Another entry in Dymanic's year-by-year survey of popular music, taking advantage of looser copyright laws in Europe to bring us Teresa Brewer ("Music! Music! Music!"), Bing Crosby ("Dear Hearts & Gentle People"), Kay Starr ("Bonaparte's Retreat"), Nat King Cole ("Mona Lisa"), Patti Page ("The Tennessee Waltz"), Perry Como with the Fontaine Sisters ("Hoop Dee Doo"), Sammy Kaye ("It Isn't Fair"), and Tony Martin and Fran Warren ("I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Pray'rs") -- and somewhere in between them all, Anton Karas doing the "Third Man Theme." Needless to say, music did move toward the silly side in 1950 -- maybe it was just the public and the media trying to give everyone a break from thinking about the atomic bomb, China, Korea, etc. This CD slides from the sublime to the ridiculous and back again, with the Mills Brothers ("Daddy's Little Girl") and Billy Eckstine ("My Foolish Heart") representing some of the classier entries. Actually, Karas' zither instrumental and the closing track, "Goodnight Irene" by Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers, both represented distinctly new sounds on the charts. And if that doesn't make this volume worth checking out, anyone who hasn't heard Page's rendition of "The Tennessee Waltz" owes it to themselves to see what early-'50s pop vocal music could sound like at its best. The sound is excellent throughout and, as usual in this budget-priced series, there is no annotation.
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AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder