- Released: July 7, 1998
- Label: Taragon
- 1.You, You, You
- 2.I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
- 3.The Man with the Banjo
- 4.The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane
- 5.My Bonnie Lassie
- 6.My Love, Your Love
- 7.Forever Darling
- 8.It Only Hurts for a Little While
- 9.Summer Sweetheart
- 10.I Saw Esau
- 11.The Game of Love
- 13.Melodie d'Amour (Melody of Love)
- 14.A Very Precious Love
- 15.Little Serenade
- 16.Pussy Cat
- 17.No One But You (In My Heart)
- 18.Red River Rose
- 19.China Doll
- 20.Destination Moon
The Ames Brothers: Vic Ames, Joe Ames, Ed Ames, Gene Ames (vocals).
Additional personnel includes: Hugo Winterhalter, Joe Reisman, Al Semola, Sid Ramin (conductor).
Includes liner notes by Colin Escott.
Digitally remastered by Eliot Goshman (1998, Taragon Studios, Deer Park, New York).
Liner Note Author: Colin Escott.
Recording information: 06/27/1953-02/29/1960.
While modern-day audiences will perhaps have a tough time equating their old-time singing style with their massive success, this collection does a pretty fine job of putting it all in perspective. The Ames Brothers were the purveyors of strong, smooth vocal harmonies that soared, soothed, and came to national prominence, largely prospering in the pre-rock & roll times of the 1950s. Drawn entirely from their hitmaking days at RCA Victor (it omits their 1950 original of "Rag Mop," the group's first hit on Coral), this "straight from the master tapes" compilation runs chronologically from the Ames' 1953 signing with the label to their last charting record, 1960's "China Doll." With 17 of the 20 tracks aboard being chart entries (and ten of those landing in the Top 20), this is a most hit-laden package, their one MIA hit notwithstanding. There's a strong theory among musicologists that sibling harmony is the best vocal harmony there is, and The Very Best of the Ames Brothers presents a bunch of good reasons why that theory holds water. There's some great empathetic singing here, and pop music fans will love the way they put a song over. Great liner notes by Colin Escott complete the package. ~ Cub Koda