Lots of news this fall! Two new collections of Ruth Etting music were released just a little over a month apart – one on Amazon and the other on iTunes.
On October 3, 2010, Ideal Music released Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – it’s MP3 download only – no physical CDs are available. It includes most of her top hits, including Love Me Or Leave Me, Ten Cents A Dance, Shine On, Harvest Moon, Goodnight, Sweetheart, and of course, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. You can hear a sample of the songs on Amazon.com – or buy it for $.99 per song, or $8.99 for all twenty songs.
Then two days ago, on November 8, 2010, Start Entertainment released a mega-huge collection of 51 Ruth Etting songs called Happy Days and Lonely Nights on iTunes. It contains all the same highlights as above, plus Shaking the Blues Away, Mean to Me, Guilty, Button Up Your Overcoat, and Dancing with Tears in My Eyes – and it’s also $.99 a song, or the whole 51 song collection is available for $19.99.
My one complaint? The iTunes-only album, Happy Days and Lonely Nights, used the single least attractive photo of Ruth Etting ever, for the cover. What were they thinking? It’s such an unattractive photo. The lighting was terrible, which created big shadows under her eyes. There are so many beautiful images available, I’ll never understand why they’d stick that one on the cover of such a great collection of songs! The Amazon album, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, used a still photo from her film, Roman Scandals, which may seem like an odd choice, but at least it makes a pretty album cover!