Various Artists

The Mills Brothers - The Boswell Sisters - The Inkspots

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This is a budget CD from England but, despite the very chintzy playing time (under 35 minutes) and the lack of liner notes, personnel listing or even recording dates, collectors will want it. There are four selections apiece from The Mills Brothers, the Boswell Sisters and the Inkspots and these rare items are presumably taken from radio shows. While the Boswell Sisters are heard late in their career (around 1935 as shown by the inclusion of "The Music Goes Round and Round") and The Mills Brothers are featured doing their classic imitations of instruments ("Caravan" is a gem), The Inkspots are showcased before they found their ballad style, when they were a hot group that was closely emulating The Mills Brothers; "Christopher Columbus" and "With Plenty of Money and You" is the type of jazz-oriented material that they did not perform after hitting it big. This is a set for the group's greatest fans; hopefully the enjoyable music will be reissued in a more coherent form someday.