Music Review

The Columbia Years: 1922-1940 (1994)

EW's GRADE
B

Details Lead Performance: Eddie Cantor; Genre: Reissues

One of the all-time show-biz giants-in 1929, Variety estimated Eddie Cantor was the second-wealthiest man in the business — the saucer-eyed song-and-dance man mixed sentimentality with impish humor. His expansive rendering of ''Mandy'' and sweetly subdued ''When My Ship Comes In,'' highpoints of the two-disc set The Columbia Years: 1922-1940, evoke a bygone era of master showmanship. But many of his early comic novelties — like ''Goo-Goo-Good-Night Dear!'' — haven't aged as well. B

Originally posted Jun 17, 1994 Published in issue #227 Jun 17, 1994 Order article reprints