The Andrews Sisters
The Best of the War Years
Stardust Records / Cleopatra CLP1067

  1 Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby? Louis Jordan 2:37
  2 Straighten up and Fly Right Nat King Cole / Zrving Mills 2:24
  3 Down in the Valley Traditional 2:57
  4 Put That Ring on My Finger Haven Gillespie / Sunny Skylar 2:22
  5 Three Caballeros Ernesto Cortázar / Manuel Esperón / Ray Gilbert 2:25
  6 Vict'ry Polka Sammy Cahn / Jule Styne 1:48
  7 The Blonde Sailor Mitchell Parish 3:01
  8 (I'm Getting) Corns for My Country Jean Barry / Dick Charles / Leah Worth 2:47
  9 Lullaby of Broadway Al Dubin / Harry Warren 2:27
10 Don't Blame Me Dorothy Fields / Jimmy McHugh 2:45
11 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy Hughie Prince / Don Raye 2:16
12 Sing a Tropical Song Frank Loesser / Jimmy McHugh 2:33
13 Rhumboogie Hughie Prince / Don Raye 2:33
14 Money Is the Root of All Evil Alex Krarmer / Joan Whitney 2:31
15 Red River Valley Traditional 3:22
16 Andrews Sisters Hits Medley 3:13

During World War II, the Andrews Sisters were famous for patriotic pop. Obviously, not everything they recorded had to do with war or the United States military - Maxene, Patty, and LaVerne Andrews were quite popular before the U.S. entered World War II. But they were responsible for some of the most famous (and cutest) patriotic hits of their era, and they did their part to boost the morale of American troops. So not surprisingly, the Andrews Sisters were major contributors to the U.S. government's V-disc program. V-discs were not sold commercially - these 78s were made exclusively for the enjoyment of American servicemen who were stationed overseas. The Best of the War Years does not contain the Andrews Sisters' famous Decca recordings; rather, this CD focuses on material that they contributed to the V-disc program in the early to mid-'40s (some of which was broadcast on their radio show). Some of these tunes have a patriotic theme, including "Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (From Company C)", was a major hit in 1941 and "Victory Polka." But Stardust provides another version, not the definitive Decca recording. Most of them do not have anything to do with the military or wartime, and that includes enjoyable performances of "Lullaby of Broadway," "Is You Is, or Is You Ain't My Baby," and "Straighten Up and Fly Right" (which was among the Nat King Cole Trio's big hits of the '40s).