Various Artists

Hits of '52: Here in My Heart

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1952 was a glorious year for commercial pop music, and this ASV/Living Era compilation doesn't miss much of it, even with a slight British tilt to its selections. 1952 was the year of the faux-dramatic "Wheel of Fortune" (Kay Starr), the beautifully ambling "Slow Poke" (Pee Wee King), the bustlingly erotic "Lover" (Peggy Lee), one of the best-ever commitment songs in "You Belong to Me" (Jo Stafford), and a pair of Doris Day's most joyous nuggets, "Sugarbush" and "A Guy Is a Guy." Hits of '52 also ranges far enough away from adult pop to take in Hank Williams, Vera Lynn, Ella Mae Morse, and Johnnie Ray. The only caveat, and that's a slight one, is that there may well be too much good material here -- year-by-year hits collections are usually good for picking up a host of obscurities (comparatively), but there's little left here that won't be familiar to fans of traditional pop.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:11
2 3:02
3 3:10
4 3:07
5 3:10
6 2:57
7 2:39
8 2:39
9 2:57
10 2:28
11 3:21
12 2:49
13 2:25
14 3:23
15 2:48
16 2:53
17 2:03
18 2:59
19 3:03
20 2:42
21 3:16
22 1:52
23 2:55
24 3:14
25 2:54
26 2:41
27 2:32
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