The Formative Years

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - JT Griffith
The Doris Day of the early 1940s is not the stereotype that persists today. Her transition from swing band vocalist to pop vocalist and then film icon effectively left her early jazz work relegated to the periphery of her stardom. This is a shame since her early singing career draws comparisons to such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The three best collections of this early material include the double album Complete Doris Day With Les Brown, the six-CD box set It's Magic, and this two-CD set. The buyer investigating Day's early music will find the 145-track large set to be daunting and might first enjoy the 42-track Complete Doris Day With Les Brown. The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - JT Griffith
The Doris Day of the early 1940s is not the stereotype that persists today. Her transition from swing band vocalist to pop vocalist and then film icon effectively left her early jazz work relegated to the periphery of her stardom. This is a shame since her early singing career draws comparisons to such luminaries as Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald. The three best collections of this early material include the double album Complete Doris Day With Les Brown, the six-CD box set It's Magic, and this two-CD set. The buyer investigating Day's early music will find the 145-track large set to be daunting and might first enjoy the 42-track Complete Doris Day With Les Brown. The argument for Formative Years lies in its track selection. Disc one include 24 songs from her collaboration with the Les Brown Orchestra as a jazz and dance band vocalist. This part includes such standouts as Johnny Mercer's "Dig It," Irving Berlin's "I Got the Sun in the Morning," and the moody ballad "We'll Be Together Again." The second disc contains songs from when Day left the band to pursue a solo career. Imagine a one-disc sampler from each of the larger sets and you will have a good idea about what to expect from Formative Years, which collects a healthy does of music from Doris Day's jazz and initial pop vocal phases. The Formative Years may be the best introduction to the jazzy, 1940s Doris Day because it presents the evolution of her musical career from her beginning work to her popular breakthrough. The collection should appeal to those who want a more complete overview without the cost of the larger set. After a few listens to The Formative Years, Complete Doris Day With Les Brown will become the next essential purchase.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/11/2000
  • Label: Avid Records Uk
  • EAN: 5022810168829
  • Catalog Number: 688

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Aren't You Glad You're You - Doris Day & Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:11)
  2. 2 Barbara Allen - Les Brown & His Orchestra (2:55)
  3. 3 Made up My Mind - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:10)
  4. 4 While the Music Plays On - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:11)
  5. 5 Dig It - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:22)
  6. 6 My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:19)
  7. 7 He's Home for a Little While - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:15)
  8. 8 'Tain't Me - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:19)
  9. 9 A Red Kiss on a Blue Letter - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:17)
  10. 10 I'll Always Be With You - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:15)
  11. 11 He'll Have to Cross the Atlantic (To Get to the Pacific) - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:08)
  12. 12 The Last Time I Saw You - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:34)
  13. 13 Come to Baby, Do! - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:11)
  14. 14 We'll Be Together Again - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:21)
  15. 15 Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:14)
  16. 16 You Won't Be Satisfied (Until You Break My Heart) - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:09)
  17. 17 Day by Day - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:12)
  18. 18 In the Moon Mist - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:15)
  19. 19 (Oh Yes) There's Good Blues Tonight - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:10)
  20. 20 My Number One Dream Come True - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:05)
  21. 21 I Got the Sun in the Morning - Les Brown & His Orchestra (2:35)
  22. 22 Sooner or Later - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:20)
  23. 23 The Whole World Is Singing My Song - Doris Day & Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:21)
  24. 24 You Should Have Told Me - Les Brown & His Orchestra (3:16)
Disc 2
  1. 1 It's Magic (3:28)
  2. 2 My Young and Foolish Heart - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:57)
  3. 3 Just an Old Love of Mine - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:18)
  4. 4 It Takes Time - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:01)
  5. 5 I'm Still Sitting Under the Apple Tree (3:01)
  6. 6 Pete - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:19)
  7. 7 A Chocolate Sundae on a Saturday Night - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:59)
  8. 8 Why Should We Both Be Lonely? - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:53)
  9. 9 Tell Me, Dream Face (Tulip or Turnip) - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:55)
  10. 10 Just Imagine - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:04)
  11. 11 Say Something Nice About Me Baby - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:02)
  12. 12 Pretty Baby - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:03)
  13. 13 Papa, Won't You Dance With Me? (2:30)
  14. 14 Imagination - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:20)
  15. 15 That's the Way He Does It - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:59)
  16. 16 Love Somebody - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:04)
  17. 17 I've Only Myself to Blame - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:25)
  18. 18 Put 'Em in a Box, Tie 'Em With a Ribbon (And Throw 'Em in the Deep ...) (3:07)
  19. 19 Thoughtless - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:10)
  20. 20 It's a Quiet Town (In Crossbone County) - Doris Day & Orchestra (2:23)
  21. 21 Confess - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:00)
  22. 22 It's the Sentimental Thing to Do - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:18)
  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 - Doris Day & Orchestra (3:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Doris Day Primary Artist
George Siravo Conductor
Mitchell Ayres Conductor
Lou Bring Conductor
Buddy Clarke Track Performer
Frank Comstock Conductor
Les Brown & His Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Frankie Laine Composer
Les Brown Composer
Harry James Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Herschel Evans Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Redd Evans Composer
Bud Green Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Ben Homer Composer
Al Lewis Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ted Murray Composer
Jack Palmer Composer
Larry Stock Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Carl Fischer Composer
Charles Tobias Composer
Dave Wright Digital Editing
Joan Whitney Composer
Lupin Fein Composer
Abe Osser Composer
Alex Kramer Composer
Hal Borne Composer
Eddie Heim Composer
Clarrie Henley Liner Notes, Sleeve Notes
Buddy Pepper Composer
Lanier Davis Composer
Edna Osser Composer
Marjorie Goetschius Composer
Dave Bennett Remastering
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