Romantic Standards: The Great American Love Songs

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The love songs that closed out the 20th century tended to be a blinders-off, gritty assessment of the emotion, as if love were a competition or an exhausting and sometimes ugly long distance race. Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" comes immediately to mind, or the creepy undercurrent to Sting's "Every Move You Make," which raises obsessive paranoia to the level of art. Even the apparent joyous infectiousness of one of 2003's most popular songs, OutKast's "Hey Ya," actually explores the divisiveness of love and the difficulty in keeping two people together, even as its funky, bubbling rhythm pulls couples to the dancefloor. All of which makes this collection of love songs from America's golden age of melody so...
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The love songs that closed out the 20th century tended to be a blinders-off, gritty assessment of the emotion, as if love were a competition or an exhausting and sometimes ugly long distance race. Pat Benatar's "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" comes immediately to mind, or the creepy undercurrent to Sting's "Every Move You Make," which raises obsessive paranoia to the level of art. Even the apparent joyous infectiousness of one of 2003's most popular songs, OutKast's "Hey Ya," actually explores the divisiveness of love and the difficulty in keeping two people together, even as its funky, bubbling rhythm pulls couples to the dancefloor. All of which makes this collection of love songs from America's golden age of melody so startling when you really listen in to what is being said. Love, instead of being a challenge, is a wistful dream to cling to, an aspiration for a better life, a star you pin your hopes to; so when Lee Wiley sings Ira and George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" here backed by Eddie Condon & His Band, it carries none of the edginess and suffocating feel of Sting's "Every Move You Make," but addresses the same drive to always be around the one you love, not as a dangerous delusion, but as something that brings comfort and safety. One could argue that the nature of love and of being in love hasn't changed in all these years, and undoubtedly the pros and cons of the emotion and what it means to our lives is still what it has always been, a way to define who we are -- at our best and at our worst -- with other people. You can't help but wonder, though, after listening to the songs on this collection, most of them from the 1930s and 1940s, where has all our hope gone? On the other hand, the only song here that even hints at sex is Kay Starr's "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight," and it ends up being the track that comes closest to being a contemporary love song. What does all this say about our approaches to love? No clue. But if you're having a romantic dinner with the one you love, this disc will probably sound wonderful in the background, while "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" probably won't.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/3/2004
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206653823
  • Catalog Number: 066538

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Isn't It Romantic? - Mel Tormé (1:29)
  2. 2 Embraceable You (2:26)
  3. 3 Let Me Call You Sweetheart (2:00)
  4. 4 Swingin' Down the Lane - Curt Massey (3:22)
  5. 5 My Foolish Heart - Tommy Dorsey & His Orchestra (1:51)
  6. 6 Always - Jo Ann Greer (2:27)
  7. 7 Don't Blame Me (3:16)
  8. 8 If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight) (1:56)
  9. 9 Three Little Words (1:38)
  10. 10 Too Marvelous for Words - Shirley Wilson (3:19)
  11. 11 I'm in the Mood for Love - Doris Day (2:26)
  12. 12 I Hear a Rhapsody (4:07)
  13. 13 Sunday Kind of Love (2:24)
  14. 14 Old Fashioned Love (1:53)
  15. 15 My Ideal - Martha Tilton (1:58)
  16. 16 While My Lady Sleeps - Buddy Clark (3:27)
  17. 17 More and More - Vaughn Monroe (3:03)
  18. 18 Someone to Watch Over Me - Eddie Condon & His Band (3:07)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Lee Wiley Vocals
Herb Jeffries Vocals
Johnny Amoroso Vocals
Snooky Lanson Vocals
Larry Noble Vocals
Buddy Clark Vocals
Claire Hogan Vocals
Carl Fisher & His Orchestra Accompaniment
Shirley Wilson Vocals
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Louis Prima Composer
James P. Johnson Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Henry Creamer Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Evren Göknar Mastering
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Isham Jones Composer
Don Juan Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Bert Kalmar Composer
Cary E. Mansfield Producer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Allan Reuss Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Harry Ruby Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Victor Young Composer
Joseph F. Laredo Producer, Liner Notes
Jack Baker Composer
Bill Pitzonka Art Direction
Marty Wekser Producer
Richard A. Whiting Composer
George Fragos Composer
Anita Leonard Composer
Cecil Mack Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Bell Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Newell Chase Composer
Leo Friedman Composer
Dick Gasparre Composer
Pea Vee Composer
Beth Slater Whitson Composer
Tommy Karen Composer
Rainy Robinson Composer
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