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Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits

4.4 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Columbia
  • ASIN: B0000024RF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,143 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The world's best song stylist singing his greatest hits ... how could it be anything short of great? These are the hit recordings except for "That's My Desire," and "That Lucky Old Sun" (which were originally recorded for Mercury). The remakes were recorded at Columbia in the 1950s and, in my opinion, surpass the originals. This album is a must for anyone starting a Frankie Laine collection.
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Frankie Laine's Greatest Hits is a fair to middling CD that is currently out of print. This may not cause too much of a problem, though, because it's hard to take just twelve numbers and refer to them as Frankie Laine's "greatest hits." This is certainly not a complete package and that disappoints me. However, the sound quality is very good and the artwork is very thoughtfully done.

"Moonlight Gambler" starts the CD; and Frankie Laine sings this like the pro he always was! Frankie's uncanny sense of timing enhances his performance and the percussion helps to mark the beat, too. "Jealousy (Jalousie)" is a beautiful ballad when Frankie Laine sings this with all his great sensitivity; and the brass helps make the melody very pretty. "Jealousy (Jalousie)" is easily a highlight of this album; Frankie sings it all THAT good.

"High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" puts Frankie Laine squarely in the spotlight; and he certainly doesn't shy away from that position! Frankie does this up right and he never sings a superfluous note. "High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)" shines beautifully when Frankie sings it. In addition, Frankie Laine performs "Your Cheatin' Heart" with a lot of passion; his heartfelt emotion on "Your Cheatin' Heart" sounds wonderful and this country flavored ballad works so well.

"I Believe" showcases Frankie Laine's fine ability to deliver a song right alongside the best of them; the background chorus enhances the melody and they bolster Frankie's performance as well. "Jezebel" gets a fine treatment from Frankie Lain and the guitar work couldn't be better! The percussion is great and overall "Jezebel" is an excellent song by Frankie Laine.
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If you are new to Frankie Laine, this CD will expose you to some of the various styles of music he performed.

Mr. Laine was a very powerful and versatile singer who excelled at Western Ballads, 1940's Jazz, Spanish-flavored songs, etc.

My two favorite songs on this disc are "Jezebel" and "Granada".

For anyone who has ever been tormented by a woman, the song "Jezebel" just about says it all!
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I hadn't been able to regularly listen to Frankie Laine for over two decades but have always had really fond memories of hearing his songs. I finally got around to purchasing this CD and have been very pleased to find that his songs have not diminished over time in their impact on me.

"Moonlight Gambler" has been my favorite song of his all these years but, with this CD, I've found some close competitors. His powerful voice and the great arrangements make for some terrific songs. I highly recommend this CD!
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Having been a young teen in the early 1950s, I grew up listening to the likes of Frankie Laine, and in those years of 1949 to about 1955, he was among my favourites. But, having said that, and having become a devoted collector of oldies hit singles, I have to say that, trying to pin down the original renditions of his many hits is almost as difficult as it for B. B. King. Because, while these two artists could not be further apart in terms of styles, never mind musical genres, they do share one thing in common, and that is, multiple re-recordings of their many hits over the years, registered for several different labels. And so often these re-recordings have appeared in albums blaring "greatest hits" and "best of."

Frankie, for example, had 22 hit singles for Mercury from 1947 to 1951, then another 39 for Columbia from 1951 to 1963, and 12 more for ABC from 1967 to 1969.

And, just like another Columbia release under the title "greatest hits" this one - a CD release of an earlier vinyl LP - also includes re-workings of two of his Mercury chart-toppers, these being That's My Desire and That Lucky Old Sun. That, combined with the paucity of tracks and the absolute omission of any recording details, including dates, label numbers and backing orchestras, not to mention liner notes, makes this a dinosaur insofar as CDs are concerned these days.

What we need is an Ace Of London, Jasmine, or Acrobat treatment of his best, with their usual abundance of tracks (upwards of 30) and copious and informative liner notes. These simply do not cut it anymore.
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I had this album on 33-1/3 many years ago. Was so glad I found it at Amazon on CD. If You like Frankie Laine, this is one of his best! Digitally remastered sound better than origional.
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This is one of his better CDs because he has gone more modern & well I might add. I do not like jazz or jive so the best thing he did was switch to more common music although there is nothing common in his presentations. He wraps his singing around the notes as only he can do & because he does he can sing the more unusual songs such as High Noon or Rawhide & switch to I Believe with elegant ease. No, no comparison between the singers Lanza & Laine as Laine could never do opera & Lanza can do it all & actually was the only opera singer to cross over to modern with no problems. I have Laine's CDs & do enjoy them. I wonder if Lanza could do some of the more unusual sonds Laine does but sasly we will never know. These "ole time singers" surpass everything out there today & thank goodness we have all these CDs. Listening to Laine will give you a happy day. Maybe I am more emphatic about it because I sing but more because I was living in the good "ole days" of music. I hope this helps you & you would do well to get these before mentioned CDs.
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