Torch Songs [Capitol]

Torch Songs [Capitol]


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Capitol holds in its vault many of the definitive torch songs in recorded history, and has issued them many times in many forms. Torch Songs, a two-disc standards collection released in 2004, unfortunately and rather surprisingly, doesn't include many of the best. It does, however, illustrate that the label has some distance to travel before exhausting its supply of excellent material. It also doesn't plumb the depths of lovelorn depression quite like Capitol's previous torch collection, 2003's Lady Sings the Blues (also a double disc with many of the same singers), but it's a more engaging collection for it. On most of these performances, the person whom the singer is torching for is simply absent, not fled (so to be pedantic, they're ballads rather than torch songs). Semantics aside, the performers are all genre-defining and the songs are strong as well, evidenced by Dinah Washington's "These Foolish Things," Etta James' "The Very Thought of You," Norah Jones' "The Nearness of You," and Peggy Lee's "I Wanna Be Around." Ella Fitzgerald, licensed from Verve especially for this collection, cries her heart-rending performance of "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye," and delivers one of the most pleasurable moments in popular song with her masterful switch in key on Cole Porter's line "How strange the change, from major to minor." Torch Songs does include plenty of true heartache, most of them ironically delivered by stronger vocalists such as Anita O'Day ("Angel Eyes"), Rosemary Clooney ("Good Morning Heartache"), and Fitzgerald again ("Love for Sale"). Even singers of the second rank are represented with excellent songs -- Nancy Wilson, Dakota Staton, Dianne Reeves, and Kay Starr, the latter one of Capitol's most underrated jazz singers.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/23/2004
Label: Capitol
UPC: 0724359758220
catalogNumber: 97582

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Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Ervin Drake   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Manny Kurtz   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Roger "Ram" Ramirez   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Jimmy Sherman   Composer
Diana Barnes   Art Direction
Robert Sour   Composer
Frank Eyton   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Jack Strachey   Composer
Robert Mellin   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Earl Brent   Composer
Dan Fisher   Composer
Irene Higginbotham   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Hal Shaper   Composer
Giorgio Calabrese   Composer
George Cory   Composer
Douglass Cross   Composer
Antonio de Vita   Composer
Jimmy Davis   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Rob Christie   Producer
Bart Howard   Composer
Herman Hupfeld   Composer

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Torch Songs [Capitol] 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I played this cd tonight at a dinner party I had and EVERYONE just loved it! Thank goodness Norah Jones and Diana Krall are carrying on this great style of music.
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