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When I'm Calling You

  • 1. Smilin' Through
    2. Indian Love Call
    3. Vilja
    4. Toreador's Song
    5. Waltz Aria
    6. Farewell To Dreams
    7. Will You Remember?
    8. Sun-Up To Sundown
    9. One Kiss
    10. Beyond The Blue Horizon
    11. Mounties, The
    12. Isn't It Romantic?
    13. At The Balalaika
    14. March Of The Grenadiers
    15. One Hour With You
    16. Ah, Sweet Mystery Of Life
    17. I'm Falling In Love With Someone
    18. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp Along The Highway
    19. Dear, When I Met You
    20. Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise
    21. Lover, Come Back To Me
    22. Rose Marie
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): USD-CD-1685

  • Credits

    Recorded between 1929 and 1941.
    Commonly listed under her name because she gets first billing, Living Era's When I'm Calling You is a collection of nine songs sung by soprano Jeanette MacDonald (1903-1965), eight by baritone Nelson Eddy (1901-1967), and five duets (tracks one, two, six, sixteen and seventeen) which is perhaps less than those who take the album title literally would expect. Stars of stage and screen, both singers were operatically inclined, although MacDonald worked primarily as a movie actress before seeking and receiving classical voice training in an apparent effort to emulate Lily Pons. Macdonald's greatest authentic successes in opera mainly involved works by Charles Gounod (see track fifteen, the "Waltz Aria" from Romeo et Julliette); other composers and songwriters with whom she tangled include (as represented here) Franz Lehr, Sigmund Romberg, Oscar Hammerstein, Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart, Nacio Herb Brown, Harry Von Tilzer and Richard Whiting. Eddy tackled some of these himself along with Giacomo Puccini and Georges Bizet; together the singers hogtied Rudolf Friml, Victor Herbert, and Gus Kahn. Accompaniments were committed by the usual suspects: orchestras operating under the direction of Nathaniel Shilkret, Ray Noble, Leonard Joy, and Robert Armbruster. Nelson Eddy was capable of kicking up quite a fuss (see "Tramp, Tramp, Tramp" and his marvelous handling of the "Toreador's Song" from Carmen). Punchiest of all is "The Mounties," a recording that almost certainly led to the creation of the cartoon character Dudley Do-Right and bears a stern resemblance to Eddy's over-the-top delivery on "Stouthearted Men." This is charmingly nostalgic stuff, much of it sentimental and precious beyond belief. ~ arwulf arwulf

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