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Jimmy Dorsey
"Amapola: His 24 Greatest Hits"

© ASV Ltd. Records

Year of Release: 2000

track listing
  • I'm An Old Cowhand
  • Never In A Million Years
  • Too Marvelous
    For Words
  • I Fall In Love
    With You
  • Change Partners
  • Hold Tight Hold Tight
    (Sea Food)
  • Deep Purple
  • Six Lessons From
    Madame La Zonga
  • The Breeze And I
  • I Hear A Rhapsody
  • High On A Windy Hill
  • Amapola
    (Pretty Little
  • Yours
    (Quéreme Mucho)
  • My Sister And I
  • Maria Elena
  • Green Eyes
    Ojos Verdes)
  • Blue Champagne
  • Jim
  • Tangerine
  • My Devotion
  • Bésame Mucho
    (Kiss Me Again)
  • Star Eyes
  • They're Either Too
    Young Or Too Old
  • When They Ask
    About You

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    "Amapola: His 24 Greatest Hits"

    My interest in the music of the Pre-Rock years (1940-early 1955) hit full stride in 2001, where I was busy locating the #1 songs from this era. The music of the 1940s and its Big Band Era is truly an era where music was very unique, and much enjoyable, despite World War II. This music certainly kept everyones minds off the war, and a good choice it would be. Big Band music was recently brought back into the spotlight, thanks to Brian Setzer and his Orchestra; and an interest of the original bandleaders of this era was quickly noticed, and experienced to many for the first time, and the rest of us, easily re-discovered.

    Jimmy Dorsey (likewise his brother Tommy) were two of many famous bandleaders from the Big Band Era. Both the Dorsey brothers accomplished many #1 hits -- 7 for Jimmy, 3 for Tommy (note: These numbers were determined from Billboard Magazine (1940-1955)). Actually, The Dorsey Brothers had a combination of 29 #1 hits (12 for Jimmy, 17 for Tommy) throughout their careers. Tommy Dorsey's 17 #1's can be found on the RCA release, The Seventeen Number Ones. ASV Ltd.'s Amapola: His 24 Greatest Hits features Jimmy Dorsey's 12 #1 hits, likewise 7 #2's, 3 #3's, and 2 #4's.

    What's interesting when listening to famous bandleaders, are the vocalists on their popular hits. Bing Crosby starts out this compilation on "I'm An Old Cowhand" (1936), and you have to listen twice; Bing's voice is not as husky, and sounds much different than his most popular hits on his own. Crosby is also the star vocalist on the next two songs from 1937 -- "Never In A Million Years" and the #1 "Too Marvelous For Words". Again, his voice is young, and you have to listen twice to realize that it is Bing Crosby, a voice that would later be more popular and famous in the 1940s.

    Two very popular singers for Jimmy Dorsey were Bob Eberly and Helen O'Connell. Bob Eberly was the featured vocalist on 7 #1 hits -- "Change Partners" (1938), "The Breeze And I" (1940), "I Hear A Rhapsody" (1940), "High On A Windy Hill" (1940), "My Sister And I" (1941), "Maria Elena" (1941), and "Blue Champagne" (1941). Both Eberly and O'Connell would share vocals on three #1s in 1941 -- "Amapola," "Green Eyes", and "Tangerine". They would also share vocals on other tunes, which would reach #2 -- "Yours" and "Jim". Of the 24 songs from this compilation, either or both Eberly and O'Connell represented vocals on 16 songs. Eberly would share vocals with another singer, Kitty Kallen, on two songs. O'Connell provided the vocals herself on only one song, "Six Lessons From Madame La Zonga" (1940), and Kallen's vocals shines on her own on two 1943 songs -- "They're Either Too Young Or Too Old" and "When They Ask About You."

    There is one song with vocals by the Andrews Sisters -- a song that would become one of their famous hits, "Hold Tight, Hold Tight (Sea Food)" (1938).

    Truly a great album for the Big Band fan, Jimmy Dorsey's Amapola features his most famous hits. Each hit reached the top 4 of the charts, which is a great accomplishment to add to any musician's resume. This album also will bring true enjoyment for those in discovering and re-discovering the Big Band Era.

    England's ASV Ltd. has been busy reissuing the music of the Big Band Era. Jimmy Dorsey's music was restored to CD from the original 78s transciptions, likewise its audio restoration and remastering. Our first review from this company was Cab Calloway's Hi-De-Hi!; another exceptional release of songs from the Big Band Era. You can visit the ASV Ltd. website, at

    Its amazing how these recordings can be restored to clear quality CD sound. However, some recordings are remastered to the best availability, yet there could be a slight touches of pops and hisses from the original recordings. This is enjoyed more, because it gives these old recordings a more nostalgic and historic sound; yet having them sound crystal clear is also acceptable.

    Whatever how clear the sound, the Big Band Era is definitely a sound that is much clearer than today's music. It's more relaxing, the vocals are easy to understand, and it showed the "innocence" of music, before it was taken over by Rock Music, and its many associated types of styles.

    To get away from today's common sound, re-live the Big Band Era -- spend some time down old-time memory lane with Jimmy Dorsey's Amapola. It's worth the trip.

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