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The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Mel Torm? was a singing, writing, and recording dynamo during the 1940s and '50s, and any set would need many more discs than just four to collect his work. That said, The Many Sides of Mel Torm? goes a long way, functioning as one of the very best extended surveys of his early career. Included are several discs' worth of his earliest recordings with vocal group the Mel-Tones or otherwise, plus a pair of '50s LPs one originally on Verve to take Torm?'s story into the era when his career matured and peaked. All of the great Mel-Tones sides are here, some of the best recorded with Artie Shaw, like the alternately smooth and supercharged "What Is This Thing Called Love." The ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Mel Tormé was a singing, writing, and recording dynamo during the 1940s and '50s, and any set would need many more discs than just four to collect his work. That said, The Many Sides of Mel Tormé goes a long way, functioning as one of the very best extended surveys of his early career. Included are several discs' worth of his earliest recordings with vocal group the Mel-Tones or otherwise, plus a pair of '50s LPs one originally on Verve to take Tormé's story into the era when his career matured and peaked. All of the great Mel-Tones sides are here, some of the best recorded with Artie Shaw, like the alternately smooth and supercharged "What Is This Thing Called Love." The beginning of his true solo career comes next, and the birth of the Velvet Fog with "Careless Hands," "Night and Day," "The Old Master Painter," and "A Foggy Day." Disc three includes his full-length work The California Suite, plus some small-group sides that showed his growing skill with nimble vocal lines "Goody, Goody," "Mountain Greenery". The set concludes with two discrete LPs, one originally released in 1957 as Prelude to a Kiss and re-released numerous times later and the other a Latin-themed LP with Billy May 1959's Olé Tormé: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May. Both are strong albums, if not at the level of his peak recordings for Bethlehem and Verve. Altogether it's an entertaining and invigorating set of Mel Tormé's first 15 years of recording, finding his way in the vocal arts.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/26/2012
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065907228
  • Catalog Number: 972
  • Sales rank: 134,697

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Stranger In Town - Eddie La Rue's Quartet (3:01)
  2. 2 You've Laughed At Me For the Last Time - Eddie La Rue's Quartet (3:02)
  3. 3 Am I Blue - Eugenie Baird (2:22)
  4. 4 Day By Day - Buddy Cole Trio (2:51)
  5. 5 Willow Road - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:02)
  6. 6 I Got the Sun In the Morning - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:00)
  7. 7 Try a Little Tenderness - Sonny Burke's Orchestra (3:07)
  8. 8 It Happened In Monterey - Sonny Burke's Orchestra (2:51)
  9. 9 Born To Be Blue - Sonny Burke's Orchestra (2:40)
  10. 10 Get Out of Town - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:16)
  11. 11 What is This Thing Called Love - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:57)
  12. 12 Changing My Tune - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:40)
  13. 13 For You, for Me, for Evermore - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:06)
  14. 14 Guilty - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (3:08)
  15. 15 And So To Bed - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:35)
  16. 16 Don't You Believe It Dear - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra (2:36)
  17. 17 A Little Kiss Each Morning - Ray Linn & His Orchestra (2:56)
  18. 18 It's Dreamtime - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:03)
  19. 19 You're Driving Me Crazy - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:12)
  20. 20 Who Cares What People Say - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (2:55)
  21. 21 I'm Yours - Sonny Burke & Orchestra (3:01)
  22. 22 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Page Cavanaugh Trio (3:00)
  23. 23 My Baby Just Cares For Me - Page Cavanaugh Trio (2:37)
  24. 24 Love, You Funny Thing - Page Cavanaugh Trio (2:58)
