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on October 24, 2001
I grew up listening to oldies like Miss Whiting and rock at the same time. I snapped up every old, scratched-up LP of performers from the forties and fifties at garage sales, and treasured them. So many of these recording legends didn't make it to cassette, and LP's were dying out in the eighties. When the major labels finally realized what they were holding in their archives, they began releasing remastered recordings on CD in the late eighties and early nineties. Now, we can find most mainstream and many minor performers on CD, with its associated permanance.
Margaret Whiting isn't my favorite singer from the postwar period--Jo Stafford is. I always enjoyed the crystal clarity of Miss Whiting's voice, it simply never conveyed either sex or emotion in the way that Stafford's does. However, the quality of the material that Miss Whiting recorded is matchless. Additionally, the remastering quality is amazing for these old recordings. On some of these compilations, you can tell immediately which recordings were on record and which ones on tape. All of Miss Whiting's recordings sound like they were recorded at least ten years later!
This set won't disappoint. Her music is great for late night listening on a cold night with a hot drink. . .
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on January 3, 2015
Her voice is beautiful, sounds like cross of Ella and June Christy. I as an audiophile believe that the mastering on this CD is poor. Her voice sounds fine because it has no sibilance. But the strings and other instruments with more treble energy sound strident and harsh. Sometimes when she sings loudly the sound of her voice gets edgy too. But the songs are very entertaining, a peek into the past.

I bought this record for the track titled, "Time After Time." which is the final song from the soundtrack of the movie "Julie and Julia." Very cool song by Sammy Cahn, sung beautifully by Margaret. Her voice and the wonderful post WW2 American pop songs more than makes up for the slightly edgy sound of the band, which is easy to ignore.

Great music!!
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Maggie Whiting was born for a career in music, as her father was a successful songwriter and had many friends in the business. So, all she needed to be a successful singer was a reasonably good voice. In fact, she had a wonderful voice, ideally suited to the romantic songs which provided her with her greatest hits.
This compilation is by far the strongest available, and is likely to remain so unless Bear Family or Proper decide to release a boxed set - if that happens, I'll buy it immediately.
With access to the finest songs available at the time, Maggie recorded the original versions of several songs which have become popular classics, including Moonlight in Vermont, Far away places and Baby, it's cold outside. I've heard several versions of these songs, but Maggie's originals are hard to beat.
My particular favorite song of Maggie's, A tree in the meadow, was actually her biggest hit, but there are not many covers of this song around. Could this be because meadows themselves are a rarity these days?.
Maggie was also a major influence on popular music via her duets with country star Jimmy Wakely. Probably conceived as an idea to give Jimmy some pop success, these duets were not only very successful on the pop charts, but also on the country charts. And so it was that country/pop crossover was firmly established.
All the hit duets with Jimmy, plus all her solo hit singles are here. There are some hits that she recorded with other acts which are missing, but nothing essential. An earlier reviewer suggests that The money tree is not included despite being listed. It is on my copy, so perhaps there is something wrong with his copy, or perhaps his was an early pressing, corrected later.
Maggie was at her peak commercially in the late forties, but still had a few hits in the early fifties, when she started to include more upbeat songs in her repertoire. The birth of rock'n'roll killed her pop career, but she continued to record excellent music, most notably the Jerome Kern tribute album. If you only buy one collection of Magic Maggie's music, this is the one to buy. If you want more, start with the Jerome Kern tribute.
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on October 16, 2015
Most of the singing is rather predictable, meat and potatoes, conventional though always of high quality. However every once in a while she does something quite astounding which makes you wonder about the music she would have produced had she taken another path.
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on May 8, 2014
Terrific album for those who remember Maggie back in the day. Heck, it's a terrific album even if you've never heard of Margaret Whiting (people born after 1956).
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