Various Artists

Unforgettable [K-Tel]

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Unforgettable bills itself as a collection of "18 great love songs of the '50s." Unfortunately, only four of its tracks are original recordings, while the rest fall under the infamous liner note disclaimer "All selections are new stereo recordings performed by the original artist or one or more members of the original group." So, while Nat King Cole performs "Mona Lisa" and Doris Day flutters through "It's Magic," it's unclear with most of Unforgettable whether or not what we're hearing is an original vocalist or a talented imposter. And while some tracks are able to replicate the feel of the originals, knowing that some of these songs are by alternate performers -- wherever they are -- is off-putting and suggests that a '50s balladry retrospective by the original artists (of which there are many) might be the better way to go.

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