The Capitol Rarities (1949-1952)

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All Music Guide - John Bush
The knock against Mel Tormé's early career -- from critics, fans, and even Tormé himself -- was that he was trapped in the band-singer format, where vocalists were mere cogs in the recording machine and were unable to choose or even approve the songs they sang. Of course, most bandleaders, A&R executives, and even musicians considered that a very practical setup. From an early point in his career, it had become clear that Tormé was a musical whiz kid -- able to write songs, play a variety of instruments, and arrange for multiple voices, all on top of singing very well -- but when he arrived at Capitol in the late '40s and began recording, he was asked to sing certain ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
The knock against Mel Tormé's early career -- from critics, fans, and even Tormé himself -- was that he was trapped in the band-singer format, where vocalists were mere cogs in the recording machine and were unable to choose or even approve the songs they sang. Of course, most bandleaders, A&R executives, and even musicians considered that a very practical setup. From an early point in his career, it had become clear that Tormé was a musical whiz kid -- able to write songs, play a variety of instruments, and arrange for multiple voices, all on top of singing very well -- but when he arrived at Capitol in the late '40s and began recording, he was asked to sing certain songs at certain times. That setup resulted in most of the highest charting hits of his career, but he was only rarely given the chance to record his own choices; when he later gained that ability with Bethlehem and Verve, it resulted in the best recordings of his career. Fortunately, the approach while at Capitol still resulted in very good music, since Tormé's ineffable talent could find the wheat in a field full of chaff. Also, his musical supervisors and arrangers while at Capitol were among the best. Famous names such as Nelson Riddle and Pete Rugolo were ready and willing to take a throwaway like "The Sidewalk Shufflers" and transform it into a solid piece of jumpy swing. The Capitol Rarities 1949-1952 collects 19 rarities from that three-year segment of his career, bypassing the hits "Careless Hands" and "The Old Master Painter" for novelties such as "There's an X In the Middle of Texas" and "You Locked My Heart And You Swallowed the Key." Overall, aside from Tormé fans, who will naturally rejoice at the wealth of material and Will Friedwald's thorough notes, this rarities compilation from an off-peak period can't be recommended to most listeners.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/22/2008
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471150926
  • Catalog Number: 91509

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Piccolino - Dave Lambert Octet (2:25)
  2. 2 Sailin' Away on the Henry Clay - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:33)
  3. 3 The One for Me - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (3:11)
  4. 4 Love Is Such a Cheat (The Gypsy Song) - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (2:53)
  5. 5 (I'll Be Around with A) Bundle of Love (2:23)
  6. 6 You Locked My Heart (And You Swallowed the Key) (2:24)
  7. 7 Foolish Little Rumors (2:43)
  8. 8 The Queen of Hearts Is Missing - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:39)
  9. 9 There's an "X" (In the Middle of Texas) - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:33)
  10. 10 Around the World - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:25)
  11. 11 The Sidewalk Shufflers - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:24)
  12. 12 Who Sends You Orchids? (2:56)
  13. 13 Take My Heart (And Do with It What You Please) - Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra (2:55)
  14. 14 Black Moonlight - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:28)
  15. 15 Anywhere I Wander (3:03)
  16. 16 Casually (2:37)
  17. 17 It Made You Happy When You Made Me Cry - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:29)
  18. 18 A Stranger in Town - Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra (2:42)
  19. 19 Don't Leave Me - Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra (2:43)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Piano
Mary Osborne Guitar
Pete Rugolo Conductor
Sid Feller Conductor
Clyde Lombardi Bass
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Joe Lipman Conductor
Conlon, Jud Singers & Orchestra Guest Appearance
Al Pellegrini Choir, Chorus
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Pete Rugolo Arranger
Frank Loesser Composer
Hugh Fordin Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald Liner Notes
David Raksin Composer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Sam Coslow Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne Composer
Roy Ahlert Composer
Alice Butts Art Direction
Al Pellegrini Orchestra Director
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