Song Is Harry Warren

The Song Is Harry Warren

by Harry Warren
     
 

British label ASV Living Era's series of The Song Is albums of compilations of the work of American songwriters uses recordings contemporary to the songs' composition, which makes them invaluable as historical documents, even if, for American listeners, the selections sometimes leave something to be desired. Perusal of the 25-track Harry Warren disc proves no…  See more details below

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British label ASV Living Era's series of The Song Is albums of compilations of the work of American songwriters uses recordings contemporary to the songs' composition, which makes them invaluable as historical documents, even if, for American listeners, the selections sometimes leave something to be desired. Perusal of the 25-track Harry Warren disc proves no exception. Compiler/producer Peter Dempsey notes that Warren "wrote far more standards than could be accommodated in one CD compilation." True enough, and fair warning that Dempsey intends to sample from the vast Warren catalog rather than try for a greatest-hits approach, which is borne out when you consider that he includes only 11 of the 19 chart-topping hits Warren wrote during the 1931-1943 period under consideration. Nor is Dempsey worried about featuring the most successful versions of the songs: only five of the selections present the biggest hit recordings -- "Young and Healthy" and "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby," by Bing Crosby, "Chattanooga Choo Choo" and "At Last," by Glenn Miller, and "You'll Never Know," by Dick Haymes. The substitutions are unobjectionable when they include notable performers like Fletcher Henderson ("Nagasaki"), the Boswell Sisters ("42nd Street" and "Shuffle Off to Buffalo"), Eddy Duchin ("I Only Have Eyes for You"), and the Mills Brothers ("Jeepers Creepers"). But a significant part of the disc -- ten tracks out of 25 -- consists of British recordings by performers unlikely to be familiar to American listeners, even though some, notably pianist Hutch and the team of Layton and Johnstone, were popular in the U.K. at the time. The result is a mish-mash, presenting some of Warren's best by some of his best interpreters of the time, along with some other material and performers that are second-rate.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/23/1994
Label:
Asv Living Era
UPC:
0743625513929
catalogNumber:
5139

Tracks

  1. Lullaby of Broadway
  2. Would You Like to Take a Walk?
  3. Nagasaki
  4. I Found a Million Dollar Baby (In a Five and Ten Cent Store)
  5. You're My Everything
  6. I've Got to Sing a Torch Song
  7. Ooh, That Kiss
  8. Shadow Waltz
  9. Keep Young and Beautiful
  10. 42nd Street
  11. Young and Healthy
  12. You're Getting to Be a Habit with Me
  13. Shuffle off to Buffalo
  14. I'll String Along with You
  15. I Only Have Eyes for You
  16. Lulu's Back in Town
  17. September in the Rain
  18. Love Is Where You Find It
  19. Jeepers Creepers
  20. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  21. I, Yi, Yi, Yi, Yi (I Like You Very Much)
  22. Chattanooga Choo Choo
  23. Serenade in Blue
  24. At Last
  25. You'll Never Know

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Harry Warren   Primary Artist
Andrews Sisters   Track Performer
Boswell Sisters   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Mills Brothers   Track Performer
Ray Noble   Conductor
Harry Roy   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Crumit   Track Performer
Ray Eberle   Track Performer
Dick Haymes   Track Performer
Modernaires   Vocals
Bowlly   Track Performer
Elsie Carlisle   Track Performer
Carmen Miranda   Track Performer
Tex Beneke   Track Performer
Harry Sosnik   Conductor
Glenn Miller   Track Performer
Vic Schoen   Conductor
Frances Langford   Track Performer
Lew Sherwood   Vocals
Guy Lombardo & His Royal Canadians   Track Performer
Bob Crosby & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Dorsey Brothers   Track Performer
Fletcher Henderson & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Roy Fox & His Band   Track Performer
Ray Noble & His Orchestra   Track Performer
Scott Wood   Track Performer
Frances Day   Track Performer
Ensemble   Track Performer
Song Spinners   Track Performer
Julia Sanderson   Track Performer
Denny Dennis   Track Performer
Hutch   Piano,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes

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