Burl Ives

The Best of Burl Ives [Decca LP]

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This double LP, released in 1961, compiles 24 of Burl Ives' most popular recordings, mostly from his 1940s stay at the Decca label, with some '50s tracks as well, from his second go-around with the label -- the front cover and spine give the name of this album as The Best of Burl Ives, but on the back cover, it reads "The Best of Burl Ives...On Decca." The focus is on his folk repertory, of course, with a few songs from overseas, and Western tunes and novelty songs thrown in, plus pieces such as Frank Loesser's "Rodger Young." The sound is mono, of course, but that shouldn't keep anyone from buying this distillation of Ives' most popular early work.