Wednesday, February 16, 2022

VA - Golden Age of Pop (A Product Of A Magical Time In Music) [2010] (10 x CD's)



VA - Golden Age of Pop (A Product Of A Magical Time In Music) [2010] (10 x CD's)

This expansive ten-disc set surveying pop music’s modern vocal era includes such romantic ballads and classic sides as Roy Orbison's “Crying,” Ray Charles' “Georgia on My Mind,” Brenda Lee's “I’m Sorry,” Rick Nelson's “Poor Little Fool,” Jimmie Rodgers' “Honeycomb,” Perry Como's “Catch a Falling Star,” Don Gibson's “Oh Lonesome Me,” Patti Page's “The Tennessee Waltz,” Bobby Vinton's “Blue Velvet,” and Skeeter Davis' “The End of the World,” among many, many others, and like all of the Time Life issues, it comes assembled with great care and sound. (AllMusic review by Steve Leggett)

This era had it all. Legendary singers, timeless music, great harmonies, plus some of the best love songs of all time. The 50's was a time of tremendous optimism, and the music had a special way of touching our hearts.


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Track lists


01 Crew-Cuts Sh-Boom 2:48

02 Perry Como Catch a Falling Star 2:32

03 Eddie Fisher I'm Walking Behind You 3:08

04 Doris Day Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) 2:07

05 Don Gibson Oh Lonesome Me 2:31

06 Ames Brothers The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane 2:52

07 Domenico Modugno Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) 3:39

08 Rosemary Clooney This Ole House 2:25

09 Pee Wee King & His Golden West Cowboys Slow Poke 3:02

10 Perez Prado & His Orchestra Patricia 2:08

11 Elvis Presley Love Me Tender 2:46

12 Mario Lanza Be My Love 3:32

13 Nat King Cole Mona Lisa 3:17

14 Jo Stafford You Belong to Me 3:06

15 Perez Prado & His Orchestra Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White 2:28

16 Jim Reeves He'll Have to Go 2:22

17 Patti Page The Tennessee Waltz 3:04

18 Perry Como Round and Round 2:35


01 Dean Martin That's Amore 3:08

02 Platters My Prayer 2:47

03 Elvis Presley Don't Be Cruel 2:05

04 Kay Starr Rock and Roll Waltz 3:00

05 Ames Brothers You You You 2:57

06 Eddy Arnold The Cattle Call 2:46

07 Eddie Fisher Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) 3:08

08 Gogi Grant The Wayward Wind 2:58

09 Tennessee Ernie Ford Sixteen Tons 2:38

10 Johnny Mathis Chances Are 3:05

11 Browns The Three Bells 2:53

12 Tony Bennett Because of You 3:02

13 Bobby Darin Mack the Knife 3:07

14 Phil Harris The Thing 2:21

15 Chordettes Mr. Sandman 2:27

16 Perry Como Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) 2:25

17 Guy Mitchell Heartaches By the Number 2:41

18 Sheb Wooley The Purple People Eater 2:12


01 Four Aces Love is a Many Spledored Thing (Feat. Al Alberts) 3:02

02 Teresa Brewer Music! Music! Music! 2:54

03 Roger Williams Autumn Leaves 3:03

04 Pat Boone April Love 2:43

05 Debbie Reynolds Tammy 3:08

06 Red Foley Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy 2:48

07 McGuire Sisters Sugartime 2:34

08 McGuire Sisters Sincerely 3:01

09 Morris Stoloff Moonglow and Theme From 'picnic' 2:52

10 Leroy Anderson and His 'pops' Concert Orchestra Blue Tango 2:55

11 Ames Brothers Rag Mop 2:41

12 Fontane Sisters Hearts of Stone 2:06

13 Kitty Kallen Little Things Mean a Lot 3:02

14 Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra and the Weavers Goodnight Irene 3:22


