the best popular musical groups of this century. I've been a Mills Brothers fan for a long time and was not disappointed in the least with this anthology. A previous reviewer notes that most of the collection is devoted to the songs which utilized orchestral accompaniment. Actually, only 18 of the 48 cuts use an orchestra. All the rest are guitar only (with seven having the MB's unique vocal instrument ornamentation. One small correction: the opening photo in the accompanying brochure has the brothers labeled incorrectly. You won't be sorry you bought this.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 23, 1999
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As a fan, I wouldn't necessarily recommend this collection for someone trying the Mills out. In spite of how much attention the liner notes devote to the early portion of their career (the four brothers), only 3 songs are devoted to that era. 1931-1944 are the years to focus on, when, as a quartet with single guitar accompaniment, the group peaked and enjoyed enormous success. 3/4 of the collection are after 1945, which is when they were primarily accompanied by an orchestra, and sound, well, Las Vegasy. Plus, too much need to include collaborative works with Ella and ?Al Jolson. To hear this great quartet at their best and most unique, search for the works focusing on the years I mentioned. This big band stuff is far inferior.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Paul Tognetti TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 3, 2004
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That's right. If I were stranded on an island and had the choice of listening to the recordings of any one artist I would choose the Mills Brothers. According to Jay Warners "Billboard Book of American Singing Groups", the Mills Brothers were the most successful American male group of all time with 71 chart singles spanning four decades. Hailing from Piqua, Ohio, the Mills Brothers started performing way back in 1922. The group consisted of four brothers, Donald, Harry Herbert and John Jr. They signed their first recording contract with Brunswick records in 1931 and were an immediate sensation. Aside from remarkable harmony, the group also simulated instruments!!! In fact, the labels on many of their records had a notice that no musical instruments were included on the recordings. To sample the original recordings of the early Mills Brothers, pick up "Four Boys and A Guitar: The Essential Mills Brothers" on the Sony Legacy label.

In 1934 the group signed with Decca records. They would remain with the label for over a quarter century. During this period, they were one of the most prolific artists around recording literally hundreds of singles. Tragically, one of the brothers, John Jr. passed away in 1936 to replaced by his father who performed with the group until the mid 1950's.

As another reviewer has pointed out, the early Mills Brothers songs on this CD that originally appeared on Brunswick are re-recordings. But as far as I can tell, all of the Decca sides are the original recordings. Listen to them again for the first time and rediscover why this group was so beloved for so many years. They just don't make 'em like this anymore. In my opinion, "Paper Doll" was one of the great songs of the century.
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By R. M. Glenn on January 31, 2001
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I've been a Mills Bros. fan all my life,and I use to have an excellent anthology of them,which unfortunately was ruined some years ago,So thinking I could try to replace it,I ordered this one(after much research to make sure ALL the right songs were included)Imagine my dissapointment when while listening I immediately noticed that NONE of the tunes I most wanted to hear were the original versions,mostly remakes with big band backing,I played ALL of my old favorites,not a single original in the bunch,I almost cried & I couldn't listen any more.So my search for the difinitive Mills brothers' cd continues...
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 10, 1999
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This is a wonderful album. I heard "The Jones Boy" on the radio one day, found out who had sung it, and ordered the album that night. Even if you're not a follower of the Mills Brothers, you'll recognize many of the songs on this album and enjoy them all. The music is of a different era, yet it's so positive, or so whimsical, each piece is a delight. The melodies will stick in your head and the harmonies will make you keep coming back. It's music to dance to, to hum along to, do wash dishes to, to get weepy over. Buy this album!!! You'll love it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 21, 1998
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This collection has all of the Mills Brothers' classics, which have survived the test of time. From the oldest member of our family to the youngest toddler, when this album is playing everyone enjoys it. Although a shame that most if not all of the Mills Brothers have passed away and no longer record, the quality of these selections are as if they were recorded yesterday.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 16, 2002
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This is the only Mills Brothers CD I own, so I have nothing to compare it to, but I love it. It's a very nice buffet of their greatest hits. Enjoy!
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Revisited on February 21, 2005
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I'm with the reviewer who doubts the originality of (at least some of) these recordings. The Mills Brothers had a high quality of harmony about them so it's still an okay package. But I am here to tell you, I have a cassette of many of the originals. For sure, this is NOT the original "Cab Driver". If you're willing to settle in order to own some legendary music,then go for it. Even watered-down Mills Brothers music is pretty good stuff.
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