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Patti Page
"Golden Hits"

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Year of Release: 1994

track listing
  • Tennessee Waltz
  • Changing Partners
  • Cross Over The Bridge
  • Old Cape Cod
  • Rockin' Bird Hill
  • (How Much Is)
    That Doggie
    In The Window
  • Detour
  • Why Don't You
    Believe Me
  • Mister And Mississippi
  • Allegheny Moon
  • With My Eyes
    Wide Open
    I'm Dreaming
  • I Went To
    Your Wedding

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    "Golden Hits"

    Patti Page was one of many pre-Rock singers who was very popular in the early 1950s. With 3 #1 Pop songs, her most famous was "How Much Is That Doggie In The Window," likewise "The Tennessee Waltz" and "I Went To Your Wedding." Her Golden Hits consists of 12 of her most popular hits, and is a wonderful blend of music that is very pleasant, and how music sounded before Rock n Roll dominated the music scene.

    The remaining songs (other than the #1 mentions) all have a great Easy Listening sound. "Changing Partners" is similar to the style of "Tennessee Waltz," where some may easily remember "Cross Over The Bridge" as another popular song. Very pleasant sounding songs are heard on "Old Cape Cod," and "Mockin' Bird Hill." "Detour" has an early Country sound. "Why Don't You Believe Me" would become a #1 song for Joni James.

    "Mister And Mississippi" has a typical pre-Rock style, with a chorus that the Andrew Sisters could easily sing. "Allegheny Moon" is a very beautiful song, having a relaxing Easy Listening style. "With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming" has a very nice Easy Listening Sinatra style.

    Patti Page's music reflects on a period of time where music had a very easy pleasant sound, reflecting on what is now called Easy Listening music, and also can relate to the Big Band Era. Of course, music is certainly not made this way anymore, but it does show an interest to music fans who adore GOOD music, before Rock n Roll took its course and blended into the many different styles it would later surface. Golden Hits is a great title for this compilation, each song is golden, and golden songs such as these are precious and entertaining, far better than today's most standard styles.

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