Easily one of the true pop classics of all time, "Lazy River" has been recorded by literally dozens of artists, including Louie Armstrong Bing Crosby and the Ink Spots. Next to "Stardust" and "Georgia on My Mind," this song is the prime example of Hoagy Carmichael's well-deserved status as one of the greatest composers in American music history. This recording, one of Carmichael's last for Decca Records, frames the melody with a funky tack piano, which defines the Southern feel of the song, and authentically creates a riverboat ambience that is absolutely undeniable. The laid-back lyrics convey the feeling of carefree satisfaction and love as accurately as perhaps any song from the 20th century. Available on Collectors Choice Music's excellent Carmichael anthology, Ole Buttermilk Sky, it is also one of Carmichael's cleanest and most clear recordings. In fact, it is quite fortunate for that he was still recording in the mid-'50s during the advent of so many technological advances in the recording studios.