Hits Collection: 1951-59
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A consistent feature of the pop charts during the early 1950s was the popularity of vocal groups, ideally suited to the easy-going style of the time, and providing a ready vehicle for the songs regularly emerging from the Tin Pan Alley production line
A consistent feature of the pop charts during the early 1950s
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1 Here, “Hits Collection” is defined as those songs that charted. This current set represents the most complete and comprehensive coverage of the charted singles on both Billboard and Cashbox from 1948 – 1959. Acrobat Music has really done the homework, including even the charted b-sides. Of course, all their most popular singles are included, like “Sin”, “Tell Me Why”, “Stranger in Paradise”, “Three Coins in the Fountain”, “Mister Sandman”, “Melody of Love” and of course “Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing” (#1 for 6 weeks in 1955).
2 All the songs are sequenced chronologically according to label and number.
3 Due to the recent debacle with 2 songs partially remastered unfinished noisy songs in “Della Reese Collection”, I checked the sound out carefully with this set. Besides critical listening, I also ripped the songs onto wave files in my computer. Being a remasterer, from the files, I can tell if remastering work has been done. In this case, a good job with clean warm sound, although some are better than others. A little uneven. But overall, the sound is still good.
4 Another outstanding aspect of any Acrobat Music release is their booklet (16 page) with the usual in-depth detailed essay by Paul Watts. A most enjoyable read. Labels and numbers plus chart positions are included.
My old references were (1) “Greatest Hits” (Decca, 1993, 18 songs), (2) “More Greatest Hits” (Varese, 1995, 18 songs), and (3) “Their Greatest Hits and Finest Performances” (Reader’s Digest, 1998, 3CDs, 60 songs). However, this current set now becomes the definitive Greatest Hits for the Four Aces, containing all their charted songs (As and Bs). I hope someday, Bear Family will honour them with box sets containing all their remaining uncharted a-sides plus all their b-sides, and all their albums too. This set with great sounding harmony, is naturally highly recommended.