When Love Goes Wrong: Songs For The Broken-Hearted

When Love Goes Wrong: Songs For The Broken-Hearted

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Bill Maher (as in Politically Incorrect) once stated that marriage is a lot like communism--it sounds great on paper, but in reality, it doesn't work. That's a very cynical view of romance; some marriages do work, and they work well. But at the same, one can certainly understand where Maher is coming from--half of American marriages, after all, end in

Overview

Bill Maher (as in Politically Incorrect) once stated that marriage is a lot like communism--it sounds great on paper, but in reality, it doesn't work. That's a very cynical view of romance; some marriages do work, and they work well. But at the same, one can certainly understand where Maher is coming from--half of American marriages, after all, end in divorce, and many couples never even make it to the alter. Those unsuccessful relationships are the focus of When Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Broken-Hearted, a thoughtfully assembled collection of vocal jazz and torch singing that spans 1950-1997. The front cover boasts an illustration that recalls the classic film noir and pulp fiction of the '30s, '40s and '50s--an attractive blonde who just blew away her lover is led away in handcuffs, while a hat-wearing hard-boiled detective (à la Dana Andrews' character in Laura) nonchalantly puffs away on a cigarette. It's the perfect cover for a compilation that paints a dark, troubled picture of romance thanks to melancholy performances by heavyweights like Dinah Washington on "I'm a Fool to Want You," Chet Baker on "Born to Be Blue" and Jimmy Scott on "Everybody's Somebody's Fool." Shirley Horn's soulful version of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" is from 1997, although the rest of the selections are from the '50s and '60s. If one wanted to nit-pick, it would be easy to complain about the fact that Verve doesn't include any versions of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" (one of the darkest jazz pearls ever written). Also, Verve should have provided Billie Holiday's original 1946 recording of "Good Morning Heartache" instead of the 1956 version that opens this CD--Lady Day sounded a lot better in 1946. Nonetheless, this generally rewarding, if imperfect, compilation is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who craves expressive, heartfelt torch singing.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/28/2003
Label:
Umvd Labels
UPC:
0044006532820
catalogNumber:
065328

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tony Scott   Clarinet
Chet Baker   Vocals
Ron Carter   Bass
Art Davis   Bass
Richard Davis   Bass
Billy Eckstine   Vocals
Harry Edison   Trumpet
Ella Fitzgerald   Vocals
Lionel Hampton   Vibes
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Shirley Horn   Piano,Vocals
Hank Jones   Piano
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Shelly Manne   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Helen Merrill   Vocals
Dave Pell   Woodwind
Bill Perkins   Woodwind
Arthur Prysock   Vocals
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Little Jimmy Scott   Vocals
Bud Shank   Woodwind
Ed Shaughnessy   Drums
Mel Tormé   Vocals
Dinah Washington   Vocals
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Aaron Bell   Bass
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Ike Carpenter   Piano
Dick Collins   Trumpet
Bob Hardaway   Tenor Saxophone
Dick Katz   Piano
Matty Matlock   Woodwind
Babe Russin   Woodwind
Stan Free   Piano
Beverly Kenney   Vocals
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Frank D'Rone   Vocals
Med Flory   Woodwind
George Duvivier   Bass
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Joe Benjamin   Bass
John Best   Trumpet
Billie Holiday   Vocals
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Marion Childers   Trumpet
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Foster   Drums
Ed Freeman   Alto Saxophone
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Johnny Hartman   Vocals
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet
Osie Johnson   Drums
John Kitzmiller   Tuba
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Joe Koch   Baritone Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Ellis Larkins   Piano,Celeste
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Marty Paich   Piano,Conductor
Lenny McBrowne   Drums
Dick Noel   Trombone
Richard Perissi   French Horn
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Organ
Clyde Reasinger   Trumpet
Tom Reeves   Trumpet
Wally Richardson   Guitar
George Roberts   Trombone
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Sarah Vaughan   Vocals
Bobby Scott   Piano
Alvin Stoller   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
Juan Tizol   Valve Trombone
Bobby Tucker   Piano
Max Wayne   Bass
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Conductor
Vincent DeRosa   French Horn
Lucas   Bass
Zane Zacharoff   Flute,Reeds,Tenor Saxophone
William Schaefer   Trombone
Ariella Perlman   Trombone
Paul Smith   Piano
Dick Stanton   Drums
Bob Robinson   Tenor Saxophone
Roger White   Trombone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Tony Scott   Arranger,Producer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Frank Sinatra   Composer
Lionel Hampton   Composer
Shirley Horn   Arranger,Producer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Ike Carpenter   Director
Matt Dennis   Composer
Dick Katz   Producer
Stan Free   Director
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Norman Granz   Producer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Fud Livingston   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Marty Paich   Arranger
Bobby Scott   Arranger,Producer
Richard Seidel   Producer
Bob Shad   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Hy Weiss   Producer
Robert Wells   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Arranger
Victor Young   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Matty Malneck   Composer
Jack Wolf   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Willard Robison   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Peter Tinturin   Composer
Rezsö Seress   Composer
Ace Adams   Composer
Alexander Gelfand   Notes Editing
Joel Herron   Composer
László Jávor   Composer
Harvey Pekar   Liner Notes

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