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The Best of the EMI Years


Download links and information about The Best of the EMI Years by Alma Cogan. This album was released in 1991 and it belongs to Jazz, Rock, Pop genres. It contains 20 tracks with total duration of 49:01 minutes.

Artist: Alma Cogan
Release date: 1991
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Pop
Tracks: 20
Duration: 49:01
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No. Title Length
1. You Me and Us 2:13
2. Bell Bottom Blues 2:36
3. Mambo Italiano 2:23
4. Got 'N Idea 2:41
5. Last Night On the Back Porch 2:22
6. It's All Been Done Before (featuring Ronnie Hilton) 3:07
7. Lucky Lips 1:59
8. Fly Away Lovers 2:39
9. The Little Shoemaker 2:33
10. Chiqui Chaqui (Cheek-Ee Chock-Ee) 2:22
11. I Can't Tell a Waltz From a Tango 2:26
12. Ricochet 2:45
13. The I Love You Bit (featuring Lionel Bart) 2:20
14. Never Do a Tango With an Eskimo 2:12
15. Little Things Mean a Lot 3:17
16. Gettin' Ready For Freddy 2:06
17. Mama Says 2:33
18. Dreamboat 1:47
19. Said the Little Moment 2:31
20. In the Middle of the House 2:09



The "best of the HMV years" would be more like it for a title, as these 20 songs represent the singer's hits with producer Walter J. Ridley from 1954 through 1960, from "Bell Bottom Blues" through "The I Love You Bit" (cut with Lionel Bart). Cogan during this period had a sound somewhere midway between Doris Day, Dinah Shore, and Mitzi Gaynor, with a playful delivery and the "laugh in her voice," which became her trademark during this period. The material is all very smooth and polished in its arrangements (courtesy of Stan Foster), and Cogan is a beguiling presence, whether pouting gently on the novelty tune "Bell Bottom Blues," flirting with Ronnie Hilton in their duet of "It's All Been Done Before," playing on ethnic stereotypes in the best Rosemary Clooney style on "Mambo Italiano," or having macabre fun with the audience in the bizarre "Got 'n Idea," a song about wife abuse and spousal murder that wouldn't pass muster today. The laugh in her voice is a sweetly alluring trait, but Cogan is also very appealing on waltz numbers like "Fly Away Lovers," in a straight ballad style. The sound is very good, but the notes are a little sketchy on this somewhat expensive, but nicely representative best of Cogan's early recording career and chart hits. Purchasers, however, should bear in mind that she moved into more sophisticated realms of pop music as the 1960s dawned.