01 Andy Williams Butterfly 2:23

02 Dinah Shore Love and Marriage 2:25

03 Eddie Fisher I Need You Now 2:31

04 Johnny Mathis It's Not for Me to Say 3:05

05 Harry Belafonte Banana Boat 3:05

06 Elvis Presley I Want You, I Need You, I Love You 2:42

07 Perry Como Papa Loves Mama 2:44

08 Roy Orbinson Crying 2:48

09 The Ames Brothers Melodie D'amour 2:40

10 Johnny Mathis The Twelfth of Never 2:31

11 Vic Damone On the Street Where You Live 2:45

12 More More 2:38

13 Four Coins Shangri-La 2:48

14 Frank Sinatra I'll Be Seeing You 3:05


01 Everly Brothers Bye Bye Love 2:24

02 Nat King Cole Send for Me 2:39

03 Ricky Nelson Poor Little Fool 2:34

04 Sonny James Younge Love 2:32

05 Dean Martin Return to Me 2:26

06 Peggy Lee It's a Good Day 2:53

07 Bobby Darin Beyond the Sea 2:48

08 Nat King Cole Ramblin' Rose 2:48

09 Frankie Avalon Venus 2:22

10 Everly Brothers All I Have to Do is Dream 2:16

11 Paris Sisters I Love How You Love Me 2:04

12 Ricky Nelson Believe What You Say 2:05

13 Nat King Cole Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer 2:25

14 Peggy Lee Mr. Wonderful 3:20


01 Ray Charles Georgia on My Mind 3:40

02 Tommy Edwards It's All in the Game 2:39

03 Brenda Lee I'm Sorry 2:42

04 Paul Anka Put Your Head on My Shoulder 2:40

05 Platters Twilight Time 2:48

06 Bing Crosby Around the World 2:56

07 Brook Benton It's Just a Matter of Time 2:28

08 Connie Francis Who's Sorry Now 2:19

09 Paul Anka Diana 2:25

10 Platters Only You 2:38

11 Brook Benton Endlessly 2:23

12 Brenda Lee I Want to Be Wanted 3:05

13 Paul Anka Puppy Love 2:44

14 Patti Page Old Cape Cod 2:37


01 Percy Faith and His Orchestra Theme From 'a Summer Place' 2:23

02 Dean Martin Memories Are Made of This 2:18

03 Patti Page Allegheny Moon 2:54

04 Mitch Miller, the Gang and Orchestra The Yellow Rose of Texas 3:03

05 Connie Francis My Happiness 2:29

06 Jimmie Rodgers Honeycomb 2:17

07 Jane Morgan and the Troubadours Fascination (From the Motion Picture 'love in the Afternoon') 2:24

08 Platters Smoke Gets in Your Eyes 2:40

09 Terry Gilkyson and the Easy Riders Marianne 2:17

10 Della Reese Don't You Know 2:36

11 Tony Bennett Rags to Riches 2:52

12 Les Baxter With His Orchestra and Chorus The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song) 2:27

13 Eddie Fisher Any Time 2:38

14 Doris Day Secret Love 3:42

15 Al Hibbler Unchained Melody 2:56

16 Fats Domino Blueberry Hill 2:21

17 Four Lads Standing on the Corner 2:48


01 Rosemary Clooney Hey There 3:01

02 Johnnie Ray Just Walking in Tthe Rain 2:42

03 Georgia Gibbs & Glenn Osser Orchestra Kiss of Fire 2:28

04 Pat Boone Love Letters in the Sand 2:16

05 Joan Weber Let Me Go Lover 2:26

06 Don Cherry Band of Gold 2:38

07 Guy Mitchell My Heart Cries for You 2:50

08 Crew Cuts Earth Angel 2:55

09 Frankie Laine I Believe 2:11

10 Teresa Brewer & Jack Pleis Orchestra Till I Waltz Again With You 3:11

11 Nat King Cole Too Young 3:13

12 Four Aces Three Coins in the Fountain 3:02

13 Jo Stafford Shrimp Boats 2:54

14 Jerry Vale Eternally 2:18

15 Guy Lombardo & His Royal Orchestra 'the Third Man' Theme 2:59

16 Eddy Howard & His Orchestra It's No Sin 2:50

17 Kay Starr Wheel of Fortune 3:02


01 Les Paul and Mary Ford Vaya Con Dios 2:54

02 Johnny Mathis Smile 3:19

03 Pearl Bailey Takes Two to Tango 3:00

04 Perry Como Wanted 3:08

05 Guy Mitchell Singing the Blues 2:30

06 Marty Robbins A White Sport Coat (And a Pink Carnation) 2:33

07 Tony Bennett Cold, Cold Heart 2:41

08 Percy Faith and His Orchestra The Song From 'moulin Rouge' (Where is Your Heart) 3:20

09 Johnnie Ray Cry 3:05

10 Rosemary Clooney Half as Much 2:50

11 Sammy Kaye and His Orchestra Harbor Lights 3:22

12 Frankie Laine Mule Train 2:33

13 Doris Day A Guy is a Guy 2:44

14 Four Lads No, Not Much! 3:20

15 Andy Williams Are You Sincere? 2:41

16 McGuire Sisters Goodnight, Sweetheart, Goodnight 2:50


01 Bobby Vinton Blue Velvet 2:49

02 Lenny Welch Since I Fell for You 2:55

03 Elvis Presley Can't Help Falling in Love 3:01

04 Henry Mancini and His Orchestra Love Theme From Romeo & Juliet 2:34

05 Andy Williams Can't Get Used to Losing You 2:21

06 Al Martino Spanish Eyes 2:47

07 Eddy Arnold Make the World Go Away 2:40

08 Mel Carter Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me 2:30

09 Gene Pitney Only Love Can Break a Heart 2:52

10 Engelbert Humperdinck Release Me (And Let Me Love Again) 3:20

11 Lettermen When I Fall in Love 2:29

12 Skeeter Davis The End of the World 2:39

13 Henry Mancini Moon River 2:40




  1. "Golden Age of Pop"...Really1?
    Some great songs here, with the bracketed part of the title "(A Product Of A Magical Time In Music)" stating the case much better I believe.......the beginning of "pop" maybe.

    Can Of Worms!

    Stay Safe

    1. Hi Stephen.
      Not going to debate it here but I consider 30's and 40's and 50's great pop era's..
      Not modern pop but luxurious pop.


    2. I like the idea of what you call "luxurious pop"....wonderful


    3. Hello BB.... I am really enjoying this set... just wanted you to know that.
      I heartily agree the 30s 40s 50s were all great era's for recorded music.
      I have some cylinder recordings from even earlier that are great listens!
      This set was likely named by a marketing team. I'd call it "Vintage Pop".

    4. Thanks, mr.Radio.
      Some magic there for sure.
      My grandkids call me a Vintage pop

  2. Hi BB
    The comment above had me thinking.
    I read a while ago about the difference in Producers.
    One says I want to make a sound I want, and the other says how can I make the sound you want.
    Examples are Phil Spector using anybody he wants to make his sound and George Martin helping the Beatles make the sound they wanted. (Sgt Pepper)
    This collection mostly is the former, but still good.
    By the way cd 4 track 12 is Perry Como.

    1. Hi lemonflag,
      ... also the time (decade) played a big part in the way a song was recorded and played. Social norms were different too. Equipment changed rapidly but the sound was always geared towards popular music.

      I'll check the track list. Thanks