It's Magic [Bear Family]

It's Magic [Bear Family]

by Doris DayDoris Day

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Six CDs of 145 songs covering seven hours probably seems like overkill, but this three-year span of Doris Day's career is an extraordinary body of music, covering her transition from swing band vocalist to one of the great pop vocalists of this century, an interpreter ranked right in the same league (back then) with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, and Tony Bennett. In the wake of her late-'50s/early-'60s movie comedies, it would take an MTV Unplugged-type release, a la Tony Bennett, to make modern listeners understand just how hot and cool Doris Day was as a singer -- or listening to this set. Disc One chronicles her superb re-emergence as a vocalist in a solo career in 1947, still doing swing-style material, but the disc also catches the growing sophistication of her material and her style. Disc Two is highlighted by several beguiling duets between Day and Buddy Clark (and one, "Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk," awith Frank Sinatra), as well as a handful of previously unreleased outtakes. Disc Three may be the weakest of the six, weighted down as it is with a few novelty and Christmas songs, but it also soars elegantly with her interpretation of "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered" and a ton of additional successful pop numbers. The Doris Day/Dinah Shore duet "It's Better to Conceal Than Reveal") is too cute for words as a Latin-flavored novelty tune, but their rendition of Irving Berlin's "You Can Have Him" makes up for the other number's shortcomings. Disc Four shows Day devoting more of her time to cutting songs from her movies, which were still very strong -- her interpretive skills also shine on songs like the sultry "With You Anyway You Are." We also get a taste of things to come in "Save a Little Sunbeam," a quirky upbeat pop number of the sort that -- in its worst form (which this track is not) -- helped cede mainstream music to rock & roll. Here renditions of "Tea For Two" and "I Only Have Eyes For You" are a good counteractive to the quirkier tunes here. Disc Five is actually stronger -- Day's duets with Gene Nelson are a lot of fun -- and holds up extremely well. Disc Six is made up of the last of the 1950 sessions, and is filled out with a dozen previously unreleased outtakes. The box comes with a 90-page hardcover book that chronicles Day's life and career up to the last of the sessions here, from 1950, augmented with lots of photos and a full sessionography. The box is expensive, and it's easiest for the true fanatic to justify it, although once one hears the songs, it's also easy to get hooked.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/1994
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127156099
catalogNumber: 15609
Rank: 103466


Disc 1

  1. It Takes Time
  2. Pete
  3. My Young and Foolish Heart
  4. Tell Me, Dream Face (What Am I to You?)
  5. I'm Still Sitting Under the Apple Tree
  6. Just an Old Love of Mine
  7. A Chocolate Sundae on a Saturday Night
  8. When Tonight Is Just a Memory
  9. That's the Way He Does It
  10. Why Should We Both Be Lonely?
  11. Papa, Won't You Dance With Me?
  12. Say Something Nice About Me Baby
  13. It's Magic
  14. Just Imagine
  15. Pretty Baby
  16. Confess
  17. Love Somebody
  18. Tacos, Enchilados and Beans
  19. No Moon at All
  20. Put 'Em in a Box, Tie 'Em With a Ribbon (And Throw 'Em in the Deep ...)
  21. Imagination
  22. It's the Sentimental Thing to Do
  23. I've Only Myself to Blame
  24. Thoughtless
  25. It's a Quiet Town (In Crossbone County)

Disc 2

  1. Someone Like You
  2. My Dream Is Yours
  3. I'm in Love
  4. It's You or No One
  5. My Darling, My Darling
  6. That Certain Party
  7. His Fraternity Pin
  8. His Fraternity Pin
  9. If You Will Marry Me
  10. You Was
  11. I'll String Along With You
  12. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (Smile, Smile, Smile)
  13. Don't Gamble With Romance
  14. I'm Beginning to Miss You
  15. That Old Feeling
  16. When Your Lover Has Gone
  17. You Go to My Head
  18. How It Lies, How It Lies, How It Lies
  19. If I Could Be With You (One Hour Tonight)
  20. Everywhere You Go
  21. Again
  22. (Where Are You) Now That I Need You
  23. Blame My Absent Minded Heart
  24. Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk

Disc 3

  1. You're My Thrill
  2. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  3. At the Cafe Rendezvous
  4. It's a Great Feeling
  5. It's Better to Conceal Than Reveal
  6. You Can Have Him
  7. Sometimes I'm Happy
  8. Land of Love
  9. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  10. I'm Confessin' (That I Love You)
  11. The Last Mile Home
  12. Canadian Capers
  13. Here Comes Santa Claus
  14. Ol' Saint Nicholas
  15. It's on the Tip of My Tongue
  16. The River Seine
  17. (It Happened at the) Festival of Roses
  18. The Three Rivers (The Allegheny, Susquehanna and the Old Monongahela)
  19. (There's A) Bluebird on Your Windowsill
  20. Crocodile Tears
  21. The Game of Broken Hearts
  22. Quicksilver
  23. I'll Never Slip Around Again
  24. I Don't Wanna Be Kissed by Anyone But You

