Oscar Peterson Song Is You: Best of The Verve Songbooks (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  PLG 531558

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  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1996
  • Label: Polygram Records

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • Buy for $0.991.Cheek to Cheek
  • Buy for $0.992.It Ain't Necessarily So
  • Buy for $0.993.Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'
  • Buy for $0.994.What Is This Thing Called Love?
  • Buy for $0.995.Prelude to a Kiss
  • Buy for $0.996.Fascinating Rhythm
  • Buy for $0.697.Easter Parade
  • Buy for $0.998.Night and Day
  • Buy for $0.999.Long Ago (And Far Away)
  • Buy for $0.9910.Tea for Two
  • Buy for $0.9911.The Song Is You
  • Buy for $0.9912.Without a Song
  • Buy for $0.9913.I Want to Be Happy
  • Buy for $0.9914.The Lady Is a Tramp
  • Buy for $0.9915.Blue Moon
  • 16.Lover

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • Buy for $0.991.I Only Have Eyes for You
  • Buy for $0.992.I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
  • Buy for $0.993.You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  • Buy for $0.994.Come Rain or Come Shine
  • Buy for $0.995.I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  • Buy for $0.996.I'm in the Mood for Love
  • Buy for $0.997.John Hardy's Wife
  • Buy for $0.998.I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  • Buy for $0.999.That Old Black Magic
  • Buy for $1.2910.A Foggy Day
  • Buy for $0.6911.I Couldn't Sleep a Wink Last Night
  • Buy for $0.9912.Blue Moon
  • Buy for $0.9913.Serenade in Blue
  • Buy for $0.9914.Love for Sale
  • Buy for $0.9915.The Song Is Ended
  • Buy for $0.9916.Yesterdays

Product Description:

Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel (guitar); Ray Brown (bass); Ed Thigpen (drums).
Compilation producer: Michael Lang.
Principally recorded in Los Angeles in 1952; Radio Recorders, Hollywood, California on December 7 and 10, 1953 and November 15-16, 1954; Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, Illinois on July 21 and August 1, 1959. Includes liner notes by Richard Palmer.
Personnel: Oscar Peterson (piano); Herb Ellis, Barney Kessel (guitar); Ed Thigpen (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Ben Young.
Liner Note Author: Richard Palmer.
Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (12/1952-08/1959); Radio Recorders, Hollywood, CA (12/1952-08/1959); Universal Recording Studios, Chicago, IL (12/1952-08/1959).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Herman Leonard.
Pianist Oscar Peterson has made a remarkable number of records through the years and his two songbook series for Verve (each recording features the songs of a different composer) were extensive, to say the least. During 1952-54 he cut ten albums (113 songs) and in 1959 he added nine more records (108 songs), in addition to his regular busy activities. Because these were essentially easy-listening sets with concise interpretations that always kept the melodies of the composers close by, they are not considered Peterson's greatest work but they are enjoyable in their own right. This particular two-CD set has some of the highlights from these marathon projects, most of which (the Gershwin songbooks excepted) had never been out on CD before. Peterson teams up with guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Brown on nine numbers from 1952, features Herb Ellis in Kessel's place on 13 other songs and concludes with ten selections from his 1959 trio with Brown and drummer Ed Thigpen. In all, 32 of the 221 selections are on this two-fer and, although one hopes that these projects will be completely reissued someday (which would be a mammoth undertaking), this melodic set is quite pleasing. ~ Scott Yanow
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