“Falling in Love Again (Can’t Help It)” is the English language name for a 1930 German song composed by Friedrich Hollaender as “Ich bin von Kopf bis Fuß auf Liebe eingestellt” (literally: “I am, from head to toe, ready for love”). The song was originally performed, in the 1930 film Der Blaue Engel (English translation: The Blue Angel), by Marlene Dietrich, who also recorded the most famous English version, which became her anthem. Dietrich is backed by the Friedrich Hollaender Orchestra.
La Femme Dietrich’s career lasted several decades, and when she inked a deal with Decca Records in 1939, her first recording assignment was to produce an album of her “greatest hits,” so already pervasive was her fame. This 16-track collection rounds up selections recorded over a 25-year period between her signing to Decca and her later recordings for Dot and Kapp, all of which parent company MCA-Universal now owns. Besides the definitive, elegant orchestral reading of the title track, Marlene also puts her pipes and personality to other hits like “The Boys in the Backroom” and “You’ve Got That Look (That Makes Me Weak)” from the movie Destry Rides Again, as well as a batch of classy readings of “You Do Something to Me,” “You Go to My Head,” and uncharacteristic, almost surreal 1957 rock & roll stabs at “Near You,” and “Kisses Sweeter Than Wine” and the campy spins of her final single in 1965, “If He Swing By the String” and “Such Trying Times.” All in all, a great little career overview to add to the pop vocal side of the collection.