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The Essential Slim Whitman

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Let Me Live Again
    2. More Than Yesterday
    3. It Takes a Lot of Tenderness
    4. Here Where It All Began - (previously unreleased)
    5. Something Pretty
    6. Salina
    7. I'm Beginning to Love You
    8. My Heart Is in the Roses
    9. Nights of Splendour
    10. No Other Love
    11. It's a Sin to Tell a Lie
    12. My Heart Was Made for Loving You
    13. Stop and Think It Over
    14. What About You
    15. Touch of Yesterday, A
    16. Our Song
    17. So Close to Home
    18. I'll Always Be in Love with You
    19. It's My Life
    20. Where Did Yesterday Go
    21. I Remember You
    22. It's My Lucky Day
    23. Nearer My Love to You
    24. When There Is Love
    25. North Wind
    26. Elizabeth (You're My Queen)
    27. Love Lanes of Yesterday
    28. Red Wing - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Where the Lilacs Grow
    2. Puff the Magic Dragon
    3. I Just Thought I'd Call to Say I Love You
    4. Angel in an Apron
    5. Foolish Question
    6. I'll Never Let You Cry
    7. Perfect Day, A
    8. World Worth Living In, A
    9. Guess Who
    10. One for You One for Me
    11. Come Take My Hand
    12. If Wishes Were Horses
    13. Lavender Blue (Dilly Dilly)
    14. You're Coming Home
    15. Got the All Overs for You (All Over Me)
    16. Rainbows Are Back in Style
    17. Bandera Waltz
    18. It's Your Day Today
    19. You You You
    20. Cora Lee
    21. Chime Bells - (previously unreleased)
    22. Follow It
    23. Just a Few Sweet Kisses
    24. In a Hundred Years
    25. Wheel of Hurt - (previously unreleased)
    26. Margie
    27. Irresistible
    28. Happy Anniversary
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Rose Marie
    2. Unchain My Heart
    3. Song of the Old Water Wheel
    4. Secret Love
    5. That's How the Yodel Was Born
    6. China Doll
    7. Twilla Lee
    8. My Heart Is Broken in Three
    9. Serenade
    10. Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain
    11. Love Song of the Waterfall
    12. Indian Love Call
    13. Die Son Skyn Weer More (Sunrise)
    14. Tumbling Tumbleweeds
    15. I'll Take You Home Again, Kathleen
    16. Cattle Call
    17. Tennessee Yodel Polka
    18. Blue River
    19. Roll River Roll
    20. I'm a Fool
    21. Fluistrende Hoop (Whispering Hope)
    22. Danny Boy
    23. Curtain of Tears
    24. End of the World
    25. At the End of Nowhere
    26. Put Your Trust in Me
    27. You Have My Heart
    28. My Love Is Growing Stale
    29. I'm Casting My Lasso Towards the Sky
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 6935592

  • Credits

    Liner Note Author: Paul Esmond Hazell.
    Nothing about Slim Whitman's recordings appear particularly singular or innovative at first glance, and his output of mellow, romantic songs seems to be straight old traditional country, with unassuming vocals and standard instrumentation. But a closer look at his peak period in the mid-'50s when he was with Lew Chudd's Los Angeles-based Imperial Records reveals a crafty artist who managed several pop crossover hits by dosing his country roots with some seriously atmospheric arrangements that managed somehow to sound both traditional and oddly spacy at the same time. Blessed with a distinctive high baritone voice, Whitman was also an excellent yodeler (it's no accident that Tim Burton chose Whitman's version of "Indian Love Call" to be Earth's only antidote to the alien invaders in his science fiction movie spoof Mars Attacks!) and he was also an astute businessman. Whitman was one of the first recording stars to use television to market his music, and while he might have appeared clueless on those late-night commercials for his albums, he certainly wasn't clueless when he deposited the checks that came rolling in as a result. This extremely generous three-disc collection collects material Whitman recorded between 1952 and 1981, including his unofficial theme song, "I'm Casting My Lasso Towards the Sky," the big Imperial hits "Indian Love Call," and his cover of "Rose Marie," the theme song from the 1936 movie of the same name which coincidentally featured Nelson Eddy and Jeanette MacDonald's version of "Indian Love Call," a song that had originally been done by Paul Whiteman way back in 1925. There's an awful lot of Slim Whitman here (some 85 tracks' worth), and it's probably more than most listeners would ever need, but if you like the guy, then this set is pretty much a goldmine. ~ Steve Leggett

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