When Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Broken-Hearted

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/28/2003
  • Label: Umvd Labels
  • UPC: 044006532820
  • Catalog Number: 065328
  • Sales rank: 201,061

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Good Morning Heartache - Billie Holiday (3:31)
  2. 2 Born to Be Blue - Chet Baker (4:04)
  3. 3 It Never Entered My Mind - Johnny Hartman (3:40)
  4. 4 Everybody's Somebody's Fool - Little Jimmy Scott (3:26)
  5. 5 A Woman Alone With the Blues - Peggy Lee (3:18)
  6. 6 A Woman's Intuition - Beverly Kenney (3:33)
  7. 7 Everything Happens to Me - Frank D'Rone (3:46)
  8. 8 I Fall in Love Too Easy - Shirley Horn (5:41)
  9. 9 Here's That Rainy Day - Helen Merrill (2:43)
  10. 10 I'm Through With Love - Arthur Prysock (3:43)
  11. 11 I'm a Fool to Want You - Dinah Washington (2:43)
  12. 12 What Will I Tell My Heart? - Billy Eckstine (2:43)
  13. 13 But Not for Me - Sarah Vaughan (3:28)
  14. 14 Reaching for the Moon - Ella Fitzgerald (2:18)
  15. 15 Gloomy Sunday - Mel Tormé (5:13)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tony Scott Clarinet
Chet Baker Vocals
Ron Carter Bass
Art Davis Bass
Richard Davis Bass
Billy Eckstine Vocals
Harry "Sweets" 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
Al 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 Conductor
Vincent DeRosa French Horn
Al 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
Tony Scott Arranger, Producer
Shirley Horn Arranger, Producer
Ike Carpenter Director
Dick Katz Producer
Stan Free Director
Hal Mooney Arranger
Norman Granz Producer
Fud Livingston Composer
Marty Paich Arranger
Bobby Scott Arranger, Producer
Richard Seidel Producer
Bob Shad Producer
Bob Thiele Producer
Hy Weiss Producer
Paul Weston Arranger
Harvey Pekar Liner Notes
Hollis King Art Direction
Jeff Willens Mastering
Alexander Gelfand Notes Editing
László Jávor Composer
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