Love Songs by Margaret Whiting is an early Capitol album that collects an assortment of hits and non-hits going all the way back to her mid-'40s days with Billy Butterfield. Paul Weston and Frank DeVol also take turns conducting the various orchestras that support Whiting and her bell-clear vocals, which eschew flash and gimmicks for sensitive interpretation. Oddly, "Moonlight in Vermont" is the 1945 version she recorded with Butterfield, not the remake that became a hit the year this album was released. Love Songs by Margaret Whiting also contains "My Ideal," one of her two hits with Butterfield that were inexplicably left off her Complete Capitol Hits two-CD anthology. "A Tree in the Meadow" was a chart-topper in 1948 and "Come Rain or Come Shine" was a lesser hit in 1946, but the remaining love songs are non-hits and flip sides, most if not all of which were previously released on singles.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams