American Songbook

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The idea of a Great American Songbook is mostly a hypothetical concept, but it does define an era in the heart of the 20th century, roughly from the 1920s through to the advent of the 1960s, when elegantly graceful songwriters, arrangers, and composers like Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington, all often working for Broadway, musical theater, or Hollywood films, created a sort of golden age of sophisticated American pop music. This two-disc, 46-track set collects classics from this loosely defined catalog, including Peggy Lee's version of "How Deep Is the Ocean," Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The idea of a Great American Songbook is mostly a hypothetical concept, but it does define an era in the heart of the 20th century, roughly from the 1920s through to the advent of the 1960s, when elegantly graceful songwriters, arrangers, and composers like Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Hoagy Carmichael, Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington, all often working for Broadway, musical theater, or Hollywood films, created a sort of golden age of sophisticated American pop music. This two-disc, 46-track set collects classics from this loosely defined catalog, including Peggy Lee's version of "How Deep Is the Ocean," Judy Garland's "Over the Rainbow," Billie Holiday's "Stormy Weather," Tony Bennett's "It Had to Be You," the Mills Brothers' "Lazy River," Frank Sinatra's "That Old Black Magic," and Dean Martin's "That's Amore," among others. These are beautiful recordings, born out of the jazz age, but when things drifted into the 1960s, which saw the rise and impact of rock & roll and R&B, the pop landscape changed, leaving these wonderful tracks frozen in amber.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/30/2012
  • Label: Play 24-7
  • EAN: 5051503209921
  • Catalog Number: 99
  • Sales rank: 220,287

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Without a Song - Frank Sinatra (4:33)
  2. 2 How Deep is the Ocean - Peggy Lee (3:08)
  3. 3 My Baby Just Cares for Me - Tony Bennett (2:23)
  4. 4 Long Ago and Far Away - Perry Como (3:12)
  5. 5 Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (2:51)
  6. 6 Embraceable You - Nat King Cole (3:25)
  7. 7 Stormy Weather - Billie Holiday (3:40)
  8. 8 Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love - Eartha Kitt (3:09)
  9. 9 You Stepped Out of a Dream - Johnny Mathis (2:45)
  10. 10 Carolina in the Morning - Al Jolson (2:37)
  11. 11 Autumn in New York - Louis Armstrong (5:57)
  12. 12 Come Rain or Come Shine - Count Basie & His Orchestra (4:05)
  13. 13 I Can't Give YOu Anything but Love - Dean Martin (2:02)
  14. 14 Alexander's Ragtime Band - Bessie Smith (3:05)
  15. 15 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) - Duke Ellington (3:12)
  16. 16 Puttin' on the Ritz - Fred Astaire (2:37)
  17. 17 Cheek to Cheek - Ginger Rodgers (5:12)
  18. 18 Mood Indigo - Cab Calloway & His Orchestra (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It Had to Be You - Tony Bennett (3:00)
  2. 2 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Harry Belafonte (2:57)
  3. 3 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Peggy Lee (2:18)
  4. 4 There's No Business Like Show Business - Ethel Merman (2:34)
  5. 5 Makin' Whoopee - Mel Tormé (2:59)
  6. 6 Fascinating Rhythm - Count Basie Orchestra (1:31)
  7. 7 Temptation - Percy Faith (3:06)
  8. 8 Lazy River - The Mills Brothers (2:55)
  9. 9 That's Amore - Dean Martin (3:11)
  10. 10 April in Paris - Coleman Hawkins & His Orchestra (3:11)
  11. 11 My Mammy - Al Jolson (2:59)
  12. 12 One For My Baby (And One for the Road) - Ginger Rodgers (5:09)
  13. 13 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Roy Dennis & His Band (3:19)
  14. 14 In a Sentimental Mood - Duke Ellington (3:22)
  15. 15 But Not for Me - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:06)
  16. 16 That Old Black Magic - Frank Sinatra (2:37)
  17. 17 It's Only a Paper Moon - Lee Wiley (3:14)
  18. 18 Standing on the Corner - The Four Lads (2:54)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Berlin Composer
Arlen Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Eliscu Composer
McHugh Composer
Koehler Composer
Youmans Composer
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