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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Up until he suffered a stroke at age 70 in 1996, singer Mel Tormé continued to improve with age and seemed to have inexhaustible energy. This four-CD set from Rhino does a fine job of covering Tormé's pre-Concord output, although the omission of his Concord work of 1986-1995 is unfortunate for that catalog contains many of Tormé's most exciting recordings. In general, the earlier selections some of which were with his vocal group the Mel-Tones feature Tormé on hip for the period swing tunes and ballads. By the time he cut the sessions included on this set from 1954, the singer was quite mature and sounding very much like himself. The small group dates of the 1950s are ...
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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Up until he suffered a stroke at age 70 in 1996, singer Mel Tormé continued to improve with age and seemed to have inexhaustible energy. This four-CD set from Rhino does a fine job of covering Tormé's pre-Concord output, although the omission of his Concord work of 1986-1995 is unfortunate for that catalog contains many of Tormé's most exciting recordings. In general, the earlier selections some of which were with his vocal group the Mel-Tones feature Tormé on hip for the period swing tunes and ballads. By the time he cut the sessions included on this set from 1954, the singer was quite mature and sounding very much like himself. The small group dates of the 1950s are generally much more rewarding than some of the slower numbers in which Tormé is accompanied by string orchestras and the 1956-1960 collaborations with the Marty Paich Dek-tette are classic. But once the 1960s hit, Tormé's career at least on records started to quickly decline. Although disc four which covers 1962-1985 does its best to focus on Tormé's better recordings of the period, a few of the tracks such as "Strangers in the Night," "A Day in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde," and "Yesterday When I Was Young" are pretty sappy. Things greatly improve once the singer reaches the year 1975 and there are enough high points throughout the set to justify its purchase by Tormé's many fans. Three previously unreleased selections best is "Walkin' Shoes" with Shorty Rogers in 1962 are a plus and the colorful 84-page booklet is quite definitive.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/4/1996
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227158927
  • Catalog Number: 71589


Disc 1
  1. 1 Where or When (3:16)
  2. 2 A Stranger in Town (3:00)
  3. 3 Day by Day (2:53)
  4. 4 Willow Road (3:03)
  5. 5 Born to Be Blue (2:41)
  6. 6 What Is This Thing Called Love? (2:58)
  7. 7 Get out of Town (3:17)
  8. 8 For You, for Me, for Evermore (3:07)
  9. 9 It's Dreamtime (3:05)
  10. 10 Gone with the Wind (3:00)
  11. 11 A Cottage for Sale (3:07)
  12. 12 Makin' Whoopee (2:53)
  13. 13 Night and Day (2:44)
  14. 14 County Fair (4:33)
  15. 15 Three Little Words (2:01)
  16. 16 Love Me or Leave Me (1:47)
  17. 17 How High the Moon (2:22)
  18. 18 Careless Hands (3:18)
  19. 19 Blue Moon (3:13)
  20. 20 Again (3:13)
  21. 21 The Four Winds and the Seven Seas (3:08)
  22. 22 Got the Gate on the Golden Gate (3:35)
  23. 23 Cross Your Heart (2:40)
  24. 24 Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered (3:21)
  25. 25 It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (2:17)
  26. 26 All of You (2:50)
Disc 2
  1. 1 That Old Black Magic (3:15)
  2. 2 Mountain Greenery (2:23)
  3. 3 Bernie's Tune (2:56)
  4. 4 Goody Goody (2:32)
  5. 5 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (3:22)
  6. 6 All This and Heaven Too (3:38)
  7. 7 Isn't It Romantic? (3:41)
  8. 8 Lulu's Back in Town (3:08)
  9. 9 The Blues (3:36)
  10. 10 Lullaby of Birdland (4:55)
  11. 11 Carioca (3:21)
  12. 12 Fascinating Rhythm (2:31)
