The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 1 (A-I)

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This compilation is the first of ten to be compiled and released on EMI/Capitol's Liberty imprint containing performances of songs that are part of "The Great American Songbook," i.e., traditional pop standards from the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s, mostly written for Broadway musicals or Hollywood movies, and subsequently sung in nightclubs and on records. The "A-I" designation simply means that all of the songs included in this volume begin with words the first letter of which is among the first nine letters of the alphabet, an arbitrary organizing principle if there ever was one, but no matter. Executive producer/annotator Alan Warner is bent on demonstrating that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
This compilation is the first of ten to be compiled and released on EMI/Capitol's Liberty imprint containing performances of songs that are part of "The Great American Songbook," i.e., traditional pop standards from the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s, mostly written for Broadway musicals or Hollywood movies, and subsequently sung in nightclubs and on records. The "A-I" designation simply means that all of the songs included in this volume begin with words the first letter of which is among the first nine letters of the alphabet, an arbitrary organizing principle if there ever was one, but no matter. Executive producer/annotator Alan Warner is bent on demonstrating that the songs have continued to be performed long after their introductions, and in doing so, he has ranged far beyond the ample vaults of Capitol Records which was founded in the 1940s in part to record this very repertoire to license tracks from all of the other major labels. The recordings were made between 1944 Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Seeing You," originally released on Decca Records and licensed from Universal, and 2001 Dianne Reeves' "Embraceable You," released on Capitol imprint Blue Note, and they include not only traditional pop singers such as Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, and Dinah Shore, but also R&B performers Ray Charles and Etta James, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, '70s pop singer Harry Nilsson, and country star Willie Nelson. Selection and sequencing work to give the album flow and consistency. But this is still a somewhat random compilation, not unlike dozens of others.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359281926
  • Catalog Number: 92819
  • Sales rank: 32,966

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 At Last (3:00)
  2. 2 Almost Like Being in Love (1:51)
  3. 3 Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe - Peggy Lee (4:05)
  4. 4 Baby, It's Cold Outside (2:49)
  5. 5 As Time Goes By - Harry Nilsson (2:55)
  6. 6 A Foggy Day (3:30)
  7. 7 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:09)
  8. 8 April in Paris (2:57)
  9. 9 Fools Rush In (2:28)
  10. 10 How Deep Is the Ocean? (3:23)
  11. 11 Fly Me to the Moon - The Ralph Sharon Trio (4:00)
  12. 12 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Stan Kenton (3:50)
  13. 13 Blue Skies (3:34)
  14. 14 I'm in the Mood for Love (2:29)
  15. 15 Blue Moon - Mel Tormé (3:12)
  16. 16 Come Rain or Come Shine - Ray Charles (3:41)
  17. 17 Embraceable You - Dianne Reeves (7:55)
  18. 18 I'll Be Seeing You - John Scott Trotter (2:52)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frank Sinatra Conductor
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Barney Kessel Guitar
André Previn Piano
Pete Rugolo Conductor
Benny Carter Conductor
Don Costa Conductor
Riley Hampton Conductor
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Ray Leatherwood Bass
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Ian Bernard Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Guest Appearance
The Ralph Sharon Trio Guest Appearance
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Guest Appearance
Billy Childs Trio Conductor
Pete Moore Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
George Duke Producer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
André Previn Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bobby Troup Producer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Ken Barnes Producer
Rube Bloom Composer
Leonard Chess Producer
Phil Chess Producer
Don Costa Arranger
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Mack Gordon Composer
Riley Hampton Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger
Booker T. Jones Arranger, Producer
Irving Kahal Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Clyde Otis Producer
Cole Porter Composer
Teddy Reig Producer
Derek Taylor Producer
Harry Warren Composer
Jerry Wexler Producer
Lee Gillette Producer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Alan Warner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Janet Wolshom Art Direction
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Billy Childs Trio Arranger
Pete Moore Arranger
Bart Howard Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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