Dick Todd Orchids for Remembrance (2-CD)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Released: October 17, 2003
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Jasmine Music
- 1.The Singing Hills
- 3.My! My!
- 4.Polka Dots and Moonbeams
- 6.Angel in Disguise
Contains 52 tracks.
Personnel: The Three Reasons (vocals).
Recording information: 04/28/1938-12/08/1939.
Director: Leonard Joy.
The art of crooning was gradually perfected during the 20th century by Russ Columbo, Bing Crosby, Rudy Vall‚e, Al Bowlly, Perry Como, Frank Sinatra, Billy Eckstine, Herb Jeffries, Nat King Cole, Al Hibbler, Tony Bennett, and Johnny Hartman. One important name missing from that admittedly short list is Dick Todd, known in his day as the Canadian Crosby. By far the best collection of his recorded works was released in 2003 by the Jasmine label under the title Orchids for Remembrance (inadvertently echoing Blue Orchids, a Bluebird double-LP reissue collection from the 1970s). While Living Era's 27-track Canadian Crosby (1996) also does justice to this often overlooked performer, Jasmine's double CD contains enough material (52 selections dating from the years 1938 and 1939) to cover most of the essential ground, including a pair of satisfying medleys, several soft-serve cowboy numbers, and no less than ten examples of Todd backed by a woozy female vocal trio billed as the Three Reasons. Seeing as how their name might suggest some sort of connection with Sigmund Freud or hitherto unsuspected links with Andr‚ Breton's first Surrealist Manifesto, it is entirely appropriate to point out the weirdest tune in the entire Dick Todd discography. This without question is "A Home in the Clouds," a na‹ve and idyllic daydream ditty describing a stratospheric abode where Dick Todd and his sweetheart are equipped with a radio transmitter that they use to "...broadcast our impressions to folks on earth below." It is a bizarre and beautiful scenario worthy of the imagination of Edgar Rice Burroughs. ~ arwulf arwulf
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