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1950: 20 Original Chart Hits

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Year-based compilations are nearly always enjoyable time capsules, and England's A Time to Remember label, with over 30 years of annual compilations, has trawled musical pop culture nearly as far into the past as the American Time-Life. 1950: 20 Original Chart Hits includes many artists from previous volumes in the series (most are deserving), including Charles Williams ("Wil o' the Wisp"), Nellie Lutcher ("Baby, What's Your Alibi"), and Jo Stafford ("No Other Love"). Much of the rest of the compilation is filled out by light-music acts -- Sidney Torch, Billy Ternent, Joe Loss, Eric Winstone -- which may not ring a bell for listeners but function as a rare CD release for some obscure groups.

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