Def American Songbook Vol.1 CD (2003)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 60611042
UPC 724359281926
UPC 14 00724359281926
Format CD
Release Date 9/2/2003
Author Various Artists
Technical Info
CatalogID 92819
Lable Name Capitol/EMI Records
Released 09/02/2003
Original Release 2003
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Stereo
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724359281926
Album Notes and Credits
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. ~ William Ruhlmann
Disc 1
1 At Last - Etta James
2 Almost Like Being In Love - Nat "King" Cole
3 Happiness Is A Thing Called Joe - Peggy Lee
4 Baby, It's Cold Outside - Margaret Whiting/Johnny Mercer
5 As Time Goes By - Nilsson
6 Foggy Day, A - Fred Astaire
7 I Can't Give You Anything But Love - Sarah Vaughan
8 April In Paris - Dinah Shore/Andre Previn
9 Fools Rush In - Brook Benton
10 How Deep Is The Ocean? - Dick Haymes
11 Fly Me To The Moon - Tony Bennett
12 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - June Christy/Stan Kenton
13 Blue Skies - Willie Nelson
14 I'm In The Mood For Love - Julie London
15 Blue Moon - Mel Torme
16 Come Rain Or Come Shine - Ray Charles
17 Embraceable You - Dianne Reeves
18 I'll Be Seeing You - Bing Crosby

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