Tourch Songs CD (2004)

Artist: Various Artists

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Label Capitol Records
SKU 60628840
UPC 724359758220
UPC 14 00724359758220
Format CD
Release Date 3/23/2004
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Author Various Artists
Technical Info
Producer Mark Copeland (Compilation)
CatalogID 97582
Lable Name Capitol/EMI Records
Released 03/23/2004
Original Release 2004
Number of Discs 2
SPARE Code n/a
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00724359758220
Album Notes and Credits
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. ~ John Bush
Disc 1
1 Man I Love, The - Etta James,Blues In The Night - Julie London
2 I Fall In Love Too Easily - Sarah Vaughan,Very Thought Of You, The - Etta James
3 Body And Soul - Diana Krall,Our Love Is Here To Stay - Dinah Shore
4 I Wanna Be Around - Peggy Lee,Love For Sale - Ella Fitzgerald/Buddy Bergman Orchestra
5 My One And Only Love - June Christy,East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) - Keely Smith
6 Nearness Of You, The - Norah Jones,Misty - Dakota Staton
7 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald,Fly Me To The Moon - Dinah Washington
8 All The Way - Keely Smith,I've Grown Accustomed To His Face - Kay Starr
9 Darn That Dream - Dianne Reeves,I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Nancy Wilson
10 Good Morning Heartache - Rosemary Clooney,Oh! You Crazy Moon - Peggy Lee
11 More Than You Know - Kay Starr,In A Sentimental Mood - Sarah Vaughan
12 Angel Eyes - Anita O'Day,Softly As I Leave You - Lena Horne
13 These Foolish Things - Dinah Washington,Lover Man - Patti Labelle
14 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - Julie London,As Time Goes By - Nancy Wilson
Disc 2
1 Man I Love, The - Etta James,Blues In The Night - Julie London
2 I Fall In Love Too Easily - Sarah Vaughan,Very Thought Of You, The - Etta James
3 Body And Soul - Diana Krall,Our Love Is Here To Stay - Dinah Shore
4 I Wanna Be Around - Peggy Lee,Love For Sale - Ella Fitzgerald/Buddy Bergman Orchestra
5 My One And Only Love - June Christy,East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) - Keely Smith
6 Nearness Of You, The - Norah Jones,Misty - Dakota Staton
7 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Ella Fitzgerald,Fly Me To The Moon - Dinah Washington
8 All The Way - Keely Smith,I've Grown Accustomed To His Face - Kay Starr
9 Darn That Dream - Dianne Reeves,I Left My Heart In San Francisco - Nancy Wilson
10 Good Morning Heartache - Rosemary Clooney,Oh! You Crazy Moon - Peggy Lee
11 More Than You Know - Kay Starr,In A Sentimental Mood - Sarah Vaughan
12 Angel Eyes - Anita O'Day,Softly As I Leave You - Lena Horne
13 These Foolish Things - Dinah Washington,Lover Man - Patti Labelle
14 In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning - Julie London,As Time Goes By - Nancy Wilson

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