Memories [Sepia]

Memories [Sepia]

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by Ethel Merman
     
 

This unlicensed reissue, taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe, actually should have been called "Memories/Selections from A Musical Autobiography, since it combines material from two albums Ethel Merman recorded in 1955. In between Broadway and Hollywood commitments, Merman recorded a rare solo LP in Memories,See more details below

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This unlicensed reissue, taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe, actually should have been called "Memories/Selections from A Musical Autobiography, since it combines material from two albums Ethel Merman recorded in 1955. In between Broadway and Hollywood commitments, Merman recorded a rare solo LP in Memories, the first ten tracks on this CD. It was a concept recording devoted to the popular music her mother might have sung to her as a child or that she might have heard before she became a stage star in the early 1930s, songs from Tin Pan Alley that were hits from the 1890s to the '20s. The songs were arranged into ten medleys that combined anywhere from two to six compositions into a single track, such that sometimes only a chorus of a tune was included. Merman's Broadway musical director Jay Blackton was the arranger who also conducted the orchestra, and she was joined by a barbershop quartet, the Old Timers Quartet, and on occasion by the Mitchell Boys Choir. In fact, the quartet got certain selections to itself; the foursome sang "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" without Merman's involvement, for instance. Merman herself appeared in duplicate and triplicate through the magic of overdubbing, performing her own duets and trios on occasion as if she were Mary Ford or Patti Page. She was, as usual, thoroughly confident and effective in singing these songs, just as she was when singing show tunes. The LP bore similarities to the Mitch Miller "singalong" albums that came along later. Also in 1955, Decca Records assembled a double album called A Musical Autobiography, drawing on its archive of Merman recordings and having her go into the studio to record spoken introductions and make new recordings of songs she had sung on Broadway earlier in her career. In all, there were 15 new versions of songs like "I Got Rhythm" and "Anything Goes," performed in jazzy small-band arrangements with the Buddy Cole Quartet (and sometimes only Cole's piano), and those 15 tracks are added to the ten Memories medleys for the Sepia Records reissue. These are some of the best songs with which Merman was associated, including compositions by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and while these are not the original versions, they are well performed, with the introductions making for a recital-like effect.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/12/2009
Label:
Sepia Recordings
UPC:
5055122111313
catalogNumber:
1131

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Tracks

  1. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-Der-E- the Band Played On/the Bowery On a Saturday Night/  - Ethel Merman
  2. Hello My Baby/I've Got Rings On My Fingers/In My Merry Oldsmobile/In th  - Ethel Merman
  3. Waltz Me Around Again Willie/Sidewalks of New York/a Bicycle Built For  - Ethel Merman
  4. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet/M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I  - Ethel Merman
  5. Listen To the Mocking Bird/You Tell Me Your Dream I'll Tell You Mine/Sc  - Ethel Merman
  6. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans/Somebody Stole My Gal/Smiles/Row,Row,Row  - Ethel Merman
  7. Take Back Your Gold/Frankie and Johnny  - Ethel Merman
  8. A Bird In a Gilded Cage/Moonlight Bay/By the Light of the Silvery Moon/Sh  - Ethel Merman
  9. That Old Gang of Mine/Sweet Adeline  - Ethel Merman
  10. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh!/Dear Little Boy of Mine/Forty-Five Minutes Fr  - Ethel Merman
  11. I Got Rhythm  - Ethel Merman
  12. Embraceable You  - Ethel Merman
  13. You're an Old Smoothie  - Ethel Merman
  14. Anything Goes  - Ethel Merman
  15. Ridin' High  - Ethel Merman
  16. Way Down In the Depths of the 90th Floor  - Ethel Merman
  17. This is It  - Ethel Merman
  18. I'll Pay the Check  - Ethel Merman
  19. Do I Love You?  - Ethel Merman
  20. Friendship  - Ethel Merman
  21. Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please  - Ethel Merman
  22. He's a Right Guy  - Ethel Merman
  23. I Got Lost In His Arms  - Ethel Merman
  24. Alexander's Ragtime Band  - Ethel Merman
  25. How Deep is the Ocean  - Ethel Merman

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Ethel Merman   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jay Blackton   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
George M. Cohan   Composer
Ed Haley   Composer
Alice Hawthorne   Composer
Henry Creamer   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Arthur J. Lamb   Composer
Turner Layton   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Harry Von Tilzer   Composer
Charles Ward   Composer
Harry Armstrong   Composer
Nora Bayes   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Jay Blackton   Arranger
Maurice Scott   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Leo Wood   Composer
Edward Madden   Composer
Seymour Rice   Composer
Lee Roberts   Composer
Ren Shields   Composer
Lee Stevens   Photo Courtesy
Harry Tierney   Composer
Vincent Bryan   Composer
Harry Dacre   Composer
Gus Edwards   Composer
Ida Emerson   Composer
Percy Gaunt   Composer
Percy Wenrich   Composer
Robin Cherry   Remastering
Will D. Cobb   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Abe Olman   Composer
Stanley Murphy   Composer
Richard Gerard   Composer
Charles Daniels   Composer

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