Torch Songs [Capitol]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Capitol holds in its vault many of the definitive torch songs in recorded history, and has issued them many times in many forms. Torch Songs, a two-disc standards collection released in 2004, unfortunately and rather surprisingly, doesn't include many of the best. It does, however, illustrate that the label has some distance to travel before exhausting its supply of excellent material. It also doesn't plumb the depths of lovelorn depression quite like Capitol's previous torch collection, 2003's Lady Sings the Blues also a double disc with many of the same singers, but it's a more engaging collection for it. On most of these performances, the person whom the singer is torching...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Capitol holds in its vault many of the definitive torch songs in recorded history, and has issued them many times in many forms. Torch Songs, a two-disc standards collection released in 2004, unfortunately and rather surprisingly, doesn't include many of the best. It does, however, illustrate that the label has some distance to travel before exhausting its supply of excellent material. It also doesn't plumb the depths of lovelorn depression quite like Capitol's previous torch collection, 2003's Lady Sings the Blues also a double disc with many of the same singers, but it's a more engaging collection for it. On most of these performances, the person whom the singer is torching for is simply absent, not fled so to be pedantic, they're ballads rather than torch songs. Semantics aside, the performers are all genre-defining and the songs are strong as well, evidenced by Dinah Washington's "These Foolish Things," Etta James' "The Very Thought of You," Norah Jones' "The Nearness of You," and Peggy Lee's "I Wanna Be Around." Ella Fitzgerald, licensed from Verve especially for this collection, cries her heart-rending performance of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," and delivers one of the most pleasurable moments in popular song with her masterful switch in key on Cole Porter's line "How strange the change, from major to minor." Torch Songs does include plenty of true heartache, most of them ironically delivered by stronger vocalists such as Anita O'Day "Angel Eyes", Rosemary Clooney "Good Morning Heartache", and Fitzgerald again "Love for Sale". Even singers of the second rank are represented with excellent songs -- Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Dianne Reeves, and Kay Starr, the latter one of Capitol's most underrated jazz singers.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Capitol
  • UPC: 724359758220
  • Catalog Number: 97582
  • Sales rank: 34,992

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The Man I Love (4:27)
  2. 2 I Fall in Love Too Easily (3:22)
  3. 3 Body and Soul (5:35)
  4. 4 I Wanna Be Around - Peggy Lee (2:29)
  5. 5 My One and Only Love (2:47)
  6. 6 The Nearness of You (3:07)
  7. 7 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye (3:33)
  8. 8 All the Way (3:05)
  9. 9 Darn That Dream (4:47)
  10. 10 Good Morning Heartache (4:21)
  11. 11 More Than You Know (2:39)
  12. 12 Angel Eyes (3:41)
  13. 13 These Foolish Things (3:30)
  14. 14 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning (2:49)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Blues in the Night (3:52)
  2. 2 The Very Thought of You (4:33)
  3. 3 Love Is Here to Stay (3:09)
  4. 4 Love for Sale - Buddy Bregman & Orchestra (5:55)
  5. 5 East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) (3:27)
  6. 6 Misty - Dakota Staton (2:37)
  7. 7 Fly Me to the Moon (2:30)
  8. 8 I've Grown Accustomed to His Face (2:22)
  9. 9 I Left My Heart in San Francisco - Nancy Wilson (2:24)
  10. 10 Oh! You Crazy Moon - Peggy Lee (2:46)
  11. 11 In a Sentimental Mood (4:06)
  12. 12 Softly as I Leave You (3:04)
  13. 13 Lover Man (4:09)
  14. 14 As Time Goes By - Nancy Wilson (4:47)
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
David Mann Composer
Matt Dennis Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Ervin Drake Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Manny Kurtz Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez Composer
Jule Styne Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Jimmy Sherman Composer
Diana Barnes Art Direction
David McEowen Mastering
Robert Sour Composer
Frank Eyton Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Harry Link Composer
Jack Strachey Composer
Robert Mellin Composer
Brooks Bowman Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Dan Fisher Composer
Irene Higginbotham Composer
Holt Marvell Composer
Guy Wood Composer
Hal Shaper Composer
Giorgio Calabrese Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Antonio de Vita Composer
Jimmy Davis Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Rob Christie Producer
Bart Howard Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
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    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great, Romantic Dinner Music

    I played this cd tonight at a dinner party I had and EVERYONE just loved it! Thank goodness Norah Jones and Diana Krall are carrying on this great style of music.

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