Best of the Verve Songbooks: Love Songs

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Are you one of those people who can't walk through the jazz section without mooning over the lavishly packaged and heart-droppingly expensive 16-disc Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books set? If so, you're not alone, and Verve knows it. So to keep you from bemoaning your fate, the company has been releasing single-disc compilations drawn from the set -- the first was an overview entitled Best of the Song Books: The Collection, the second a perfect bachelor pad accessory called simply Best of the Song Books: The Ballads. This latest one appears redundant at first glance -- why follow Best of the Song Books: The Ballads with Best of the Song Books: Love Songs? -- but a ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Are you one of those people who can't walk through the jazz section without mooning over the lavishly packaged and heart-droppingly expensive 16-disc Complete Ella Fitzgerald Song Books set? If so, you're not alone, and Verve knows it. So to keep you from bemoaning your fate, the company has been releasing single-disc compilations drawn from the set -- the first was an overview entitled Best of the Song Books: The Collection, the second a perfect bachelor pad accessory called simply Best of the Song Books: The Ballads. This latest one appears redundant at first glance -- why follow Best of the Song Books: The Ballads with Best of the Song Books: Love Songs? -- but a listen dispels that impression quickly. Though there are several excellent slow numbers, including glorious versions of "Prelude to a Kiss" and "I Concentrate on You," the album is dominated by mid- and uptempo standards such as "I'm Beginning to See the Light," "I Let a Song Go out of My Heart" and "Love You Madly." The settings vary from the lush orchestrations of Nelson Riddle and Billy May to standard small-group arrangements, though the focus is on larger ensembles. That's kind of too bad, since Ella always seemed to loosen up a bit more with her small groups -- one of the most beautiful moments on this disc is her rendition of "Solitude," on which she is accompanied only by Barney Kessel's guitar. But every track is a wonder, and though it won't stop you from pining after the whole thing, this disc is a welcome window on the Song Books set.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/18/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731453176225
  • Catalog Number: 531762
  • Sales rank: 81,857

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 From This Moment On - Buddy Bregman (3:16)
  2. 2 Solitude (2:06)
  3. 3 Love You Madly (4:39)
  4. 4 All the Things You Are - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:15)
  5. 5 I Concentrate on You - Buddy Bregman (3:11)
  6. 6 Out of This World - Billy May (2:42)
  7. 7 How About Me? - Paul Weston (3:14)
  8. 8 I'm Beginning to See the Light - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:25)
  9. 9 The Man I Love - Nelson Riddle (3:50)
  10. 10 I Remember You - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:38)
  11. 11 I Let a Song Go out of My Heart (4:09)
  12. 12 Always - Paul Weston (3:05)
  13. 13 Just One of Those Things - Buddy Bregman (3:30)
  14. 14 Prelude to a Kiss (5:27)
  15. 15 All Too Soon - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (4:22)
  16. 16 Lover - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Ella Fitzgerald Primary Artist, Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Buddy Collette Woodwind
Bob Cooper Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
Buddy DeFranco Clarinet
Harry "Sweets" Edison Trumpet
Herb Ellis Guitar
Maynard Ferguson Trumpet
Herb Geller Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Paul Gonsalves Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Hodges Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Barney Kessel Guitar
Billy May Conductor
Ray Nance Trumpet
Ted Nash Clarinet, Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Oscar Peterson Piano
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone
Paul Smith Piano
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Shorty Baker Trumpet
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Willie Cook Trumpet
Lou Levy Piano
Abe Most Clarinet
Babe Russin Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Woode Bass
Buddy Bregman Conductor, Track Performer
Justin Gordon Woodwind
Corky Hale Harp
Bob Bain Guitar
Felix Slatkin Violin, Vocals
Russell Procope Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Britt Woodman Trombone
Victor Arno Vocals
Israel Baker Violin, Vocals
Norman Benno Bassoon, Oboe
Benny Carter Alto Saxophone
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Ray Brown Bass
Harry Carney Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
John Cave French Horn
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Clark Terry Trumpet
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Irving Cottler Drums
James A. Decker French Horn
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Duke Ellington Piano
Walter Edelstein Violin
Frank Flynn Drums
Frank Foster Tenor Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin Violin, Vocals
Chuck Gentry Bassoon, Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Bass Saxophone
James Getzoff Violin, Vocals
Benny Gill Violin, Vocals
Jimmy Hamilton Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Milt Holland Glockenspiel, Marimbas, Xylophone, Timpani, Vibes, Tubular Bells
Jules Jacob Woodwind
Kathyrine Julye Harp
Armand Karpoff Cello, Viola
Harry Klee Flute, Woodwind
Manny Klein Trumpet
Joe Koch Woodwind
Ray Kramer Cello
Dan Lube Violin, Cello
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Virginia Majewski Viola
Joe Mondragon Bass
Vito Mangano Trumpet
Wilfred Middlebrooks Bass
Dick Nash Trombone
George Neikrug Cello
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Erno Neufeld Violin, Vocals
Lou Raderman Violin, Vocals
Emil Radocchia Percussion
Emil Richards Percussion, Marimbas
George Roberts Bass Trombone
Paul Robyn Viola
Nathan Ross Violin, Vocals
Mischa Russell Concert Master
Jack Ryan Bass
John Sanders Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz Woodwind
George Seaberg Trumpet
Tommy Shepard Flute, Trombone
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Stuff Smith Bass, Violin
George "Harmonica" Smith Clarinet
Marshall Sosson Violin, Vocals
Alvin Stoller Drums
Fred Stulce Clarinet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Gerald Vinci Violin, Vocals
Champ Webb Woodwind
Paul Weston Conductor, Track Performer
Sam Woodyard Drums
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Alex Beller Violin, Vocals
William Hinshaw French Horn
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Victor Bay Vocals
Stanley Harris Viola
Murray Kellner Violin, Vocals
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Kurt Reher Cello
Eudice Shapiro Vocals
Barbara Simons Viola
Lloyd W. Hildebrand Bassoon
Arnold Koblentz English Horn, Oboe
Henry Beau Woodwind
Karl de Karske Bass Trombone
Dale McMickle Trumpet
Joe Stepansky Violin
Billy May Orchestra Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Howard Terry Bassoon
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Joe Howard Trombone
Veryle Brilhart Harp
Seymour Schoneberg Oboe
Alex Neimann Viola
Misha Russel Violin, Concert Master
William Smith Woodwind
Robert LaMarchina Cello
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Billy May Arranger
Buddy Bregman Arranger, Contributor
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Norman Granz Producer, Engineer
Harry Carney Contributor
Duke Ellington Contributor
Ira Gershwin Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger, Contributor
Bret Primack Liner Notes
Phil Schaap Contributor, Remastering
Richard Seidel Executive Producer
Walter Sheets Arranger
Tommy Shepard Contributor
Paul Weston Arranger
Andrew Nicholas Mastering
Suha Gur Mastering
Ben Young Contributor
Jeff Fulvimari Illustrations, Cover Design
Lisa Po-Ying Art Direction
Chris Thompson Art Direction
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