Al Jolson

Let Me Sing and I'm Happy [Living Era]

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An exhaustive (and exhausting) look at Al Jolson's five-year period between his 1946 comeback with The Al Jolson Story and his death five years later, the Living Era collection Let Me Sing and I'm Happy plows ground that has not only been worked over well, but has proved fallow compared to Jolson's recording prime of the 1900s and 1910s. In fact, the liner notes admit as much, stating that "many of us take the overly familiar Decca recordings for granted" and going on to reprint the fallacy "[T]hey really do represent some of Jolson's greatest moments in the recording studio." At least this late work did perform well, charting highly and placing many more million-sellers ("April Showers," "Ma Blushin' Rosie," "My Mammy," "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody," "The Anniversary Song") into Jolson's canon. A few of his collaborations are the best material here, including two famed duets with Bing Crosby -- "Alexander's Ragtime Band" and "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" -- as well as the Andrews Sisters and 4 Hits and a Miss. The chronological, completist approach does provide a few magic moments, including the eight-song Stephen Foster songbook that Jolson recorded three months before his death (and which lay unissued on CD until this appearance).

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 01:56 Amazon
2 03:05 Amazon
3 02:01 Amazon
4 02:55 Amazon
5 02:37 Amazon
6 02:52 Amazon
7 02:25 Amazon
8 03:05 Amazon
9 02:17 Amazon
10 03:06 Amazon
11
feat: Bing Crosby
02:59 Amazon
12
feat: Bing Crosby
03:11 Amazon
13 02:42 Amazon
14 02:39 Amazon
15 02:25 Amazon
16 01:52 Amazon
17 02:48 Amazon
18 02:10 Amazon
19 02:34 Amazon
20 02:15 Amazon
21 02:06 Amazon
22 01:57 Amazon
23 02:37 Amazon
24 02:02 Amazon
25 03:04 Amazon
26 02:22 Amazon
27 02:53 Amazon
28 02:24 Amazon
29 02:18 Amazon
30 02:09 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:37 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 02:42 Amazon
4 02:29 Amazon
5 02:49 Amazon
6 02:57 Amazon
7 02:35 Amazon
8 02:36 Amazon
9 02:16 Amazon
10 02:53 Amazon
11 02:34 Amazon
12 02:36 Amazon
13 03:08 Amazon
14 02:17 Amazon
15 02:45 Amazon
16 03:20 Amazon
17 03:04 Amazon
18 02:23 Amazon
19 03:21 Amazon
20 03:17 Amazon
21 02:52 Amazon
22 02:21 Amazon
23 03:23 Amazon
24 02:28 Amazon
25 03:19 Amazon
26 02:08 Amazon
27 03:09 Amazon
28 02:43 Amazon
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