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Only the most intrepid Mel Tormé fans have collected his early recordings, which were made from the mid-'40s to the early '50s for a handful of independent labels Musicraft, Decca, Capitol and had never been definitively collected before. In yet another feat of anthologizing, the enthusiasts at Proper made history by compiling 95 Tormé performances on a four-disc box set, Jazz and Velvet. Boasting a budget price and featuring better-than-budget sound and notes, the set made it affordable and easy for any level of Mel Tormé fan to own the lion's share of material from a neglected period in his career. Tormé in the '40s was a boy wonder, a figure capable of bewitching the ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Only the most intrepid Mel Tormé fans have collected his early recordings, which were made from the mid-'40s to the early '50s for a handful of independent labels Musicraft, Decca, Capitol and had never been definitively collected before. In yet another feat of anthologizing, the enthusiasts at Proper made history by compiling 95 Tormé performances on a four-disc box set, Jazz and Velvet. Boasting a budget price and featuring better-than-budget sound and notes, the set made it affordable and easy for any level of Mel Tormé fan to own the lion's share of material from a neglected period in his career. Tormé in the '40s was a boy wonder, a figure capable of bewitching the bobby-soxers with his mellifluous high baritone, but also able to mesmerize their older, college-age brothers who studied charts closely and never trucked with crooners. His solo appearances and recordings of the day paved the way for his later career and provided his biggest hits paced by the only chart-topper of his career, 1949's "Careless Hands". Nevertheless, Tormé spent much more time in the studio with the Mel-Tones, his harmonically advanced and meticulously arranged vocal group. All of the Mel-Tones recordings are present, with the high spot appearing midway through the first disc -- their 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra feature "What Is This Thing Called Love?," a boisterous and bouncy charge through one of the most maudlin of torch songs. Disc two is devoted to transcriptions, either small-group features for Tormé alone or orchestra-led numbers with the Mel-Tones. Much of the third disc focuses on songs recorded with the Mel-Tones for a 1948 program which was set at a small college, accounting for original Tormé pleasantries like "Dear Old Fairmont," "Pythagoras You Stagger Us," and "It's Dark on Observatory Hill" none of them as tepid as their titles indicate. By early 1949, Mel Tormé had become a solo feature for good, acting on the prescient advice of a manager. Although he continued working with the Mel-Tones, most of the hits were his alone, except for a few with fellow Capitol act Peggy Lee. Together they scored a hit with "The Old Master Painter," and Lee contributed to Tormé's ambitious California Suite by playing the Easterner in "Got the Gate on the Golden Gate." Jazz and Velvet features a wealth of Tormé material from an era when he had varying control over his recordings, but none of them would cause the older, wiser artist to feel shamed by his early years.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520020732
  • Catalog Number: 73

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Willow Road (3:03)
  2. 2 There's No One But You (2:57)
  3. 3 Try a Little Tenderness (3:08)
  4. 4 South America, Take It Away (3:08)
  5. 5 Born to Be Blue (2:38)
  6. 6 It Happened in Monterey (2:51)
  7. 7 Dream Awhile (3:03)
  8. 8 There's No Business Like Show Business (2:55)
  9. 9 A Little Kiss Each Morning - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones (2:56)
  10. 10 When Is Sometime? - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones (3:05)
  11. 11 It's Easy to Remember - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones (3:01)
  12. 12 Love Is the Sweetest Thing - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones (3:09)
  13. 13 They Can't Convince Me (3:09)
  14. 14 I Got the Sun in the Morning (2:59)
  15. 15 Along With Me (3:07)
  16. 16 What Is This Thing Called Love? (3:01)
