Various Artists

Songs for Mother

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Obviously intended as a quick and easy Mother's Day gift, Songs for Mother wraps pastel cover art around 20 standards and vocal pop favorites. However, excluding heavy hitters like Nat King Cole, Perry Como, Slim Whitman, and Doris Day, Songs for Mother is cobbled together from latter-day re-recordings of the original hits. Thus, the Platters' "Great Pretender" sounds like it didn't eat its vegetables, and a dinner jazz arrangement of Pat Boone's "April Love" lacks the romantic sweep of the '50s favorite.

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