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The Many Sides of Mel Torm: The Quintet and Beyond, 1944-1960 [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1: MEL & THE MEL-TONES AND ARTIE SHAW: 1944-1947:
    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. Little Kiss Each Morning, A
    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
    0. DISC 2: MOONEY, BARBOUR, BURKE AND THE HIT PARADE: 1947-1950:
    1. But Beautiful
    2. Love Is the Sweetest Thing
    3. Gone with the Wind
    4. I Cover the Waterfront
    5. County Fair
    6. Foggy Day in London Town, A
    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. Four Winds and the Seven Seas, The
    19. It's Too Late Now
    20. Sonny Boy
    21. Oh You Beautiful Doll
    22. Old Master Painter, The
    23. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
    24. Cross Your Heart
    25. Skylark
    26. Lullaby of the Leaves
    27. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
    0. DISC 3: CALIFORNIA SUITE, HEFTI & PELLEGRINI: 1949-1954:
    1. Original "California Suite": Mountain Desert Theme/The Golden West/We Think the West Coast Is the Best Coast/Coney Island/The Miami Waltz/They Go to San Diego/Sunday Night in San Fernando/Got the Gate on the Golden Gate/Prelude to "Poor Little 'Extra
    2. Recipe for Romance
    3. My Buddy
    4. You're a Heavenly Thing
    5. Don't Fan the Flame
    6. Stranger in Town, A
    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. Hut Sut Song, The
    14. Cement Mixer
    15. That Old Black Magic - (live)
    16. Mountain Greenery - (live)
    17. County Fair - (live)
    18. Christmas Song, The - (live)
    0. DISC 4: STANDARDS WITH PAICH & BILLY MAY: 1954-1960:
    1. Goody, Goody - (live)
    2. Bernie's Tune - (live)
    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. Rhumba Jumps, The
    20. Malaguea (At the Crossroads)
    21. Cuban Love Song
    22. Rosita
    23. Adios
    24. Baia
    25. Baubles, Bangles and Beads
    26. Sleepin' Bee, A
    27. Surrey with the Fringe on Top, The
    28. All I Need Is the Gin
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): JSPCD 972

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    Personnel: Mel Torm (vocals).
    Recording information: Los Angeles (01/17/1949); New York (01/17/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (01/17/1949); Los Angeles (02/04/1960); New York (02/04/1960); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (02/04/1960); Los Angeles (02/11/1960); New York (02/11/1960); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (02/11/1960); Los Angeles (02/21/1949); New York (02/21/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (02/21/1949); Los Angeles (03/19/1946); New York (03/19/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (03/19/1946); Los Angeles (03/21/1959); New York (03/21/1959); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (03/21/1959); Los Angeles (04/02/1959); New York (04/02/1959); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (04/02/1959); Los Angeles (04/03/1950); New York (04/03/1950); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (04/03/1950); Los Angeles (04/27/1945); New York (04/27/1945); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (04/27/1945); Los Angeles (04/28/1959); New York (04/28/1959); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (04/28/1959); Los Angeles (04/30/1946); New York (04/30/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (04/30/1946); Los Angeles (05/15/1952); New York (05/15/1952); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (05/15/1952); Los Angeles (06/04/1946); New York (06/04/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (06/04/1946); Los Angeles (06/12/1946); New York (06/12/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (06/12/1946); Los Angeles (06/19/1946); New York (06/19/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (06/19/1946); Los Angeles (06/26/1951); New York (06/26/1951); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (06/26/1951); Los Angeles (07/10/1951); New York (07/10/1951); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (07/10/1951); Los Angeles (08/02/1954-08/03/1954); New York (08/02/1954-08/03/1954); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (08/02/1954-08/03/1954); Los Angeles (08/03/1954); New York (08/03/1954); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (08/03/1954); Los Angeles (08/11/1950); New York (08/11/1950); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (08/11/1950); Los Angeles (08/16/1946); New York (08/16/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (08/16/1946); Los Angeles (08/26/1949); New York (08/26/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (08/26/1949); Los Angeles (09/13/1945); New York (09/13/1945); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (09/13/1945); Los Angeles (10/01/1953); New York (10/01/1953); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (10/01/1953); Los Angeles (10/04/1951); New York (10/04/1951); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (10/04/1951); Los Angeles (10/05/1944); New York (10/05/1944); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (10/05/1944); Los Angeles (10/18/1946); New York (10/18/1946); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (10/18/1946); Los Angeles (11/14/1947-11/16/1947); New York (11/14/1947-11/16/1947); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (11/14/1947-11/16/1947); Los Angeles (11/16/1949); New York (11/16/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (11/16/1949); Los Angeles (11/1949); New York (11/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (11/1949); Los Angeles (11/1957); New York (11/1957); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (11/1957); Los Angeles (12/15/1954); New York (12/15/1954); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (12/15/1954); Los Angeles (12/19/1949); New York (12/19/1949); The Crescendo Club, Los Angeles (12/19/1949).
    Mel Torm 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 Torm 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 Torm'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 Ol Torm: Mel Torm 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 Torm's first 15 years of recording, finding his way in the vocal arts. ~ John Bush

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