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Don't be discouraged into thinking that your local record shop won't have anything by Jolie! Here, in no particular order, is a little catalog of compact disks I have purchased at some of the record stores in my area or by mail order. This is not a complete listing of what's out there, only what I have spent my money on!


Please realize that the CDs on this page have been purchased from a variety of commercial sources. Where available, links are provided to the source for purchase of these CDs. With the exception of those IAJS CDs specifically labeled, these CDs are NOT part of the IAJS Audio Department offerings, and may NOT be ordered from the IAJS CD Department. See the CD Department Page in the IAJS section of this website for the catalog of that department.

Jolson Number One Hits IAJS CD-473 From his first commercially released song through the end of his run of recordings some twenty years later, Al Jolson, the man known rightfully as The World's Greatest Entertainer, saw 23 of his single recordings become number one best sellers. That is more than any artist in his day, and more than any artist in our times as well. No one has ever topped Jolson. Now, through the facilities of the International Al Jolson Society, here is a CD presenting all of these songs transcribed from the original 78 rpm recordings, some over 100 years old, restored to a full, vibrant sound without the hiss and pops so often heard in recordings from that era. Enjoy top hits like "April Showers," "You Made Me Love You," and "Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody," as they were first presented by this master showman. Novelty numbers, like "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life" and "I Sent My Wife To The Thousand Isles" join blockbusters "Sonny Boy" and "Swanee," along with sixteen other Jolson number one hits. And if that's not enough, two Jolson signature songs that reached the number two spot are also included: "My Mammy" and "Anniversary Song." Available only from and offered exclusively by the International Al Jolson Society, the perfect addition to a Jolson collection, and a unique gift.
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Jolson on Kraft IAJS DXA-177 This new Al Jolson CD is a sequel to the delightful version of the Kraft Music Hall broadcasts created on the LP, Al Jolson with Oscar Levant at the Piano. Pioneer record producer, Milt Gabler did a brilliant job in making those early Kraft broadcasts come to life, and this disc takes a cue from his success.

The têt à têt between Al Jolson, Oscar Levant and Lou Bring provides a smooth transition from song to song and Al Jolson presents the American Songbook in a polished and stylish manner ... as only he could. We hear the Jolson voice with a subtlety and nuance that could only be captured in these live recordings. You can feel Jolie's electrifying presence in every song.
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Jolson on Lifebuoy IAJS DXA-176 Here is a unique collection of songs from the late 1930s, from Lifebouy Radio Programs, available nowhere else but on this International Al Jolson Society special CD. Tracks include: You Look Good To Me; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Ten Pins In The Sky; Digga Digga Doo; This Year's Kisses; Liza; My Heart Is Unemployed; Avalon; Thanks For The Memories; California, Here I Come; Summertime; At Sundown; My Blue Heaven; Have You Forgotten So Soon?; Oh, You Beautiful Doll; You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby; At Long Last Love; Blue Skies; Swanee; I'm Forever Blowing Bubbles; Oh, What A Day That Will Be; So Help Me; Spring Is Here; I Got Rhythm; Thanks For Ev'rything; and We'll Never Know. Digitally cleaned, this CD contains twenty-six Jolson recordings that belong in every Jolson collection, some sung here for the only time.
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Radio Stars of America - Al Jolson Living Era CD AJA 5596 This interesting British issue from the company that has brought us two other good Jolson CDs includes seven tracks from Jolson radio performances. From the 04 Jan 50 Crosby show, songs are "Is Is True What They Say About Dixie?" and "Carolina In The Morning;" from the 06 Mar 47 Eddie Cantor Show, short versions of "Swanee," "Anniversary Song," "California, Here I Come," "If You Knew Susie," "Ida, Sweet As Apple Cider," and "Toot, Toot Tootsie;" from the Kraft Music Hall of 7 Oct 48, a bit with Edward G. Robinson; from the Eddie Cantor Show 8 Jan 48, "California, Here I Come," "Is It True What They Say About Dixie?" "April Showers," "Now's The Time To Fall In Love," and "Near You;" from the Crosby show of 28 Dec 49, "Swanee," "Red, Red Robin," and "I Only Have Eyes For You;" from the Kraft show of 4 Nov 48, "Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet;" and from the Crosby show of 15 Feb 50, "Bye-Bye Baby." Some of these songs are just a few bars, some are longer, some in duet and some solo. The audio quality varies, with some a bit over processed. Still, this is an enjoyable recording which fans and not-yet fans will certainly enjoy.
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Bing Crosby Meets Al Jolson Sepia 1053 This is a 2 CD British import that contains 52 tracks featuring essentially all of the radio duets performed by Bing Crosby and Al Jolson, as they guested on each other's radio programs on shows broadcast from 1947 through 1950. Space considerations prevent my listing the contents track by track, but this is a complete catalog, which also includes selected solo performances by each entertainer. Note that this does not include the commercial Decca releases of "The Spaniard That Blighted My Life," which was not performed at all on the radio and is not in this collection; nor "Alexander's Ragtime Band," which was performed proximate to the commercial sessions, and is included herein as the broadcast version. Ken Barnes has done a nice job, splicing performances together to simulate several long broadcasts. The sound quality varies a bit from show to show, as do the original master recordings, but the effect is not jarring. All in all, if you enjoy hearing Jolson on the radio, sometimes on script, sometimes off, and you enjoy Crosby in a similar vein, you will certainly want this CD for your collection.
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The Golden Years of Al Jolson SoHo CD-037 This 60 track, 3 CD, British import consists mostly of Decca tracks with a few earlier recordings. Quality is generally good, although not as "bright" as the IAJS Decca CDs. Tracks include (Decca unless *Brunswick): [I] When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Swanee; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; Give My Regards To Broadway; Toot, Toot Tootsie!; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; April Showers; My Mammy; I Wish I Had A Girl; Pretty Baby; Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (w/Mills Bros); I'm Just Wild About Harry; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; For Me And My Gal; Some Enchanted Evening; I'm Crying Just For You; California, Here I Come; [II] When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Back In Your Own Backyard; Chinatown, My Chinatown; (Just One Way To Say) I Love You; No Sad Songs For Me; Paris Wakes Up And Smiles; *Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; *Hallelujah! I'm A Bum; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (with B.C.); About A Quarter To Nine; Are You Lonesome Tonight?; *Here I Am; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Ma Blushin' Rosie; You Made Me Love You; Avalon; I Want A Girl; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Bing Crosby); Golden Gate; [III] If I Only Had A Match; Anniversary Song; Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away); *Tonight's My Night With Baby; After You've Gone; *Little Pal; I Only Have Eyes For You; My Mother's Rosary; G-d's Country; Let's Go West Again; In Our House; It All Depends On You; *Four Walls; *Blue River; Carolina In The Morning; *I'm In Seventh Heaven; Down Among The Sheltering Palms (w/Mills Bros); *Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; *At Peace With The World; *You Are Too Beautiful. Special note that the track of "In Our House" is an alternate released only on one 78, and not included in the LP series. Brunswick restorations are generally very clean. A good collection of tracks, made more valuable by the variant version of "In Our House."
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Let Me Sing And I'm Happy Living Era CD AJS 272 Carrying the same name as some other Jolson CDs, this British import contains 58 of the 71 Decca recordings waxed by Al Jolson from 1945 to 1950. These are good, clear, transfers, although not quite as bright as the IAJS CDs. Tracks, which are in close to chronologic order, are: Swanee; April Showers; Ma Blushin' Rosie; My Mammy; You Made Me Love You; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; Sonny Boy; Avalon; Anniversary Song; Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Bing Crosby); The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (with B.C.); All My Love; Keep Smiling At Trouble; Back In Your Own Backyard; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Where The Black-Eyed Susans Grow; Toot, Toot Tootsie!; Carolina In The Morning; Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away); For Me And My Gal; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; About A Quarter To Nine; Golden Gate; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; If I Only Had A Match; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; I Want A Girl; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone; Down Among The Sheltering Palms (w/Mills Bros); Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (w/Mills Bros); I Only Have Eyes For You; That Wonderful Girl Of Mine; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face; Pretty Baby; Chinatown, My Chinatown; After You've Gone; It All Depends On You; Give My Regards To Broadway; Some Enchanted Evening; I'm Just Wild About Harry; G-d's Country; Remember Mother's Day; The Old Piano Roll Blues (w/Andrews Sisters); Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (w/Andrews Sisters); Old Black Joe; My Old Kentucky Home; Beautiful Dreamer; Oh! Susanna; Massa's In De Cold, Cold Ground; I Dream Of Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair; Old Folks At Home; De Camptown Races; Are You Lonesome Tonight?; No Sad Songs For Me. All recordings are mono; this is a two CD collection.
