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Recordings Section 7 : Others 1 (5-6 Fields tracks) (Item 2 of 8)

Grace Moore: So This Is Love : Grace Moore

Metropolitan Opera diva Grace Moore starred in two Dorothy Fields films, and the songs she sang are preserved on this recording. There are four songs from The King Steps Out (1936), where Dorothy wrote lyrics for Fritz Kreisler's music and two from When You're In Love (1937), which had Fields/McHugh songs.

I find this a very frustrating recording. I have sat and listened to each Fields track, but however hard I try, I succeed in understanding only about half of Dorothy's lyrics. Partly this is because of the age of the recordings, but it has to be said that when Grace hits a high note, consonants tend to run for cover. No doubt others can do better than I in this matter. This disk also has a couple of rarer Berlin songs - My Rock-a-bye Baby and Listening.

The CD booklet has an interesting account of her life from her birth in Slabtown, Tennessee to her tragic death in an air crash in 1947.

Fields tracks: What Shall Remain?, Stars In My Eyes, The End Begins, Learn How To Lose, Our Song, The Whistling Boy

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