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  • Audio CD (November 6, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00005QKG0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,513 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time - the Andrews Sisters
2. Green Eyes - Helen O'Connell
3. Who Wouldn't Love You? - Kay Kyser
4. Jersey Bounce - Benny Goodman & His Orchestra
5. Cow-Cow Boogie - Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack
6. A Sleepy Lagoon - Harry James
7. Strip Polka - Johnny Mercer
8. I Had The Craziest Dream - Helen Forrest
9. Jukebox Saturday Night - Tex Beneke & The Modernaires
10. Praise The Lord & Pass The Ammunition - Kay Kyser & His Orchestra
See all 20 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Rum And Coca-Cola - The Andrews Sisters
2. Candy - Johnny Mercer w/Jo Stafford & The Pied Pipers
3. Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & His Band Of Renown
4. Dream - The Pied Pipers
5. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
6. Chloe (Song Of The Swamp) - Spike Jones & His Orchestra
7. On The Atchison, Topeka & The Santa Fe - Johnny Mercer & The Pied Pipers
8. Tampico - Stan Kenton & His Orchestra
9. Waiting For The Train To Come In - Peggy Lee
10. It's Been A Long, Long Time - Harry James & His Orchestra
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Editorial Reviews

Customer Reviews

This 2 CD set has 40 great songs by the original artists.
LJK
We play the songs whenever we are in the car and we find ourselves waking up in the morning singing these wonderful songs.
Stanley C. Pierce
My parents and I love listening to these songs and it's been fun to hear my parents sing along.
Hurley

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78 of 82 people found the following review helpful By MusicFilm Fan on June 2, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I don't want to rain on anyone's parade, if you're enjoying this collection -- I hope you'll continue to enjoy it.

But those who are thinking about purchasing this set should know that some of these recordings are not the original versions, but were recorded well after World War II. For example, the Andrews Sisters and Harry James, among the artists represented on this compilation issued by Capitol, were not on that label until after the war. The reason that the sound quality here is so good, at least on some songs, is that those recordings were made in stereo during the 1950s.

Even the usually reliable All Music Guide mistakenly assumed that Capitol created this good-sounding collection through cross-label licensing and 24-bit mastering. In reality, the label simply used its own later versions of some of the songs, rather than licensing the originals from other labels.

None of this is a reason not to enjoy this collection unless you're looking for recordings that were actually around during World War II -- if so, you'll need to keep searching. I give this collection only 2 stars because I think that Capitol may be trying to convince consumers that these are the original versions of the recordings, when they're not. (If Capitol had actually obtained those originals, this collection would deserve 5 stars easily.)
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 30, 2008
Format: Audio CD
Those Were Our Songs: Music of World War II is an excellent two CD set that really showcases so many hits from the era of the Second World War. The sound quality is truly rather good and the artwork reflects good judgment.

The Andrews Sisters make a beautiful start to this CD set with a stunning rendition of "I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time." The Andrews Sisters sing this just right and they harmonize so well that number by them always charms me. Helen O'Connell sings "Green Eyes" with all her might; and "Green Eyes" gets the royal treatment from Helen O'Connell--she sure doesn't ever miss a beat! There's also Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack on "Cow-Cow Boogie;" "Cow-Cow Boogie" has a great `40s country flavor to it and Ella Mae Morse & Freddie Slack make this a highlight of this two CD set.

Helen Forrest sings "I Had The Craziest Dream" with all her heart and soul; she delves into this ballad to make this all the more beautiful; the overall effect is a very pretty melody. Tex Beneke & The Modernaires also pick up the pace very well with their swingin' "Jukebox Saturday Night;" "Jukebox Saturday Night" is one of my favorites from the `40s and Tex Beneke & The Modernaires do this one up right! In addition, The Andrews Sisters return to do a smash-up job with their "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy." "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" really swings and The Andrews Sisters were born to sing songs like this! Nat King Cole sings "Straighten Up And Fly Right" with an excellent piano arrangement; and Johnny Mercer's "G. I. Jive"

The second CD continues the hits. "Rum And Coca-Cola" by The Andrews Sisters has a great `40s era Latin beat that is absolutely perfect; and listen for "Dream" by The Pied Pipers. The Pied Pipers could really score a hit; and "Dream" is certainly no exception!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Stanley C. Pierce on January 22, 2006
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Of all the CDs of songs of the 1940s that I have heard, this one really touched both me and my wife a lot. We play the songs whenever we are in the car and we find ourselves waking up in the morning singing these wonderful songs.

The remastering has produced terrific sounds of these songs we grew up with. This would be a wonderful gift for someone who was alive in during Worl War II. Or, a wonderful gift if you want to know what music was like in the 1940s (which we refer to as the good old days).

So many of the big bands of those days like Les Brown, Kay Kyser, Harry James, Stan Kenton. And vocalists like The Andrew Sisters, Helen O'Connell, Peggy Lee, and Jo Stafford singing these songs just as they sounded back then.

This music brings back those wonderful days when a typical date was to go dancing to one of these bands. You'll have such good memories when you hear them.

My wife and I couldn't be any happier or more enthused by any other CDs (yes there are two CDs, a total of 40 songs).

Do you remember Mairzy Doats, Tampico, the Pied Pipers singing Dream, Drinkin Rum and Coca Cola, Long Ago and Far Away, Johnny Mercer singing Strip Polka, and Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition. So many great songs popular during World War II.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By fluffy, the human being. on March 18, 2007
Format: Audio CD
i did not arrive on the planet until 1961, so these were not my songs, but i am loving them all the same. a devoted audiophile, i have been acquiring a taste for popular music from the forties only recently. this is a stellar collection if you are looking for pop music from that era. if you get this double cd compilation, rhino records 2 cd's titled "songs that got us through WWII volumes 1 & 2," and "G.I. jukebox," from hip-o records, you will have 5 discs (with some, but not much overlap in songs) of music to transport you back in time for an entire evening. highly enjoyable stuff.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Kiko on March 23, 2009
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Can I use the word "awesome" to describe a compilation of music from the 40's? Well, I must say, I'm impressed. I'm 25, I work in a nursing facility, I know nothing about music from this time, and I purchased this CD for my residents with them in mind. The first time I put it on, I had a gentleman literally dancing in his seat. He was singing every word to every song. He called out each artist and each song - he remembered them all. I felt like I had just given him a gift.
I've had other residents and their family members ask for the name of the album, so they could find it. It's truly a hit with the generation that grew up on these songs! Highly recommended. And best of all, I enjoy the music too...it has me singing the Strip Polka all day.
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