Vera Lynn’s compilation album, We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn, was released on August 25, 2009 via Decca Records, the label for which she recorded from 1936 until 1959. With an illustrious music career that spanned over seven decades, Dame Vera is affectionately known as “The Forces’ Sweetheart.” This twenty-track CD was well-received worldwide, and spent two weeks at the top of the UK Album Charts, where at the age of 92, Dame Vera became the oldest living person to have a #1 record on those charts.
It opens with the optimistic “The White Cliffs of Dover,” and it is followed by “Auf Wiederseh’n Sweetheart” and “We’ll Meet Again,” which is the song that Dame Vera claimed as her personal favorite.
Equally noteworthy tracks are “As Time Goes By” (from the motion picture Casablanca), “When I Grow Too Old To Dream,” “Travellin’ Home,” “Yours,” as well as “If You Love Me,” which was made famous by French icon Edith Piaf.
It also includes a remarkable medley of such songs as “Somewhere Along the Way,” “Here in My Heart” and “Let the Rest of the World Go By,” which are certain to please and soothe the listeners.
“I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” is a collaboration with Eric Rogers and his orchestra. “From the Time You Say Goodbye (The Parting Song)” is a fitting closing tune, thus leaving her fans thirsty for more.
In summation, We’ll Meet Again: The Very Best of Vera Lynn is one of the greatest albums ever recorded by a British songstress. Every ballad is a masterpiece and her vocals are timeless, nostalgic, and as clear as those of American vocalists Debbie Reynolds and Patsy Cline. These classic songs recorded by Dame Vera during World War II are bound to stand the test of time.
CD Rating: A