The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z

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All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z sets out to compile great performances of songs written in the 1920s through the 1950s by American songwriters both legendary like Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, and Harold Arlen and obscure like Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross, Harry Link, Jack Strachey, and Holt Marvell. The "I-Z" refers to the titles of the songs; the disc travels from "It Had to Be You" written by Gus Kahn and Isham Jones and sung by Kay Starr to "Where or When" written by Rodgers & Hart and sung by Dick Haymes. In between are performances by such titans as Dean Martin Lerner & ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Tim Sendra
The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z sets out to compile great performances of songs written in the 1920s through the 1950s by American songwriters both legendary like Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, and Harold Arlen and obscure like Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross, Harry Link, Jack Strachey, and Holt Marvell. The "I-Z" refers to the titles of the songs; the disc travels from "It Had to Be You" written by Gus Kahn and Isham Jones and sung by Kay Starr to "Where or When" written by Rodgers & Hart and sung by Dick Haymes. In between are performances by such titans as Dean Martin Lerner & Loewe's "On the Street Where You Live", Peggy Lee Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things", and Ella Fitzgerald Billy Rose, E.Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen's "It's Only a Paper Moon". There are also some definitive performances, like Chet Baker's breathtaking take on Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," Louis Prima and Keely Smith's knockout version of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's "That Old Black Magic," and Lena Horne's version of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's "Stormy Weather." The collection is a top-notch blend of wonderful songs and sterling vocal talent; the only missteps are the inclusion of two songs recorded in the 1980s: Rosemary Clooney's bland-sounding take on Jack Lawrence and Walter Gross' "Tenderly" from 1980 and Linda Ronstadt's pallid version of the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me." There are eight more volumes of the series set to be released; if they are all as good as the first two you should start clearing shelf space now.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2003
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359282022
  • Catalog Number: 92820
  • Sales rank: 33,335

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Night and Day (3:59)
  2. 2 Stardust (3:13)
  3. 3 Satin Doll - Nancy Wilson (2:22)
  4. 4 Misty - Johnny Mathis (3:36)
  5. 5 It Had to Be You (2:48)
  6. 6 Over the Rainbow - Judy Garland (3:38)
  7. 7 Tenderly - Rosemary Clooney (5:09)
  8. 8 On the Street Where You Live (3:41)
  9. 9 Someone to Watch Over Me (4:10)
  10. 10 They Can't Take That Away from Me - Billie Holiday (3:03)
  11. 11 My Funny Valentine - Chet Baker (2:19)
  12. 12 These Foolish Things (3:30)
  13. 13 Stormy Weather (3:22)
  14. 14 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (4:27)
  15. 15 Where or When (3:26)
  16. 16 That Old Black Magic - Sam Butera (2:57)
  17. 17 It's Only a Paper Moon (2:36)
  18. 18 Just One of Those Things - Gordon Jenkins & His Orchestra (3:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gordon Jenkins Conductor
Gerald Wilson Conductor
Norrie Paramor Conductor
Don Costa Conductor
Nelson Riddle Conductor
Ian Bernard Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
Gordon Jenkins Arranger
Gerald Wiggins Arranger
Harold Arlen Composer
Mitch Miller Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
David Axelrod Producer
Peter Asher Producer
H.B. Barnum Orchestration
Johnny Burke Composer
Don Costa Arranger
Duke Ellington Composer
Milt Gabler Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Voyle Gilmore Producer
Henry Glover Producer
Walter Gross Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Carl Jefferson Producer
Isham Jones Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Norman Newell Producer
Glenn Osser Arranger
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Billy Strayhorn Composer
Lee Gillette Producer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Tom Morgan Jr. Producer
Janet Wolsborn Art Direction
Alan Warner Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Ted Koehler Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Kevin Bartley Mastering
Billy Rose Composer
Richard Block Producer
T. Koeler Composer
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