Marlene Dietrich

Inmmortal Songs [Galaxy]

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The 14-track anthology IMMORTAL SONGS, released on the Spanish reissue label Galaxy Records, is a fairly standard compilation of some of Marlene Dietrich's best songs. It combines several of her signature songs, including "Illusions," "Lili Marlene" and "The Boys in the Backroom," along with some less well-known tunes mostly recorded later in her career, when the actress/singer was mostly working as a cabaret singer. Standards like "You Go To Me Head," "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine" and "Near You" (in two versions) are transformed by Dietrich's inimitable style, half-spoken world-weariness that's somehow more expressive than singers with similarly limited personas are able to manage. IMMORTAL SONGS is a perfectly fine Dietrich anthology.