Golden Years of Dick Haymes

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
European copyright law, which places recordings over 50 years old in the public domain, has caused a flood of cheap, low-quality reissues of the work of the major recording artists of the first half of the 20th century. But, in addition to the bottom-feeders, there are a few reputable record labels that use their free access to vintage recordings to put together superior packages, and one of these is Jasmine, which is responsible for this collection, a four-CD, 101-track box set running nearly five hours, the most comprehensive collection of Dick Haymes recordings yet released. Producer/annotator Geoff Milne estimates that Decca Records released 250+ titles by Haymes ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
European copyright law, which places recordings over 50 years old in the public domain, has caused a flood of cheap, low-quality reissues of the work of the major recording artists of the first half of the 20th century. But, in addition to the bottom-feeders, there are a few reputable record labels that use their free access to vintage recordings to put together superior packages, and one of these is Jasmine, which is responsible for this collection, a four-CD, 101-track box set running nearly five hours, the most comprehensive collection of Dick Haymes recordings yet released. Producer/annotator Geoff Milne estimates that Decca Records released 250+ titles by Haymes on singles in the 1940s and '50s, and 91 of them are here, including all 27 of the singer's Top Ten hits. Also featured are four tracks he made as the singer in Harry James' orchestra in 1941 and six airchecks from his various radio shows. The tracks are in chronological order by recording date, with the exception of "Adieu," which was placed at the end as a send-off. Omitted are nine of Haymes' lesser chart entries and, oddly, his several songs recorded as Benny Goodman's male singer, among them such hits as "Idaho." Even so, an excellent portrait of the singer in his 1941-1952 heyday emerges, helped by the song annotations and Milne's sympathetic biographical essay. Haymes remains unflappably smooth throughout, whether on his own or in partnership with Helen Forrest, the Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland, or Ethel Merman, whether fronting an orchestra or, in an interesting set of Irving Berlin tunes, just backed by Carmen Cavallaro at the piano. His style does not change with fashion; by the end in the early '50s, he was still maintaining his calm, rich vocal style, just as he had a decade earlier. Containing, as the cover notes, "many tracks previously not on CD or LP," this is a standard-setting Dick Haymes collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2003
  • Label: Jasmine Music
  • UPC: 604988030921
  • Catalog Number: 94
  • Sales rank: 34,386


Disc 1
  1. 1 I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You) - Harry James & His Orchestra (2:45)
  2. 2 Lament to Love - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:12)
  3. 3 A Sinner Kissed an Angel - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:14)
  4. 4 I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest - Harry James & His Orchestra (3:22)
  5. 5 Wait for Me, Mary (2:51)
  6. 6 You'll Never Know (2:46)
  7. 7 In My Arms (2:45)
  8. 8 It Can't Be Wrong (3:17)
  9. 9 Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey (2:42)
  10. 10 Long Ago (And Far Away) - Camarata & His Orchestra (3:28)
  11. 11 How Blue the Night - Emil Newman (3:05)
  12. 12 Our Waltz - Reggie Young (2:59)
  13. 13 It Had to Be You - Reggie Young (3:13)
  14. 14 Together - Jesse Colin Young (3:09)
  15. 15 Great Day - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (2:28)
  16. 16 By the Old Corral - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:47)
  17. 17 Let the Rest of the World Go By - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:11)
  18. 18 The More I See You - Victor Young (3:04)
  19. 19 I Wish I Knew - Victor Young (3:10)
  20. 20 Where or When - Victor Young (2:05)
  21. 21 They Didn't Believe Me - Reggie Young (2:55)
  22. 22 Love Letters (2:46)
  23. 23 Laura (3:06)
  24. 24 I'll Buy That Dream - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:59)
  25. 25 Some Sunday Morning - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:37)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It Might as Well Be Spring - Victor Young (3:10)
  2. 2 Slowly - Reggie Young (2:36)
  3. 3 That's for Me - Victor Young (2:53)
  4. 4 Till the End of Time - Victor Young & His Orchestra (3:06)
  5. 5 How Deep Is the Ocean? - Lyn Murray & His Orchestra (3:05)
  6. 6 I'm Always Chasing Rainbows - Earle Hagen and His Orchestra (3:01)
  7. 7 Oh! What It Seemed to Be - Earle Hagen and His Orchestra (2:58)
  8. 8 It's a Grand Night for Singing - Earle H. Hagen (2:33)
