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VA - Heart Beats Sirens of Song - Classic Torch (2014)

14-08-2014, 17:52
Music | Jazz | Vocal Jazz | Pop

VA - Heart Beats Sirens of Song - Classic Torch (2014)

Artist: Various Artists
Title Of Album: Heart Beats - Sirens of Song: Classic Torch Singers
Year Of Release: (April 1, 1997) 2014
Label: Rhino
Genre: Jazz, Jazz Vocal Pop
Quality: MP3 CBR 320 kbps
Tracks: 15
Total Time: 00:46:07
Total Size: 117 MB

01. Julie London - Cry Me a River (03:00)
02. Sarah Vaughan - Black Coffee (03:20)
03. Billie Holiday - Stormy Blues (03:27)
04. Ella Fitzgerald - I'm Getting Sentimental over You (02:38)
05. Judy Garland - But Not for Me (03:08)
06. Lena Horne - Stormy Weather (03:25)
07. Marlene Dietrich - Come Rain or Come Shine (03:01)
08. Eartha Kitt - Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (03:03)
09. Edith Piaf - La Vie en Rose (03:28)
10. Etta James - At Last (03:03)
11. Nina Simone - Since I Fell for You (02:49)
12. Dinah Washington - What a Diff'rence a Day Made (02:32)
13. Carmen McRae - I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (03:27)
14. LaVern Baker - Soul on Fire (03:06)
15. Ruth Brown - I'll Wait for You (02:36)

Rhino's Sirens of Song: Classic Torch Singers is an excellent collection of late-night, lovelorn vocals by some of the best singers of the century -- and yes, all of them are female, since a strict definition of torch singing (not to mention sirens) excludes males. The collection leads off with "Cry Me a River" by Julie London, the prototypical torch singer (but by no means the best) and, from there, picks excellent features for Sarah Vaughan ("Black Coffee"), Billie Holiday ("Stormy Blues," a cracked vocal from her last few years of life), Ella Fitzgerald ("I'm Getting Sentimental Over You"), Dinah Washington (the transcendent "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes"), Carmen McRae ("I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good"), and even Edith Piaf (with a latter-day English version of "La Vie en Rose"). The compilers also excelled by choosing tracks by a trio of excellent R&B chanteuses: Etta James, LaVern Baker, and Ruth Brown. Also included is an excellent essay on the history and art of torch singing by Norma Campbell Edwards.

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