Frankie Laine

That's My Desire [ASV/Living Era]

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

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 Stream
1 Frankie Laine 02:48 Amazon
2 Frankie Laine 02:43 Amazon
3 Frankie Laine 02:47 Amazon
4 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 02:53 Amazon
5 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 03:02 Amazon
6 Frankie Laine 02:54 Amazon
7 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 02:33 Amazon
8 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 02:59 Amazon
9 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer Orchestra 02:54 Amazon
10 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 02:44 Amazon
11 Frankie Laine 02:55 Amazon
12 Frankie Laine feat: Carl Fischer 02:55 Amazon
13 Frankie Laine 02:48 Amazon
14 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:50 Amazon
15 Frankie Laine 03:01 Amazon
16 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 03:00 Amazon
17 Frankie Laine feat: The Muleskinners 02:36 Amazon
18 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:41 Amazon
19 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 03:18 Amazon
20 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:56 Amazon
21 Frankie Laine feat: Harry Geller & His Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
22 Frankie Laine feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Mitch Miller & His Orchestra 03:11 Amazon
23 Frankie Laine feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 02:34 Amazon
24 Frankie Laine feat: Norman Luboff Choir / Paul Weston & His Orchestra 03:14 Amazon
25 Frankie Laine feat: Paul Weston & His Orchestra / Jo Stafford 02:23 Amazon
26 Frankie Laine 02:53 Amazon
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