Dinah Shore

A Proper Introduction to Dinah Shore: For Sentimental Reasons

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The general rule on releases from the Proper label is to go with the box sets for the most complete perspective (at a cheap price) but stay away from the single-disc Proper Introduction series, which often mislead neophytes on just what a "proper introduction" to most artists should be. The volume on Dinah Shore, however, is a solid look at her hit-making prime, which began early (for band singers, at least), in 1940, and found her ensconced in the Hit Parade throughout the next 15 years. Her biggest hits -- "Anniversary Song," "The Gypsy," "Buttons and Bows" "I'll Walk Alone" -- are all here, though they're sprinkled throughout the disc. Virtually all of her second-tier performances are also here, including "Shoo-Fly Pie and Apple-Pan Dowdy" and "Blues in the Night" (but, surprisingly, not "Dear Hearts and Gentle People"). The sound quality is good but not great, making Proper Introduction a solid compilation of Dinah Shore's early career.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:17
2 2:58
3 3:15
4 3:28
5 2:54
6
feat: Paul Weston
3:04
7 2:25
8 2:55
9 3:10
10
feat: Sonny Burke
3:09
11 3:14
12 3:18
13 2:25
14 3:30
15 2:49
16 3:04
17
feat: Woody Herman
2:42
18 2:59
19
feat: Sonny Burke
2:48
20 2:24
21 2:05
22 3:03
23 3:35
24 2:24
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