The Mills Brothers

Sweet Harmony [Fabulous]

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A retrospective of the Mills Brothers' later years when they dropped their trademark imitation of instruments to become a more conventional vocal group would be quite useful. This single CD, which mostly has selections from the 1940s and '50s, is a flop packaging-wise. The 14 numbers are not in chronological order, recording dates are not given, and, other than major headliners, nothing is said of the personnel either. In fact, there are no liner notes. It is a pity because some of the selections are classics, including "Paper Doll," "The Glow Worm," and "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone." The Sy Oliver Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Tommy Dorsey, and Louis Armstrong (on the two earliest numbers) all make appearances. Worth picking up if found at a budget price.

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