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Here you will find the original version of Whispering grass, which became a British number one hit in the seventies when covered by TV actors Windsor Davis and Don Estelle. Another song that got a new lease of life via a cover is My prayer, which the Platters had an international hit with in the fifties. Other big American hits for the Ink Spots to be found here include If I didn't care, Bless you, When the swallows come back to Capistrano, Maybe, We three my echo my shadow and me, Do I worry, I don't want to set the world on fire and Don't get around much anymore (a cover of a Duke Ellington song, but the Ink Spots had the biggest hit). Notable omissions include Address unknown, I'll get by as long as I have you, The gypsy, Prisoner of love, To each his own, You were only fooling while I was falling in love and You're breaking my heart.
The Ink Spots also recorded several duets, four of which made the American charts (all top ten or better). Two (Into each life some rain must fall, I'm beginning to see the light) are included but two (Cow cow boogie, I'm making believe) are omitted.
To compensate for the missing major hits, there are plenty of other wonderful songs here, some but not all of which were lesser hits for the Ink Spots.Read more ›
The first time I heard an Ink Spots song was, like many people in my generation, from the soundtrack The Shawshank Redemption. It was there that I heard 'If I Didn't Care' and was instantly hooked. I bought all their music I could find and eventually came to this greatest hits collection. Call me a Renaissance Man, but the Ink Spots made my mind wander to a place I've always wanted to go but never have found the time - that little field where the wind sways and I'm half-asleep beneath a thick oak, with nothing but the setting sun and my baby to keep me company.
That's what this music will do to you. It's sweet and poetic, but mostly, it's relaxing, and unlike the lyrics of our current romantic genres, The Ink Spots sing about the depths of love told from an honest and pure perspective, from a time and place when men actually pursued the complexities of women in their entirety, and not simply just their physical nature.
A few personal favorites of mine from this cd include, 'If I Didn't Care', 'Java Jive', 'We Three', 'My Prayer' (perhaps the greatest love song of it's day), 'Puttin and Takin', and the classic, 'Don't Get Round Much Anymore'.
Give this music a try. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
All of their major hits or "most requested" tunes of theirs are here. My favorite tune has to be "My Prayer" - a song about a man who wants to be sure of his lover's devotion to him. Another gem on the CD is with Ella Fitzgerald on "Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall". Save Billy Holiday, in my opinon the best female voice in all of jazz. Most of the songs here are from their early period which is undoubtedly the high-point of their long careers.
Overall this is a nostalgic, relaxing disc - great for turning down the lights and to slow dance with your love :) That is, if you find the 1930's acapella jazz sound romantic. Even if you don't you gotta admit the Ink Spots' music is unique and has its own place in the vast history of the American jazz tradition. Enjoy!
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Just what I've been wanting for years: The Ink Spots and all their greatest songs!Published 10 days ago by Amazon Customer
This CD brought back memories from when I was a child in New Orleans and the Ink Spots were on the radio all the time. Read morePublished 5 months ago by P. Dudenhefer
This is a group that my parents had in the 40's so it brought back a lot of memeroies from a long time ago.Published 11 months ago by mjg