  13. 13 The Lady Is a Tramp (2:55)
  14. 14 I Got Plenty O' Nuttin' (3:16)
  15. 15 Nice Work If You Can Get It (3:12)
  16. 16 The Way You Look Tonight (2:26)
  17. 17 A Foggy Day (2:48)
  18. 18 Something's Gotta Give (4:00)
  19. 19 Cheek to Cheek (3:02)
  20. 20 Just One of Those Things (2:38)
  21. 21 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:25)
  22. 22 It's All Right with Me (4:29)
  23. 23 Autumn Leaves (1:30)
  24. 24 Poor Little Extra Girl (5:10)
Disc 3
  1. 1 A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square (3:32)
  2. 2 These Foolish Things (3:47)
  3. 3 Try a Little Tenderness (3:13)
  4. 4 Prelude to a Kiss (3:14)
  5. 5 I Let a Song Go out of My Heart (2:01)
  6. 6 Blues in the Night (8:07)
  7. 7 Vaya Con Dios (May God Be with You) (3:22)
  8. 8 Frenesi (2:35)
  9. 9 At the Crossroads (Malaguena) (2:38)
  10. 10 It Happened in Monterey (2:51)
  11. 11 Too Close for Comfort (4:04)
  12. 12 Swingin' on the Moon (3:32)
  13. 13 Medley from Wildcat: Far Away from Home/Angelina (5:08)
  14. 14 I'm Gonna Move to the Outskirts of Town (3:33)
  15. 15 Sent for You Yesterday (And Here You Come Today) (2:52)
  16. 16 By Myself (3:19)
  17. 17 When the World Was Young (3:46)
  18. 18 It's de-Lovely (4:29)
  19. 19 Dat Dere (2:58)
  20. 20 On Green Dolphin Street (2:53)
  21. 21 Walking Shoes (3:01)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Comin' Home Baby (2:44)
  2. 2 Right Now (2:14)
  3. 3 Cast Your Fate to the Wind (2:20)
  4. 4 Hey, Look Me Over! (3:08)
  5. 5 42nd Street (2:23)
  6. 6 Sunday in New York (2:32)
  7. 7 You'd Better Love Me (2:23)
  8. 8 I've Got You Under My Skin (2:48)
  9. 9 The Folks Who Live on the Hill (3:38)
  10. 10 Haven't We Met? (2:27)
  11. 11 Strangers in the Night (2:40)
  12. 12 Day in the Life of Bonnie and Clyde (2:42)
  13. 13 Yesterday, When I Was Young (2:49)
  14. 14 What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life? (3:43)
  15. 15 Gershwin Medley: I Got Rhythm/Mine/Do-Do-Di/'s Wonderful/Embraceable (15:28)
  16. 16 Pick Yourself Up (4:41)
  17. 17 The Best Is Yet to Come (4:09)
  18. 18 Zaz Turned Blue (4:22)
  19. 19 Big City Blues (4:16)
  20. 20 Theme from Arthur (Best That I Can Do) (4:32)
  21. 21 The Christmas Song (2:44)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Mel Tormé Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Paul Horn Woodwind
Lincoln Mayorga Leader
Bing Crosby Vocals
Les Baxter Vocals, Background Vocals
Barry Manilow Vocals
Laurindo Almeida Guitar
Frank Capp Percussion
Buddy Childers Trumpet
Cy Coleman Piano
Buddy Collette Woodwind
Bob Cooper Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
Herb Ellis Guitar
Victor Feldman Vibes
Herb Geller Alto Saxophone
Plas Johnson Woodwind
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mel Lewis Drums
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Shelly Manne Bongos, Drums, Marimbas, Timpani
Billy May Leader
Gerry Mulligan Baritone Saxophone
Ted Nash Piano, Woodwind
Dave Pell Woodwind
Art Pepper Alto Saxophone
Bill Perkins Tenor Saxophone
Rufus Reid Bass
Jimmy Rowles Piano
Bud Shank Flute, Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Artie Shaw Clarinet, Leader
Margaret Whiting Vocals
Harry Babasin Bass
Don Bagley Bass
Dave Barbour Guitar
Gus Bivona Saxophone
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Dick Collins Trumpet
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Bob Enevoldsen Trombone, Tenor Saxophone, Valve Trombone
Russell Garcia Leader
Dave Lambert Vocals
Ronnie Lang Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Stan Levey Drums
Ray Linn Trumpet
Matty Matlock Woodwind
Arnold Ross Celeste
Pete Rugolo Conductor, Leader
Babe Russin Saxophone, Woodwind
Ralph Sharon Piano
Stu Williamson Trumpet, Valve Trombone
George Van Eps Guitar
Justin Gordon Woodwind
Bev Kelly Vocals
Pat Moran Vocals
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Mike Wofford Piano
Corky Hale Harp
