Frankie Laine I Believe [Bear Family] (6-CD Box Set)

I Believe [Bear Family] (6-CD Box Set)
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 6
  • Released: June 11, 2002
  • Label: Bear Family

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Jezebel
  • 2.Flamenco
  • 3.Love Is Such a Cheat
  • 4.Rose, Rose I Love You
  • 5.The Girl in the Wood
  • 6.Wonderful, Wasn't It?
  • 7.Pretty Eyed
  • 8.That's the One For Me
  • 9.In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  • 10.That's Good! That's Bad!
  • 11.Gambella (The Gamblin' Lady)
  • 12.Song of the Islands
  • 13.Hey, Good Lookin'
  • 14.When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  • 15.She Reminds Me of You
  • 16.One For My Baby
  • 17.Necessary Evil
  • 18.To Be Worthy of You
  • 19.Jealousy
  • 20.Tomorrow Mountain
  • 21.Snow in Lover's Lane
  • 22.That's How It Goes
  • 23.When You're in Love
  • 24.The Gandy Dancer's Ball
  • 25.Ramblin' Man
  • 26.How Lovely Cooks the Meat
  • 27.Sugarbush

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Hambone
  • 2.Let's Have a Party
  • 3.There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder
  • 4.She's Funny That Way
  • 5.The Rock of Gibraltar
  • 6.High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  • 7.The Mermaid
  • 8.Tonight You Belong to Me
  • 9.My Ohio Home
  • 10.Settin' the Woods on Fire
  • 11.Piece a Puddin'
  • 12.Christmas Roses
  • 13.I'd Give My Life
  • 14.The Ruby and the Pearl
  • 15.Chow, Willy
  • 16.I'm Just a Poor Bachelor
  • 17.The Swan Song
  • 18.The Little Boy and the Old Man
  • 19.Your Cheatin' Heart
  • 20.I Believe
  • 21.Tell Me a Story
  • 22.Some Day
  • 23.Lorelei
  • 24.Granada
  • 25.Where the Winds Blow
  • 26.I Let Her Go
  • 27.Te Amo
  • 28.A Bushel and a Peck
  • 29.Let's Fishin'
  • 30.Poor Little Piggy Bank

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans
  • 2.Floatin' Down to Cotton Town
  • 3.New Orleans
  • 4.Way Down Yander in New Orleans
  • 5.Basin Street Blues
  • 6.Some Day, Sweetheart
  • 7.Laughing at Life
  • 8.Lullaby in Rhythm
  • 9.After You've Gone
  • 10.Sittin' in the Sun (Countin' My Money)
  • 11.Willow Weep For Me
  • 12.A Hundred Years From Today
  • 13.Judy
  • 14.Answer Me, O Lord
  • 15.Hey Joe!
  • 16.Goin' Like Wildfire
  • 17.Rollin' Down the Line
  • 18.Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold)
  • 19.The Kid's Last Fight
  • 20.Ace in the Hole
  • 21.The Lord Don't Treat His Chillum That Way
  • 22.Answer Me, My Love
  • 23.Drill Ye Tarriers
  • 24.Long Distance Love
  • 25.Old Shoes
  • 26.There Must Be a Reason
  • 27.JUBA, JUBA, JubaLee
  • 28.What Would I Do?

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.God's Gonna Take the Saints to Heaven
  • 2.Ain't It a Pity and a Shame
  • 3.Let Me Be Ready, Lord
  • 4.WA, Hoo!
  • 5.I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long
  • 6.Rain, Rain, Rain
  • 7.My Friend
  • 8.Your Heart, My Heart
  • 9.In the Beginning
  • 10.High Society
  • 11.Back Where I Belong
  • 12.I Can't Give You Anything But Love, Baby
  • 13.Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  • 14.Out of Nowhere
  • 15.You Are Too Beautiful
  • 16.Mona Lisa
  • 17.Bubbles
  • 18.Make Me a Child Again
  • 19.Your Love
  • 20.The Tarriers Song
  • 21.Cool Water
  • 22.Walking the Night Away
  • 23.Strange Lady in Town
  • 24.Bring Your Smile Along
  • 25.If Spring Never Comes
  • 26.Never Come Sunday
  • 27.Mama Mia
  • 28.My Little One

Tracks on Disc 5:

