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The Best of Georgia Gibbs: The Mercury Years Original recording remastered

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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(1996/MERCURY) 25 tracks Mercury 1952-54 / hard to find now

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Kiss Of Fire
Tom's Tune
While You Danced, Danced, Danced
Cry
So Madly In Love
My Favorite Song
Seven Lonely Days
For Me, For Me
The Bridge Of Signs
Home Lovin' Man
I Love Paris
Autumn Leaves
Somebody Bad Stole De Wedding Bell
My Sin
How Did He Look
Wait For Me Darling
It's The Talk Of The Town
Tweedle Dee
Dance With Me Henry
Sweet And Gentle
I Want You To Be My Baby
Goodbye To Rome
Kiss Me Another
Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe
Happiness Street
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001ENQ
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #263,189 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I grew up listening to many of my parents 78rpm records. One of my favorie singers was Georgia Gibbs. I loved her soaring voice and the way she was able to tackle any type of song - rock, country, ballad, ect. As opposed to many female vocalists of the 50's, Georgia Gibbs was versitile. For many years, I searched for more records by Georgia Gibbs - and this was not an easy task. I was able to find many of the songs on this album, however the condition of the records was usually not very good. This CD from Mercury Records is FANTASTIC! "Kiss Of Fire" is, without a doubt, a classic. Just as classic are "Tweedle Dee" and "Dance With Me Henry" - although there are many who feel that these two songs were stolen, Georgia Gibbs versions of these songs are perfect and, upon listening to them, it is hard to take anything away from the quality of her work. "I Love Paris" is sung perfectly, with little fanfare. You could listen to "I Want You To Be My Baby" a hundred times and not tire of it. "How Did He Look?" is full of longing - but again, not overdone. Just enough to make you feel a little lump in your throat. Georgia Gibbs is the most underrated female vocalist of the 1950's and I applaud Mercury for putting this collection together. If you are in the mood to listen to a truely talented artist, one whos voice knows few limits in terms of style and emotion, this CD is a perfect fit. I hope Mercury issues a Volume 2 and some of the other labels Ms. Gibbs has recorded for will take heed and reintroduce Her Nibs to a new generation.
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Georgia Gibbs is one of the greatest (and least appreciated) vocalists from the big band and classic pop eras. Miss Gibbs has been much-maligned over the years by a certain group of ignorant "historians" who have little-to-no understanding of the workings of the record industry (as in the "review" by B.M. Peters below).

1) Up until the post-WWII years, the majority of music sales were for sheet music, not records. Records were viewed to a large extent by the music industry as a means of selling sheet music. In those days it was common for each record label to have a popular song recorded by one of their artists. It was not unusual for record charts from the 1940s to have as many as 5 or 6 hit versions of a single song simultaneously on the charts. Georgia Gibbs, who'd been singing professionally since the 1930s, was a part of this tradition.

2) The practice of "covering" hits (as described above) continued to a lessening degree into the 1970s. In the mid-1950s (which is when the controversy pertaining to Miss Gibbs' recordings occurred), it was still going full-force.

3) Like most recording artists at the time, Miss Gibbs was not in charge of selecting her material. The r&b songs in question were not her choice. She preferred ballads (which, in this writer's opinion, is where marvelous voice is best showcased).

4) The ridiculous attack on Miss Gibbs stems from a public campaign by LaVern Baker to discredit Gibbs (while promoting her own records). Baker's records are slow and draggy, and obviously inferior to Miss Gibbs' versions. These records were covered by many other artists as well (Teresa Brewer had a minor hit with TWEEDLE DEE) -- including several r&b artists, whose arrangements were even closer to Baker's than was Gibbs'.
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.... the fact is, Georgia Gibbs appealed to enough listeners to have 3 of her singles for Coral, 25 for Mercury, and one each RCA Victor and Roulette sell in the millions and therefore score decently on the Billboard charts, the one true measuring stick to determine a musical artist's commercial popularity. And isn't that what most - if not all - strove to achieve? Hit singles? That's what brought in the money and so that's what the record companies went for - those with commercial appeal. That, of course, won't wash with the elitist snobs, those sycophants who want to be seen to be "in the know" by dumping all over those who achieved a mass following, such as Gibbs, Teresa Brewer, Pat Boone, Barry Manilow, Tony Orlando, Engelbert Humperdinck, Tom Jones, etc. etc.

Yes, Georgia "belted out" many of her tunes, but so what? So did Ethel Merman, recognized today as one of the best Broadway musical performers ever. That was her style, for the most part, and she had a devoted following that carried her well into the early years of the birth of R&R.

Born Fredda Gibbons on August 17, 1920 in Worcester, Mass., she first sang on radio in 1937/38 on The Lucky Strike Show, then later as a band singer with the Hudson-DeLange, Freddie Trumbauer, and Artie Shaw orchestras. Late in the 1940s she joined the Jimmy Durante-Garry Moore radio show, and it was during this period that Moore anointed her as "Her Nibbs, Miss Gibbs."

Her first solo hit single came in the spring of 1950 when her version of If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake reached # 5 with the backing of Max Kaminsky's Dixielanders for the Decca subsidiary, Coral Records.
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