The Essential Collection [West End]

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although she is chiefly known for her movie career, which took off in the late 1950s, and pop songs like "Secret Love" and "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" she recorded concurrently with her screen success, Doris Day was a consummate big band vocalist in the '40s, and her musical legacy as a singer is ultimately based on those recordings, which will startle and amaze those who are only familiar with her later pop fare. This generous two-disc, 49-track Essential Collection divides things into one disc of her years singing with Les Brown & His Orchestra and a second disc of her subsequent solo recordings, although it stops well short of her later pop ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Although she is chiefly known for her movie career, which took off in the late 1950s, and pop songs like "Secret Love" and "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" she recorded concurrently with her screen success, Doris Day was a consummate big band vocalist in the '40s, and her musical legacy as a singer is ultimately based on those recordings, which will startle and amaze those who are only familiar with her later pop fare. This generous two-disc, 49-track Essential Collection divides things into one disc of her years singing with Les Brown & His Orchestra and a second disc of her subsequent solo recordings, although it stops well short of her later pop material. Day sang with Brown's band from 1939 until the end of 1946, and was a signature part of swing hits like "Sentimental Journey" and "My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time," both of which are included in this set. Another unexpected gem from this period that shows up here is a sweet big-band version of the traditional ballad "Barbara Allen," which clearly shows Day could handle a wide range of material and still make it feel like it all came from the same bolt of cloth. Make no mistake, she could sing, and she came from the first generation of singers to truly understand the nuance of singing on studio microphones, which gives her vocals depth, clarity, and an uncommon presence. The solo material (Day left Brown and struck off on her own in 1947) on disc two is equally as impressive, with Day giving songs like "It's Magic," "It Takes Time," and "I've Only Myself to Blame" a kind of hushed, bright intimacy that doesn't happen by accident. For those only familiar with her latter day work as a movie actor and sometime pop singer, this collection is eye-opening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/20/2006
  • Label: Avid Records Uk
  • EAN: 5022810185826
  • Catalog Number: 858
  • Sales rank: 291,210

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aren't You Glad You're You? (3:11)
  2. 2 Barbara Allen (2:55)
  3. 3 Made Up My Mind (3:10)
  4. 4 While the Music Plays On (3:10)
  5. 5 Dig It (3:22)
  6. 6 My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time (3:19)
  7. 7 He's Home for a Little While (3:15)
  8. 8 T'Aint Me (3:19)
  9. 9 A Red Kiss on a Blue Letter (3:17)
  10. 10 I'll Always Be with You (3:14)
  11. 11 He'll Have to Cross the Atlantic (3:08)
  12. 12 The Last Time I Saw You (3:34)
  13. 13 Come to Baby Do (3:11)
  14. 14 We'll Be Together Again (3:21)
  15. 15 Sentimental Journey (3:14)
  16. 16 You Wont Be Satisfied (3:09)
  17. 17 Day by Day (3:12)
  18. 18 In the Moon Mist (3:15)
  19. 19 There's Good Blues Tonight (3:10)
  20. 20 My Number One Dream Came True (3:05)
  21. 21 I Got the Sun in the Morning (2:35)
  22. 22 Sooner or Later (3:20)
  23. 23 The Whole World Is Singing My Song (3:21)
  24. 24 You Should Have Told Me (3:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Magic (3:28)
  2. 2 My Young and Foolish Heart (2:57)
  3. 3 Just an Old Love of Mine (3:18)
  4. 4 It Takes Time (3:01)
  5. 5 I'm Still Standing Under the Apple Tree (3:01)
  6. 6 Pete (3:19)
  7. 7 A Chocolate Sundae on a Saturday Night (2:59)
  8. 8 Why Should We Both Be Lonely? (2:53)
  9. 9 Tell Me Dream Face (Tulip or Turnip) (2:55)
  10. 10 Just Imagine (3:04)
  11. 11 Say Something Nice About Me Baby (3:02)
  12. 12 Pretty Baby (3:03)
  13. 13 Papa Wont You Dance with Me? (2:30)
  14. 14 Imagination (3:20)
  15. 15 That's the Way He Does It (2:59)
  16. 16 Love Somebody - Buddy Clark (3:04)
  17. 17 I've Only Myself to Blame (3:25)
  18. 18 Put 'Em in a Box Tie 'Em Up with Ribbon (3:07)
  19. 19 Thoughtless - The Modernaires (3:10)
  20. 20 It's a Quiet Town - The Modernaires (2:23)
  21. 21 Confess - Buddy Clark (3:00)
  22. 22 It's the Sentimental Thing to Do (3:17)
  23. 23 I'm in Love - Buddy Clark (2:14)
  24. 24 It's You or No One (3:18)
  25. 25 I'll String Along with You - Buddy Clark (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doris Day Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Barry Mann Composer
Victor Mizzy Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Manny Curtis Composer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Herschel Evans Composer
Ray Henderson Composer
Buddy Kaye Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Ray Gilbert Composer
Carl G. Lampl Composer
Charles Wolcott Composer
Traditional Composer
Edna Osser Composer
Marjorie Goetschius Composer
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