  • 1.Ticky Ticky Tick (I'm Gonna Tell on You)
  • 2.The Thief
  • 3.Hummingbird
  • 4.Hummingbird
  • 5.Hawk-Eye
  • 6.A Woman in Love
  • 7.You Can Depend on Me
  • 8.S'Posin
  • 9.Stars Fell on Alabama
  • 10.That Old Feeling
  • 11.Baby, Baby All the Time
  • 12.Roses of Picardy
  • 13.If You Were Mine
  • 14.Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  • 15.Taking a Chance on Love
  • 16.Where Can I Go
  • 17.Didn't He Moan
  • 18.Remember Me
  • 19.I Heard the Angels Singing
  • 20.Robin Hood
  • 21.Moby Dick
  • 22.Champion the Wonder Horse
  • 23.Sixteen Tons

Tracks on Disc 6:

  • 1.Sunny Side of the Street
  • 2.Sunny Side of the Street - (Title Version)
  • 3.I'm Gonna Live till I Die
  • 4.I May Be Wrong
  • 5.Sunny Side of the Street
  • 6.Rainbow Round My Shoulder
  • 7.Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams
  • 8.Girl in the Wood
  • 9.Wonderful Wasn't It
  • 10.Rainbow Round My Shoulder
  • 11.Bring Your Smile Along
  • 12.Bring Your Smile Along - (Title Version)
  • 13.When a Girl Is Beautiful
  • 14.Bring Your Smile Along
  • 15.If Spring Never Comes
  • 16.Mama Mia
  • 17.Side by Side
  • 18.Mama Mia
  • 19.Gandy Dancer's Ball He Laughed Last
  • 20.Save Your Sorrows For Tomorrow
  • 21.Danny Boy
  • 22.Danny Boy - (Solo)
  • 23.Meet Me in las Vegas
  • 24.Hell Hath No Fury
  • 25.Blowing Wild
  • 26.Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold)
  • 27.Man Without a Star
  • 28.Strange Lady in Town
  • 29.Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  • 30.3:10 to Yuma
  • 31.Bullwhip
  • 32.Rawhide

Product Description:

Over a span of about 12 years beginning in 1990, Bear Family reissued a veritable flood of Frankie Laine recordings. Several single-volume compact discs were eventually followed by three massive box sets containing hundreds of examples of his hormonally anchored artistry. I Believe, a 163-track gunboat-sized anthology, was released in 2001, six years prior to his passing in 2007 at the age of 93. Especially in light of his tireless work as a civil rights activist during the 1950s and '60s, it is clear that Laine was a much deeper individual than his presentational veneer might at first imply. Chicago-born Sicilian-American vocalist Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, commonly known as Frankie Laine, was one of his country's definitive interpreters of popular song during the 1950s. The son of Al Capone's barber and a product of a healthy multicultural environment, he named Vaudeville's Al Jolson, Depression era crooner Gene Austin, operatic archetype Enrico Caruso, and blues empress Bessie Smith as primary influences. Boosted into show business by Hoagy Carmichael, Laine was also heavily inspired by Nat King Cole and the hard hitting dance-inducing style pegged by the recording industry as Rhythm & Blues. Laine's reputation would ultimately be wrapped up in well-hung cowboy & western motifs, which are mingled on this mammoth collection with sentimental hits, jazz standards, gospel-oriented songs (a mode he would revisit in 1969 with "Dammit Isn't God's Last Name"), and the upbeat topical novelties that perfectly suited his penchant for brusque, vigorous delivery. The mannered, sometimes caricatured intensity of his act was supported by instrumentalists whose collective experience touched upon many decades of stylistic evolution, from early blues, hot dance music and swing to bop, R&B and the rise of rock & roll. Additional vocalists heard on this collection are the Starlighters, the Mellomen, the Four Lads, the Norman Luboff Choir, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. Although he clearly enjoyed putting across romantic melodies, Laine is in his prime element with testosterone-stoked chunks of Americana like "High Noon," "Rawhide," "Bullwhip," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Water," and "Sixteen Tons." He tosses off "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill," "Hawkeye," "Hummingbird," "Moby Dick," "Robin Hood," "Wa-Hoo!," "Ticky Ticky Tick," and "Champion the Wonder Horse" unflinchingly. But it is "How Lovely Cooks the Meat," sung as an episodic duet with Doris Day, that wins the weirdest song award in this or any other Frankie Laine retrospective. Alternating between his galloping-home gavotte and her dreamily dysfunctional housewife vignette, the song tells a story of salivating anticipation and a steak charred into near-inedibility by Doris' heavily sweetened ineptitude. In a bold example of psychosexual subtext recast in high relief, Laine's final chorus exchanges the word "wife" for "meat." ~ arwulf arwulf
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