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The Best of The Ink Spots: 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

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Why do you whisper, Elvis?

  • Jul 26, 2000
I just bought this on spec because I discovered that the singing careers of two of the greatest entertainers of the twentieth century owe their foundation to these boys: Yes, it's true, World: without the Ink Spots, you may never have got to love the groundbreaking sounds of Elvis Presley nor the winsome duet of Don Estelle and Windsor Davies, from TV's "It ain't half hot, mum".

This is great music, and in all seriousness it isn't hard to see its influence on the young E and his backing troupe, the equally legendary Jordannaires. Dreamy, perfect harmonies, vocals and arrangements (plinky guitars and plonky pianos, mostly, but all done in the best possible taste), the Ink Spots speak with an air of antiquity and to concerns which have long since become an artefact of the yesteryear we all hark for (but would all most likely loathe). Ironically so do Elvis' early records, listened to with a modern ear, although that hardly can have been how they sounded at the time.

Somewhat amusingly, the introduction to each song is identical (an augmented acoustic guitar fill of the cowboy riding into the sunset singing to his horse variety), but even so (and maybe even because of it) I found this record a quite perfect way to unwind after a sod of a day in the office. Completely recommended.

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Label: Mca
Artist: Ink Spots
Release Date: November 2, 1999

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