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For hardcore fans of Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II, the double-CD The Ultimate Showboat will be a ride down memory lane you won't soon forget. Musical reissues rarely get a comprehensive treatment like this collection taken from rare cast recordings, revivals, radio productions, and pop-vocal records (all dating between 1928 and 1947). Obviously, the sound quality on many of the earlier recordings isn't the best, but where else can we hear legendary vocalists such as Paul Robeson, Allan
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4-CD LP-sized box set with 160-page hardcover book brings to light the explosion of creativity that miraculously took place during the rough years of 1929-1941. 88 songs in all featuring artists Eddie Cantor, Al Jolson, Lee Morse, Gene Kardo, Connee Boswell, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Mills Brothers & many others.Shrink-wrapped.
Compilation documents vocalist's growing popularity as a radio & recording star in the late 1920s, when she was being promoted as ''Society's Blues Singer'' - this volume features her songs ''Was It A Dream,'' ''For Old Time's Sake'' & ''Chiquita''; backing is provided by Rudy Vallee, Benny Goodman & Jimmy Dorsey. (Previously deleted:7/1/05. Original release date:4/11/00).