Frankie Laine

That's My Desire [ASV/Living Era]

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Though many pop vocalists of the '50s were blessed with gorgeous pipes, few had the intelligence to use them well. One of the few exceptions was Frankie Laine, who sounded smooth and sentimental on down-tempo material like "Mam'selle" or "We'll Be Together Again" (his theme song), but suitably heroic and masculine on his outdoorsy hits of the '50s like "Mule Train" or "That Lucky Old Sun (Just Rolls Around Heaven All Day)." He also wrote songs ("It Only Happens Once") and, despite an occasionally overblown style that didn't date well, was one of the best trad pop singers of the era. This ASV/Living Era collection has 26 of his best-known songs, including nearly every one of his biggest hits; one exception is "Moonlight Gambler," which would've been a perfect choice. The compilation choices are excellent, and though the sound quality lacks treble (per usual for ASV), That's My Desire is a great choice for a medium-level Frankie Laine collection.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:48
2 2:43
3 2:47
4
feat: Carl Fischer
2:53
5
feat: Carl Fischer
3:02
6 2:54
7
feat: Carl Fischer
2:33
8
feat: Carl Fischer
2:59
9 2:54
10
feat: Carl Fischer
2:44
11 2:55
12
feat: Carl Fischer
2:55
13 2:48
14 2:50
15 3:01
16 3:00
17 2:36
18 2:41
19 3:18
20 2:56
21 2:59
22 3:11
23 2:34
24 3:14
25 2:23
26 2:53
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