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The Best Of The Concord Years
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Album: The Best Of The Concord Years
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Hi-Fly Album Version More Info... 3:25
2)    Born To Be Blue More Info... 5:20
3)    Lullaby Of Birdland More Info... 7:29
4)    Stardust Album Version More Info... 5:45
5)    Love Is Just Around The Corner Album Version More Info... 3:17
6)    This Time The Dream's On Me More Info... 3:21
7)    Just Friends More Info... 4:47
8)    Don'cha Go 'Way Mad More Info... 4:27
9)    Spoken Intro Album Version More Info... 0:48
10)    New York, New York Medley More Info... 5:10
11)    Sweet Georgia Brown More Info... 3:03
12)    The Carioca More Info... 3:24
13)    Too Close For Comfort Album Version More Info... 4:11
14)    (This Is) A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Never Gonna Fall In Love Again) More Info... 5:20
  Disc 2
1)    Day In - Day Out Album Version More Info... 3:41
2)    You're Driving Me Crazy Album Version More Info... 6:22
3)    Ellington Medley: Cotton Tail / I Didn't Know About You / Don't Get Around Much Anymore / I'm Beginning To See The Light More Info... 5:26
4)    The Christmas Song/Autumn Leaves Album Version More Info... 6:48
5)    Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today Album Version More Info... 3:42
6)    I'm Nothing Without You (You're Nothing Without Me) More Info... 3:00
7)    After You've Gone More Info... 4:40
8)    These Foolish Things More Info... 4:57
9)    Three Little Words More Info... 3:11
10)    Pennies From Heaven Album Version More Info... 4:27
11)    I Get A Kick Out Of You More Info... 5:14
12)    Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) More Info... 3:30
13)    Spoken Intro Album Version More Info... 0:16
14)    Stairway To The Stars Live At The Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival, Kan-I Hoken Hall, Tokyo/1992 More Info... 4:22
 

Album: The Best Of The Concord Years
# Song Title   Time
  Disc 1
1)    Hi-Fly Album Version More Info... 3:25
2)    Born To Be Blue More Info... 5:20
3)    Lullaby Of Birdland More Info... 7:29
4)    Stardust Album Version More Info... 5:45
5)    Love Is Just Around The Corner Album Version More Info... 3:17
6)    This Time The Dream's On Me More Info... 3:21
7)    Just Friends More Info... 4:47
8)    Don'cha Go 'Way Mad More Info... 4:27
9)    Spoken Intro Album Version More Info... 0:48
10)    New York, New York Medley More Info... 5:10
11)    Sweet Georgia Brown More Info... 3:03
12)    The Carioca More Info... 3:24
13)    Too Close For Comfort Album Version More Info... 4:11
14)    (This Is) A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Never Gonna Fall In Love Again) More Info... 5:20
  Disc 2
1)    Day In - Day Out Album Version More Info... 3:41
2)    You're Driving Me Crazy Album Version More Info... 6:22
3)    Ellington Medley: Cotton Tail / I Didn't Know About You / Don't Get Around Much Anymore / I'm Beginning To See The Light More Info... 5:26
4)    The Christmas Song/Autumn Leaves Album Version More Info... 6:48
5)    Sent For You Yesterday And Here You Come Today Album Version More Info... 3:42
6)    I'm Nothing Without You (You're Nothing Without Me) More Info... 3:00
7)    After You've Gone More Info... 4:40
8)    These Foolish Things More Info... 4:57
9)    Three Little Words More Info... 3:11
10)    Pennies From Heaven Album Version More Info... 4:27
11)    I Get A Kick Out Of You More Info... 5:14
12)    Liza (All The Clouds'll Roll Away) More Info... 3:30
13)    Spoken Intro Album Version More Info... 0:16
14)    Stairway To The Stars Live At The Fujitsu-Concord Jazz Festival, Kan-I Hoken Hall, Tokyo/1992 More Info... 4:22
 
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  • Personnel includes: Mel Torme, Cleo Laine (vocals); John Dankworth (soprano & alto saxophones, clarinet); Ray Loeckle (tenor saxophone, flute, bass clarinet); Ken Peplowski (tenor saxophone, clarinet); Randy Sandke (trumpet, flugelhorn); Rob McConnel (trombone); Peter Appleyard (vibraphone); George Shearing, Mike Renzi, John Campbell, John Colianni (piano); Howard Alden, Larry Koonse (guitar); Brian Torff, Neil Swainson, Don Thompson, Bob Maize, John Leitham (bass); Donnie Osborne (drums); The Frank Wess/Harry "Sweets" Edison Orchestra, Rob McConnell & The Boss Brass, The Marty Paich Dek-tette, The Frank Wess Orchestra.
  • Recorded from 1982-1996. Includes liner notes by George Shearing and Glen A. Barros.
  • Digitally remastered by George Horn.
  • While the mellow jazz/pop vocalist known to the world as the Velvet Fog was a star in the 1940s and '50s, and experienced brief resurgences over the next couple of decades, few could predict that he would hit his artistic stride in the final phase of his career. That's what happened during Mel Torme's tenure at Concord in the '80s and '90s. He made the most of the artistic freedom the label gave him, and in his collaborations with piano legend George Shearing as well as esteemed Canadian swing ensemble Rob McConnell & the Boss Brass, he reached new levels of musical expression. While he didn't break new ground in terms of material during those years, one listen to "Born To Be Blue" or "Stardust" makes it immediately obvious that Torme was delving into deeper emotional waters than ever before. THE BEST OF THE CONCORD YEARS shows that the storied singer went out on a high note.
Professional Reviews
JazzTimes (4/00, p.119) - "...His extraordinary voice never varies in inventive combinations of graceful lyrics, agile scatting and incredible musicianship....A splendid tribute to an unforgettable voice."
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