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America's Greatest Hits 1951 - Vol. 2 (4CD) Expanded Edition

America's Greatest Hits 1951 - Vol. 2 (4CD) Expanded Edition

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We continue our highly popular and successful Americas Greatest Hits series as we work back through the 1950s, this time with an expanded 4-CD set edition to sit alongside the existing single CD 1951 edition (ACRCD177) originally released in 2006 before we introduced the 4-CD format in recent years. This great-value 105-track collection comprises every record which charted in the Top 15 of the Billboard Best Sellers and Cash Box chart during 1951, along with all those that made the Top 10 of the Juke Box and Disc Jockey charts (it omits certain records which peaked in 1952 and which have already appeared in our Americas Greatest Hits 1952
collection and some which were big hits in 1950, and had already peaked, so will appear in that collection).

As with all these collections it features all the biggest hits of the year and all the biggest names in American pop of that era, so it very much captures the spirit of the times, but also includes a number of lesser known records which are not heard very often and which have not been readily available on CD. As always, it includes a substantial 15,000-word booklet with a commentary on every track, and its a must for collectors of our completist chart-based anthologies.


"One of the jewels in Acrobat's crown is undoubtedly their ongoing series of 'America's Greatest Hits' in its expanded form and this latest volume may well be the one that has the greatest resonance for readers of 'In Tune' focusing as it does on 105 best sellers from 1951, a year that was especially fruitful for so many singers of the standard era. The forty eight page booklet contains extensive track by track commentary packed with information about the songs and the artists involved. Three of the features of this period were how few were the different number of record labels in the charts (four labels had 80 of the 105 tracks here), how frequently multiple versions of the same song made it and how the charts were dominated by a comparatively small number of artists. 1951 was the year of Tony Bennett's breakthrough, but it was also a good year for many other Columbia stars like Doris, Jo, Rosemary, Frankie Laine etc and for RCA's Perry Como and Eddie Fisher. A fine collection which will evoke plenty of nostalgia among record buyers of a certain age." - Gerry Stonestreet (In Tune Issue 329)

“A whopping 4CD set celebrating America's Greatest Hits from 1951, a year before the first UK best selling record chart. Since we slavishly followed US tastes at the time, these were the likely best sellers in Britain, too. Stars include Patti Page, Guy Mitchell, Frank Sinatra, Vic Damone and Frankie Laine, and among the 100 plus tracks are perennials like Mocking Bird Hill, Jezebel and Blue Velvet. Includes every number that entered Billboard trade magazine's top 15 chart, and, as such, is a valuable historical document.” – John Howard (Vintage Rock Issue 43)