  17. 17 For You, For Me, For Evermore (3:04)
  18. 18 Changing My Tune (2:40)
  19. 19 Guilty (3:07)
  20. 20 And So to Bed (2:35)
  21. 21 Don't You Believe It Dear (2:36)
  22. 22 It's the Same Old Dream (3:02)
  23. 23 I Believe (2:49)
  24. 24 How Are Things in Glocca Morra (2:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 April Showers (1:50)
  2. 2 April in Paris (3:00)
  3. 3 This Can't Be Love (2:50)
  4. 4 Isn't It a Lovely Day? (2:26)
  5. 5 September Song (2:57)
  6. 6 I Can't Get Started (2:54)
  7. 7 They Didn't Believe Me (2:33)
  8. 8 They Can't Take That Away (2:27)
  9. 9 My Funny Valentine (1:50)
  10. 10 Country Boy (2:48)
  11. 11 How Long Has This Been Going On (3:15)
  12. 12 The Blues (4:15)
  13. 13 Gone With the Wind (3:23)
  14. 14 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:24)
  15. 15 A Cottage for Sale (2:43)
  16. 16 Love Me or Leave Me (1:49)
  17. 17 Don't Take Your Love from Me (1:59)
  18. 18 Blues in the Night (3:45)
  19. 19 Three Little Words (2:42)
  20. 20 I Cant Give You Anything But Love (3:05)
  21. 21 Fine and Dandy (3:06)
  22. 22 The Day You Came Along (2:44)
  23. 23 County Fair (5:20)
  24. 24 How High the Moon (2:21)
Disc 3
  1. 1 That's Where I Came In - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (2:53)
  2. 2 I Cover the Waterfront - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra (4:31)
  3. 3 The Best Things in Life Are Free (2:52)
  4. 4 Little White Lies - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra (3:01)
  5. 5 Night and Day - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra (2:44)
  6. 6 Dear Old Fairmont (3:43)
  7. 7 You're Driving Me Crazy (2:14)
  8. 8 You're the Top (1:45)
  9. 9 When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (1:56)
  10. 10 Everything Happens to Me (1:41)
  11. 11 It's a Most Unusual Day (2:44)
  12. 12 Pythagoras, How You Stagger Us (3:20)
  13. 13 The French Lesson (2:35)
  14. 14 It's Dark on Observatory Hill (1:46)
  15. 15 I Got the Sun in the Morning (2:21)
  16. 16 On a Slowboat to China (1:21)
  17. 17 Brahm's Lullaby (1:21)
  18. 18 Malt Shop Special (3:13)
  19. 19 Wish I May, Wish I Might (2:31)
  20. 20 Careless Hands (3:17)
  21. 21 You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me (3:07)
  22. 22 Blue Moon (3:12)
  23. 23 Again (3:12)
  24. 24 It's Too Late Now (3:14)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Four Wings and the Seven Seas (3:07)
  2. 2 Sonny Boy (2:45)
  3. 3 Oh You Beautiful Doll (2:19)
  4. 4 Got the Gate on the Golden Gate (3:35)
  5. 5 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (3:09)
  6. 6 The Old Master Painter - The Mello Men (2:50)
  7. 7 Skylark - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (3:08)
  8. 8 Lullaby of the Leaves - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:22)
  9. 9 The Piccolino - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:26)
  10. 10 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (3:19)
  11. 11 The Carioca (3:00)
  12. 12 I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling (2:53)
  13. 13 On a Little Street in Singapore (2:43)
  14. 14 I Like to Recognise the Tune (3:04)
  15. 15 Stompin' at the Savoy (2:34)
  16. 16 Don't Fan the Flame (2:30)
  17. 17 My Buddy (2:48)
  18. 18 You're a Heavenly Thing (2:33)
  19. 19 Heart and Soul (2:57)
  20. 20 Cross Your Heart (2:39)
  21. 21 A Stranger in Town (2:42)
  22. 22 Black Moonlight (2:28)
  23. 23 Do Do Do (2:29)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Vocals
Les Baxter Vocals, Group Member
Buck Clayton Trumpet, Accompaniment
Tal Farlow Guitar
Red Norvo Vibes
Mary Osborne Guitar
Artie Shaw Clarinet
Dave Barbour Guitar
Warren Covington Trombone, Accompaniment
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Dave Lambert Vocals
Ray Linn Trumpet
Lou McGarity Trombone, Accompaniment
Buddy Morrow Trombone, Accompaniment
Pete Rugolo Conductor, Accompaniment
Al Viola Guitar
Page Cavanaugh Piano
Dean Elliott Conductor
Hal Mooney Conductor, Accompaniment
Frank deVol Conductor, Vocals
Si Zentner Trombone, Accompaniment
Herbie Steward Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Safranski Bass
Betty Beveridge Vocals, Group Member
Ralph Brewster Vocals, Group Member
Maurice Brown Strings
