The Columbia Years 1940-1946
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25 of her finest WWII-era performances! Among her Columbia hits here are Don't Fence Me In; I Threw a Kiss in the Ocean; (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover; The Woodpecker Song; I'm Stepping Out with a Memory Tonight; And There You Are , and Seems Like Old Times . 77 minutes of music!
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Kate had several new hits in the forties, so it is the original versions of those that are on this collection. These are The last time I saw Paris, The woodpecker song (Reginella Campagnola), I'm stepping out with a memory tonight, Rose O'Day (The filla-ga-dusha song), (There'll be bluebirds over) the white cliffs of Dover, How do I know its real?, I threw a kiss in the ocean, Don't fence me in (a top ten hit despite the song having already been a monster hit for Bing Crosby and the Andrews sisters), There goes that song again, And there you are and Seems like old times.
So, all the Columbia hits of the forties and a couple of re-recordings of her earlier hits are included, but there's more - 25 tracks altogether. Such is the quality of the music, sung beautifully by Kate in her clear soprano, that you can't tell which were the hits and which weren't.
This is, perhaps, the strongest collection of Kate's music available, but it only looks at part of her career - so if you haven't got any of her music, this is a good place to start. Once you've heard it, you will surely want more, especially as the song for which she is most famous (God bless America) is not here.