The McGuire Sisters

The Anthology

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The first significant reissue of the McGuire Sisters' classic recordings features 50 songs, covering the years 1952-1965 (the latter from their final ABC-Paramount album), remastered in the late 1990s and, at times, very impressive. Their music can be an acquired taste, evocative as it is of a pre-rock & roll environment and, indeed, competing at the time with R&B acts on the same songs, such as "Goodnight My Love" and "Sincerely." On the other hand, their singing is so radiant, that it's hard to find fault with too much of it. Producer Bob Thiele, who was responsible for guiding most of the recordings contained here, was the founder of the Signature Jazz label, among other top-flight independent jazz imprints, and he didn't slouch on getting the McGuires the best players . So even on numbers like "Heart," which is pure pop, the playing has an edge that, coupled with their harmonies, makes the work compelling. Additionally, the quality of the masters brings out the Andrews Sisters-based edge in their singing: the McGuires come off like three trumpets, exactly like the Andrews Sisters only "played" with a bit more restraint. The overall sound is '50s pop, but with lingering traces in spots of the bounce and swing of '40s big-band. There is absolutely pure pop here, to be sure, such as "He," but the surrounding numbers add bite to the contents where none is expected. The notes are very thorough, and the illustrations, recreating publicity photos and magazine appearances, are also impressive. Disc one is all mono, and disc two, covering the later part of their career, is largely stereo.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:01 Amazon
2 2:35 Amazon
3 2:54 Amazon
4 2:15 Amazon
5 2:58 Amazon
6 2:12 Amazon
7 2:48 Amazon
8 2:50 Amazon
9 2:56 Amazon
10 2:39 Amazon
11 3:02 Amazon
12
2:36 Amazon
13 2:14 Amazon
14 2:14 Amazon
15 2:32 Amazon
16 2:04 Amazon
17 2:37 Amazon
18 2:41 Amazon
19 2:50 Amazon
20 2:26 Amazon
21 2:46 Amazon
22 2:58 Amazon
23 2:09 Amazon
24 3:07 Amazon
25 2:47 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:47 Amazon
2 2:15 Amazon
3 2:32 Amazon
4 2:33 Amazon
5 2:54 Amazon
6 2:19 Amazon
7 2:40 Amazon
8 2:58 Amazon
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2:38 Amazon
10 2:25 Amazon
11 2:38 Amazon
12 2:18 Amazon
13 3:02 Amazon
14 3:37 Amazon
15 2:50 Amazon
16 2:12 Amazon
17 3:05 Amazon
18 2:37 Amazon
19 2:10 Amazon
20 2:01 Amazon
21 2:27 Amazon
22 2:50 Amazon
23 2:50 Amazon
24 2:49 Amazon
25 2:47 Amazon
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