We'll Meet Again - The Very Best of Vera Lynn
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||(There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs of Dover||Vera Lynn||3:18||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart||Vera Lynn||2:36||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||We'll Meet Again||Vera Lynn||3:01||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Travellin' Home||Vera Lynn||3:06||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||As Time Goes By||Vera Lynn||3:00||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Dream||Vera Lynn||2:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Faraway Places||Vera Lynn||2:41||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Harbour Lights||Vera Lynn||3:07||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||It's a Lovely Day Tomorrow||Vera Lynn||3:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||If You Love Me||Vera Lynn||2:59||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When You Hear Big Ben||Vera Lynn||2:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Yours||Vera Lynn||3:11||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||The Loveliest Night of the Year||Vera Lynn||1:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Wish Me Luck As You Wave Me Goodbye||Vera Lynn||3:15||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Half As Much - Isle of Innisfree - You Belong to Me||Vera Lynn||3:04||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Up the Wooden Hill to Bedfordshire||Vera Lynn||3:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||When I Grow Too Old to Dream||Vera Lynn||2:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Medley: Somewhere Along the Way / Here In My Heart / Let the Rest of the World Go By||Vera Lynn||3:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles||Vera Lynn||3:29||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||From the Time You Say Goodbye (The Parting Song)||Vera Lynn||2:27||$1.29||View in iTunes|
This collection likely would never have been considered for U.S. release, but for the fact that in September of 2009 it topped the U.K. charts, in the face of new reissues by the Beatles et al. And to the degree that it fosters some new interest in and attention for Dame Vera Lynn (age 92 in 2009) and her music, that's great. But that's about the only thing great about this collection. It does offers a decent cross-section of her music across two decades of her career, which lasted 41 years. But this is hardly the definitive account of the singer's World War II-era recordings, which were the main focus of the coverage it received. For reasons that have never been adequately explained, since the 1990s Decca has persisted in using Lynn's 1953 re-recording of "We'll Meet Again," a career-defining song if ever there was one, rather than the 1941 original (which was available on a now out of print ASV compilation of her work). The absence of recording dates is also questionable under the circumstances. Lynn's very first record, "Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire," recorded in 1936 when she was 19, is present; and so is her classic rendition of "The White Cliffs of Dover." But most of the music here is actually from the '50s, though the CD still manages to miss some of her pop hits from that era, as well. It's difficult to argue with success on the scale this collection found upon release, or the sound quality of what is here, but it is an odd state of affairs that has Lynn's '30s sides (including her rendition of "Harbor Lights" from 1937) in release, but not, say, her rendition of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," or the original "We'll Meet Again." Perhaps they'll make an appearance on a subsequent volume, the release of which seems likely, in view of the sales success of this one. In the meantime, though one wishes it were better executed, it's best to encourage Decca by purchasing this disc.
My grandpa used to sing these songs. He survived World War 2,
Miss you Grandpa!
Vera's beautiful voice reminds us of the hope that remained during WWII! Great album!
The album costs 10 dollars, but it is definitely worth more to me. Vera's voice is so rich and drenched with feeling that you find it impossible to stop listening to these songs over and over and over again. When I first heard We'll Meet Again I broke down sobbing because it reminded me of my grandfather who passed a few months ago. I thought it was just so beautiful and it was the type of music that he loved. I bought this in memoriam, And I discovered... I LOVED IT! These songs are passionate and optimistic, no wonder she was called the Troops Sweetheart! These are the kind of songs that will last forever.
Born: March 20, 1917 in London, England
Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '00s