Vera Lynn

Leg Dein Gluck in Meine Hände

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Leg Dein Gluck in Meine Hände, a collection of Vera Lynn's German-language recordings, features liner notes in English as well as German for the benefit of her international fan base. Lynn was truly an international star, but this 16-track collection examines the recordings she made specifically for the German market. Cut for Decca Records in London and Berlin in 1952-1959, these sessions include some of Lynn's final recordings for the label, beautifully orchestrated and quite rare from a collector's standpoint. In addition to the compositions by German songwriters, Lynn sings German-language versions of "Suddenly There's a Valley," "By the Fountains of Rome," and Neil Sedaka's "Sogno D'Oro, My Darling." The program concludes with two English-language recordings of German songs: "Du Bist Mein Liebchen" and the U.S. chart-topper from 1952, "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart." The booklet says that "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" was the first British record to reach number one on the American charts, but Ray Noble's "Love Is the Sweetest Thing" (1933) might actually hold that distinction. Bear Family issued Leg Dein Gluck in Meine Hände as one of their German, rather than international, releases, but despite its specialized focus, open-minded listeners around the world will find that the music's appeal is not limited by geography.

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