Hal Mooney Leader
Mike Deasy Sr. Guitar
Buddy Cole Piano
Frank deVol Leader
Howard McGhee Trumpet
Bob Bain Conductor
Felix Slatkin Violin
Si Zentner Trombone
Shorty Rogers Leader
Jimmy Wisner Piano
Jim Gordon Drums
Al McKibbon Bass
Eddie Safranski Bass
Med Flory Woodwind
George Duvivier Bass
Charlie Kennedy Saxophone
Al Porcino Trumpet
Marin Alsop Violin
Victor Arno Violin
Leonard Atkins Violin
Bill Atkinson Trombone
Georgie Auld Woodwind
Israel Baker Violin
Robert Barene Violin
Frank Beach Trumpet
Arnold Belnick Violin
Max Bennett Bass
Benny Carter Woodwind
Walter Benson Trombone
Paul Bergstrom Cello
Milt Bernhart Trombone
Cy Bernard Cello
John Best Trumpet
Harry Betts Trombone
Betty Beveridge Vocals, Background Vocals
Harry Bluestone Violin
Verlye Mills Harp
Maurice Brown Strings
Monty Budwig Bass
Roland Bundock Bass
Larry Bunker Accordion, Bongos, Drums, Marimbas, Vibes
Sonny Burke Leader
Joe Burnett Trumpet
Red Callender Tuba
Stella Castellucci Harp
George Cates Leader
John Cave French Horn
Marion Childers Trumpet
Gene Cipriano Woodwind
Mahlon Clark Woodwind
Geoff Clarkson Piano
Gary Coleman Vibes
Joe Comfort Bass
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Sid Cooper Woodwind
Irving Cottler Percussion, Drums
Dave Grusin Piano
John Cyr Drums
James A. Decker French Horn
Alvin Dinkin Viola
Eugene Dinovi Organ, Piano
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Jack DuLong Baritone Saxophone
Jack Dumont Woodwind
Teddy Edwards Saxophone
Gene Estes Vibes
Nick Fatool Drums
Frederick Seykora Cello
David Frisina Violin
Barry Galbraith Guitar
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Chuck Gentry Violin, Woodwind
James Getzoff Violin
Bobby Gibbons Guitar
Joe Gibbons Guitar
Benny Gill Violin
Hymie Gunkler Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Allan Harshman Viola
Dick Hazard Leader
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Skeets Herfurt Saxophone
Milt Holland Bongos, Gong
Bill Hood Baritone Saxophone, Woodwind
Howard Roberts Guitar
Francis Howard Trombone
Clyde Hurley Trumpet
Jack Sheldon Trumpet
Jill Jaffe Viola
Les Jenkins Trombone
Anatol Kaminsky Violin
Armand Karpoff Cello
George Kast Violin
Jules Kinsler Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, Woodwind
John Kitzmiller Tuba
Harry Klee Flute, Saxophone
Manny Klein Trumpet
Leo Kruczek Strings
Bernard Kundell Violin
Eddie Kusby Trombone
Carl LaMagna Violin
Eugene Lamas Violin
Beverly Lauridsen Cello
Bob Lawson Saxophone
Harry Lawson Saxophone
Jay Leonhart Bass
Dave Levine Drums
Harold Lewis Flute
Marvin Limonick Violin
John Lowe Woodwind
Dan Lube Violin
Edgar Lustgarten Cello
Joe Maini Saxophone
Virginia Majewski Viola
Johnny Mandel Conductor, Leader
Joe Mondragon Bass
Dodo Marmarosa Piano
Marty Paich Piano, Celeste, Leader
Ann Mason Harp
Jack Mayhew Woodwind
Lew McCreary Trombone
The Mel-Tones Vocals
Robert Mersey Leader
Ollie Mitchell Trumpet
Jack Montrose Tenor Saxophone
Louis Mucci Trumpet
Dick Nash Trombone
George Neikrug Violin
Buddy Neil Piano
Irma Neumann Violin
Ginny O'Connor Vocals, Background Vocals
Donny Osborne Drums
Bernie Parke Vocals, Background Vocals
Tommy Pedersen Trombone
Ralph Pena Bass
Richard Perissi French Horn
Bill Pitman Guitar
Ray Pohlman Bass
Albert Pollan Tuba
Carol Pool Violin
Lou Raderman Violin
Don Raffell Saxophone, Woodwind
Milt Raskin Piano, Celeste
Dorothy Remsen Harp
Mike Renzi Piano
Luis Resto Emulator
Allan Reuss Guitar
Emil Richards Vibes
George Roberts Trombone, Bass Trombone
Les Robinson Saxophone
Paul Robyn Viola
Frank Rosolino Trombone
Nathan Ross Violin
Henry Roth Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
John Ryan Bass
Myron Sandler Viola
George Seaberg Trumpet
Tommy Shepard Trombone
Shorty Sherock Trumpet
Kenny Shroyer Trombone, Bass Trombone
Paul Shure Violin
Lou Singer Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Jack Sperling Drums
The Starlighters Vocals
Joseph Stephansky Violin
Phil Stephens Bass, Vocals
