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The Mills Brothers
"The Best Of The Decca Years"

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track listing
  • Paper Doll
  • Across The Alley
    From The Alamo
  • Someday
    (You'll Want Me
    To Want You)
  • Be My
    Life's Companion
  • Lazy River
  • Glow Worm
  • You Always Hurt
    The One You Love
  • The Window
    Washer Man
  • Daddy's Little Girl
  • The Jones Boy
  • Till Then
  • In A Mellow Tone
  • You Tell Me
    Your Dream
    I'll Tell You Mine
  • Opus One

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    The Mills Brothers
    "The Best Of The Decca Years"

    From 1941 to 1955, music had a unique sound (long before Rock N Roll emerged), that being the big band/swing era. During this time, Decca Records held a famous brother vocal act, The Mills Brothers. Their unique style and harmonies were compared to the likes of another Decca favorite, The Ink Spots. Both acts were highly respectable, and it would be awfully hard to choose which one was better than the other. The Best Of The Decca Years features 14 songs from The Mills Brothers, and they are all truly remarkable, in their own right.

    Surprisingly, The Mills Brothers had only 2 number one songs from this compilation, "Paper Doll" and "You Always Hurt The One You Love". It's amazing how many other songs from this set didn't reach the highest position of the hit charts. Songs such as "Glow Worm," "Till Then" and "Opus One" are the songs that I remembered from listening to my mother's collection, and I'm sure that they were #1 on someone's personal chart, in one way or another.

    "Across The Alley From The Alamo" is a jumpy catchy song, which easily sets the memory bank of many who remembered this song, "Someday (You'll Want Me To Want You)" is a slow tune with exceptional harmonies. I didn't remember this one, likewise the catchy "Be My Life's Companion," and the bluesy "Lazy River," and like many of the well-known popular Mills' tunes, they are just exceptional.

    Four songs that weren't from my personal memory bank -- "The Window Washer Man" has a somewhat novelty sound, with the tuba (or it may have been one of the brothers imitating the tuba), that stands out alongside the vocals. "Daddy's Little Girl" and "You Tell Me Your Dream, I'll Tell You Mine" features outstanding harmony vocalization, as these songs could easily have reached #1. However, I don't remember the song "The Jones Boy" by the Mills Brothers themselves; but I remember this tune from an Illinois car dealer TV commercial, Webb Ford -- The whole town's talking about the Webb boys..." "In A Mellow Mood" has a more big-band sound, and is very enjoyable.

    The music heard in this era proves one thing: It shows how easy this sound and lyrics were back then, as compared to today's music. Like the old saying goes: "They sure don't make 'em like they used to." This music was very popular, and yes, it was the music before Rock N Roll. Whether it be Big-band or Jazz, Easy Listening is how this music is categorized, before Rock N Roll was born. Even so, it's just as enjoyable as any type of music; of course, you define the word "enjoyable" to the source of music you prefer.

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