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Recordings Section 6 : Compilations (Item 8 of 8)

Front Row Center-Broadway Gold : Various

This is a 4 CD, 93 track collection of Broadway numbers from the MCA/Decca archives. There are alternative takes and historic recordings (including some whose value is exclusively historic - the numbers from Pins and Needles are appallingly performed) and plenty of selections from long-lost vinyl recordings. There are some fantastic gems here, particularly if you enjoy novelty numbers. In this category, I enjoyed We're Having A Baby (Duke/Adamson) sung by Eddie Cantor, two numbers from Follow The Boys by the sublime Gertrude Niesen and The Yodel Blues(Mercer/Dolan) from Texas Lil' Darling.
Only 4 Fields numbers are included, but this is the only place where you will find tracks like Currier and Ives from Up in Central Park and A Girl With a Flame from Arms and the Girl until the CD reissues of the contemporary cast recordings (and it could be a long wait).
The latter as sung by Nanette Fabray is good fun.

This set is a major treat.

Fields tracks: Close As Pages In A Book, Currier And Ives, A Girl With A Flame, There Must Be Somethin' Better Than Love

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