More Than You Know

More Than You Know

by Ruth Etting
     
 
Not a duet album, but a compilation of 14 tracks by Ruth Etting, followed by 12 from Helen Morgan, this set doesn't claim to present the hits or the best of either singer. Rather, as annotator Bucky Willard notes, it culls music "mostly from their last sessions." All but one of the Etting tracks date from 1934-37. The Morgan selections

Overview

Not a duet album, but a compilation of 14 tracks by Ruth Etting, followed by 12 from Helen Morgan, this set doesn't claim to present the hits or the best of either singer. Rather, as annotator Bucky Willard notes, it culls music "mostly from their last sessions." All but one of the Etting tracks date from 1934-37. The Morgan selections cover a wider time period, but she made fewer recordings overall, and while her tracks are thus necessarily more representative, they do not include such obvious favorites as "My Bill" or "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man." The two singers were the most celebrated torch singers of their time, which makes the variety of material surprising. Upbeat and uptempo performances are as frequent as the slow, plaintive performances these early divas were known for. While their soprano voices have some similarities, Morgan's is the more forlorn, while Etting has a more buoyant tone that will remind younger listeners of Anna McGarrigle. This is by no means a definitive collection for either lady, but so little of their work is available that it is valuable nevertheless.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/17/1996
Label:
Encore
UPC:
0764805159522
catalogNumber:
1595

Tracks

  1. More Than You Know
  2. I've Got an Invitation to a Dance
  3. Things Might Have Been So Different
  4. March Winds and April Showers
  5. Lost
  6. It's Been So Long
  7. You
  8. It's Love Again
  9. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
  10. There's Something in the Air
  11. May I Have the Next Romance with You?
  12. On a Little Dream Ranch
  13. There's a Lull in My Life
  14. A Message from the Man in the Moon
  15. More Than You Know
  16. Who Cares What You Have Been?
  17. Mean to Me
  18. Why Was I Born?
  19. Don't Ever Leave Me
  20. Body and Soul
  21. Give Me a Heart to Sing To
  22. It's Home
  23. Song of a Dreamer
  24. I See Two Lovers
  25. The Little Things You Used to Do
  26. I Was Taken by Storm

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