That Lucky Old Sun [Prism]

Frankie Laine

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That Lucky Old Sun [Prism] Review

by William Ruhlmann

British budget label Prism Leisure takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to commandeer an album's worth of Frankie Laine's Mercury recordings from the second half of the 1940s, including some of his biggest early hits, the chart-toppers "Mule Train" and "That Lucky Old Sun" as well as the Top Tens "That's My Desire" and "Shine." Outside of those four, there are only three other chart entries among the 20 selections, but the non-hit material includes Laine's interpretations of such standards as "All of Me," "Georgia on My Mind," "God Bless the Child," "But Beautiful," and "Black and Blue." Laine's Mercury recordings have been well represented on compilations over the years, making this an essentially redundant addition to his catalog of unofficial and unauthorized, if technically legal (in Europe, anyway) reissues.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Frankie Laine feat: The Muleskinners 02:34 Amazon
2 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
3 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:46 Amazon
4 Frankie Laine 02:47 Amazon
5 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:31 Amazon
6 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:58 Amazon
7 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fisher & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
8 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fisher & His Orchestra 02:51 Amazon
9 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:52 Amazon
10 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:55 Amazon
11 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
12 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fisher & His Orchestra / Harry Geller & His Orchestra 03:06 Amazon
13 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:39 Amazon
14 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller 02:54 Amazon
15 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 03:09 Amazon
16 Frankie Laine 02:52 Amazon
17 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
18 Frankie Laine 02:43 Amazon
19 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:48 Amazon
20 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fisher & His Orchestra / Harry Geller & His Orchestra 01:38 Amazon
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