Top positive review
A beautiful and indispensable package.
May 29, 2017
A cornucopia, in spite of occasional dreck. I grew up in the 40s listening to all these records on the radio. True, Guy Lombardo and Rudy Vallee, even Spike Jones, can be a little hard to take, but about 85 % of this package is piquant beyond words. My wholly biased view is that these splendid songs and bands and singers are not only reserved for the Greatest Generation but also for their children, who heard this music like the resonating wall paper of their young toddler lives, and now long to hear it over and over. If you like most 40s songs, you can't go wrong here. And the sound transfer is terrific, considering that most of these clearly came from breakable shellac singles. No clicks and pops. Just terrific nostalgia and great performances, although the orchestra backing Vallee sounds like a cheap version of a Bad Chinese Music Festival band, yuck! It is compensated for by the realization that Les Brown's band, featuring Doris Day, was way better than anyone ever imagined. The Big Band Magic disks are indispensable, but I would include this package in any collection reprising the 40s. I love it.