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Title:
Best of Bob Hope
Author:
Hope, Bob, 1903-2003.
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Publication Information:
Hollywood, Calif. : Capitol Records, [2003]

â„—2003
Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.
Language:
English
Contents:
Buttons and bows / with the Clark Sisters -- Teamwork / with Bing Crosby -- My favorite brunette / with Dorothy Lamour & Paul Weston -- The last time I saw Paris -- Wing-ding tonight / with Jane Russell -- Lucky us / with Margaret Whiting -- The flip side / with Edie Adams -- Nothing in common / with Bing Crosby -- Beside you / with Dorothy Lamour & Paul Weston -- That's not the knot / with the Clark Sisters -- Am I in love? / with Jane Russell -- April in Paris -- Ain't we got fun / with Margaret Whiting -- The road to Hong Kong / with Bing Crosby -- Nothing can compare with you -- Thanks for the memory (live radio recording).
UPC:
724354086328
Format :
Music CD

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Summary

Mere weeks before his death in the summer of 2003, Capitol released this Bob Hope compilation, consisting of a few interesting singing performances the label could access without the risk of excessive licensing fees. Most of them make use of Hope's easy, self-deprecating humor -- especially when it comes to women -- when confronted by such glamorous leading lights as Jane Russell, Margaret Whiting, Dorothy Lamour, and Edie Adams. Highlights include the uproarious "Wing-Ding Tonight" (from 1951's Son of Paleface) featuring a fine harmony duet with Russell, as well as two unreleased titles with Whiting ("Lucky Us," "Ain't We Got Fun"). Capitol couldn't have released Best of Bob Hope without at least a few songs pairing Hope with Bing Crosby, his equally easygoing song and film partner; though their best performance, "The Road to Morocco," is sadly missing, a few of these make the grade: two from 1962's The Road to Hong Kong ("Teamwork" and the title song), plus a 1958 single, "Nothing in Common." The latest material comes with 1965's "Nothing Can Compare With You," a slightly contemporized pop number that reflects Hope's unease with serious romantic material. Another black mark is the version of Hope's theme song, "Thanks for the Memory," that concludes this compilation; though it's an interesting period piece dating from a war-era radio broadcast, it's not an important performance aside from its value to collectors. ~ John Bush


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