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An Evening With Al Jolson CCM-441 Marketed by the mail order Collector's Choice Music, this CD is billed as a one night Jolson concert, but is in reality a sequence of Jolson performances from a variety of Kraft Music Hall broadcasts. As such, the audio quality varies a bit, sometimes quite a bit, between selections. Tracks include: California, Here I Come; Come To Me, Bend To Me; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Anniversary Song; Liza; All My Love; Toot, Toot, Tootsie Goodbye; Without A Song; Is It True What They Say About Dixie?; By The Light Of The Silv'ry Moon; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Alabamy Bound; Memories; Just One Of Those Things; Ol' Man River; For Me And My Gal; What'll I Do?; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; The Best Things In Life Are Free. Better quality versions of these songs are available on the IAJS Decca CDs; this may be a nice CD to take in the car on a trip, though.
Golden Greats MP-905607 Coming from the Netherlands, this three CD collection is a variable mix of Jolson favorites, drawn from original records on all Jolson's labels, radio shows, and film sequences. Some of it is good, some is just acceptable, but it may be a nice addition to your collection. Tracks include: [CD1] Swanee; Sonny Boy; About A Quarter To Nine; You Made Me Love You; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Latin From Manhattan; April Showers; Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Crosby); Anniversary Song; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Everybody Snap Your Fingers With Me; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Little Pal; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; All Alone; That Lovin' Traumerei; After You've Gone; Carolina In The Morning; It All Depends On You. [CD2] Ol' Man River; California, Here I Come; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Tell That To The Marines; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Avalon; Liza; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; For Me And My Gal; Ma Blushin' Rosie; On The Road To Calais; Why Can't You; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Mother of Mine; I'd Climb The Highest Mountain; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Toot, Toot Tootsie, Goodbye; Revival Day; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover; Is It True What They Say About Dixie? [CD3} Back In Your Own Backyard; Miani; You Are Too Beautiful; Mr. Radio Man; Used To You; That Little German Band; Morning Will Come; In Sweet September; Lazy; Hello Tucky; My Papa Doesn't Two Time No Time; Back To The Carolina You Love; You Flew Away From The Nest; At Peace With The World; Stella; O-hi-o; I Wonder What Became of Sally; My Little Yellow Jacket Girl; Chicago; My Mammy. (The last two are listed on the CD as "Chigago" and "To my mammy") For some of the cuts not often seen on CD this may be worth it, but overall, a lackluster collection.
Best of Jolson IAJS DXA-169 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Originally released as a two LP album, these are the Decca tracks that form the nucleus of any Jolson collection. Tracks include: Swanee; You Made Me Love You; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobin' Along; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face; Sonny Boy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Avalon; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Ma, She's Making Eyes At Me/Dinah; Liza; Carolina In The Morning; I Wish I Had A Girl; California, Here I Come; Ma Blushin' Rosie; My Melancholy Baby/My Blue Heaven; My Mammy; Margie; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Anniversary Song; If I Only Had A Match; Easter Parade; About A Quarter To Nine; Ol' Man River; She's A Latin From Manhattan; and I'm Always Chasing Rainbows. If you could only have one Jolson album, this would have to be it.
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Jazz Masters MR-04507 An Irish import, the liner notes of this CD are in French, but the recordings are all Jolson, and Decca releases, at that, with two execeptions. A pleasant collection, tracks include: Liza; My Mammy; Swanee; Sonny Boy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; For Me And My Gal; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Give My Regards To Broadway; Alabamy Bound; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; Toot, Toot Tootsie, Goodbye; April Showers; I Only Have Eyes For You; Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Crosby); Avalon; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; I'm In Seventh Heaven. The last two tracks are from Brunswick recordings from the 1920s. This is a nice addition to your library, if you come across it.
Jolie IAJS DL-9099 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Here is an album of songs originally recorded for Kraft Music Hall broadcasts, with Orchestra and Chorus directed by Lou Bring. Listen and enjoy the selections which include: Rosalie; How Deep Is The Ocean; Near You; Look For The Silver Lining; Who And Where; Come To Me, Bend To Me; Annie Laurie; Almost Like Being In Love; Remember; Oh, You Beautiful Doll; Marcheta; All By Myself; You'll Always Be Beautiful; If We Can't Be The Same Old Sweethearts; I'll See You In My Dreams. So many songs were sung on the Kraft program that were never commercially recorded, and this is your opportunity to own clear tracks of those performances. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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The Immortal Al Jolson IAJS DL-9063 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Here is an album of songs originally recorded for Kraft Music Hall broadcasts, with Orchestra and Chorus directed by Lou Bring. Listen and enjoy the selections which include: Alexander's Ragtime Band; Medley: Ma She's Making Eyes At Me/Dinah; A Tree In The Meadow; Don't Let It Get You Down; Just One Of Those Things; Nearest Thing To Heaven; Chicago; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Easter Parade; She's A Latin From Manhattan; For Me And My Gal; The Best Things In Life Are Free. So many songs were sung on the Kraft program that were never commercially recorded, and this is your opportunity to own clear tracks of those performances. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Alternative Al Crystal Stream Audio IDCD90/6 From Australia, this is one of an interesting series of Jolson releases, which features 31 alternate takes from the Decca recording series. Not otherwise available, these are of generally good quality, and quite enjoyable. Even a flub or two is included. Selections include: Swanee; April Showers; Ma Blushin' Rosie; My Mammy; You Made Me Love You; Rock-a-Bye Your Baby With a Dixie Melody; California Here I Come; Sonny Boy; Avalon; Anniversary Song; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; Keep Smiling at Trouble; Back in Your Own Backyard; I'm Sitting on Top of the World; Toot Toot Tootsie; Carolina in the Morning; Liza (All the Clouds'll Roll Away); For Me and My Gal; Alabamy Bound; 'Way Down Yonder in New Orleans; Waiting for the Robert E. Lee; Golden Gate; There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; If I Only Had a Match; Let Me Sing and I'm Happy; I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad); I Wish I Had a Girl; Is it True What They Say About Dixie?; I'm Crying Just for You; I Only Have Eyes for You; In Our House. If you want to hear Jolson as you've never heard him, you will want this CD for your collection.
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Brunswick Recordings Crystal Stream Audio IDCD85/6 From Australia, this is one of an interesting series of Jolson releases, this is a two-CD set featuring the entire 53 Jolson Brunswick commercial recording series. With good fidelity, this is a great way to get those Brunswick recordings rarely heard elsewhere. Selections include: First CD - I'm Going South; Never Again; California Here I Come; The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; Steppin' Out; Feeling the Way I Do; My Papa Doesn't Two-Time No Time; Lazy; Mr. Radio Man; Home in Pasadena; Mandalay; Who Wants a Bad Little Boy?; Follow the Swallow; I Wonder What's Become of Sally; All Alone; I'm Gonna Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!; Keep Smiling at Trouble; Hello 'Tucky; I'm Sitting on Top of the World; (You Forgot to) Remember; You Flew Away from the Nest; Miami; I Wish I Had My Old Girl Back Again; If I Knew I'd Find You; At Peace with the World; Tonight's My Night with Baby; When the Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along. Second CD - Here I Am; Mother of Mine, I Still Have You; Blue River; Four Walls; Golden Gate; Ol' Man River; Back in Your Own Backyard; Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; My Mammy; There's a Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; I'm in Seventh Heaven; Little Pal; Used to You; Why Can't You; One Sweet Kiss; Liza; Let Me Sing and I'm Happy; To My Mammy; Looking at You; When the Little Red Roses Get the Blues for You; The Cantor; Hallelujah, I'm a Bum; You are Too Beautiful; April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody. If you want to complete your collection of Jolson recordings, you will want this CD for your collection.
