Early Years: Lili Marlene

Anne Shelton

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Early Years: Lili Marlene Review

by Bruce Eder

This CD is a bit of a disappointment in terms of quality -- either the sources simply weren't there, or someone at ASV/Living Era was asleep at the switch during the mastering process on some of the tracks. The body of music covers the highlights of Anne Shelton's period of greatest popularity in Britain, from 1940 through 1944, and a lot of it does sound quite good -- but "Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread)" has far more noise on it, especially at the high end and on crescendos, than we're accustomed to hearing on ASV's releases. If one is able to get past that sonic flaw, which -- to be fair -- is intermittent, then this is a decent representation of some of Shelton's best work. And just to show how uneven this release is, "Blueberry Hill," which follows "Fools Rush In," sounds sensational, like it was recorded on tape in the '60s in terms of quality; but then "Only Forever" follows with a fair amount of surface noise.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
2 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:30 Amazon
3 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
4 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
5 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:22 Amazon
6 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:36 Amazon
7 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
8 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:57 Amazon
9 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
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Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
11 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
12 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:43 Amazon
13 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:20 Amazon
14 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
15 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
16 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 02:44 Amazon
17
Anne Shelton 03:08 Amazon
18
Anne Shelton 03:20 Amazon
19 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:13 Amazon
20 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 05:55 Amazon
21 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:12 Amazon
22 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:21 Amazon
23 Anne Shelton feat: Bert Ambrose & His Orchestra 03:08 Amazon
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