Heart Beats: Sirens of Song - Classic Torch

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Rhino's Sirens of Song: Classic Torch Singers is an excellent collection of late-night, lovelorn vocals by some of the best singers of the century -- and yes, all of them are female, since a strict definition of torch singing (not to mention sirens) excludes males. The collection leads off with "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, the prototypical torch singer (but by no means the best) and, from there, picks excellent features for Sarah Vaughan ("Black Coffee"), Billie Holiday ("Stormy Blues," a cracked vocal from her last few years of life), Ella Fitzgerald ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Dinah Washington (the transcendent "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"), Carmen McRae ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Rhino's Sirens of Song: Classic Torch Singers is an excellent collection of late-night, lovelorn vocals by some of the best singers of the century -- and yes, all of them are female, since a strict definition of torch singing (not to mention sirens) excludes males. The collection leads off with "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, the prototypical torch singer (but by no means the best) and, from there, picks excellent features for Sarah Vaughan ("Black Coffee"), Billie Holiday ("Stormy Blues," a cracked vocal from her last few years of life), Ella Fitzgerald ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Dinah Washington (the transcendent "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"), Carmen McRae ("I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good"), and even Edith Piaf (with a latter-day English version of "La Vie en Rose"). The compilers also excelled by choosing tracks by a trio of excellent R&B chanteuses: Etta James, LaVern Baker, and Ruth Brown. Also included is an excellent essay on the history and art of torch singing by Norma Campbell Edwards.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/1/1997
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227251420
  • Catalog Number: 72514

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Etta James Track Performer
Glen Campbell Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson Track Performer
Charlie Rich Track Performer
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Marlene Dietrich Track Performer
Judy Garland Track Performer
Al Hibbler Track Performer
Eartha Kitt Track Performer
Julie London Track Performer
Wayne Newton Track Performer
Nina Simone Track Performer
Frank Sinatra Track Performer
Paul Anka Track Performer
LaVern Baker Track Performer
Lou Rawls Track Performer
Leo Sayer Track Performer
Frankie Valli Track Performer
Laurindo Almeida Track Performer
Chet Baker Track Performer
Ruth Brown Track Performer
Billy Eckstine Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald Track Performer
Lena Horne Track Performer
Little Jimmy Scott Track Performer
Mel Tormé Track Performer
Dinah Washington Track Performer
Herb Jeffries Track Performer
Jackie Paris Track Performer
Vic Damone Track Performer
Dick Haymes Track Performer
Edith Piaf Track Performer
Jack Jones Track Performer
David Soul Track Performer
John Travolta Track Performer
Billie Holiday Vocals, Track Performer
Lou Bring Conductor
Sammy Davis Jr. Track Performer
Johnny Hartman Track Performer
Henri René Conductor
Jimmy Jones Conductor
Carmen McRae Vocals, Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan Track Performer
B.J. Thomas Track Performer
Gino Vannelli Track Performer
Odia Coates Track Performer
Tony Orlando & Dawn Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
LaVern Baker Composer
Edith Piaf Composer
María Mendez Grever Composer
Stanley Adams Composer
Sonny Burke Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bill Inglot Remastering
Jimmy Jones Arranger
Geoff Sykes Remastering
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Rachel Gutek Art Direction
Norma Edwards Liner Notes
Marcel Louiguy Composer
Mack David Composer
Louis Louiguy Composer
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