Songbook

Songbook

by Mark Murphy
     
 

Songbook gives Mark Murphy fans a generous 32 songs ranging from 1972-1991. Not unlike its artist, Songbook is unorthodox. The two CDs in the set both start at the earliest tracks and end on the later ones. The work included here makes that a minor complaint. Not coincidentally, this compilation has Murphy coming into his own (around the early '70s) as a…  See more details below

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Songbook gives Mark Murphy fans a generous 32 songs ranging from 1972-1991. Not unlike its artist, Songbook is unorthodox. The two CDs in the set both start at the earliest tracks and end on the later ones. The work included here makes that a minor complaint. Not coincidentally, this compilation has Murphy coming into his own (around the early '70s) as a dramatic and often flawless stylist. David Crosby's pensive-to-a-fault "Triad" is so immediate and bracing that Murphy all but puts you in the living room with him and them. "How Are You Dreaming?," "No More," and "Again" are all emotional and perfectly sung songs from the same period. As his career proved, Songbook shows that Murphy got better as he went along. A phenomenal 1978 take on "We'll Be Together Again" has Murphy creating a sense of anger and longing few singers could even fathom. Unlike many sets, Songbook assiduously explores Murphy's catalog and infallibly gets the definitive performances. Brazil Song, from 1983, offers a gorgeous reading of "The Island" and a tough, sped-up cover of "Nothing Will Be as It Was Tomorrow." With 32 songs, Songbook does run into a few clunkers. On "Bridges" and "All of My Tomorrows," Murphy sounds distracted if not totally disinterested. Of the later tracks, 1990's "I Fall in Love Too Easily" stands out due to Murphy's poise, what he doesn't reveal, and the beautiful arrangement (particularly the synthesizers). Songbook, mastered by Gene Paul and compiled by Michael Bourne, is an excellent compilation that presents some of the finest and sometimes most emotionally draining of one of music's most talented and eclectic singers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/02/1999
Label:
32. Jazz Records
UPC:
0604123210522
catalogNumber:
32105

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. As Time Goes By
  2. No More
  3. Again
  4. We'll Be Together Again
  5. Don't Go To Strangers/Don't Misunderstand
  6. All the Things You Are
  7. Body And Soul
  8. I Can't Get Started
  9. Desafinado
  10. The Island
  11. Bridges
  12. Nothing Will Be as It Was Tomorrow
  13. The Bad And The Beautiful
  14. You'd Better Go Now
  15. The Night We Called It A Day/There's No You
  16. Lazy Afternoon

Disc 2

  1. We Could Be Flying
  2. Steamroller
  3. Triad
  4. How Are You Dreaming?
  5. Don't Be Blue
  6. Eleanor Rigby
  7. Close Enough for Love
  8. Autumn Nocturne
  9. Outubro
  10. Our Love Rolls On
  11. What A Way To Go
  12. I Fall in Love Too Easily
  13. All My Tomorrows
  14. I'll Close My Eyes
  15. Miss You Mr. Mercer
  16. The Best Thing For You

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Mark Murphy   Primary Artist,Vocals
John Basile   Guitar
Mark Egan   Bass
John Tropea   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Ron Carter   Bass
Ronnie Cuber   Baritone Saxophone
Ted Curson   Trumpet
Smith Dobson   Piano
Michael Formanek   Bass
Don Grolnick   Keyboards
Slide Hampton   Trombone
Sheila Jordan   Vocals
Mark Levine   Trombone
Brian Lynch   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Bill Mays   Piano,Keyboards
Harvie Swartz   Bass
Joe Puma   Guitar
Grady Tate   Drums
Jim Nichols   Guitar
Joey Baron   Drums
Sue Evans   Percussion
Ben Riley   Drums
Claudio Amaral   Guitar
Kenny Barron   Piano
Gene Bertoncini   Guitar
David Braham   Organ
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Paul Breslin   Bass
Francisco Centeno   Bass
Larry Fallon   Synthesizer
Sammy Figueroa   Percussion
Warren Gale   Trumpet
Peter Grant   Drums
Tom Harrell   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Vince Lateano   Drums
Chuck Metcalf   Bass
George Mraz   Acoustic Bass
Adam Nussbaum   Drums
Gerry Niewood   Saxophone
Chris Parker   Drums
Pat Rebillot   Organ
Mike Renzi   Piano
David Spinozza   Guitar
Michael Spiro   Percussion
Dan Wilensky   Tenor Saxophone
Mike Moore   Bass
Jimmy Madison   Drums
Jay Wagner   Synthesizer
Chalo Eduardo   Percussion

Technical Credits

Frankie Laine   Composer
Sheila Jordan   Producer
Bill Mays   Producer
Mark Murphy   Producer
Tutti Camarata   Composer
Mitch Farber   Producer
David Braham   Producer
Larry Fallon   Arranger,Producer
Helen Keane   Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Carl Fischer   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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