The Andrews Sisters

Their All-Time Greatest Hits

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In some ways, this 46-song double-CD compilation is a brilliantly conceived and executed overview of the Andrews Sisters' career on Decca Records from 1939 until 1950. The collection is remastered in superb sound with surprising presence and vivid detail, the material is priceless, and only a 20-bit digital treatment is likely to make it any better. And if the trio sounds good, along with Bing Crosby (who's featured on several songs), then Vic Shoen & His Orchestra also never had it as good as they do here. Plus, there are a few songs, such as "Aurora," that aren't on any other Andrews Sisters CDs. On the other hand, the producers have left off some numbers (such as "Bounce Me Brother With a Solid Four" and "House of Blue Lights") that appear on one or the other of their best-of compilations on Decca; add to that the fact that some numbers by the trio, such as "You're a Lucky Fellow Mr. Smith" (from Buck Privates) have never shown up on CD (and possibly not on LP either), and one gets a glimpse of some of the holes that are evident on this disc. It can be argued that some of the numbers mentioned weren't hits, but there are enough B-sides here ("Well All Right" is the most impressive of them -- real killer -- with extraordinary interplay between the three sisters) that this excuse hardly suffices. One would wish that MCA or, more likely, Bear Family would do a completely comprehensive reissue -- the Andrews Sisters were good enough that it would be worthwhile. In the meantime, it's necessary to own this and two other single discs from Decca.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:09 Amazon
2 02:41 Amazon
3 02:43 Amazon
4 03:13 Amazon
5 02:54 Amazon
6 03:03 Amazon
7 02:48 Amazon
8
feat: Vic Schoen
02:36 Amazon
9
feat: Vic Schoen
03:04 Amazon
10
feat: Vic Schoen
02:54 Amazon
11
feat: Vic Schoen
02:43 Amazon
12
feat: Vic Schoen
03:00 Amazon
13
feat: Vic Schoen
02:52 Amazon
14
feat: Vic Schoen
02:55 Amazon
15 02:46 Amazon
16
feat: Vic Schoen
02:58 Amazon
17
feat: Vic Schoen
02:47 Amazon
18
feat: Vic Schoen
03:00 Amazon
19
feat: Vic Schoen
02:48 Amazon
20 03:02 Amazon
21 02:51 Amazon
22
feat: Vic Schoen
02:17 Amazon
23 02:57 Amazon
24 02:55 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
feat: Bing Crosby
03:06 Amazon
2
feat: Vic Schoen
03:10 Amazon
3 02:42 Amazon
4 02:44 Amazon
5 03:14 Amazon
6 02:56 Amazon
7
feat: Guy Lombardo
02:37 Amazon
8
feat: Danny Kaye
03:03 Amazon
9
feat: Vic Schoen
02:57 Amazon
10 03:01 Amazon
11 02:56 Amazon
12
feat: Vic Schoen
02:51 Amazon
13
feat: Danny Kaye
02:11 Amazon
14 02:47 Amazon
15 02:24 Amazon
16 03:05 Amazon
17 02:38 Amazon
18 02:43 Amazon
19 02:26 Amazon
20 03:17 Amazon
21
feat: Vic Schoen
02:23 Amazon
22 03:00 Amazon
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