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  • Audio CD (November 18, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Laserlight
  • ASIN: B000001VBD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1. What A Wonderful World
2. Now Is The Hour
3. When The Lights Go On Again
4. Red Sails In The Sunset
5. Yours
6. I Think Of You
7. Where Have All The Flowers Gone
8. Morning Of My Life
9. Yesterday
10. My Own
11. Always In My Heart
12. It Had To Be You

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Fittingly, I write of Dame Vera's music on a D-Day anniversary. Like her exact contemporary Jo Stafford, Vera Lynn indeed helped the Allies win the war through her music, but her familiar Blitz ballads and anthems are only a small part of the Dame Vera Lynn equation. She became a much more assured, and interesting, singer in her long postwar career; the homefront legend grew as her artistry matured. Boutique reissue label Laserlight have quite randomly compiled representative mono Decca tracks from the immediate postwar period, where the silken accompaniments are by studio stalwarts (Bert) Ambrose and His Orchestra and Annunzio Paolo Mantovani. "My own," a very prosaic song, features the young Lynn in her early role as (Ambrose) band canary, her vocal subordinate to the orchestral chart.

The majority of these tracks are from EMI stereo sessions in the 1960s and early 1970s, as the tracklist attests: "What a wonderful world," "I think of you," "Yesterday" and "Morning of my life," all winning and very moving in Miss Lynn's midlife maturity. The diction of the Queen's English is consistently spot-on (why can't North American mumblers sing this way?), the delivery formal but never rigid. Dame Vera resolutely--and probably wisely--never swang nor rocked, and it's intriguing to hear her working within, and against, Tony Osborne's swinging updated chart for "Red sails in the sunset." Not to be missed is Vera Lynn's remarkable take on "Where have all the flowers gone?" It equals any of her wartime recordings in emotional impact, and it nearly equals Miss Dietrich's adamant cover of the song. (When a Vera or a Marlene--musical soldiers both--warns of the folly of rearmament, we ought take heed.) Laserlight's casual sampling of these rarities inadvertently paid off, since this inexpensive compilation is much greater than the sum of its parts.
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These Stanyon re-issues are surely fairly priced and a great way for Americans to hear this wonderful singer who kept the free world's spirits up during the second world war. The selections here are not necessarily from the war years, and even if some may be re-issues, who knows or cares? Go for it. She's one of the best.
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