Heart Beats: Sirens of Song - Classic Torch

Heart Beats: Sirens of Song - Classic Torch

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Heart Beats: Sirens of Song - Classic Torch

Rhino's Sirens of Song: Classic Torch Singers is an excellent collection of late-night, lovelorn vocals by some of the best singers of the century -- and yes, all of them are female, since a strict definition of torch singing (not to mention sirens) excludes males. The collection leads off with "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, the prototypical torch singer (but by no means the best) and, from there, picks excellent features for Sarah Vaughan ("Black Coffee"), Billie Holiday ("Stormy Blues," a cracked vocal from her last few years of life), Ella Fitzgerald ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Dinah Washington (the transcendent "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"), Carmen McRae ("I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good"), and even Edith Piaf (with a latter-day English version of "La Vie en Rose"). The compilers also excelled by choosing tracks by a trio of excellent R&B chanteuses: Etta James, LaVern Baker, and Ruth Brown. Also included is an excellent essay on the history and art of torch singing by Norma Campbell Edwards.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/1997
Label: Rhino
UPC: 0081227251420
catalogNumber: 72514

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Etta James   Track Performer
Glen Campbell   Track Performer
Kris Kristofferson   Track Performer
Charlie Rich   Track Performer
Bing Crosby   Track Performer
Marlene Dietrich   Track Performer
Judy Garland   Track Performer
Hibbler   Track Performer
Eartha Kitt   Track Performer
Julie London   Track Performer
Wayne Newton   Track Performer
Nina Simone   Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Track Performer
Paul Anka   Track Performer
LaVern Baker   Track Performer
Lou Rawls   Track Performer
Leo Sayer   Track Performer
Frankie Valli   Track Performer
Laurindo Almeida   Track Performer
Chet Baker   Track Performer
Ruth Brown   Track Performer
Billy Eckstine   Track Performer
Ella Fitzgerald   Track Performer
Lena Horne   Track Performer
Little Jimmy Scott   Track Performer
Mel Tormé   Track Performer
Dinah Washington   Track Performer
Herb Jeffries   Track Performer
Jackie Paris   Track Performer
Vic Damone   Track Performer
Dick Haymes   Track Performer
Edith Piaf   Track Performer
Jack Jones   Track Performer
David Soul   Track Performer
John Travolta   Track Performer
Billie Holiday   Vocals,Track Performer
Lou Bring   Conductor
Sammy Davis   Track Performer
Johnny Hartman   Track Performer
Henri René   Conductor
Jimmy Jones   Conductor
Carmen McRae   Vocals,Track Performer
Sarah Vaughan   Track Performer
B.J. Thomas   Track Performer
Gino Vannelli   Track Performer
Odia Coates   Track Performer
Tony Orlando & Dawn   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
LaVern Baker   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Sonny Burke   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Jimmy Jones   Arranger
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Rachel Gutek   Art Direction
Norma Edwards   Liner Notes
Marcel Louiguy   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Louis Louiguy   Composer

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