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Coast to Coast Al Jolson Crystal Stream Audio IDCDSPEC13/14 From Australia, this is one of an interesting series of Jolson releases, this is a two-CD set featuring Jolson radio appearances from his broadcasts of the 1930s. With good fidelity, this is an enjoyable and unique collection of Jolson performances. Selections include: First CD - Dames; The Call of the South; Oh Susannah, Dust Off That Old Piana; March Wind and April Showers; Oh! Susannah; The Lady in Red; Medley: Green Pastures, Swing Low Sweet Chariot; Moonlight and Magnolias; One in a Million; A Little Bundle from Heaven; Page Miss Glory; Coney Island; My Gal Sal; On the Banks of the Warbash; The Rose in Her Hair; You Little Mischief Maker; His Majesty the Baby; She's a Latin from Manhattan; Mighty Lak' a Rose; You're All I Need; Avalon; Covered Wagon Days; Hello 'Tucky; When I Leave the World Behind. Second CD - I Feel a Song Coming on; Isn't This a Lovely Day?; Plain Old Me; Cheek to Cheek; I'd Love to Take Orders from You; I'd Rather Listen to Her Eyes; Medley: Whispering, My Melancholy Baby, Poor Butterfly; Yes, We Have No Bananas (parody); Medley: At Sundown, My Blue Heaven, Night and Day; Medley: The World is Waiting for the Sunrise, I'll See You in My Dreams; Sonny Boy; Wah-Hoo!; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; Boots and Saddles; Cielto Lindo; Back in Your Own Backyard; Avalon; Confidentially; Sweet Georgia Brown; When Day is Done; So Help Me. If you like Jolson on the radio, you will want this CD for your collection.
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Guest Starring Al Jolson Crystal Stream Audio IDCDSPEC12 From Australia, this is one of an interesting series of Jolson releases, this one featuring Jolson guest appearances from radio broadcasts of the 1930s. With good fidelity, is is an enjoyable and unique collection of Jolson performances. Selections include: Mammy I'll Sing About You; California Here I Come; The Cantor; Medley: Whispering' My Melancholy Baby, Poor Butterfly; Toot Toot Tootsie; Is it True What They Say About Dixie?; A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody; Medley: 'Then and Now'; Margie; Dinah; My Mammy; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Give My Regards to Broadway; Swanee; I Got Plenty of Nuthin'; Swanee; I Live the Life I Love; I See Your Face Before Me; Let Me Sing a Berlin Tune; This is the Life; Mandy; International Rag; Brother Can You Spare a Dime; De Camptown Races; Oh! Susanna; Old Folks at Home. If you like Jolson on the radio, you will want this CD for your collection.
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The Jazz Singer - Cabin In The Sky Trumpets of Jericho 20.3103-HI This German CD contains two CDs. The second is a soundtrack collection of the movie Cabin In The Sky. The first, although labeled The Jazz Singer, is really a collection of movie and Decca cuts. Cuts include: [Plantation Act] April Showers; [The Jazz Singer] Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; Blue Skies; Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; My Mammy; [The Singing Fool] It All Depends On You; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Golden Gate; Sonny Boy; [Say It With Songs] Back In Your Own Backyard; Used To You; I'm In Seventh Heaven; [Mammy] Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; (Across The Breakfast Table) Looking At You; Why Do They All Take The Night Boat To Albany? [Big Boy] Liza Lee; Little Sunshine; [Go Into Your Dance] About A Quarter To Nine; [The Singing Kid] I Love To Sing'a; [Decca cuts] Give My Regards To Broadway (listed as coming from Broadway Melody of 1929); (listed as coming from The Jolson Story even though they are Decca cuts) California, Here I Come; Rockabye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Made Me Love You; (listed as coming from "April Showers" even though it is another Decca cut) Carolina In The Morning. Now this CD set is often floating around Internet auctions. The cuts are better represented in the Warner Brothers or the Sound Track Factory CDs below, and the quality is only fair; I would get this one only if you see a real need to have them all.
The World's Greatest Entertainer IAJS DL-79074 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Here is an album of songs originally recorded for Kraft Music Hall broadcasts, with Orchestra and Chorus directed by Lou Bring. Listen and enjoy the selections which include: Alabamy Bound; Ma Blushin' Rosie; My Gal Sal; Medley: Bright Eyes/Little Girl; I've Gotta Get Back To New York; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Medley: Toot, Toot Tootsie, Goodbye/You Made Me Love You; The One I Love Belongs to Somebody Else; That Certain Party; She Is Ma Daisy; Baby Face; Hello 'Tucky; I'll Be Seeing You. So many songs were sung on the Kraft program that were never commercially recorded, and this is your opportunity to own clear tracks of those performances. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Al Jolson Overseas IAJS DL-9070 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Here is an album of songs originally recorded for Kraft Music Hall broadcasts, just as vibrant as if Jolie were standing there singing just for you. Selections include: At Sundown; Margie; Whispering; Peg O' My Heart; And Mimi; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night; I Wonder What's Become Of Sally; Chinatown, My Chinatown; What'll I Do; Medley: My Melancholy Baby/My Blue Heaven; A Fellow Needs A Girl; Hannah In Savanah; I Got Lucky In The Rain; Remember Mother's Day. So many songs were sung on the Kraft program that were never commercially recorded, and this is your opportunity to own clear tracks of those performances. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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The Very Best of Al Jolson Flapper PAST CD-7856 From the British company that produced several excellent collections of early Jolson music comes this 28 track CD of cuts from the Decca era. Tracks include: Swanee; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; I Only Have Eyes For You; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Ma' Blushin' Rosie; Back In Your Own Backyard; My Mammy; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Anniversary Song; Give My Regards To Broadway; Carolina In The Morning; Is It True What They Say About Dixie?; Alexander's Ragtime Band; You Made Me Love You; April Showers; About A Quarter To Nine; Pretty Baby; Avalon; Alabamy Bound; Golden Gate; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; I'm Just Wild About Harry; A Real Piano Player; Sonny Boy. This is a nice collection which may do well for those looking to acquire a variety of later Jolson cuts.
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Al Jolson Vol 2 1916-18 Naxos 8.120535 Not available in US stores, this second volume in the Naxos series contains generally clean transfers of the Al Jolson recordings from 1916 through 1918. Tracks include: Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Down Where The Swanee River Flows; Now He's Got A Beautiful Girl; I Sent My Wife To The Thousand Isles; You're A Dangerous Girl; I'm Saving Up The Means To Get To New Orleans; Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone; I'm Down In Honolulu Looking Them Over; Don't Write Me Letters; A Broken Doll; Ev'ry Little While; Pray For Sunshine; From Here To Shanghai; Tillie Titwillow; I'm All Bound 'Round With The Mason-Dixon Line; 'N Everything; There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie; Wedding Bells (Will You Ever Ring For Me?); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.
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From Avenue A to the Great White Way Columbia/Legacy C2K 86323 You might wonder why this two CD collection of mostly Yiddish songs is in this list. Well, along with 48 wonderful songs from 1914 through 1950 featuring stars like Irving Berlin, Fanny Brice, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Cantor Yossele Rosenblatt, Peisachke Burstein (Mike Burstyn's father), Xavier Cugart, and Cab Calloway, among many others, this CD collection features two previously unreleased tracks by Al Jolson. Two songs from the movie Big Boy were recorded in the summer of 1930, "Tomorrow Is Another Day," and "Hooray For Baby And Me." It is interesting that these songs were recorded on the Brunswick label, and are featured on this Sony release of Columbia recordings. The recordings are crystal clear, much better than some other recordings on the set, and well worth getting the album. I guess Tomorrow is here, and we can all say "Hooray!" By the way, the rest of the songs on this set are fabulous as well, you won't be disappointed!
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Gershwin Memorial Concert North American Classics NAc-4001 Unlike the CD below, which contains only musical cuts from this broadcast, this two-CD set contains the complete broadcast of the George Gershwin Memorial Concert from September 8, 1937. Appearing at the Hollywood Bowl that night were Fred Astaire, Oscar Levant, José Iturbi, Otto Klemperer, Lily Pons, Todd Duncan, Anne Brown, George Jessel, and a fellow named Jolson. After Klemperer conducted Gershwin's Prelude #2, After the Los Angeles Philharmonic performed "An American In Paris," after Jessel eulogized Gershwin, it was Al Jolson who lead the vocal tributes with a rendition of "Swanee," sung without whistling. There is much more in the two CD set, including Fred Astair singing "They Can't Take That Away Fom Me," Levant soloing the "Concerto in F," excerpts from "Porgy and Bess," and "Rhapsody in Blue" with Iturbi on solo; but you came for the Jolson, right? Anyway, this is a unique and complete recording of historical significance, available on CD for your collection.
