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Best of the Decca Years
Title:
THE BEST OF THE DECCA YEARS
VOLUME ONE - HITS!
Category:
Vocal
Label:
Universal Japan
Catalog Number:
UICY-15859
Release Date:
January 21, 2020
Type:
CD
Discs:
1
Length:
1 hr, 10 min


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ABOUT THE DISC & RECORDINGS:

On the surface this 2020 release looks like a copy of the 1989 Decce (MCA) Records CD, but instead it's actually a copy of the Decca 2-LP set which was also released on CD in 1989.  Only the cover art is the same as the "Hits" CD, although "Volume One" has been removed.

The label's website states that the SHM-CD format that this new release is presented, SHM-CD means "Super High Material CD), is a superior high definition format that "utilizes a polycarbonate material originally developed for LCD screens, and the enhanced transparency of the SHM-CD results in more clarity, depth and definition of sound, bringing the listener ever closer to the music of the original."  Unfortnately, this added layer doesn't add anything to the audio experience at all.  This is due to the fact that the source material are inferior copies of the recordings and not masters and certainly not remastered into true HD.  You would be much better off purchasing the more recent "Smilin' Through" collection that while not on a fancy "SHM" disc it still sounds vastly superior. 

All images on this page from the collections of Lawrence Schulman, Scott Brogan & Eric Hemphill.



TRACK LISTING

Song Title
Performed with...
Date Recorded
Time
Side 1
(Dear Mr. Gable) You Made Me Love You  
09-24-1937
3:08
Over The Rainbow  
07-28-1939
2:45
F.D.R. Jones  
10-24-1941
2:27
In-Between  
07-28-1939
4:02
For Me And My Gal Gene Kelly
07-26-1942
2:28
Love  
01-26-1945
3:22
Side 2
I Never Knew
(I Could Love Anybody Like I'm Loving You)
 
07-26-1942
2:19
On The Sunny Side Of The Street  
04-03-1942
2:36
The Boy Next Door   04-20-1944 3:02
But Not For Me   11-02-1943 3:05
I'm Always Chasing Rainbows   12-18-1940 2:57
Our Love Affair   12-18-1940 2:54
Side 3
A Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow   12-18-1940 2:35
That Old Black Magic   07-26-1942 2:37
On The Atchison, Topeka And The Santa Fe The Merry Macs 07-07-1945 3:06
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas   04-20-1944 2:42
I'm Nobody's Baby   04-10-1940 2:51
Zing! Went The Strings Of My Heart   07-29-1939 2:54
Side 4
The Trolley Song   04-21-1944 2:49
Meet Me In St. Louis, Louis   04-21-1944 2:09
Poor Little Rich Girl   04-03-1942 3:05
Sweet Sixteen   07-28-1939 4:16
When You Wore A Tulip (And I Wore A Big Red Rose) Gene Kelly 07-26-1942 2:34
You'll Never Walk Alone  
07-10-1945
3:17



DISC CREDITS

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