  25. 25 Dance Ballerina Dance - Page Cavanaugh Trio (3:13)
  26. 26 If I Had a Girl Like You - Page Cavanaugh Trio (2:43)
  27. 27 Until the Real Thing Comes Along - Hal Mooney & His Orchestra (2:55)
Disc 2
  1. 1 But Beautiful (2:45)
  2. 2 Love is the Sweetest Thing (3:05)
  3. 3 Gone With the Wind (2:57)
  4. 4 I Cover the Waterfront (4:27)
  5. 5 County Fair (4:33)
  6. 6 A Foggy Day In London Town (2:54)
  7. 7 Makin' Whoopee! (2:54)
  8. 8 Little White Lies (2:58)
  9. 9 Night and Day (2:44)
  10. 10 Three Little Words - Dave Barbour Four (2:01)
  11. 11 Love Me or Leave Me - Dave Barbour Four (1:47)
  12. 12 Do, Do, Do (2:29)
  13. 13 Careless Hands (3:15)
  14. 14 Stompin' At the Savoy (2:34)
  15. 15 You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me (3:07)
  16. 16 Blue Moon (3:12)
  17. 17 Again (3:11)
  18. 18 The Four Winds and the Seven Seas - Frank DeVol & His Orchestra (3:05)
  19. 19 It's Too Late Now - Frank DeVol & His Orchestra (3:14)
  20. 20 Sonny Boy - Frank DeVol & His Orchestra (2:45)
  21. 21 Oh You Beautiful Doll - Frank DeVol & His Orchestra (2:19)
  22. 22 The Old Master Painter - Mellow Men (2:49)
  23. 23 I Hadn't Anyone till You - Hal Mooney Orchestra (3:09)
  24. 24 Cross Your Heart - Hal Mooney Orchestra (2:38)
  25. 25 Skylark - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (3:08)
  26. 26 Lullaby of the Leaves - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (2:21)
  27. 27 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Pete Rugolo & His Orchestra (3:19)
Disc 3
  1. 1 The Original "California Suite": Mountain Desert Theme/the Golden West/We T - The Jud Conlon Chorus (30:44)
  2. 2 Recipe For Romance (2:33)
  3. 3 My Buddy (2:48)
  4. 4 You're a Heavenly Thing - Mel Tormé & His Trio (2:33)
  5. 5 Don't Fan the Flame (2:30)
  6. 6 A Stranger In Town - The Jud Conlon Singers (2:42)
  7. 7 Anything Can Happen Mambo (2:46)
  8. 8 Blue Skies (2:17)
  9. 9 Rose O'Day (2:22)
  10. 10 Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama) (2:37)
  11. 11 All of You (2:50)
  12. 12 Spellbound (2:31)
  13. 13 The Hut Sut Song (2:28)
  14. 14 Cement Mixer (2:24)
  15. 15 That Old Black Magic - Al Pellegrini Trio (3:14)
  16. 16 Mountain Greenery - Al Pellegrini Trio (2:21)
  17. 17 County Fair - Al Pellegrini Trio (5:15)
  18. 18 The Christmas Song - Al Pellegrini Trio (3:11)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Goody, Goody - Al Pellegrini Trio (2:28)
  2. 2 Bernie's Tune - Al Pellegrini Trio (2:57)
  3. 3 Ghost of a Chance (2:43)
  4. 4 I'm Getting Sentimental Over You (2:31)
  5. 5 Prelude To a Kiss (3:13)
  6. 6 I've Got the World On a String (2:03)
  7. 7 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (2:23)
  8. 8 I Surrender Dear (2:35)
  9. 9 Don't Worry 'Bout Me (3:10)
  10. 10 One Morning In May (2:42)
  11. 11 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (1:58)
  12. 12 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart (2:00)
  13. 13 Vaya con Dios - Billy May & His Orchestra (3:22)
  14. 14 Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga - Billy May & His Orchestra (3:09)
  15. 15 Nina - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:35)
  16. 16 Frenesi - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:35)
  17. 17 South of the Border - Billy May & His Orchestra (3:02)
  18. 18 Perfidia - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:07)
  19. 19 The Rhumba Jumps - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:13)
  20. 20 Malaguena (At the Crossroads) - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:37)
  21. 21 Cuban Love Song - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:03)
  22. 22 Rosita - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:56)
  23. 23 Adios - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:04)
  24. 24 Baia - Billy May & His Orchestra (2:29)
  25. 25 Baubles, Bangles and Beads (2:17)
  26. 26 A Sleepin' Bee (3:34)
  27. 27 The Surrey With the Fringe On Top (3:00)
  28. 28 All I Need is the Gin (3:04)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Neal Hefti Conductor, Choir Conductor
Pete Rugolo Conductor
Hal Mooney Conductor
Sonny Burke Conductor
George Cates Conductor
Sid Feller Conductor
Marty Paich Conductor
Lou Busch Conductor
Technical Credits
Sonny Burke Arranger
Geoff Wilding Annotation
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