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The Great Al Jolson AMCOS RXBOX31076 This Australian import is a 3 CD collection encompassing a wide variety of Jolson material from Columbia, Brunswick, and Decca pressings. Tracks include: [Disc 1] In Sweet September; O-Hi-O; Morning Will Come; Waitin' For The Evening Mail; I'd Climb The Highest Mountain; Tonight's My Night With Baby; Here I Am; Golden Gate; Blue River; Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; Liza; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night; Used To You; Pasadena; Why Can't You; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; [Disc 2] I'm In Seventh Heaven; Little Pal; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; You Are Too Beautiful; April Showers; Swanee; My Mammy; You Made Me Love You; California, Here I Come; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Sonny Boy; Anniversary Song; Avalon; Alexander's Ragtime Band; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; I'm Sittin' On Top Of The World; [Disc 3] Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Where The Blackeyed Susans Grow; Carolina In The Morning; For Me And My Gal; About A Quarter To Nine; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; I Want A Girl; I Wish I Had A Girl; Someone Else May Be There When I'm Gone; When I Leave The World Behind; When The Red Red Robin Comes Bob Bob Bobbin' Along; Is It True What They Say About Dixie? The quality of the recordings in this collection is a bit variable, but the range is extensive. There are several older songs that appear on no other collection. It appears only available from CD-Now, who have it listed wrong in their catalog, such that it does not come up under a search for "Jolson." You can click the link to purchase this CD from them, before they run out!
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Al Jolson Sonny Boy Golden Stars GSS 5162 Dated 1998, this CD was made in Belgium, and contains a little more than a half hour of Jolson in the substance of 14 of the Decca cuts. Tracks include: Sonny Boy; April Showers; Anniversary Song; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Easter Parade; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Alexander's Ragtime Band; My Mammy; After You've Gone; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; I Only Have Eyes For You; Carolina In The Morning; Give My Regards To Broadway; and Swanee. These are acceptable cuts, although not as crisp as the IAJS remasters.
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Al Jolson SMS-44 Yet another British CD published by Pickwick, often around on Internet auctions, includes these 12 Brunswick cuts, in a 35 minute CD: Sonny Boy; Golden Gate; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; You Are Too Beautiful; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; California, Here I Come; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Used To You; Back In Your Own Backyard; If I Knew I'd Find You; April Showers; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World. These are generally good transfers, and are good additions to your collection if you come across the CD.
Al Jolson with Oscar Levant IAJS DL-9095 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. To just list the songs is an injustice, as this CD recreates, from songs and clips of dialog, the essence of the Kraft Music Hall broadcasts of 1947-1949. Between and among the songs are jokes and routines between Jolson and Levant that typify the wonderful chemistry of the program. Song tracks, sung in whole or in part, include: Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; I Can't Give You Anything But Love; At The Candlelight Cafe; In The Good Old Summertime; Shine On Harvest Moon; Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight; When Irish Eyes Are Smiling; Oh, How I Miss You Tonight; I'm Always Chasing Rainbows; Till The End Of Time; Anniversary Song; Ramona; Mary's A Grand Old Name; Maxim's; All Alone; Poor Butterfly; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; Traumerei; It Ain't Necessarily So; Waterboy; The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Among My Souvenirs IAJS DL-9050 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: Among My Souvenirs; Roses of Picardy; Say It Isn't So; Little Pal; Without A Song; After You've Gone; When Day Is Done; I'm Always Chasing Rainbows; Memories; Always; That Old Gang Of Mine; Ol' Man River. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder IAJS DL-9036 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: Way Down Yonder In New Orleans (w/Andrews Sisters); Keep Smiling At Trouble; California, Here I Come; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; When The Red, Red, Tobin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; It All Depends On You; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face; Are You Lonesome Tonight; Golden Gate; Back In Your Own Backyard; Sonny Boy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Liza; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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The One and Only Hallmark 308492 Another British CD that has found its way to Internet auctions, here are 20 cuts mostly from the Brunswick era. Tracks include: There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; April Showers; Back In Your Own Backyard; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; I'm In The Seventh Heaven; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Little Pal; Why Can't You; Tonight's My Night With Baby; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; Here I Am; California, Here I Come; Used To You; You Made Me Love You; Pasedena; You Are Too Beautiful; Golden Gate; Liza; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. Note that all the recordings are Brunswicks except "I'm Sitting On Top Of The World," which is from the sound track of The Singing Fool, and "You Made Me Love You," which is a Columbia. This is not a bad CD, and the quality is fairly good throughout.
The Best of Al Jolson Music Digital CD6038 This British import, widely circulated on Internet auction sites, contains 25 cleanly remastered Brunswick tracks. They include: My Mammy; April Showers; Sonny Boy; Mother Of Mine I Still Have You; Lazy; Hello Tucky; You Flew Away From The Nest; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Little Pal; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Mr. Radio Man; I'd Climb The Highest Mountain; Blue River; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; Golden Gate; I'm In Seventh Heaven; California, Here I Come; Used To You; At Peace With The World; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; Back In Your Own Backyard; You Are Too Beautiful; Ol' Man River. There are lots of CDs called "The Best Of Al Jolson." This one might just live up to it's name!
The Millennium Collection MCA 088-112-692-2 MCA has re-released these dozen original Decca tracks in a remastered CD as part of a 20th Century Masters collection. Tracks include: Swanee; California, Here I Come; April Showers; My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Made Me Love You; Anniversary Song; Alexander's Ragtime Band (w/Crosby); Sonny Boy; Liza; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; When You Were Sweet Sixteen. The quality is quite good, but you should know that this is a subset of the tracks from the earlier MCA CD The Best Of The Decca Years, shown below. Still, it is a good, clean, CD, and it is good to see MCA continuing to release Jolson tracks. If only they would open those archives!
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The Essential Recordings Stardust CLP-07592 This collection of 19 early Jolson tracks makes for almost an hour of enjoyable listening. Tracks include: April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Liza; Why Can't You; Used To You; Little Pal; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Sonny Boy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; My Mammy; Back In Your Own Backyard; Golden Gate; Blue River; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Pasadena; California, Here I Come; Alexander's Ragtime Band. The first two tracks are the Guy Lombardo recordings, tracks 3 through 18 are Brunswick recordings, and the last track is from a Kraft Music Hall broadcast. This is a fairly clean disc with some good recordings.
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For Me And My Gal Classic World Productions CWP-9995 A dozen tracks from the Decca series comprise this half hour CD, which is of generally enjoyable quality with no glaring problems. Tracks include: Swanee; After you've Gone; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Pretty Baby; (Someone Else May Be There) While I'm Gone; Avalon; My mammy; For Me And My Gal; Carolina In The Morning; Toot, Toot, Tootsie (Goo'Bye); April Showers; I'm Just Wild About Harry.
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Al Jolson Vol 1 1911-14 Naxos 8.120514 Not available in US stores, this European CD contains very clean transfers of Al Jolson's first 18 recordings, including one bonus track. Cuts include: That Haunting Melody; Rum Tum Tiddle; Asleep In The Deep; Snap Your Fingers; Brass Band Ephraham Jones; Ragging the Baby To Sleep; That Lovin' Traumerai; Movin' Man, Don't Take My Baby Grand; My Yellow Jacket Girl; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; Pullman Porters' Parade; You Made Me Love You; That Little German Band; Everybody Snap Your Fingers With Me; Back To The Carolina You Love (Little Wonder Version); Back To The Carolina You Love (Full Version); Revival Day; Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers; When The Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies.
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A Portrait of Al Jolson Gale 452 This two CD set contains an eclectic and somewhat erratic collection of 48 Jolson songs from studio recordings, along with radio and film cuts. Quality is variable, with a few tracks fairly good, and most others having some noise or cut beginnings or endings; at least one track, "About A Quarter To Nine," is edited. Tracks include: Swanee; You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Back In Your Own Backyard; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; Why Can't You?; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Little Pal; Golden Gate; Used To You; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; You Made Me Love You; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; You Flew Away From The Nest; Avalon; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Blue River; My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Liza; She's A Latin From Manhattan; The Cantor; About A Quarter To Nine; You Are Too Beautiful; California, Here I Come; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; April Showers; For Me And My Gal; Liebes Punim; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Lazy; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Anniversary Song; Down Among The Sheltering Palms; Is It True What They Say About Dixie?; Sonny Boy; Berlin Medley; Gershwin Medley; I Love To Singa; It's Been A Long, Long Time; Melancholy Baby/My Blue Heaven; Dinah; That Little German Band; The Song's Gotta Come From The Heart; Pretty Baby; The Birth Of The Blues. While I would not rely on this CD for clean cuts of these songs, it is inexpensive, and may be a reasonable addition to a starting Jolson library.
