Past Perfect, recent release CD

PPCD78147GI Jive

this page first published by John Wright, 28 February 2003
last update 2 February 2012

Another special feature CD: Past Perfect PPCD78147

GI Jive - American Hits Of WWII
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title list :-

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A quick glimpse down the track list and you see that Past Perfect have created a sound time capsule for the WWII years, a super selection of the music that kept the GI's (and the civilians) entertained during those dark years. There are a few familiar 'standards' but also some very interesting rarer recordings that I have now played many times and these especially have made this CD very enjoyable listening.
The CD goes straight into Johnny Mercer singing his own composition GI Jive, this is a lively little number and Mercer delivers his own snappy lyric perfectly. Then we hear a delightful Dinah Shore singing the great miss-you song A Pair Of Silver Wings, probably the most charming version of the song that was recorded. Other ladies featured on this CD include Jo Stafford, Ella Mae Morse, Peggy Lee, Margaret Whiting and the British singer Paula Green. It is a pity that only one British recording is featured on the CD but Paula Green with Joe Loss A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Square was a super choice.
Glenn Miller fans are in for a treat. As well as The St Louis Blues March (who can forget the scene in the 'story' film) and SNAFU Jump, both excellently played by the band, there's also two revived songs featuring Dinah Shore All I Do Is Dream Of You and Stardust.
The Benny Goodman band also provides some excellent entertainment with titles featuring Peggy Lee and Liza Morrow, and I was much entertained by Fats Waller's singing of That's What The Well-Dressed Man In Harlem Will Wear, an Irving Berlin song I'd never heard before. I also enjoyed hearing the young Frank Sinatra who by 1944 had already developed his unique relaxed style in Saturday Night (Is The Loneliest Night Of The Week).
As well as the swing bands and solo singers this CD treats us to the hits from many other popular artistes of the time including the Mills Brothers, Louis Jordan, Ink Spots and Judy Garland.
For me the repeated playing of this CD will be to hear the rarer items, I am totally riveted listening to Eugenie Baird singing My Shining Hour, I don't know who she was but for me she provides the shining moment on this CD. The sound quality shows again that Past Perfect will only release CD's of the best quality, congratulations to Ted Kendall and the team.

John Wright

Past Perfect

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