The Encore Collection is a good budget-priced collection featuring ten songs culled from the RCA vaults. There are many familiar Kate Smith songs here -- "The Impossible Dream," "Be My Love," "Love is a Many-Splendored Thing," "My Cup Runneth Over," "God Bless America" -- plus several songs not normally associated with her, but performed quite well. It's not a comprehensive collection, nor should it be considered a definitive introduction -- think of it as a solid budget-priced sampler and you'll be on the right track.
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Thomas Erlewine