  9. 9 In Love in Vain - Earle Hagen and His Orchestra (3:06)
  10. 10 Two Sleepy People - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:51)
  11. 11 People Will Say We're in Love - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:57)
  12. 12 Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did? - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:05)
  13. 13 For You, For Me, For Evermore - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:14)
  14. 14 Mi Vida - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:55)
  15. 15 The Girl That I Marry - Charles Dant and Orchestra (3:08)
  16. 16 How Are Things in Glocca Morra? - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:01)
  17. 17 Stella by Starlight (3:02)
  18. 18 Mam'selle (3:06)
  19. 19 Anything You Can Do - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (3:03)
  20. 20 There's No Business Like Show Business - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (2:54)
  21. 21 When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:01)
  22. 22 I Wish I Didn't Love You So (2:52)
  23. 23 And Mimi - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:14)
  24. 24 What'll I Do? - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:43)
  25. 25 You Do - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:03)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Little White Lies - Four Hits And A Miss (3:16)
  2. 2 Teresa - Vic Schoen (2:57)
  3. 3 My Sin - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (3:03)
  4. 4 It's Magic (2:32)
  5. 5 By the Way - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:17)
  6. 6 Say It Isn't So (2:51)
  7. 7 Lady of the Evening (2:46)
  8. 8 The Girl on the Magazine Cover (2:29)
  9. 9 All Alone (2:41)
  10. 10 Say It With Music (2:11)
  11. 11 Soft Lights and Sweet Music (2:51)
  12. 12 I'd Love to Call You My Sweetheart - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (2:54)
  13. 13 What Did I Do? - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (3:13)
  14. 14 Golden Earrings - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:54)
  15. 15 You Can't Be True, Dear (2:57)
  16. 16 Nature Boy (3:00)
  17. 17 A Room Full of Roses (2:38)
  18. 18 Maybe It's Because - Tattlers (3:18)
  19. 19 Let's Take an Old Fashion Walk - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:36)
  20. 20 Little Fish in a Big Pond - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (2:27)
  21. 21 Hush, Little Darlin' - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:18)
  22. 22 Keepsakes - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:03)
  23. 23 I'm in Love - Evelyn Knight (2:22)
  24. 24 You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To - Jerry Gray (2:51)
  25. 25 Why Won't Ya? - Jerry Gray & His Orchestra (2:40)
  26. 26 Wunderbar - Jerry Gray (2:37)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Old Master Painter - Four Hits And A Miss (2:24)
  2. 2 I Surrender, Dear - Carmen Dragon and Orchestra (2:30)
  3. 3 You Stepped Out of a Dream - Carmen Dragon and Orchestra (2:17)
  4. 4 Can I Come in for a Second - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (3:20)
  5. 5 I Oughta Know More About You - Vic Schoen & His Orchestra (3:10)
  6. 6 Did You Ever See a Dream Walking? - Carmen Dragon and Orchestra (2:02)
  7. 7 Wishing (Will Make It So) - Carmen Dragon and Orchestra (2:05)
  8. 8 Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone) - Carmen Dragon and Orchestra (2:24)
  9. 9 A Little Bit Independent - Four Hits And A Miss (3:15)
  10. 10 Count Every Star - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:55)
  11. 11 Don't Be Afraid - Reggie Young (3:23)
  12. 12 Your Eyes Have Told Me So - Reggie Young (3:20)
  13. 13 The Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Reggie Young (3:12)
  14. 14 Can Anyone Explain? - Reggie Young (2:26)
  15. 15 Empty Saddles - Victor Young (2:30)
  16. 16 You're Just in Love - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:07)
  17. 17 Once Upon a Time Today - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:14)
  18. 18 It's a Lovely Day Today - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:08)
  19. 19 I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest (3:15)
  20. 20 Everything Happens to Me - Tommy Dorsey (3:01)
  21. 21 Too Late Now - Dave Young (3:31)
  22. 22 Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year - Al Lerner and Orchestra (3:17)
  23. 23 Sunday, Monday or Always - Victor Young & His Orchestra (2:31)
  24. 24 It Could Happen to You - Reggie Young (3:18)
  25. 25 Adieu - Jerry Gray (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dick Haymes Primary Artist
Carmen Cavallaro Piano
Charles Dant and Orchestra Track Performer
Carmen Dragon and Orchestra Track Performer
Al Lerner and Orchestra Track Performer
Tattlers Track Performer
