The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

The Many Sides of Mel Tormé: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960

by Mel TorméMel Tormé


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Mel Tormé was a singing, writing, and recording dynamo during the 1940s and '50s, and any set would need many more discs than just four to collect his work. That said, The Many Sides of Mel Tormé goes a long way, functioning as one of the very best extended surveys of his early career. Included are several discs' worth of his earliest recordings (with vocal group the Mel-Tones or otherwise), plus a pair of '50s LPs (one originally on Verve) to take Tormé's story into the era when his career matured and peaked. All of the great Mel-Tones sides are here, some of the best recorded with Artie Shaw, like the alternately smooth and supercharged "What Is This Thing Called Love." The beginning of his true solo career comes next, and the birth of the Velvet Fog with "Careless Hands," "Night and Day," "The Old Master Painter," and "A Foggy Day." Disc three includes his full-length work The California Suite, plus some small-group sides that showed his growing skill with nimble vocal lines ("Goody, Goody," "Mountain Greenery"). The set concludes with two discrete LPs, one originally released in 1957 as Prelude to a Kiss (and re-released numerous times later) and the other a Latin-themed LP with Billy May (1959's Olé Tormé: Mel Tormé Goes South of the Border with Billy May). Both are strong albums, if not at the level of his peak recordings for Bethlehem and Verve. Altogether it's an entertaining and invigorating set of Mel Tormé's first 15 years of recording, finding his way in the vocal arts.

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Release Date: 03/26/2012
Label: Jsp Records
UPC: 0788065907228
catalogNumber: 972
Rank: 141636


Disc 1

  1. Stranger In Town
  2. You've Laughed At Me For the Last Time
  3. Am I Blue
  4. Day By Day
  5. Willow Road
  6. I Got the Sun In the Morning
  7. Try a Little Tenderness
  8. It Happened In Monterey
  9. Born To Be Blue
  10. Get Out of Town
  11. What is This Thing Called Love
  12. Changing My Tune
  13. For You, for Me, for Evermore
  14. Guilty
  15. And So To Bed
  16. Don't You Believe It Dear
  17. A Little Kiss Each Morning
  18. It's Dreamtime
  19. You're Driving Me Crazy
  20. Who Cares What People Say
  21. I'm Yours
  22. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  23. My Baby Just Cares For Me
  24. Love, You Funny Thing
  25. Dance Ballerina Dance
  26. If I Had a Girl Like You
  27. Until the Real Thing Comes Along

Disc 2

  1. But Beautiful
  2. Love is the Sweetest Thing
  3. Gone With the Wind
  4. I Cover the Waterfront
  5. County Fair
  6. A Foggy Day In London Town
  7. Makin' Whoopee!
  8. Little White Lies
  9. Night and Day
  10. Three Little Words
  11. Love Me or Leave Me
  12. Do, Do, Do
  13. Careless Hands
  14. Stompin' At the Savoy
  15. You're Getting To Be a Habit With Me
  16. Blue Moon
  17. Again
  18. The Four Winds and the Seven Seas
  19. It's Too Late Now
  20. Sonny Boy
  21. Oh You Beautiful Doll
  22. The Old Master Painter
  23. I Hadn't Anyone till You
  24. Cross Your Heart
  25. Skylark
  26. Lullaby of the Leaves
  27. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered

Disc 3

  1. The Original "California Suite": Mountain Desert Theme/the Golden West/We T
  2. Recipe For Romance
  3. My Buddy
  4. You're a Heavenly Thing
  5. Don't Fan the Flame
  6. A Stranger In Town
  7. Anything Can Happen Mambo
  8. Blue Skies
  9. Rose O'Day
  10. Hold Tight (Want Some Seafood Mama)
  11. All of You
  12. Spellbound
  13. The Hut Sut Song
  14. Cement Mixer
  15. That Old Black Magic
  16. Mountain Greenery
  17. County Fair
  18. The Christmas Song

Disc 4

  1. Goody, Goody
  2. Bernie's Tune
  3. Ghost of a Chance
  4. I'm Getting Sentimental Over You
  5. Prelude To a Kiss
  6. I've Got the World On a String
  7. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
  8. I Surrender Dear
  9. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
  10. One Morning In May
  11. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  12. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  13. Vaya con Dios
  14. Six Lessons from Madame La Zonga
  15. Nina
  16. Frenesi
  17. South of the Border
  18. Perfidia
  19. The Rhumba Jumps
  20. Malaguena (At the Crossroads)
  21. Cuban Love Song
  22. Rosita
  23. Adios
  24. Baia
  25. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
  26. A Sleepin' Bee
  27. The Surrey With the Fringe On Top
  28. All I Need is the Gin

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