The Doris Day Show: Volume One (British compilation album of 1950s CBS radio shows)

May 14, 2007 No Comments

UK Release Date: 14 May 2007

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CD 1:
Tracks 1-12 are from show date 11 April 1952
Tracks 13-24 are from show date 18 April 1952

  1. Introduction and It’s Magic (Doris Day & Orchestra) [from the film Romance on the High Seas]
    (Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn)
  2. Just One Of Those Things (Doris Day) [from the film Lullaby of Broadway]
    (Cole Porter)
  3. Frank Loesser introduction
  4. Around The Corner (Marais & Miranda, Frank Loesser & Doris Day)
    (Songwriter TBC)
  5. My Darling, My Darling (Doris Day with Frank Loesser) [from the musical Where’s Charley?]
    (Frank Loesser)
  6. If I Were A Bell (Doris Day) [from the musical Guys and Dolls]
    (Frank Loesser)
  7. “The Jack Benny Show” advertisement
  8. Ray Bolger introduction
  9. Once In Love With Amy (Ray Bolger)
    (Frank Loesser)
  10. Singin’ In The Rain (Doris Day) [from the musical Singin’ in the Rain]
    (Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown)
  11. Love To Be With You [Closing theme] (Doris Day & Orchestra)
    (Paul Francis Webster/Martin Broones)
  12. Advertisement for The Cancer Crusaid for 1952
  13. Introduction and It’s Magic (Doris Day & Orchestra) [from the film Romance on the High Seas]
    (Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn)
  14. [Why Did I Tell You I Was Going To] Shanghai (Doris Day)
    (Milton deLugg/Bob Hilliard)
  15. I’ve Got A Feeling You’re Fooling (Doris Day)
    (Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown)
  16. Mary Wickes introduction
  17. Tell Me [Why Nights Are Lonely] (Doris Day)
    (J. Will Callahan/Max Kortlander)
  18. I’m In The Mood For Love (Doris Day)
    (Jimmy McHugh/Dorothy Fields)
  19. CBS Radio series “Suspense” advertisement
  20. Ray Bolger introduction
  21. I’m Glad I’m Not A Rubber Ball (Ray Bolger)
    (Songwriter TBC)
  22. With A Song In My Heart (Doris Day) [from the film Young Man with a Horn]
    (Richard Rodgers/Lorenz Hart)
  23. Love To Be With You [Closing theme] (Doris Day & Orchestra)
    (Paul Francis Webster/Martin Broones)
  24. Farm Products Appeal

CD2:
Tracks 25-36 are from show date 25 April 1952
Tracks 37-48 are from show date 2 May 1952

  1. Introduction and It’s Magic (Doris Day & Orchestra) [from the film Romance on the High Seas]
    (Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn)
  2. Oops (Doris Day) [from the film The Belle of New York]
    (Harry Warren/Johnny Mercer)
  3. A Guy Is A Guy (Doris Day)
    (Oscar Brand)
  4. Marais & Miranda introduction
  5. Old Johnnie Goggabie  (Marais & Miranda)
    (Songwriter TBC)
  6. “The Bing Crosby Show” advertisement
  7. Gordon MacRae introduction
  8. 900 Miles From My Home (Gordon MacRae)
    (Songwriter TBC)
  9. Ma Says, Pa Says (Marais & Miranda, Gordon MacRae & Doris Day)
    (Josef Marais)
  10. Tea For Two (Doris Day & Gordon MacRae) [from the film Tea for Two]
    (Vincent Youmans/Irving Caesar)
  11. Love To Be With You [Closing theme] (Doris Day & Orchestra)
    (Paul Francis Webster/Martin Broones)
  12. Inflation advertisement
  13. Introduction and It’s Magic (Doris Day & Orchestra) [from the film Romance on the High Seas]
    (Jule Styne & Sammy Cahn)
  14. Nobody’s Sweetheart Now (Doris Day)
    (Billy Meyers/Elmer Schoebel/Gus Kahn/Ernie Erdman)
  15. Canadian Capers [Cuttin’ Capers] (Doris Day) (from the film My Dream is Yours)
    (Gus Chandler/Bert White/Henry Cohen)
  16. Liberace introduction
  17. Mama Yo Quiero [I Want My Mama] (Liberace)
    (Al Stillman/Jararaca & Ratinho)
  18. Please Mr. Sun (Doris Day)
    (Sid Frank/Ray Getzov)
  19. “Stars Over Hollywood” advertisement
  20. Donald O’Connor introduction
  21. Merrily Song (Doris Day & Donald O’Connor)
    (Songwriter TBC)
  22. Singin’ In The Rain (Doris Day) [from the musical Singin’ in the Rain]
    (Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown)
  23. Love To Be With You [Closing theme] (Doris Day & Orchestra)
    (Paul Francis Webster/Martin Broones)
  24. Red Cross Appeal

There are very few CD releases that I greet with genuine interest as over the last 10 year all of Doris’s studio-recorded work has been released in this format. This CD set however from Zone Records (UK) offers something new. It instead turns the spotlight on another important part of Doris’s career which was her time on radio. It was between 1952-3 that the actress and singer was given her own variety entertainment spot on American radio station CBS (aka The Doris Day Show). Each episode recorded in Hollywood would be full of comedic banter and general chit-chat between Doris and some of her movie and music co-stars (e.g. Kirk Douglas, Ronald Reagan, Howard Keel, Frankie Laine and Guy Mitchell). It would also offer the star a perfect vehicle to perform many of her single releases, tunes from her motion pictures and other songs that she adored but simply did not get to record in the studio. The first of these shows to receive a digital makeover originate from April and May 1952. Zone Records include in their first volume four consecutive episodes from this period. Each show remains unedited and as it was originally broadcast to audiences some 50 years ago (i.e. with introductions and commercials intact). As touched on before what is significant about this series and indeed the first volume is there are songs which Doris did not get to record for her record label Columbia. In fact due to contractual reasons Columbia did not allow Doris to cut studio recordings with many of her movie co-stars as they were signed to rival labels. It is therefore a great joy to hear in the first release collaborations with people such as the adorable Gordon MacRae. Other guests who appear in this set include Ray Bolger (April in Paris), songwriters Frank Loesser (“If I Were A Bell” & “Baby It’s Cold Outside”), Marais & Miranda (“Ma Says Pa Says”) and Donald O’Connor (“Singing In The Rain”). Although the recording techniques of the time do show some flaws this is compensated by the overall time and care that has gone into this project (i.e. the sumptuous packaging that features rare photographs, detailed song information, liner notes and 2 picture discs). It truly is a shame that some of the major labels out there can not learn from the standards set by this independent record label. My advice is don’t miss out on this nostalgic trip back in time!

Conductor: Various
Label: Zone Records (UK)
Format: 2x Audio CDs (#ZONE1015)

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