Lyn Murray & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Ernesto Lecuona Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Babe Russin Composer
Frankie Carle Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Ray Heindorf Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Nacio Herb Brown Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Harry Barris Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Kim Gannon Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Ken Griffin Composer
Ted Grouya Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Jack Hoffman Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Burton Lane Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
David Raksin Composer
Herbert Reynolds Composer
Leo Robin Composer
David Rose Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Max Steiner Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Roy Turk Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Ned Washington Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Victor Young Composer
Alfred Newman Composer
Will Jason Composer
Eden Ahbez Composer
Fred Myrow Composer
Tim Spencer Composer
Geoff Milne Producer, Liner Notes
Charles Tobias Composer
Michael Stoner Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Revel Composer
Gordon Clifford Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Sammy Gallop Composer
Nat Simon Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Mack David Composer
Junie McCree Composer
David Saxon Composer
Larry Shayne Composer
Ernest R. Ball Composer
Walter Blaufuss Composer
Martin Block Composer
Jacob Otis Brennan Composer
Karen Brennan Composer
Nat Burton Composer
Val Burton Composer
Harry Carroll Composer
Bruno Coquatrix Composer
Hal Cotton Composer
Gerhard Ebeler Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Bill Hill Composer
Hans Otten Composer
Harold Green Composer
Mick Graphic Design
Edmund Goulding Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Ted Mossman Composer
Joseph McCarthy Composer
Johnnie Scott Composer
Kermit Goell Composer
Beasley Smith Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The greatest balladeer of all time

    With a running time of over 5 hours, sleeve notes by nostalgia expert Geoff Milne, fully annotated with recording dates, matrix numbers where known and orchestral backings this is a major collection. For many Dick Haymes collectors this will be a much-awaited gem of a box set. As with any project of this size the overall sound quality has to be a major consideration and this is consistently excellent throughout the 4 discs. In fact it was difficult to detect any surface noise even on the oldest of the recordings. There are examples of Dick’s earliest work with Harry James I’ll Get By, (1941) and those blockbusters hits such as You’ll never Know & It can’t be wrong (1943) with The Song Spinners. Put together, quite wisely, in chronological sequence the listener can hear just how Dick’s voice developed from that of a big band vocalist to a major solo artist. Included are his biggest hits, Stella by starlight, Laura, Till the end of time, It had to be you with Helen Forrest etc and there are memories too of many of his film musicals including, Let the rest of the world go by (Irish Eyes are Smiling, 1944), It might as well be Spring (State Fair, 1945), The more I see you (Diamond Horseshoe, 1945), Mi Vida, (Carnival in Costa Rica, 1947) etc. Naturally, with any collection of this size there are going to be the obvious duplications (the chart hits) with other CDs but the inclusion of rarer material, radio performances, two lovely duets with Helen Forrest, Two sleepy people, People will say we’re in love and some world transcriptions, which have previously only had a limited release, makes the 101 selections an absolute must for the collector and a wonderful set for the curious first time buyer. The collection has 12 songs with the Andrews Sisters or Patty Andrews, 9 tracks with Helen Forrest including 2 rare radio show duets, 6 Irving Berlin tracks with Carmen Cavallaro to highlight but a few of the songs. Picking just a couple of my own favourites was difficult but I had to select his brother Bob Haymes song, Hush, little darlin’, which is a lovely but rarely heard cowboy style ballad and the atmospheric Don’t be afraid, with its haunting Victor Young arrangement. It is also thrilling to have on CD at long last, Too late Now from Royal Wedding a song which Dick gives a definitive performance and finally my all time Haymes favourite It Could Happen to You, which captures all the power and glory of his wonderful baritone. There are just so many top performances here that one is simply spoilt for choice. This is the first time that any label has put together such a comprehensive collection, which represents the best of his output from 1941 to 1952 a period during which Dick was a major recording star.

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