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The Jazz Singer The Sound Track Factory SFCD33533 With cuts from more than just The Jazz Singer, this CD is a nice collection of movie tracks from Jolson's earlier films. In fact, except for the order of tracks, it has the same selections, and sounds much the same, as the Rhino collection of Warner tracks. Selections include: [The Jazz Singer] Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; Blue Skies; Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; My Mammy; [The Singing Fool] It All Depends On You; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Golden Gate; Sonny Boy; [Say It With Songs] Back In Your Own Backyard; Used To You; I'm In Seventh Heaven; [Mammy] Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; (Across The Breakfast Table) Looking At You; Why Do They All Take The Night Boat To Albany? [Big Boy] Liza Lee; Little Sunshine; [Go Into Your Dance] About A Quarter To Nine; [The Singing Kid] I Love To Sing'a; [Plantation Act] April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.
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My Mammy FMCG FMC018 This 42 minute CD is a collection of 14 pre-Decca recordings. In general, the transfers are clean. Several of them have a bit of leading or trailing fade, and they are not all studio recordings. This is, however, not a bad collection. Tracks include: My Mammy; Swanee; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; California, Here I Come; April Showers; Sonny Boy; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; Ol' Man River; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Avalon; Morning Will Come; Toot, Toot Tootsie (Goo'Bye!); You Made Me Love You.
Black and White TKO Magnum CECD 028 Produced by the same company as the "Snap Your Fingers" CD below, and even borrowing the cover art, this is a track for track copy of that CD. The difference is, according to the label, that some proceeds from this division support a charitable trust. Tracks include: Snap Your Fingers And Away You Go, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life, My Yellow Jacket Girl, Asleep In The Deep, That Lovin' Traumerei, Brass Band Ephraham Jones, That Haunting Melody, Rum Tum Tiddle, Pullman Porters Parade, You Made Me Love You, Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers, When Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies. Comments are the same as for the older twin CD.
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You Made Me Love You IAJS DL-9034 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Give My Regards To Broadway; I Wish I Had A Girl; By The Light Of The Silv'ry Moon; Chinatown, My Chinatown; Alexander's Ragtime Band (w/Bing Crosby); The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (w/Bing Crosby); I Want A Girl; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; You Made Me Love You; I'm Crying Just For You; When I Leave The World Behind; Down Among The Sheltering Palms (w/Mills Brothers). This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Rock-A-Bye Your Baby IAJS DL-9035 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: My Mother's Rosary; Pretty Baby; Where The Black Eyed Susans Grow; For Me And My Gal; Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone; After You've Gone; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Swanee; Avalon; My Mammy; April Showers; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Toot, Toot Tootsie (Goo'bye!); Carolina In The Morning. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet IAJS DL-9037 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: I Only Have Eyes For You; About A Quarter To Nine; Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (w/Mills Brothers); Anniversary Song; If I Only Had A Match; All My Love; The Old Piano Roll Blues (w/Andrews Sisters); Let's Go West Again; Some Enchanted Evening; Just One Way To Say I Love You; That Wonderful Girl Of Mine; Paris Wakes Up And Smiles; No Sad Songs For Me; God's Country. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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Memories IAJS DL-9038 This lovingly remastered CD is a restoration of the Decca Jolson Story release of the same name, produced by the International Al Jolson Society for sale to members only. Tracks include: Cantor On The Sabbath; Kol Nidre; Israel; Hatikvoh; Remember Mother's Day; In Our House; Old Black Joe; My Old Kentucky Home; Beautiful Dreamer; Massa's In De Cold, Cold Ground; Old Folks At Home; I Dream Of Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair; Oh! Susannah; De Camptown Races. This is part of a series of recordings which belong in any Jolson collection.
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The World's Greatest Entertainer Nimbus NI-2009 Robert Parker has made a career of restoring 78 rpm recordings to modern standards, and this CD is a fine example of his craft. Featuring 28 Decca tracks, they are cleaned up and augmented with a tad of reverberation; not enough to detract as the simulated stereo of the 1960s did, but enough to flesh out the sound. Tracks include: When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face; Pretty Baby; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (w/Crosby); There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; About A Quarter To Nine; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; My Mammy; April Showers; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Made Me Love You; California, Here I Come; Sonny Boy; Avalon; Swanee; Carolina In The Morning; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Liza; For Me And My Gal; Anniversary Song; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; If I Only Had A Match; Is It True What They Say About Dixie (w/Mills Bros); Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Give My Regards To Broadway; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. This album is a worthy addition to any Jolson fan's collection.
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Al Jolson Cocktail Hour Allegro CRG 218034 This is a two CD set which contains generally good transfers of Decca recordings, with a few late Brunswicks thrown in. Tracks include (Brunswick marked by [B]): I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Toot, Toot Tootsie; When I Leave The World Behind; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum [B]; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Back In Your Own Backyard; Ma Blushin' Rosie; You Made Me Love You; Avalon; Anniversary Song; Sonny Boy; My Mammy; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Carolina In The Morning; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Swanee; You Are Too Beautiful [B]; April Showers[B]; California, Here I Come; I Want A Girl; For Me And My Gal; After You've Gone; Is It True What They Say About Dixie; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody [B]; I Only Have Eyes For You; Liza; Golden Gate; Give My Regards To Broadway. In general, these are good copies, although some are a bit ragged on the edges.
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The Very Best of Al Jolson Trine TTCD090A/B This is a two CD set, originating from Europe, which contains 33 recordings originally released on the Decca label. In general, all are good transfers, although a few, marked below with a [*], have some residual echo, no doubt originally from one of the "simulated stereo" 33s. Tracks are: There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Let Me Sing and I'm Happy; Carolina In The Morning; Give My Regards To Broadway[*]; Is It True What They Say About Dixie; About A Quarter To Nine; April Showers[*]; I'm Just Wild About Harry; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; For Me And My Gal; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bobbin' Along; Sonny Boy; You Made Me Love You; Baby Face/I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover; My Mammy; California, Here I Come; De Camptown Races, Alabamy Bound[*]; Swanee; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; I Only Have Eyes For You; Pretty Baby; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Oh, You Beautiful Doll; Toot, Toot Tootsie; I Want A Girl; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; Anniversary Song; Ma Blushin' Rosie; After You've Gone; Avalon[*]. This set is widely advertised on Internet auctions, and is, in general, a worthy addition if you need these Decca recordings.
Al Jolson - 20 Golden Memories Platinum CD-PLAT-166 From Australia comes this collection of Decca tracks. Generally good transfers, the CD includes: My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Made Me Love You; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; April Showers; Anniversary Song; Oh! You Beautiful Doll; Give My Regards To Broadway; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Ol' Man River; Swanee; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; California, Here I Come; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; For Me And My Gal; Always; I Only Have Eyes For You; Sonny Boy; After You've Gone; Ma Blushin' Rosie. This is another of the auction type discs, which seems to be floating around. A nice addition if you need clean copies of the Decca series mainstays.
Al Jolson - April Showers Golden Options GO-3813 This European import, frequently available on online auction sites, has some very nice transfers of Brunswick [B] and Decca [D] tracks, with the Brunswick list containing a few rarely heard and very clean. The track list is: The Spaniard That Blighted My Life (w/Crosby) [D]; April Showers [B]; Swanee [D]; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody [B]; Toot, Toot, Tootsie [D]; California, Here I Come [D]; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World [D]; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along [B]; Sonny Boy [B]; Little Pal [B]; Avalon [D]; At Peace With The World [B]; Mothere Of Mine, I Still Have You [B]; My Mammy [B]; I'm In Seventh Heaven [B]; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy [D]; Anniversary Song [D]; Golden Gate [B]; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face [B]; Blue River [B]. All of the Decca recordings are clean, in mono, except Avalon, which seems to have some echo or reverb. This is a very nice disc, which belongs in your collection!
The Best of Al Jolson Going For A Song GFS-018 Not to be confused with others of the same name, this British import includes tracks recorded on the Decca label, including both studio recordings and Kraft Music Hall tracks. The selections include: Swanee; California Here I Come; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; For Me And My Gal; Give My Regards To Broadway; My Mammy; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; I Only Have Eyes For You; April Showers; You Made Me Love You; Oh You Beautiful Doll; Sonny Boy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along; After You've Gone; Avalon; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; and Anniversary Song. The verse for California is cut out, and several of the songs have what sounds like dropouts. This might be a good fill in disc, but I cannot recommend it as an essential Jolson item. It is widely available on Internet auction sites. Caveat emptor!
