The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z

The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z


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The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z

The Best of the Definitive American Songbook, Vol. 2: I-Z sets out to compile great performances of songs written in the 1920s through the 1950s by American songwriters both legendary (like Johnny Mercer, Hoagy Carmichael, George and Ira Gershwin, Billy Strayhorn and Duke Ellington, and Harold Arlen) and obscure (like Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross, Harry Link, Jack Strachey, and Holt Marvell). The "I-Z" refers to the titles of the songs; the disc travels from "It Had to Be You" (written by Gus Kahn and Isham Jones and sung by Kay Starr) to "Where or When" (written by Rodgers & Hart and sung by Dick Haymes). In between are performances by such titans as Dean Martin (Lerner & Loewe's "On the Street Where You Live"), Peggy Lee (Cole Porter's "Just One of Those Things"), and Ella Fitzgerald (Billy Rose, E.Y. Harburg, and Harold Arlen's "It's Only a Paper Moon"). There are also some definitive performances, like Chet Baker's breathtaking take on Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," Louis Prima and Keely Smith's knockout version of Johnny Mercer and Harold Arlen's "That Old Black Magic," and Lena Horne's version of Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler's "Stormy Weather." The collection is a top-notch blend of wonderful songs and sterling vocal talent; the only missteps are the inclusion of two songs recorded in the 1980s: Rosemary Clooney's bland-sounding take on Jack Lawrence and Walter Gross' "Tenderly" from 1980 and Linda Ronstadt's pallid version of the Gershwins' "Someone to Watch Over Me." There are eight more volumes of the series set to be released; if they are all as good as the first two you should start clearing shelf space now.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/02/2003
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724359282022
catalogNumber: 92820

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gordon Jenkins   Conductor
Gerald Wilson   Conductor
Norrie Paramor   Conductor
Don Costa   Conductor
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Ian Bernard   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
Gordon Jenkins   Arranger
Gerald Wiggins   Arranger
Harold Arlen   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
David Axelrod   Producer
Peter Asher   Producer
H.B. Barnum   Orchestration
Johnny Burke   Composer
Don Costa   Arranger
Duke Ellington   Composer
Milt Gabler   Producer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Voyle Gilmore   Producer
Henry Glover   Producer
Walter Gross   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Carl Jefferson   Producer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Norman Newell   Producer
Glenn Osser   Arranger
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Billy Strayhorn   Composer
Lee Gillette   Producer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Tom Morgan   Producer
Janet Wolsborn   Art Direction
Alan Warner   Liner Notes,Executive Producer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Richard Block   Producer

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