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Thanks for the Memory [Prism]

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Bob Hope 2003

Review

Prism Leisure is a British label specializing in budget-priced reissues consisting of material that the company either licenses inexpensively or, when the recordings are over 50 years old and thus in the public domain in Europe, simply transfers from old records. This Bob Hope compilation includes some of the comedian's few musical recordings for Decca (e.g., the 1938 single "Thanks for the Memory"/"Two Sleepy People" and 1939 single "The Lady's in Love With You"/"Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)," both duet records with Shirley Ross) along with airchecks from his many radio appearances. On every track except the standup routine that opens the album, Hope is accompanied by at least one other entertainer, among them his longtime movie partner Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante, Dorothy Lamour, Peggy Lee, Ethel Merman, and Margaret Whiting. Those are all musical efforts, albeit with some comic chatter, while "Bob Gets Married" is a sketch featuring Hope's radio partner Jerry Colonna and Frances Langford. Although remembered primarily as a comedian, Hope could carry a tune, even holding his own against the mighty Crosby, and these tracks, recorded between 1938 and 1952, include some of his best-known musical performances as well as some of his trademark rapid-fire comic patter. ~ William Ruhlmann
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Bob in San Francisco Bob Hope 2:51
  3. 2 The Road to Morocco Bob Hope 2:37
  4. 3 Put It There Pal Bob Hope 2:23
  5. 4 If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked a Cake Bob Hope 2:45
  6. 5 Two Sleepy People Bob Hope 3:0
  7. 6 The Boys With the Proboscis Bob Hope 2:36
  8. 7 Buttons and Bows Bob Hope 3:1
  9. 8 Ain't We Got Fun? Bob Hope 2:19
  10. 9 Home Cookin' Bob Hope 2:52
  11. 10 My Favorite Brunette Bob Hope 3:7
  12. 11 Beside You Bob Hope 3:7
  13. 12 For What? Bob Hope 8:27
  14. 13 The Road to Bali Bob Hope 2:30
  15. 14 Hoot Mon Bob Hope 2:35
  16. 15 The Merry-Go-Run-Around Bob Hope 2:30
  17. 16 Chicago Style Bob Hope 2:50
  18. 17 Bob Gets Married Bob Hope 5:38
  19. 18 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) Bob Hope 2:39
  20. 19 The Lady's in Love With You Bob Hope 2:35
  21. 20 It's De-Lovely Bob Hope 2:19
  22. 21 Thanks for the Memory Bob Hope 3:7

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