Disc 4

  1. With You (Anywhere You Are)
  2. Save a Little Sunbeam (For a Rainy, Rainy Day)
  3. Mama, What'll I Do
  4. I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Prayers)
  5. Enjoy Yourself (It's Later Than You Think)
  6. I May Be Wrong (But I Think You're Wonderful)
  7. The Very Thought of You
  8. Too Marvelous for Words
  9. With a Song in My Heart
  10. Spesh'lly You
  11. Marriage Ties
  12. Before I Loved You
  13. I Went a Wooing
  14. I Didn't Slip, I Wasn't Pushed, I Fell
  15. Hoop-Dee-Doo
  16. I Can't Get Over a Boy Like You (Loving a Girl Like Me)
  17. I've Forgotten You
  18. I'll Be Around
  19. Darn That Dream
  20. Here in My Arms
  21. Tea for Two
  22. I Only Have Eyes for You
  23. Do Do Do
  24. Crazy Rhythm

Disc 5

  1. I Know That You Know
  2. Oh Me! Oh My! Oh You!
  3. I Want to Be Happy
  4. He's Such a Gentleman
  5. A Load of Hay
  6. I Love the Way You Say Goodnight
  7. Orange Colored Sky
  8. The Comb and Paper Polka
  9. Pumpernickel
  10. You Are My Sunshine
  11. The Everlasting Arms
  12. David's Psalm
  13. Christmas Story
  14. I've Never Been in Love Before
  15. A Bushel and a Peck
  16. You Love Me
  17. The Best Thing for You
  18. If I Were a Bell
  19. Silver Bells
  20. It's a Lovely Day Today
  21. From This Moment On
  22. I Am Loved
  23. Nobody's Chasing Me
  24. Ten Thousand Four Hundred Thirty-Two Sheep

Disc 6

  1. You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me
  2. Somebody Loves Me
  3. Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone
  4. Just One of Those Things
  5. Lullaby of Broadway
  6. I Love the Way You Say Goodnight
  7. In a Shanty in Old Shanty Town
  8. Fine and Dandy
  9. Lullaby of Broadway
  10. Would I Love You (Love You, Love You)
  11. Say Something Nice About Me Baby
  12. It's Magic
  13. Pretty Baby
  14. Thoughtless
  15. It's You or No One
  16. My Darling, My Darling
  17. That Certain Party
  18. That Certain Party
  19. Let's Take an Old Fashioned Walk
  20. You're My Thrill
  21. I Said My Pajamas (And Put on My Prayers)
  22. Here in My Arms
  23. I Only Have Eyes for You
  24. Do Do Do
  25. I Want to Be Happy