The Best of Al Jolson Half Moon HMNCD-004 This British import is a collection of tracks originally released on the Decca label, including both studio recordings and Kraft Music Hall tracks. Most of them are in mono, and sound rather good. The selections include: I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin Along; Swanee; California Here I Come; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Made Me Love You; Avalon; After You've Gone; April Showers; Ma Blushin' Rosie; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; For Me And My Gal; Always; I Only Have Eyes For You; Anniversary Song; Oh You Beautiful Doll; Give My Regards To Broadway; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; My Mammy; Ol' Man River; and Sonny Boy.
I Remember Jolson Original Cast OC-2073 Subtitled Every Jolson Story Cantor ever told! this recording is a gem that belongs in every Jolson library. Lovingly produced by Cantor's grandson, Brian Gari, it includes: Time To Smile (excerpt with Joan Davis kidding about Jolson); Old Man Jolson (parody in a clear arrangement from 1948); The Stories (17 minutes of stories about Jolson); Jolson Salute (24 minutes from Show Business Old & New, an October 1953 Jolson memorial show); and Eddie singing along with the Decca recordings of Jolson doing "Carolina In The Morning," "For Me And My Gal," and "By The Light Of The Slivery Moon." Excuse me Natalie, but this is really UNFORGETTABLE!
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Snap Your Fingers Allegro CRG120015 Here is a collection of early Jolson favorites from the Victor and Columbia series, with fairly clean transfers to CD. Twelve tracks on the CD include: Snap Your Fingers And Away You Go, The Spaniard That Blighted My Life, My Yellow Jacket Girl, Asleep In The Deep, That Lovin' Traumerei, Brass Band Ephraham Jones, That Haunting Melody, Rum Tum Tiddle, Pullman Porters Parade, You Made Me Love You, Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers, When Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies.
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Al Jolson Great Songs I.M.D. Al Jolson - Great Songs IMD-4041-2 There really are ten great songs by Al Jolson on this inexpensive disc. Unfortunately, the transfers are not of the best quality, with some breaking up on sound peaks and occasional dropouts. The recordings are from the Decca series, and include: Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Give My Regards To Broadway; Sonny Boy; April Showers; Anniversary Song; Easter Parade; My Mammy; California, Here I Come; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; and Swanee.
Redmond Nostalgia Kraft Music Hall The Redmond Nostalgia Company has produced a series of CDs of Kraft Music Hall broadcasts, taken from original transcription recordings. Clean and clear, this represents an affordable way to obtain copies of more than a dozen broadcasts. Watch this page over the next few weeks for details of these recordings, and how to obtain copies for yourself!
Al Jolson - Vol 10 Samba MTLCD 5060 This CD, Volume 10 of the series, includes many cuts from radio broadcasts not available elsewhere. Tracks include: April Showers (Al Jolson); Body & Soul (Tommy Dorsey and his orchestra); Back In Your Own Backyard; I'll Be Seeing You; Ida; Hello 'Tucky (all Jolson); Little White Lies (Dorsey); and Where The Black Eyed Susans Grow (Jolson).
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Al Jolson : Duets Al Jolson: Duets - Original Cast 8722 Listen to 30 tracks of the World's Greatest Entertainer coupled with some of the most legendary performers of all time. This almost 70 minute CD contains the following selections: The Andrews Sisters: Sonny Boy, The Old Piano Roll Blues, 'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans; Bing Crosby: Irving Berlin Medley, Philco Commercial, Gershwin Medley, Who Paid The Rent For Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?; Cab Calloway: I Love To Singa; Dennis Day: By The Light Of The Sliv'ry Moon, My Wild Irish Rose; Dinah Shore: It's Been A Long, Long Time, Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey; Doris Day: My Melancholy Baby/My Blue Heaven, Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey; Eddie Cantor: Dinah, Mandy, Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Groucho Marx: That Little German Band; Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians: April Showers, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Jimmy Durante: A Real Piano Player, Chida Bee Chida Bee, The Song's Gotta Come From The Heart; Judy Garland: Pretty Baby; Margaret Whiting: Ain't We Got Fun, Embraceable You; The Mills Brothers: Down Among The Sheltering Palms, Is It True What They Say About Dixie?; Peggy Lee: People Will Say We're In Love, The Birth Of The Blues
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Rose Of Washington Square Rose Of Washington Square - Varèse Sarabande 302 066 089 2 This is a new release of remastered soundtrack recordings from the 1939 motion picture, including previously unheard outtakes. It is a must have recording, and includes: Main Title; Pretty Baby (Jolson); I'm Sorry I Made You Cry, I'll See You In My Dreams, Jada, The Vamp (Faye); The Japanese Sandman; I'm Always Chasing Rainbows (Faye); Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody, Toot Toot Tootsie (Jolson); I'm Just Wild About Harry (Faye; California, Here I Come (Jolson); I Never Knew Heaven Could Speak (Faye); My Mammy, April Showers, Avalon (Jolson); My Man, Rose of Washington Square (Faye); and bonus tracks Toot Toot Tootsie (alt Jolson); I'll See You In My Dreams (alt Faye); California Here I Come (alt Jolson); My Man (alt Faye); My Mammy (alt Jolson); Yoo Hoo (alt chorus); My Man (alt orch); Mother Machree.
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The Very Best of Al Jolson The Very Best Of Al Jolson - Prism PLATCD 130 On the surface, this collection of 20 repressed Decca and Kraft cuts looks very nice. It includes: Swanee; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; My Mammy; For Me And My Gal; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; Sweet Sixteen; Avalon; Carolina In The Morning; Sonny Boy; Is It True What They Say About Dixie? Alabamy Bound; You Made me Love You; Give My Regards To Broadway; I Only Have Eyes For You; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; April Showers; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy. Available from several sources, including frequently on Internet auctions, it should be avoided. Many of the tracks have false starts and cuts, and several, including "Swanee," have choruses duplicated to make the track run longer. There are better Jolson albums than this one; I don't recommend this CD.
The Best of Al Jolson The Best of Al Jolson - Intersound 4625 Found on the rack in a local Target store, this gem contains Columbia, Brunswick, and Decca tracks of: You Made Me Love You; Swanee; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Back In Your Own Backyard; My Mammy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum!; April Showers, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; You Are Too Beautiful; Anniversary Song; Too, Toot, Tootsie! (Goo'Bye).
The Jolson Story ~ Mammy Great Movie Themes CD60021 Direct from the soundtrack, here are cuts from two Jolson films. From The Jolson Story: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Ma Blushin' Rosie; I Want A Girl; My Mammy; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; You Made Me Love You; Swanee; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; April Showers; California, Here I Come; Liza; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; She's A Latin From Manhattan; About A Quarter To Nine; Anniversary Song; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; and April Showers. These are straight from the movie, often with Parks' dialog. From Mammy: Who Paid The Rent For Mrs. Rip Van Winkle?; Yes! We Have No Bananas; Looking At You; Why Do They All Take The Night Boat To Albany?; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; To My Mammy; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy (reprise).
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Memories Samba MTLCD-5061 This is Volume 11 of a series, and features many obscure Jolson cuts from radio broadcasts. The only problem with the album is that the cover does not tell the whole story of the album. The record includes: Ma Blushin' Rosie; I'll Be Seeing You (by Tommy Dorsey - not Jolson); Come To Me, Bend To Me/Annie Laurie; A Fellow Needs A Girl (not listed on album); Old Folks At Home (end only, from Cantor radio show); Manaña (parody with Joan Davis on radio show); Old Fashioned Girl In A Gingham Gown; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; When I Leave The World Behind (not listed on album)
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Jolson Live! (Barry Gray Show) On Stage OS-6001 On October 27, 1946, Al Jolson walked into the WOR radio studio at 4:00 a.m., sat down with Barry Gray, and made radio history. Over almost 90 minutes, he sang nine songs, told a bunch of stories, and let us see the real Al Jolson. This 66 minute edited version omits some conversation at the end of the show, but contains all the songs and most of the memories of a program that has been unavailable in this form until now. With just Harry Akst at the piano, Jolson sings Ma Blushin' Rosie, Sonny Boy, April Showers, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, California, Here I Come, Swanee, You Made Me Love You, and Mammy. If you love Jolson, you've got to have this recording!
