The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 1 (A-I)

The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 1 (A-I)


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The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 1 (A-I)

This compilation is the first of ten to be compiled and released on EMI/Capitol's Liberty imprint containing performances of songs that are part of "The Great American Songbook," i.e., traditional pop standards from the 1920s, '30s, '40s, and '50s, mostly written for Broadway musicals or Hollywood movies, and subsequently sung in nightclubs and on records. The "(A-I)" designation simply means that all of the songs included in this volume begin with words the first letter of which is among the first nine letters of the alphabet, an arbitrary organizing principle if there ever was one, but no matter. Executive producer/annotator Alan Warner is bent on demonstrating that the songs have continued to be performed long after their introductions, and in doing so, he has ranged far beyond the ample vaults of Capitol Records (which was founded in the 1940s in part to record this very repertoire) to license tracks from all of the other major labels. The recordings were made between 1944 (Bing Crosby's "I'll Be Seeing You," originally released on Decca Records and licensed from Universal), and 2001 (Dianne Reeves' "Embraceable You," released on Capitol imprint Blue Note), and they include not only traditional pop singers such as Tony Bennett, Peggy Lee, and Dinah Shore, but also R&B performers Ray Charles and Etta James, jazz singer Sarah Vaughan, '70s pop singer Harry Nilsson, and country star Willie Nelson. Selection and sequencing work to give the album flow and consistency. But this is still a somewhat random compilation, not unlike dozens of others.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724359281926
catalogNumber: 92819

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frank Sinatra   Conductor
Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Barney Kessel   Guitar
André Previn   Piano
Pete Rugolo   Conductor
Benny Carter   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Riley Hampton   Conductor
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Ray Leatherwood   Bass
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Ian Bernard   Conductor
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Guest Appearance
Ralph Sharon Trio   Guest Appearance
John Scott Trotter & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble,Guest Appearance
Billy Childs Trio   Conductor
Pete Moore   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
George Duke   Producer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
André Previn   Arranger
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Bobby Troup   Producer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Ken Barnes   Producer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Leonard Chess   Producer
Phil Chess   Producer
Don Costa   Arranger
Nesuhi Ertegun   Producer
Sammy Fain   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Riley Hampton   Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Booker T. Jones   Arranger,Producer
Irving Kahal   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Clyde Otis   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Teddy Reig   Producer
Derek Taylor   Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jerry Wexler   Producer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Alan Warner   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Janet Wolshom   Art Direction
Billy Childs Trio   Arranger
Pete Moore   Arranger
Bart Howard   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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