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Doris Day   Primary Artist,Vocals
Dinah Shore   Vocals,Track Performer
Frank Sinatra   Vocals,Track Performer
Louie Bellson   Drums
Harry James   Trumpet,Leader
Dave Pell   Saxophone
Gus Bivona   Clarinet
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Ray Noble   Leader
Arnold Ross   Piano
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Heine Beau   Saxophone
Page Cavanaugh   Piano,Leader
George Van Eps   Guitar
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Modernaires   Vocals
George Siravo   Leader
Norman Luboff   Leader
Bob Bain   Guitar
Foy Willing   Guitar
George Greeley   Piano
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Si Zentner   Trombone
Frankie Yankovic   Leader
Mitchell Ayres   Leader
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Cy Bernard   Cello
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Don Bonnee   Saxophone
Lou Bring   Leader
Maurice Brown   Cello
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Ernie Caceres   Saxophone
Red Callender   Bass
John Cave   Horn
Frank Chase   Saxophone
Geoff Clarkson   Piano
Frank Comstock   Leader
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
James Cook   Saxophone
Gene Corcoran   Saxophone
Irving Cottler   Drums
John Cyr   Drums
George M. "Jud" DeNaut   Bass
Art Drelinger   Clarinet
Jack Dumont   Saxophone
Arnold Eidus   Violin
Nick Fatool   Drums
Harold Feldman   Oboe
Don Ferris   Piano
Frank Flynn   Drums
David Frisina   Violin
Gordon Griffin   Trumpet
Sid Harris   Violin
Allan Harshman   Viola
Herbie Haymer   Saxophone
Abraham Hochstein   Viola
Hugo Winterhalter   Leader
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
George Jenkins   Trombone
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
George Kast   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Ronald Langinger   Saxophone
Ray Leatherwood   Bass
Dan Lube   Violin
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Bruce MacDonald   Piano
Ann Mason   Harp
Jack Mills   Drums
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Saxophone
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Ralph Osborne   Trumpet
Page Cavanaugh Trio   Ensemble
Danny Perri   Electric Guitar
Bob Poland   Saxophone
Albert Pollan   Bass
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
Robinson   Saxophone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Isadore Roman   Violin
David Rose   Leader
Ted Rosen   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
John Ryan   Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Julius Schachter   Violin
William Schaffer   Trombone
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Paul Shure   Violin
Joseph Singer   French Horn
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Sperling   Drums
Phil Stephens   Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Phil Stevens   Bass
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Robert Stone   Bass
Axel Stordahl   Leader
Fred Stulce   Saxophone
Juan Tizol   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
George Wendt   Trumpet
Eunice Wennermark   Violin
Gary White   Viola
George Wyle   Conductor,Leader
Jack Zayde   Violin
Larry Breen   Bass
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Alton Hendrickson   Guitar
Irving Horowitz   Saxophone
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Sam Weiss   Drums
Milton DeLugg   Accordion
Solomon Deutsch   Viola
Joseph R. Gibbons   Guitar
Ray Hagan   Drums
Murray Kellner   Violin
Irving Lipschultz   Cello
Mellomen   Background Vocals
Frank Messina   Accordion
Theo M. Nash   Saxophone
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Herman Shertzer   Saxophone
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Fred T. Tavares   Steel Guitar
Dominick Buono   Trumpet
Carl Loeffler   Trombone
Vito Mumolo   Guitar
Theodore Nash   Saxophone
Nick Pisani   Violin
Mascagni Ruffo   Saxophone
Olcott Vail   Violin
Lloyd W. Hildebrand   Saxophone
Carl Prager   Saxophone
Herman Alpert   Bass
Henry Beau   Saxophone
Emmett Callen   Saxophone
Werner Callies   Violin
May Hogan Cambern   Harp
Fred Dornbach   Saxophone
Sam Freed   Violin
Alex Gershunoff   Saxophone
Maurice Hershaft   Violin
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Emanuel Klein   Trumpet
Edward Kuczborski   Trombone
Paul Lowenkron   Viola
Mark McIntyre   Piano
Sam Middleman   Violin
William Miller   Viola
Jimmy Palmer   Trombone
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Carl Poole   Trumpet
Joe Quadri   Violin
Billy Rauch   Trombone
Henry Ross   Saxophone
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Pinky Savitt   Trumpet
Jack Sewell   Cello
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viola
William Stegmeyer   Clarinet
Joe Yukl   Trombone
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Irving Edelman   Bass
Frankie Yankovic & His Yanks   Ensemble
Louie Bellson & His Jazz Orchestra   Drums
Ray Linn & the Chicago Stompers   Trumpet
Marvin Wright   Piano
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Arthur Shapiro   Bass
Harold Furmansky   Viola
Charles Gifford   Trumpet
William Guy   Trumpet
John Rarig   Leader
Buddy Clark   Vocals
Louis Singer   Drums
Lennie Hartman   Saxophone
Arthur Bernstein   Bass
Arthur Cleghorn   Flute
Roaul Poliakane   Violin
Wilton Yaner   Saxophone
Salvator Armenta   Bongos
Mitchell Ayres & His Fashions in Music   Leader
Gene Nelson   Vocals,Track Performer
Edward Rosa   Saxophone
William McLeish Smith   Saxophone
Wolfie Tannenbaum   Saxophone
Irwin George   Trumpet
Alayne Leslie   Bass
Rubin "Zeke" Zahcht   Trumpet
Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Ken Lane Singers   Background Vocals
Henry James   Trumpet,Leader
Robert Simmers   Guitar
Irving Weinper   Violin
Heimann Weinstine   Violin
Milton W. Raskin   Piano
Dave Harris   Saxophone
Edwin Cole   Piano
Henry Hill   Violin
Paul T. Smith   Piano
Everett McDonald   Trumpet
John Paul Gerardi   Violin
Edwin Lamar "Buddy" Cole   Piano
Buddy Cole Quartet   Ensemble
Anthony Cardoni   Accordion
Murray Choan   Saxophone
Philip H. Cook   Trumpet
Victor DeRosa   French Horn
George Brown   Viola
David Robbins   Trombone
Robert Lawson   Saxophone
Norman Luboff Choir   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Arthur Frantz   Horn
George Siravo & His Orchestra   Performing Ensemble
Vincent Terri   Guitar
Anthony Russo   Trombone
Gordon Green   Saxophone

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Harry James   Composer
James P. Johnson   Composer
Ray Noble   Arranger
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
George Siravo   Arranger
Frank Loesser   Composer
Howard Barnes   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Henry Creamer   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Lewis   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Ted Murray   Composer
David Rose   Arranger
Bob Russell   Composer
Sam H. Stept   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Revision
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Mark Wilder   Tape Research
George Wyle   Arranger,Composer
Joseph F. Laredo   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Milton DeLugg   Composer
Ethelbert Nevin   Composer
Little Jack Little   Composer
Phil Wells   Tape Comparison
Dave Mann   Composer
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Ralph Blane   Revision
John Rarig   Arranger
Charles Tobias   Composer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Joe Young   Composer
Jack Mathias   Arranger
Sidney Clare   Composer
Jay Gorney   Composer
Carl G. Lampl   Composer
Jack Matthias   Arranger
John Siras   Composer
Harold Spina   Composer
Willie Stein   Composer
Martin Broones   Composer
Gus Chandler   Composer
Henry Cohen   Composer
Bert White   Composer
Edward Pola   Composer
Buddy Pepper   Composer
Michael Feahy   Composer
Pauline Walsh   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer
Parker   Composer
R. Freed   Composer

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