Let Me Sing And I'm Happy Remember RMB-75019 A superset of the Goldie GLD-63103 recording below, these are 23 recordings from the late 1940 Decca and Kraft Music Hall series. Includes: Sonny Boy, April Showers, Anniversary Song, When You Were Sweet Sixteen, Easter Parade, Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody, Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Crosby), My Mammy, After You've Gone, I Only Have Eyes For You, Carolina In The Morning, You Made Me Love You, Give My Regards To Broadway, Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (with the Mills Brothers), California Here I Come, There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Let Me Sing And I'm Happy, Chicago, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Toot Toot Tootsie, Avalon, Alabamy Bound, and Swanee
Al Jolson Live! LaserLight 12 585 This album is a subset of Larry Kiner's orginal Peaceful Productions ALK album, with half of the cuts strung together without breaks. Still, it's a nice selection of songs from the Kraft Music Hall. Includes: Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; Say It Isn't So; Without A Song; How Deep Is The Ocean; Ol' Man River; Look For The Silver Lining; Roses Of Picardy; Ma Blushin' Rosie; They Didn't Believe Me; You Made Me Love You; My Wild Irish Rose; and Avalon.
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The Great Al Jolson Goldie GLD-63103 Although the label claims "recorded 1925-1934," these sixteen recordings are all from the late 1940 Decca and Kraft Music Hall series. Includes: Sonny Boy, My Mammy, You Made Me Love You, Swanee, Avalon, There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder, Easter Parade, After You've Gone, I Only Have Eyes For You, Carolina In The Morning, Give My Regards To Broadway, Is It True What They Say About Dixie? (with the Mills Brothers), Chicago, The Best Things In Life Are Free, Alabamy Bound, and Alexander's Ragtime Band (with Bing Crosby)
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Jolson on Broadway Intersound 3592 Two disc set including (Victor) Spaniard That Blighted My Life; (Columbia) You Made Me Love You; You Ain't Heard Nothing Yet; Swanee; Avalon; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; (Brunswick) I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; You Flew Away From The Nest; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Blue River; Golden Gate; Back In Your Own Backyard; Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; My Mammy; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Little Pal; Used To You; Why Can't You; Liza; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; The Cantor On The Sabbath; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; (with Guy Lombardo's Orchestra) April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; (with introduction by Harry Jolson) Du Host A Liebes Punim; (from movies and radio performances) Latin from Manhattan; Quarter to Nine; Lazy; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Anniversary Song; Alexander's Ragtime Band [with Crosby]; For Me And My Gal; I Only Have Eyes For You; Is It True What They Say About Dixie?
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Cantor Meets Jolson Cantor Meets Jolson This is one of several disks available from the Eddie Cantor Appreciation Society. The pictured disk, Cantor Meets Jolson, contains six wonderful radio programs from 1937 through 1949 featuring Eddie Cantor and Al Jolson. These disks are a must have for any Jolson collector, with recordings of many classic Jolson numbers, as well as Al singing Eddie Cantor numbers such as "If You Knew Susie," which was originally Al's, and "Ida! Sweet As Apple Cider," which Eddie made a tribute to his wife.
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George Gershwin Memorial Concert This disk from The Radio Years collection features selections from the concert organized to honor the great George Gershwin after his untimely death. Al Jolson's performance of Swanee is unique among his recordings, as it is the only version I am aware of in which he does not whistle. Also featured are the voices of Fred Astaire, Lily Pons, Gladys Swarthout, and Todd Duncan; Oscar Levant on piano; José Iturbi on piano and conducting; and numbers conducted by Otto Klemperer and Nathaniel Shilkrett.
Jolson Sings MCA MSD-35047-101626 17 Decca recordings and one Kraft Music Hall cut in glorious mono without that annoying echo. Includes: Swanee; April Showers; My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; Sonny Boy; Anniversary Song; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; Carolina In The Morning; About A Quarter To Nine; Waiting For The Robert E. Lee; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; I Want A Girl; By The Light Of The Silvery Moon; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; and Is It True What They Say About Dixie? with the Mills Brothers. Also included is Baby Face from a Kraft Music Hall broadcast.
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Vintage Jazz Classics VJC-1010-2 Complete release of August 3, 1938, radio broadcast hosted by Al Jolson in honor of Irving Berlin's 50th birthday. Includes Jolson singing Let Me Sing and I'm Happy and This Is The Life; Jolson joins Eddie Cantor and Irving Berlin singing Mandy; and recordings by Ethel Merman, Irving Berlin, Eddie Cantor, Sophie Tucker, Ben Bernie, Lew Lehr, the Brox Sisters, Rudy Vallee and the Connecticut Yankees, Tommy Dorsey and his Orchestra, Connee Boswell, Guy Lombardo and his Royal Canadians, Paul Whiteman, Jon Steel, Louella Parsons, Darryl F. Zanuck, and Tyrone Power.
MCA MCAD-27052 CD Reissue of pictured Decca LP-9035, with 12 of original 14 cuts, including: Swanee; After You've Gone; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Pretty Baby; Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone; Avalon; My Mammy; For Me And My Gal; Carolina In The Morning; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; April Showers; I'm Just Wild About Harry ("My Mother's Rosary" and "Where The Black Eyed Susans Grow" are omitted. Songs recorded in mono, without annoying stereo reverb!
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MCA MCAD-27053 CD Reissue of pictured Decca LP-9036, with 12 of original 14 cuts, including: There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Liza; Keep Smiling At Trouble; California, Here I Come; Back In Your Own Backyard; Are You Lonesome Tonight; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; It All Depends On You; When The Red, Red, Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Medley: I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover/Baby Face ("'Way Down Yonder In New Orleans" with the Andrews Sisters and "Golden Gate" are omitted. Songs recorded in mono, without annoying stereo reverb!
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Rhino R2 72544 23 remastered Jolson masterpieces from Warner films, including: [Plantation Act] April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; [The Jazz Singer] Dirty Hands! Dirty Face!; Toot, Toot, Tootsie!; Blue Skies; Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; My Mammy; [The Singing Fool] It All Depends On You; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Golden Gate; Sonny Boy; [Say It With Songs] Back In Your Own Backyard; Used To You; I'm In Seventh Heaven; [Mammy] Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; (Across The Breakfast Table) Looking At You; Why Do They All Take The Night Boat To Albany? [Big Boy] Liza Lee; Little Sunshine; [Go Into Your Dance] About A Quarter To Nine; [The Singing Kid] I Love To Sing'a
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CDS RPCD 300 20 digitally remastered Jolson cuts from 1926 - 1932 including: Rock-A-Bye Your Baby with a Dixie Melody; At Peace With The World; Tonight's My Night With Baby; Here I Am; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob Bobbin' Along; Four Walls; Blue River; Mother Of Mine, I Still Have You; My Mammy; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Golden Gate; Sonny Boy; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Back In Your Own Backyard; Little Pal; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; You Are Too Beautiful; Hallelujah! I'm A Bum; April Showers
Parrot PARCD 004 40 cuts of Al Jolson and Bing Crosby on the radio. Jolson: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; Lazy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; My Mammy; Swanee. Crosby: Kate; Ashmolean Marching Society; I Can Dream, Can't I?; You're Wonderful; That Lucky Old Sun; Bye, Bye, Baby; Rainy Night In Rio; Linda; Nobody; Beautiful Dreamer. Duets: Back In Your Own Backyard; You made Me Love You; Waitin' For The Robert E. Lee; The Best Things In Life Are Free; The Anniversary Song; Red, Red, Robin; April Showers; Ma Blushin' Rosie; The One I Love Belongs To Somebody Else; Avalon; All By Myself; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Easter Parade; Sunbonnet Sue; A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody; My Old Kentucky Home; A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight; Oh! Susanna; In The Evening By The Moonlight; On The Banks Of The Wabash; Alabamy Bound.
Jasmine JASCD 100 25 Jolson original soundtrack recordings, including: My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; About A Quarter To Nine; Mammy, I'll Sing About You; Casino De Paree; She's A Latin From Manhattan; Go Into Your Dance; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; To My Mammy; Looking At You; I Love To Sing-a; You're The Cure For What Ails Me; What Do You Want With Money?; Hallelujah, I'm A Tramp; You Are Too Beautiful; Oh! Susanna; Camptown Races; Old Folks At Home; It All Depends On You; Mother Of Mine; Who's The Swingin'est Man In Town; Save Me Sister; Goin' To Heaven On A Mule; Golden Gate.
Flapper Past CD 9748 25 recordings from 1911 to 1925 including: That Lovin' Traumerai; Rum Tum Tiddle; Snap Your Fingers; That Spaniard That Blighted My Life; You Made Me Love You; That Little German Band; Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers; When The Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night?; Down Where The Swanee River Flows; Now He's Got A Beautiful Girl; Tillie Titwillow; 'N' Everything; There's A Lump Of Sugar Down In Dixie; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Hello, Central, Give Me No-Man's Land; I'll Say She Does; Give Me My Mammy; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Morning Will Come; I'm Going South; Hello 'Tucky; Keep Smiling At Trouble; Miami.
