Mel Torme Jazz and Velvet (4-CD Box Set)

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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Released: August 17, 2004
  • Label: Proper Box Uk

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Willow Road - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 2.There's No One But You - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 3.Try a Little Tenderness - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 4.South America, Take It Away - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 5.Born to Be Blue - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 6.It Happened in Monterey - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 7.Dream Awhile - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 8.There's No Business Like Show Business - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 9.Little Kiss Each Morning - Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 10.When Is Sometime? - Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 11.It's Easy to Remember - Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 12.Love Is the Sweetest Thing - Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 13.They Can't Convince Me - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 14.I Got the Sun in the Morning - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 15.Along With Me - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 16.What Is This Thing Called Love? - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 17.For You, For Me, For Evermore - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 18.Changing My Tune - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 19.Guilty - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 20.And So to Bed - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 21.Don't You Believe It Dear - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 22.It's the Same Old Dream - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 23.I Believe - Artie Shaw & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 24.How Are Things in Glocca Morra - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.April Showers - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 2.April in Paris - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 3.This Can't Be Love - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 4.Isn't It a Lovely Day? - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 5.September Song - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 6.I Can't Get Started - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 7.They Didn't Believe Me - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 8.They Can't Take That Away - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 9.My Funny Valentine - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 10.Country Boy - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 11.How Long Has This Been Going On - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 12.Blues - Mel Tormé
  • 13.Gone With the Wind - Mel Tormé
  • 14.When It's Sleepy Time Down South - Mel Tormé
  • 15.Cottage for Sale - Mel Tormé
  • 16.Love Me or Leave Me - Mel Tormé
  • 17.Don't Take Your Love from Me - Mel Tormé
  • 18.Blues in the Night - Mel Tormé
  • 19.Three Little Words - Mel Tormé
  • 20.I Cant Give You Anything But Love - Mel Tormé
  • 21.Fine and Dandy - Mel Tormé
  • 22.Day You Came Along - Mel Tormé
  • 23.County Fair - Mel Tormé
  • 24.How High the Moon - Mel Tormé

Tracks on Disc 3:

  • 1.That's Where I Came In - Sonny Burke & Orchestra, Mel Tormé, Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 2.I Cover the Waterfront - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé
  • 3.Best Things in Life Are Free - Page Cavanaugh Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 4.Little White Lies - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé
  • 5.Night and Day - Harold Mooney & His Orchestra, Mel Tormé
  • 6.Dear Old Fairmont - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 7.You're Driving Me Crazy - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 8.You're the Top - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 9.When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 10.Everything Happens to Me - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 11.It's a Most Unusual Day - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 12.Pythagoras, How You Stagger Us - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 13.French Lesson - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 14.It's Dark on Observatory Hill - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 15.I Got the Sun in the Morning - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 16.On a Slowboat to China - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 17.Brahm's Lullaby - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 18.Malt Shop Special - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 19.Wish I May, Wish I Might - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 20.Careless Hands - Mel Tormé
  • 21.You're Getting to Be a Habit With Me - Mel Tormé
  • 22.Blue Moon - Mel Tormé
  • 23.Again - Mel Tormé
  • 24.It's Too Late Now - Mel Tormé

Tracks on Disc 4:

  • 1.Four Wings and the Seven Seas - Mel Tormé
  • 2.Sonny Boy - Mel Tormé
  • 3.Oh You Beautiful Doll - Mel Tormé
  • 4.Got the Gate on the Golden Gate - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 5.I Hadn't Anyone Till You - Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones
  • 6.Old Master Painter - Peggy Lee, The Mello Men, , Mel Tormé
  • 7.Skylark - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra, , Mel Tormé
  • 8.Lullaby of the Leaves - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra, , Mel Tormé
  • 9.Piccolino - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra, , Mel Tormé
  • 10.Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered - Pete Rugolo & Orchestra, , Mel Tormé
  • 11.Carioca - Red Norvo Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 12.I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling - Red Norvo Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 13.On a Little Street in Singapore - Red Norvo Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 14.I Like to Recognise the Tune - Red Norvo Trio, Mel Tormé
  • 15.Stompin' at the Savoy - Mel Tormé
  • 16.Don't Fan the Flame - Peggy Lee, Mel Tormé
  • 17.My Buddy - Mel Tormé
  • 18.You're a Heavenly Thing - Mel Tormé
  • 19.Heart and Soul - Mel Tormé
  • 20.Cross Your Heart - Mel Tormé
  • 21.Stranger in Town - Mel Tormé
  • 22.Black Moonlight - Mel Tormé
  • 23.Do Do Do - Mel Tormé

Product Description:

Only the most intrepid Mel Torm? fans have collected his early recordings, which were made from the mid-'40s to the early '50s for a handful of independent labels (Musicraft, Decca, Capitol) and had never been definitively collected before. In yet another feat of anthologizing, the enthusiasts at Proper made history by compiling 95 Torm? performances on a four-disc box set, Jazz and Velvet. Boasting a budget price and featuring better-than-budget sound and notes, the set made it affordable and easy for any level of Mel Torm? fan to own the lion's share of material from a neglected period in his career. Torm? in the '40s was a boy wonder, a figure capable of bewitching the bobby-soxers with his mellifluous high baritone, but also able to mesmerize their older, college-age brothers who studied charts closely and never trucked with crooners. His solo appearances and recordings of the day paved the way for his later career and provided his biggest hits (paced by the only chart-topper of his career, 1949's "Careless Hands"). Nevertheless, Torm? spent much more time in the studio with the Mel-Tones, his harmonically advanced and meticulously arranged vocal group. All of the Mel-Tones recordings are present, with the high spot appearing midway through the first disc -- their 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra feature "What Is This Thing Called Love?," a boisterous and bouncy charge through one of the most maudlin of torch songs. Disc two is devoted to transcriptions, either small-group features for Torm? alone or orchestra-led numbers with the Mel-Tones. Much of the third disc focuses on songs recorded with the Mel-Tones for a 1948 program which was set at a small college, accounting for original Torm? pleasantries like "Dear Old Fairmont," "Pythagoras You Stagger Us," and "It's Dark on Observatory Hill" (none of them as tepid as their titles indicate). By early 1949, Mel Torm? had become a solo feature for good, acting on the prescient advice of a manager. Although he continued working with the Mel-Tones, most of the hits were his alone, except for a few with fellow Capitol act Peggy Lee. Together they scored a hit with "The Old Master Painter," and Lee contributed to Torm?'s ambitious California Suite by playing the Easterner in "Got the Gate on the Golden Gate." Jazz and Velvet features a wealth of Torm? material from an era when he had varying control over his recordings, but none of them would cause the older, wiser artist to feel shamed by his early years. ~ John Bush

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