Dinah Shore


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This annotation-starved British compilation of "18 Classic, Superb Performances" by Dinah Shore seems to contain her earliest solo recordings, dating back to the years 1940 to 1942. Among them are her first two Top Ten hits, "Yes, My Darling Daughter" and "I Hear a Rhapsody," as well as her breakthrough hit, "Blues In the Night." That's it for Shore's own hits, although her versions of other people's hits of the period include "Down Argentina Way," "Shake Down the Stars," "You and I," and "Manhattan Serenade." The album therefore constitutes a valuable reissue of vintage material, if only the compilers had bothered to reveal it to potential buyers. Note, too, that there are actually 20, not 18 tracks on the disc, the unlisted bonuses being "Do You Care?" and "Sleepy Lagoon," the latter a minor chart entry for Shore, though the biggest hit version was by Harry James.

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