Me and My Shadow

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A contemporary of Al Jolson, Frank Crumit, and Eddie Cantor but ever so much quieter than they, World War I veteran and gas attack survivor Whispering Jack Smith was among the first singers to take advantage of the newly invented microphone as an amplifying agent in the development of the fine and subtle art of crooning. Beginning in 1925, Smith began making records and performing on-stage as well as over the radio using a disarmingly intimate, polite, and velvety smooth delivery that distinguished him from everyone else. This delightful Living Era portrait album assembles 25 of his nicest recordings in nearly chronological order, beginning with his gentle 1927 cover of ...
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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
A contemporary of Al Jolson, Frank Crumit, and Eddie Cantor but ever so much quieter than they, World War I veteran and gas attack survivor Whispering Jack Smith was among the first singers to take advantage of the newly invented microphone as an amplifying agent in the development of the fine and subtle art of crooning. Beginning in 1925, Smith began making records and performing on-stage as well as over the radio using a disarmingly intimate, polite, and velvety smooth delivery that distinguished him from everyone else. This delightful Living Era portrait album assembles 25 of his nicest recordings in nearly chronological order, beginning with his gentle 1927 cover of Jolson's "Me and My Shadow" and stepping back to the 1925 recording of "Cecilia, Does Your Mother Know You're Out?" This and four sides of 1926 vintage were all recorded in the singer's hometown of New York City. In order to appreciate this singer's delicate persona, the listener will need to suspend all acquired notions of postmodern brusqueness, impatience, and bitterness. Whispering Jack Smith is about innocence and sentimentality -- the innocence we've never really had and the sentimentality some of us will sadly never permit ourselves to indulge in. "Gimme a Little Kiss" is cute in ways that remind us that authentic, refined cuteness is almost a lost art. Note the shrill birdcall whistling of Carson Robison at regular intervals during "When the Red, Red Robin Goes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along." Beginning with "It All Depends on You," the next eight tracks were recorded in England during Smith's frequent appearances there in musical stage revues. Smith actually does whisper at times during his beautiful renderings of Irving Berlin's "Blue Skies" and "The Song Is Ended But the Melody Lingers On." Backed by Bert Ambrose and the Whispering Orchestra, the singer gave one of his all-time jazziest performances with Ben Pollack's "Miss Annabelle Lee." There are no less than five Ambrose/Smith collaborations included in this package. They are all exceptionally warm and reassuring. Smith's warmly received visit to Berlin in August 1928 resulted in a pair of fine recordings, one of which is sung in both English and a very delicate Deutsch. Returning to Great Britain, he cut a series of heartwarming records during the autumn of 1928 backed by Carroll Gibbons and the New Mayfair Dance Orchestra. "'S Wonderful" and especially "Crazy Rhythm" anticipate the development of swing music. "All by Yourself in the Moonlight" features a funny little group vocal by the band. Back in New York in May of 1929, Smith recorded a pretty little romantic song with Leonard Joy and the Victor Orchestra, but doesn't seem to have enjoyed the popularity that he'd experienced abroad. Despite or perhaps because of the growing predominance of Bing Crosby, Smith's brand of nonchalance went slowly out of style during the 1930s. Two austere records from 1940 document his brief essay toward a comeback that never caught on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/28/2000
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625537222
  • Catalog Number: 5372

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Me And My Shadow (3:25)
  2. 2 Cecilia, Does Your Mother Know You're Out? (3:04)
  3. 3 Gimme a Little Kiss, Will Ya Huh? (3:22)
  4. 4 When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along (3:11)
  5. 5 Baby Face (3:07)
  6. 6 There Ain't No "Maybe" In My Baby's Eyes (2:32)
  7. 7 It All Depends on You (2:58)
  8. 8 Blue Skies (3:23)
  9. 9 Birth of the Blues (3:01)
  10. 10 My Blue Heaven (3:49)
  11. 11 The Song Is Ended (3:35)
  12. 12 Miss Annabelle Lee (3:12)
  13. 13 Sunshine - Joe Brannelly (2:51)
  14. 14 Whispering (2:52)
  15. 15 I Kiss Your Hand, Madame (2:37)
  16. 16 Ramona (2:42)
  17. 17 'S Wonderful - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:50)
  18. 18 Crazy Rhythm - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (3:09)
  19. 19 Funny Face - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:52)
  20. 20 That's My Weakness Now - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:35)
  21. 21 The Song I Love - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (3:05)
  22. 22 All By Yourself In The Moonlight - New Mayfair Dance Orchestra (2:58)
  23. 23 To Be In Love, Espesh'lly With You - Victor Orchestra (2:43)
  24. 24 I'm Knee-Deep In Daisies, And Head Over Heels In Love (2:56)
  25. 25 A Faded Photograph (2:30)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Whispering Jack Smith Primary Artist
Carroll Gibbons Track Performer
Carson Robison Human Whistle
Leonard Joy Track Performer
Jack Smith Piano
Joe Brannelly Guitar
Arthur Johnston Piano
Dave Dreyer Piano
Victor Orchestra Track Performer
New Mayfair Dance Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Mickey Newbury Composer
Al Jolson Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Larry Dunn Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bud Green Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Herman Ruby Composer
Sam H. Stept Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Harry Richman Composer
Whispering Jack Smith Composer
Martin Haskell Remastering
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Sidney Clare Composer
Dave Dreyer Composer
Lew Pollack Composer
Fritz Rotter Composer
Ralph Erwin Composer
Tim Debney Remastering
Billy Rose Composer
Jay Wallis Composer
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