The Columbia recordings of the Modernaires dating from the second half of the 1940s document a group at the pinnacle of their collective creative powers. Highlights of this compilation include "Stardust," "Ain't Misbehavin' and three unreleased tracks.
2.You Call It Madness (But I Call It Love)
4.Rock It For Me
6.Bidin' My Time
7.Thoughtless With Doris Day
8.It's A Quiet Town (In Crossbone Country) (With Doris Day)
9.Busy Doing Nothing
11.Just For Laughs
12.The Money Song (With Buddy Clark)
13.Gloria (With Buddy Clark)
14.Brush Those Tears From Your Eyes (With Buddy Clark)
15.Molly O'Reilly (With Bob Crosby)
16.O'Leary Is Leery Of Falling In Love (With Bob Crosby)
18.Johnny Get Your Girl
19.Olly Olly Oxen Free
Liner Note Author: Al Fichera.
Recording information: 11/23/1947-01/21/1949.
The third volume in Collectables' summation of the Modernaires' period on Columbia covers just over a year in the group's time between two high-profile gigs: with the Glenn Miller Orchestra on a parade of mid-'40s hits, and serving Frank Sinatra in a similar capacity (though with far fewer hits). Just under half of the 19 titles feature the Modernaires backing a solo artist; Doris Day's "Thoughtless" is by far the best, followed by her other appearance with the group, "It's a Quiet Town (In Crossbone County)." Despite few hits and nothing special on the other guest spots (for Bob Crosby and Buddy Clark), it's clear the Modernaires were still capable of excelling on their own: a version of "Ain't Misbehavin'" is predictably smooth and breezy, but also captures the laid-back exuberance of Fats Waller himself. ~ John Bush