The only reason Music from the Era: Titanic exists is the record-shattering success of James Cameron's epic Titanic. Before its release, no one imagined that the film would be a success, but there were nevertheless a number of Titanic books, documentaries, and CDs in the works. Music from the Era: Titanic was not one of them. It was released three months after the picture debuted, and it has a bit of a ramshackle, cobbled-together feeling, as it pulls together popular songs from artists of the '20s, '30s, and '40s. Even if it was a rush job, it's an enjoyable listen, featuring such tracks as Chuck Foster's "Oh! You Beautiful Doll," Guy Lombardo's "Vilia," Chick Bullock's "'My Gal Sal," Duke Ellington's "In the Shade of the Old Apple Tree," Nelson Eddy's "Nearer My God to Thee," Miff Mole's "A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight," Maxine Sullivan's "Loch Lomond," and Kay Kyser's "Mighty Like a Rose." Anyone who likes what the band was playing as the ship went down and not James Horner's Enya tribute will find this an entertaining way to get a Titanic fix.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine