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Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills

Hard Hearted Hannah
Birth Of The Blues
Alexander's Ragtime Band
Toot Toot Tootsie
My Honey's Lovin' Arms
Your Eyes Have Told Me So
If You Were The Only Girl
Rose of The Rio Grande
My Baby Just Cares For Me
A Cup of Coffee, A Sandwhich and You
I'd Love to Live in Loveland
The Girl That I Marry
If I Could Be With You
With Plenty of Money and You
They Didn't Believe Me
As Time Goes By
Walkin' With My Honey
Fit As A Fiddle
Bye Bye Blackbird
Why Do I Love You
Happy Days Are Here Again
Shut The Door
I'm A Ding Dong Daddy From Dumas
Sam, You Made The Pants Too Long
Josephine, Please Don't Lean On The Bell
I Love A Piano
The Preacher and The Bear
Wait Till The Sunshines Nellie
I Wonder What's Become of Sally
Sweetheart of Sigma Chi
Beautiful Dreamer
I Want A Girl
My Blue Heaven
Tea For Two
Blue Room
Miss You
When We're Alone (Penthouse Serenade)

Tenor: Verna Reed Lead: Al Shea Baritone: Dick Grapes Bass: Bill Spangenberg

The Bills bubbled to the top of the public consciousness during their star turn in the "Music Man," as the members of the River City School Board who sing "Lida Rose" (a moment in barbershop history that would introduce many of us novices to the style). In fact, though, they continued to live long and prosper way beyond that. As Columbia recording artists, they produced many albums (some with accompaniment), the highlights of which are compiled on these two CD's produced by Brian Beck. Digitally re-mastered to bring the quality to modern standards (though several tracks from their very earliest recording efforts couldn't be repaired 100%, but heck, it's part of the charm), the Bills' sound is startlingly robust for a group that won 50 years ago! Significant credit for this must be given to the arrangements of Walter Latzko, who began an eight-album association with the quartet in 1951; his impact on barbershop singing in general can hardly be overstated. The Bills brought those arrangements to life, embodying yearning and romance ("I'd Love To Live In Loveland," "Your Eyes Have Told Me So," "If You Were The Only Girl"), as well as broad tomfoolery and brisk cheer, during romps such as "Toot Toot Tootsie," "Dardanella" and "With Plenty Of Money And You." The longevity of their success may also be due in part to the smooth musicality of their approach and the warmth of their tone; though not breaking any sound barriers technically by today's standards, they don't need to. Released as part of the AIC Masterworks series to coincide with the 50th Annual Society Convention in Kansas City, this CD set is a great value.

Item code: 5414C | 2 CDs | $24.98 add item to cart
Barbershop | A Cappella | Male | United States

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