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Album Review

There are more complete compilations of the McGuire Sisters' music, but this 12-song, 32-minute compilation, which covers six years in their history from 1954 through 1960, is as simple and charming a body of work as you can find for the price. Perhaps it's the purity of their voices and the arrangements behind them that make this one of the few MCA CDs of the 1980s, apart from a couple of blues titles, with sound quality that still holds up at the dawn of the 21st century. It's also a good representation of the pop side of 1950s music, which isn't spoken of very often. While one would like to dismiss the McGuire Sisters as creators of pop product, they were actually extraordinary musicians, as proven here. True, "Sugartime," "Something's Gotta Give," and "He" were far from rock 'n roll. And while their version of "Sincerely" (an R&B hit by the Moonglows authored by Moonglows leader/founder Harvey Fuqua) was a world away from R&B, no one can complain about its craftsmanship or the radiance of the trio's singing. (This rendition of "Sincerely," and not the Moonglows' version, was the one that your parents or grandparents likely knew.) The McGuire Sisters' soaring vocals, like a fuller and more lyrical edition of the Andrews Sisters, are seductive to anyone able to hear them without prejudice against the genre. The programming here doesn't follow any release order except in the most general way, while offering some interesting reminders of what was going on away from the worlds of rock & roll and R&B at the time (including some restrained but prominent use of electric guitars in some of the arrangements). The liner notes feature comments from McGuire Sisters admirers like Neal Hefti.

Customer Reviews

The McGuire Sisters' Greatest Hits

I liked this CD my grandma is the one that told me about them. My 2 favorite songs are Goodnight, sweetheart, goodnight and sugartime.

The McGuirem Sisters

I have been looking for the song, "He" for ages. It was nowhere to be found. I didn't know who sang it, but remember singing it when I was a child! I have always loved it and wanted to download into my iPod. I tried iTunes but the title didn't work. On another website I was looking for a Christian song's lyrics and tried the song "He". There I found who sang it---went back to iTunes and found it here!! I really like several songs in this album as they take me back to the "good ole' days". I have many happy memories of the days when life was so simple and fun. Thanks for keeping this in the spotlight.

The McGuire Sisters’ Greatest Hits

A very fine collection of pop music from the mid-50s. The type of music my father used to play. Very reminiscent of Mitch Miller’s productions or Lawrence Welk, but with generally cleaner sound and less syrypy arrangements and sometimes a touch of jazz, particularly in the guitars. However I didn’t like the lyrics to the piece with the strongest jazz heritage, Muskrat Ramble.

Biography

Formed: 1949 in Middletown, OH

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '40s, '50s

The mere mention of the name the McGuire Sisters evokes images of '50s America and comfortable white, middle-class life and aspirations. Their work was the perfect musical embodiment of the popular culture of the period, of a piece with Snooky Lanson and Gisele MacKenzie on Your Hit Parade, and Dwight Eisenhower's America. They even came from a place called Middletown. Christine (b. 1929), Dorothy (b. 1928, d. 2012), and Phyllis (b. 1931) were from Middletown, Ohio, the daughters of Asa and Lillie...
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