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Flapper Past CD 9796 25 recordings from 1911 to 1923 including: That Haunting Melody; Everybody Snap Your Fingers With Me; Revival Day; Back To The Carolina You Love; I Sent My Wife To The Thousand Isles; I'm Saving Up The Means To Get To New Orleans; Someone Else May Be There While I'm Gone; Don't Write Me Letters; A Broken Doll; Ev'ry Little While; Wedding Bells; I've Got My Captain Working For Me Now; You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet; I Gave Her That; Tell Me; Chloe; In Sweet September; O-Hi-O; Yoo-Hoo; Angel Child; Lost: A Wonderful Girl; Stella; You've Simply Got Me Cuckoo; That Big Blond Mumma; Coal Black Mammy.
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Flapper Past CD 7045 27 recordings from 1920 to 1929 including: That Wonderful Kid From Madrid; Swanee; Avalon; April Showers; Din-A-Ring A Ring; Oogie Oogie Wa Wa; I'll Stand Beneath Your Window Tonight And Whistle; Who Cares?; Waiting For The Evening Mail; Twelve O'Clock At Night; California, Here I Come; Never Again; Feeling The Way I Do; My Pappa Doesn't Two Time No Time; Mandalay; Who Wants A Bad Little Boy?; I Wonder What's Become Of Sally?; Follow The Swallow; All Alone; I'm Gonna Tramp! Tramp! Tramp!; I Wish I Had My Old Gal Back Again; If I Knew I'd Find You; Tonight's My Night With Baby; My Mammy; It All Depends On You; Used To You; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy.
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Columbia/Legacy CK 53419 24 of Jolson's Columbia recordings in excellent condition, including: That Little German Band; Everybody Snap Your Fingers; Back To The Carolina You Love; Revival Day; Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts For Soldiers; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go With Friday On Saturday Night?; Down Where The Swanee River Flows; I Sent My Wife To The Thousand Isles; Tell That To The Marines; I'll Say She Does; On The Road To Calais; Swanee; In Sweet September; Avalon; O-Hi-O; April Showers; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Morning Will Come; Stella; Waitin' For The Evening Mail; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; You Are Too Beautiful; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.
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MCA MCAD-10505 16 Decca recordings, including: Swanee; Sonny Boy; California, Here I Come; You Made Me Love You; Anniversary Song; Liza; Carolina In The Morning; My Mammy; Rock-A-Bye; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; About A Quarter To Nine; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; Avalon; Ma Blushin' Rosie; April Showers; Alexander's Ragtime Band (w/Crosby).
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PILZ 449338-2 Twelve of the Decca recordings, including: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; I Only Have Eyes For You; My Mammy; After You've Gone; Easter Parade; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Sonny Boy; Anniversary Song; April Showers; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Carolina In The Morning; Alexander's Ragtime Band.
Peaceful Productions ALK 24 Jolson Radio performances including: I Only Have Eyes For You; Look For The Silver Lining; Roses of Picardy; Down Among The Sheltering Palms/Back In Your Own Backyard; My Blushin' Rosie; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes; They Didn't Believe Me; All By Myself; Say It Isn't So; A Latin From Manhattan; You Made Me Love You; Without A Song; When Day Is Done; My Wild Irish Rose; If I Only Had A Match; Avalon; My Melancholy Baby/My Blue Heaven; How Deep Is The Ocean; Oh, You Beautiful Doll/Little Girl; A Tree In The Meadow; Some Enchanted Evening; I'll Be Seeing You; At Sundown; People Will Say We're In Love; Come To Me, Bend To Me/Annie Laurie; Old Man River; Dinah; The Best Things In Life Are Free.
Conifer CMSCD-008 Twenty Jolson recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Includes Hallelujah! I'm A Bum; Back In Your Own Backyard; Lazy; Miami; Hello 'Tucky; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; My Papa Doesn't Two-Time No Time; You Flew Away From The Nest; You Are Too Beautiful; Sonny Boy; Never Again; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Ol' Man River; I'd Climb The Highest Mountain; Mr. Radio Man; There's A Rainbow Round My Shoulder; At Peace With The World; California, Here I Come; Used To You; A Chazend'l Ohf Shabbes
The Entertainers CD-276 Thirty Decca and Kraft Music Hall classics, including: Swanee; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; My Mammy; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; California, Here I Come; When You Were Sweet Sixteen; Avalon; Carolina In The Morning; Sonny Boy; Is It True What They Say About Dixie?; Alabamy Bound; You Made Me Love You; Give My Regards To Broadway; I Only Have Eyes For You; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; April Showers; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; For Me And My Gal; Chicago; Easter Parade; Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; The Best Things In Life Are Free; Just One Of Those Things; Red, Red, Robin; After You've Gone; Ma Blushin' Rosie; Oh, You Beautiful Doll
This is a great "starter" Jolson album!
Pro-Arte CDD-436 Twenty Jolson recordings from the 1920s and 1930s. Includes There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Swanee; Red, Red, Robin; Sitting On Top Of The World; You Flew Away From The Nest; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; Back In Your Own Backyard; My Mammy; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; California Here I Come; Little Pal; Liza; Golden Gate; Let Me Sing and I'm Happy; The Cantor; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; You Are Too Beautiful; April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.
Evergreen 2690892 CD Ten of the Decca recordings, including: Sonny Boy; Swanee; Give My Regards To Broadway; Avalon; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; My Mammy; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; For My And My Gal; Easter Parade; California, Here I Come.
Halcyon DHDL 102 18 recordings from 1924 to 1932 including: California, Here I Come; Pasadena; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Blue River; Golden Gate; Back In Your Own Backyard; My Mammy; Dirty Hands, Dirty Face; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; I'm In Seventh Heaven; Little Pal; Used To You; Why Can't You?; Liza; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody.
LaserLight 12 738 (Sold as part of 3 CD collection "American Legends" with Al Jolson, Judy Garland, and Ethel Merman) Includes the Decca recordings of: Swanee; I Only Have Eyes For You; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; The Anniversary Song; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; April Showers; Alexander's Ragtime Band; My Mammy; and Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody. Also original Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go; and About A Quarter To Nine from the soundtrack of Go Into Your Dance.
Deja Vu 5020-2 14 of the Decca recordings, including: My Mammy; Sonny Boy; Swanee; Toot, Toot, Tootsie; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Give My Regards To Broadway; April Showers; Alabamy Bound; California, Here I Come; For Me And My Gal; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Alexander's Ragtime Band; Let Me Sing And I'm Happy.
Living Era CD AJA 5038 18 recordings including 1920s and 1930s recordings, soundtracks, and "private recordings" including: California, Here I Come; Sonny Boy; April Showers; Pasadena; Red, Red, Robin; You Made Me Love You; I'm Ka-razy For You; You Ain't Heard Nothin' Yet; Swanee; When The Little Red Roses Get The Blues For You; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody; Blue River; Used To You; Steppin' Out; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; Miami; Golden Gate; My Mammy.
Stash ST-CD-564 Jolson's first 24 recordings, including the Victors and early Columbia recordings, with alternate takes of some songs: That Haunting Melody; Rum Tum Tiddle; Asleep In The Deep; Snap Your Fingers; Brass Band Ephraham Jones; Ragging the Baby To Sleep; That Lovin' Traumerai; Movin' Man, Don't Take My Baby Grand; My Yellow Jacket Girl; The Spaniard That Blighted My Life; The Pullman Porters' Parade; You Made Me Love You; That Little German Band; Everybody Snap Your Fingers With Me; Back To The Carolina You Love; Revival Day; Sister Susie's Sewing Shirts for Soldiers (1&2); When The Grown Up Ladies Act Like Babies (1&2); Yaaka Hula Hickey Dula; Where Did Robinson Crusoe Go; Down Where The Swanee River Flows; Now He's Got A Beautiful Girl.
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Intersound 3554 An "Enhanced CD" with 14 recordings, including: There's A Rainbow 'Round My Shoulder; Sonny Boy; Swanee; When The Red, Red Robin Comes Bob-Bob-Bobbin' Along; I'm Sitting On Top Of The World; Back In Your Own Backyard; My Mammy; California, Here I Come; Liza; Golden Gate; Hallelujah, I'm A Bum; You Are Too Beautiful; April Showers; Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody -- and -- photos and stories about Jolson told by Don Kennedy, when put into the CD-ROM drive of your Windows 95 or Macintosh computer. It does not run under Windows 98!
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