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet, Accompaniment
Sid Cooper Reeds
Irving Cottler Drums, Accompaniment
Dave Barbour Four Accompaniment
Billy Exner Drums, Accompaniment
Nick Fatool Drums
Sid Feller Conductor, Accompaniment
Stan Fishelson Trumpet
Barry Galbraith Piano
Chuck Gentry Reeds, Baritone Saxophone, Accompaniment
Bernie Glow Trumpet
Ralph Hensel Xylophone, Vibes, Accompaniment
Skeets Herfurt Reeds, Alto Saxophone, Accompaniment
Clyde Hurley Trumpet
Jules Jacobs Reeds, Accompaniment
Jules Kisher Reeds, Accompaniment
Manny Klein Trumpet
Leo Kruczek Strings
Eddie Kusby Trombone, Accompaniment
Bob Lawson Reeds, Accompaniment
Clyde Lombardi Bass
The Mel-Tones Vocals
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Buddy Neil Piano, Accompaniment
Loulie Jean Norman Vocals, Group Member
Ginny O'Connor Vocals, Group Member
Page Cavanaugh Trio Accompaniment
Bernie Parke Vocals, Group Member
Lou Prisby Alto Saxophone
Bernie Privin Trumpet, Accompaniment
Milt Raskin Piano
Allan Reuss Guitar, Accompaniment
Harry Rodgers Trombone
Ralph Rosenlund Tenor Saxophone
George Schwartz Trumpet
George Seaberg Trumpet, Accompaniment
Artie Shapiro Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Phil Stephens Bass, Accompaniment
Bob Swift Trombone
Rudy Tanza Alto Saxophone
Joe Triscari Trumpet, Accompaniment
Janet Waldo Vocals
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Kai Winding Trombone
Milt Yaner Reeds
Mel Zelnick Drums
Tony Faso Trumpet
Teddy Napoleon Piano
Eddie Brown Reeds
Lew Stone Strings
Harold Mooney Accompaniment
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Stan Karpenia Strings
Al Richman French Horn
Lou Busch Conductor, Accompaniment
Mannie Thaler Reeds
Ray Sabinsky Strings
Sandor Szatmery Strings
Philip Solomon Strings
Garth Dickson Trombone
Sonny Burke & Orchestra Accompaniment
George Zornig Strings
Joe "Cannonball" Lewis Piano, Accompaniment
Tom Alonge Strings
Francis L. "Joe" Howard Trombone, Accompaniment
Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra Vocals
Diz Disruhd Vocals, Group Member
Barbara Eiler Vocals, Group Member
Lloyd Pratt Bass
Ray Linn & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Mellow Men Vocals
Susan "Peggy Lee" Melton Vocals
Harold Mooney & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Lian Rasey Trumpet, Accompaniment
Technical Credits
Paul James Composer
Johannes Brahms Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Billy Hill Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Jimmy Campbell Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Pete Rugolo Arranger
Chick Webb Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank deVol Arranger
Vernon Duke Composer
Harold Rome Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sonny Burke Arranger, Director
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Larry Conley Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Hal David Composer
Peter DeRose Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Haven Gillespie Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Nancy Hamilton Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Walter Kent Composer
Herbert Magidson Composer
Hugh Martin Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Lionel Newman Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Harry Beasley Smith Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Robert Wells Composer
Allie Wrubel Composer
Roger Edens Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Jack Wells Composer
Benny Goodman & His Orchestra Composer
Arthur Johnston Composer
Willard Robison Composer
Kay Swift Composer
Joe Young Composer
Don Rodney Composer
Louis Silvers Composer
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Tom Adair Composer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Akst Composer
Harry Woods Composer
Harry Link Composer
Henry Nemo Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Donald Kahn Composer
Morgan Lewis Composer
Otis Rene Composer
Jack Little Composer
Harold Spina Composer
Harry Connelly Composer
Austen Croom Composer
Robert Emmett Dolan Composer
Mabel Wayne Composer
Jack D. Elliot Composer
Joop Visser Producer, Liner Notes
Billy Rose Composer
Nat D. Ayer Composer
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