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2017 release. Celebrating 100 years of a UK National Treasure with brand new orchestral versions of her most beloved songs. A true icon, Vera Lynn reaches her 100th Birthday on the 20th March 2017. To celebrate this milestone, the newly recorded album, Vera 100, features Vera Lynn's utterly distinctive original vocals set to completely new re-orchestrated versions of her most beloved songs. This technical wizardry has, for the first time, allowed full orchestral accompaniments to transform not only her most memorable and morale-boosting hits that sustained Britons through the wartime years, but some recently unearthed, rare recordings - all presented in sumptuous, up-to-the-minute sound. Vera's vocal on the lead track, 'Sailing', has not been heard for 35 years. The album also features several duet partners including Alfie Boe, Alexander Armstrong, Aled Jones and the RAF Squadronaires.
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I was a little concerned about the blending of old and new voices when I had only heard the preview clips, but after hearing all of it, the arrangements and blending are very well done.
My favorite song in the album is "Sailing." It starts off with her voice, and ends with a full chorus and bagpipe accompaniment.
Many of the songs in this collection are themed towards meeting again. It is entirely appropriate that they should release this album at this time. It calls to memory the services and sacrifices of a previous generation, and points us to hope for the future.