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The Best of the Andrews Sisters: 20th Century Masters (Millennium Collection) Original recording remastered

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Take all the biggest hits that Patty, Maxene and LaVerne scored from the '30s to the '50s, cram 'em into one CD, and you've got this! Includes Bei Mir Bist du Schon; Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy; Shoo Shoo Baby; Rum and Coca-Cola; I Wanna Be Loved; Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive; Near You; I Can Dream, Can't I? , and more.

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The oft-touted critical notion that pop music revivals are usually spawned by reactionary nostalgia founders miserably when trying to explain swing music's resurgence, a renaissance seen over by latter-day hipsters born three decades after the music's supposed demise. A better explanation can be found on this 12-track Andrews Sisters sampler: vibrant, sassy music that's influenced artists from Bette Midler to the Manhattan Transfer and beyond. Starting as purveyors of typically serene ballads in the late '30s, the Andrews' tight harmonies virtually became the nation's soundtrack during the war years when wed to swing (the era-defining "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy") and even influences as seemingly far afield as blues ("Shoo-Shoo Baby") and calypso ("Rum and Coca-Cola"). Culled mostly from their stellar '40s prime, this collection serves as a great introduction to a stellar career--and a fine rationale for swing's unexpected modern blossoming. --Jerry McCulley
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (March 7, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: March 7, 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Geffen
  • ASIN: B00004RCV6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,302 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By J. Lovins HALL OF FAME on April 4, 2000
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What can one say when you hear the opening to "BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY", which was introduced in an "Abbott & Costello" war film in 1941, exceptional nostalgia and pure Andrew Sisters, with that unmistakable harmony. The sisters, La Verne, Maxene and Patty were all born within seven years of each other in Mound, Minnesota in the 1910's. And how about "BEAT ME DADDY, EIGHT TO THE BAR" (1940), not to mention "BEI MIR BIST DU SCHON" (1937) both very distinctive and danceable with the "Swing Craze" in mind. The stand out - "AC-CENT-TCHU-ATE THE POSTIVE" (1944) a Johnny Mercer tune, with the crooner Bing Crosby. An era to end all era's, we still reminisce about that period in American History and the music that will never fade away.
MCA Records has done a "Bang-up Job", letting us in and recreating memories of those wonderful gals - THE ANDREW SISTERS!
Total Time: 35:48 on 12 Tracks/ MCA Records - 08811 112 230 2 (2000)
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When I was a kid, Bette Midler had a huge hit single, BOOGIE WOOGIE BUGLE BOY, and this was my introduction to The ANDREWS SISTERS. Thank you both, BETTE & LINDA RONSTADT for exploring the past and reviving what so many many of us, your audience, missed as a result of being born decades later. The ANDREWS SISTERS were part of the music my parents heard when they were young, and what great singers, REAL SINGERS(!), my parents were blessed to have entertain them, as well as inspire the singers of my generation! THE ANDREWS SISTERS are definitely, by far, the greatest female vocal group of all time, not only in Pop, but also classic JAZZ! Those beautifully sung harmonies and impassioned solo performances are unequaled in all of music history. These girls out perform the Supremes! I would also like to know, since the Andrews Sisters recorded over 1800 songs during their career, why are only the same two to four dozen songs only available and was there ever a Box Set? There is a bit Pop, Jazz, Swing, boogie woogie style rock and roll here way before Elvis even recorded any, just plenty of great music to entertain anybody for hours. The ANDREWS were not only an institution of entertainment during the WWII era, they were also ahead of their time, as many of their recordings demonstrate. Gorgeous ballads, mid tempo floor shufflers, and lots of upbeat swinging dance numbers here! The ANDREWS' vocals are always center & up front on all their recordings and they sound perfectly mixed above the bright horns and inspired orchestra players. WOW - 60 years ago and they sound better than current Top 40 radio artists! Getcha an ANDREWS SISTERS, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, Artie Shaw, etc. CDs - fill your multidisc player, hit the "shuffle button" and have yourself a great BLAST of FUN!
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It will probably shock fans of Michael Jackson, The Beatles, and Elvis Presley, but many recording industry experts consider it likely that The Andrews sisters outsold all of them in the pre-rock era, when sheet music sales were factored into sales counts in a way that tended to undercut recording sales figures. Whatever the case, along with The Glenn Miller Orchestra and Bing Crosby, The Andrews Sisters--Patty, Maxene, and LaVerne--were easily the best-selling vocal group of the WWII era. They were young, energetic, and pretty; they sang like nobody's business; and during World War II they became the face and sound of America, touring tirelessly for the boys, their recordings carried from end of the earth to the other.

Originally from Minnesota, like many others the sisters (born between 1911 and 1918) began their career in immitation of the Boswell Sisters, a 1930s vocal trio. Over time they developed their own distinctive sound, with youngest sister Patty usually on lead vocal with Maxene and LaVerne tightly weaving their voices around hers. It was a perfect combination for the emerging "swing" sound of big dance bands--and in 1937 the sisters had the good fortune to be coaxed into recording a swing version of the Yiddish "Bei Mir Bistu Shein." The record was a massive hit and became the first gold record awarded to a female singing group. The Andrews Sisters were suddenly famous, and when the United States entered World War II their unabashed patriotism made them even more so.

The act faced a number of troubles over the years, not the least of which was what some have described as a general personality clash between Patty and Maxene that intensified with the passage of time.
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By A Customer on May 25, 2000
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All the great hits are here in this magnificent collection from the late 30's and 40's with Patti, Maxene and LaVerne singing "Rum and Coca Cola", "Shoo Shoo, Baby" (with Mitchell Ayres Orch.) "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy" "Apple Blossom Time" and of course that novel little ditty from 1939 "Hold Tight" with Jimmy Dorsey. These Greek-Norwegian gals grew up in Minnesota and admired and copied the great Boswell Sisters; Patti said "The Boswells were the best, more than 50 years later, I still think they're the best". Good as Connee, Vet and Martha were, their record sales and popularity didn't come close to the Andrews! These sides are especially good to hear today because of the Swing Revival; these three canaries really knew how to swing it - and how!
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