David Sterkin Viola
Alvin Stoller Percussion, Bongos, Drums, Marimbas, Timpani
Joe Triscari Trumpet
Ray Triscari Trumpet
Lloyd Ulyate Trombone
Gerald Vinci Violin
George Wendt Trumpet
Ollie Wilson Trombone
Kai Winding Trombone
Milt Yaner Woodwind
Mel Zelnick Drums
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Larry Breen Bass
Gail Laughton Harp
Eleanor Slatkin Cello
Margaret Aue Cello
Jud Conlon Vocals
Charles Griffard Trumpet
Ralph Hansell Xylophone, Vibes
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Pullman Pederson Trombone
Gordon Pope Oboe
Kurt Reher Cello
Richard Shanahan Bongos, Drums
Tony Faso Trumpet
Carl Loeffler Trombone
Teddy Napoleon Piano
Nick Pisani Violin
Olcott Vail Violin
Arnold Koblentz Oboe
Michael Melvoin Piano
Peter Ellis Violin
Sam Freed Viola
Paul Geil Trumpet
Alex Gershunoff Saxophone
Fred Goerner Cello
Howard Halbert Violin
Arthur Kafton Cello
Morris King Violin
Mark McIntyre Piano
Nicholas Ochi-Albi Cello
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman Viola
James Stagliano French Horn
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Eddie Brown Woodwind
Lew Stone Strings
John Gary Williams Leader
Al Pelligrini Piano, Leader
John Anderson Trumpet
Stan Karpenia Strings
Joe Kretcher Saxophone
Morris Lefkowitz Strings
Morton Friedman Saxophone
Ethmer Roten Flute
Arthur Shapiro Bass
Sidney Sharp Violin
John Whited Vocals
Eddie Rosa Flute
Mannie Thaler Woodwind
Joe Howard Trombone
Huntington Burdick French Horn
James Dupre Bass
Jack Kirksmith French Horn
Y Neikrug Piano
Roland Pirozzi Woodwind
Ray Sabinsky Strings
Jules Seder Bassoon
Sandor Szatmery Strings
Kathryn Tompson Harp
Bill Ulyate Bass Clarinet
June Weiland Harp
Don St. Was oberheim
Manny Stein Bass
Ace Tesone Bass
Deacon Dunn Woodwind
George Zornig Strings
Sarah Kreindler Violin
Heimann Weinstine Violin
Richard Cornell Harp
Charles Graver Bassoon
Charles Marlowe Trumpet
John Doling Vocals
Cheryll Butterman Harp
Keith Mitchell Bass
Albert Richmond French Horn
Technical Credits
Lincoln Mayorga Arranger
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer
Was (Not Was) Contributor
Michel Legrand Composer
Billy May Arranger
Dave Pell Producer
André Previn Arranger
Mel Tormé Producer, Vocal Arrangements, Compilation Assistant
Russell Garcia Arranger
Neal Hefti Arranger
John Gray Contributor
Frank deVol Arranger
Bob Bain Arranger
Shorty Rogers Arranger
Jimmy Wisner Contributor
Dale Anderson Contributor
John Audino Contributor
James Austin Executive Producer
Alan Bergman Composer
Marilyn Bergman Composer
Norman Granz Producer
Sonny Burke Arranger, Contributor
Jesse Ehrlich Contributor
Nesuhi Ertegun Producer
Bill Green Contributor
Dick Hazard Arranger
Dan Hersch Remastering
Francis Howard Contributor
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Dave Kapp Producer
Louis Kievman Contributor
Johnny Mandel Arranger
Amerigo Marino Contributor
Larry Marks Producer
Skip Martin Arranger
Marty Paich Arranger, Contributor
Johnny Mercer Composer
Robert Mersey Arranger, Producer
Gene Norman Producer
Uan Rasey Contributor
Allen Stanton Producer
Jack Tann Producer
Jack Tracy Producer
Ted Vesely Contributor
Tibor Zelig Contributor
Elizabeth Ershoff Contributor
John Gary Williams Arranger
Al Pelligrini Contributor
Artie Shaw & His Orchestra Contributor
Frank DeVol & His Orchestra Contributor
Shorty Rogers & His Giants Contributor
The Pat Moran Quartet Contributor
Coco Shinomiya Art Direction
Patrick Milligan Executive Producer, Discographical Annotation
Wally Stott Contributor
Louis Adrian Contributor
Sol Babitz Contributor
Jim Conkling Producer
Alberto Dominguez Composer
Sigmund Ziebel Contributor
Olga Zundel Contributor
Red Clyde Producer
Don St. Was Producer
Leonard Whitcup Composer
M. Philippe-Gerard Composer
Dave Cavanaugh Producer
Gertrude Schrager Contributor
Angele Vannier Composer
Daniel Hersch Remastering
Casado Lecuona Composer
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