Frankie Yankovic

The Greatest Polka Sound Around

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Frankie Yankovic kept squeezing out the polkas for decades as the undisputed King of the Polka. His sound didn't change much from the '40s through the '60s, although recording technology improved. The Greatest Polka Sound Around has plenty of instrumental polkas for dancing as well as humorous songs sung en masse by the Yanks. "I've Got a Wife" is a novelty number about domestic disharmony, and "You and Me" is one of those charming traditional pop artifacts that promotes rocking and rolling but is not rock & roll. There's a little bit more than polkas and old-fashioned singalongs on the menu here, although even "Eine Kleine Cha Cha Cha" is another polka in disguise (or, at best, a cha-cha-polka fusion). "Red Wing" has faux Native American tom-toms and whoops, and "Ya Ya Wunder Bar" has an unusual arrangement to go with its German-American lyrics, but Yankovic is known for polka party music and that's the bulk of what he provides on The Greatest Polka Sound Around.