Various Artists

Hello Young Lovers: Capitol Sings Rodgers & Hammerstein

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For nostalgia buffs and fans of the American popular song hit parade, here's a blast directly out of "this was your life": 20 tracks from the good old days of pop-cum-jazz via the Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein songbook bring you such talented -- but ultimately soft-soap -- singers as Peggy Lee, Al Martino, Vic Damone, and Judy Garland, vocal groups the Andrews Sisters and the Starlighters, a jazzier young Nancy Wilson, and the much hipper Bobby Darin. The funniest number is Jo Stafford's "The Gentleman Is a Dope," the weirdest is Tennessee Ernie Ford doing "My Favorite Things," and the most out-of-context cut is the finale -- by the Sinfonia of London? Quaintness and reverence for the old days does have an appeal, albeit limited in modern times, so if you wax poetic for this type of show tunes and don't have these artists in your home, this could fill the bill.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:53 Amazon
2 03:12 Amazon
3 03:08 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 02:58 Amazon
6 02:54 Amazon
7 02:45 Amazon
8 01:58 Amazon
9 03:10 Amazon
10 02:00 Amazon
11 02:50 Amazon
12 02:46 Amazon
13 02:12 Amazon
14 01:59 Amazon
15 02:46 Amazon
16 03:07 Amazon
17 02:32 Amazon
18 03:28 Amazon
19 04:04 Amazon
20 05:14 Amazon
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