Disc 1
Track Artist Title
1 Tennessee Waltz Patti Page
2 My Heart Cries For You Guy Mitchell
3 Be My Love Mario Lanza
4 So Long (It's Been Good To Know Ya) Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra & The Weavers
5 The Roving Kind Guy Mitchell
6 My Heart Cries For You Dinah Shore
7 Tennessee Waltz Les Paul & Mary Ford
8 Tennessee Waltz Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians
9 (I Wonder Why) You're Just In Love Perry Como & The Fontane Sisters
10 If Perry Como
11 My Heart Cries For You Vic Damone
12 My Heart Cries For You Jimmy Wakely
13 Nobody's Chasing Me Dinah Shore
14 The Roving Kind The Weavers
15 I Taut I Taw A Puddy Tat Mel Blanc (As Tweety Pie & Sylvester)
16 Would I Love You (Love You, Love You) Patti Page
17 If Jo Stafford
18 Aba Daba Honeymoon Debbie Reynolds & Carleton Carpenter 
19 Bring Back The Thrill Eddie Fisher
20 I Still Feel The Same About You Georgia Gibbs
21 Zing Zing Zoom Zoom Perry Como
22 Mockin' Bird Hill Les Paul & Mary Ford
23 Sparrow In The Tree Top Guy Mitchell
24 Mockin' Bird Hill Patti Page
25 It Is No Secret (What God Can Do) Bill Kenny
26 Hot Rod Race Tiny Hill & his Orchestra
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 If Billy Eckstine
2 Beautiful Brown Eyes Rosemary Clooney 
3 A Penny A Kiss,A Penny A Hug Tony Martin & Dinah Shore
4 I Apologise Billy Eckstine
5 On Top Of Old Smoky Terry Gilkyson & The Weavers 
6 Aba Daba Honeymoon Richard Hayes & Kitty Kallen
7 How High The Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford
8 Mockin' Bird Hill The Pinetoppers with Beaver Valley Sweethearts 
9 Across The Wide Missouri Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra with Stuart Foster
10 The Hot Canary Florian Zabach
11 Sparrow In The Tree Top Bing Crosby & The Andrews Sisters
12 Would I Love You (Love You,Love You) Doris Day & Harry James Orch.
13 The Loveliest Night Of The Year Mario Lanza
14 Too Young Nat King Cole
15 Sound Off Vaughn Monroe
16 Moonlight Bay Bing & Gary Crosby
17 When You And I Were Young Maggie Blues Bing & Gary Crosby
18 The Syncopated Clock Leroy Anderson
19 Jezebel Frankie Laine
20 Old Soldiers Never Die Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
21 Rose Rose I Love You Frankie Laine
22 On Top Of Old Smoky Vaughn Monroe & His Orchestra
23 I Like The Wide Open Spaces Arthur Godfrey & Laurie Anders 
24 On Top Of Old Smoky Burl Ives with Percy Faith and his Orchestra & Chorus
25 Down The Trail Of Achin' Hearts Patti Page
26 Rose, Rose I Love You Buddy Morrow and his Orchestra
Disc 3
Track Title Artist
1 Mister And Mississippi Patti Page
2 My Truly Truly Fair Guy Mitchell
3 Unless Eddie Fisher
4 Mister And Mississippi Dennis Day
5 My Truly Truly Fair Vic Damone
6 I Get Ideas Tony Martin
7 I'm In Love Again Henri Rene & His Orch. with April Stevens 
8 Pretty Eyed Baby Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
9 Come On-A My House Rosemary Clooney 
10 Sweet Violets Dinah Shore
11 Hello Young Lovers Margaret Whiting
12 Because Of You Tony Bennett
13 (Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To) Shanghai Doris Day
14 Josephine Les Paul
15 Detour Patti Page
16 Cold Cold Heart Tony Bennett
17 Come On-A My House Kay Starr
18 The Morningside Of The Mountain Tommy Edwards
19 Belle Belle My Liberty Belle Guy Mitchell
20 I Won't Cry Anymore Tony Bennett
21 Because Of You Les Baxter
22 Gimme A Little Kiss Henri Rene & His Orch. with April Stevens 
23 Vanity Don Cherry
24 Whispering Les Paul
25 Down Yonder Del Wood
26 In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening Bing Crosby & Jane Wyman
27 While You Danced, Danced, Danced Georgia Gibbs
Disc 4
Track Title Artist
1 The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise Les Paul & Mary Ford
2 Castle Rock Frank Sinatra & Harry James
3 (It's No) Sin The Four Aces
4 Longing For You Vic Damone
5 And So To Sleep Again Patti Page
6 (It's No) Sin Eddy Howard & His Orchestra
7 (When We Are Dancing) I Get Ideas Louis Armstrong
8 Turn Back The Hands Of Time Eddie Fisher
9 (It's No) Sin Savannah Churchill 
10 Undecided Ames Brothers & Les Brown
11 Down Yonder Joe "Fingers" Carr
12 Domino Tony Martin
13 Just One More Chance Les Paul & Mary Ford
14 Blue Velvet Tony Bennett
15 Jealousy (Jalousie) Frankie Laine
16 Hey,Good Lookin' Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine 
17 Calla Calla Vic Damone
18 Slow Poke Pee Wee King & Redd Stewart 
19 Unforgettable Nat King Cole
20 It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards  
21 Undecided Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
22 Gambella (The Gamblin' Lady) Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine
23 Charmaine Mantovani
24 Cry Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads 
25 Out In The Cold Again Richard Hayes
26 Solitaire Tony Bennett
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