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Carmen McRae - The Collection 1946-58

Carmen McRae - The Collection 1946-58

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Carmen McRae was one of the finest and most highly-regarded jazz and sophisticated pop singers of the post-war era.

Renowned for her highly individual interpretation of the standards of the Great American Songbook, McRae was born in Harlem of Jamaican parentage in 1920 and performed in New York’s jazz clubs in the 1940s.

Although her work was often overshadowed by the popular successes of Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan, there was, said Dave Brubeck, “no one like her.” Benny Carter, the pioneer big-band leader who met McRae at a Harlem nightclub when she was 18 and featured her as a singer six years later in 1944, was asked to assess her unique voice: “I wouldn’t try,” he said. “That’s like asking me to define jazz... She always had her own individual way with a song.”

This 97-track collection includes her first release on Musicraft with Mercer Ellington, plus A- and B-sides of her singles on the Stardust and Decca labels through to 1958.

Included are titles from her A Foggy Day album for Stardust, plus tracks from her albums Carmen McRae on Bethlehem, and Torchy, By Special Request, Blue Moon and Afterglow on Decca. This release also features her chart entries Next Time It Happens and Skyliner, from this era.

On these recordings, she is accompanied by orchestras arranged and conducted by Jack Pleis, Tadd Dameron, Vic Shoen and Ralph Burns, and star-studded jazz groups led by Mat Mathews and Tony Scott. It’s a substantial and thoroughly absorbing overview of the first key decade and more of her career when she established herself as a highly distinctive and supremely talented vocal stylist across the jazz and pop spectrum. Before she passed in 1994, McRae said: “All I want to be remembered for is my music...”


TRACKS

Disc 1
Track Title Artist
1 Pass Me By Mercer Ellington & His Orchestra with Carmen McRae
2 Autumn Nocturne Carmen McRae
3 In Love In Vain Carmen McRae
4 A Foggy Day Carmen McRae
5 Wanting You Carmen McRae
6 Go Slow Carmen McRae
7 Charlie Is My Darling Carmen McRae
8 Are You Happy? Carmen McRae
9 Oh, My Darling! Carmen McRae
10 Ooh (What'cha Doin' To Me) Carmen McRae
11 If I'm Lucky Carmen McRae
12 Keep Me In Mind Carmen McRae
13 They All Laughed Carmen McRae
14 Whatever Lola Wants Carmen McRae
15 Am I The One To Blame Carmen McRae
16 Get Set Carmen McRae
17 You Don't Have To Tell Me Carmen McRae
18 I Go For You Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
19 A Fine Romance Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
20 Love Is Here To Stay Carmen McRae
21 This Will Make You Laugh Carmen McRae
22 The Next Time It Happens Carmen McRae
23 Come On, Come In Carmen McRae
24 Come Down To Earth, Mr. Smith Carmen McRae
25 I Guess I'll Dress Up For The Blues Carmen McRae
26 Tonight He's Out To Break Another Heart Carmen McRae
Disc 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Star Eyes Carmen McRae
2 Never Loved Him Anyhow Carmen McRae
3 You Don't Know Me Carmen McRae
4 Skyliner Carmen McRae
5 If You Should Leave Me Carmen McRae
6 Namely You Carmen McRae
7 I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket Carmen McRae
8 The Party's Over Carmen McRae
9 I'm A Dreamer, Aren't We All Carmen McRae
10 It's Like Getting A Donkey To Gallop Carmen McRae
11 How Many Stars Have To Shine ? Carmen McRae
12 Baby It's Cold Outside Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
13 Happy To Make Your Acquaintance Sammy Davis Jr. & Carmen McRae
14 As I Love You Carmen McRae
15 Passing Fancy Carmen McRae
16 So Nice To Be Wrong Carmen McRae
17 Moonray Carmen McRae
18 Invitation Carmen McRae
19 Lo And Behold Carmen McRae
20 I Love The Ground You Walk On Carmen McRae
21 I'll Love You (Till I Die) Carmen McRae
22 Easy To Love Carmen McRae
23 Old Devil Moon Carmen McRae
Disc 3:
Track Title Artist
1 If I'm Lucky Carmen McRae
2 Tip Toe Gently Carmen McRae
3 You Made Me Care Carmen McRae
4 Last Time For Love Carmen McRae
5 Misery Carmen McRae
6 Last Night When We Were Young Carmen McRae
7 Speak Low (When You Speak, Love) Carmen McRae
8 But Beautiful Carmen McRae
9 If You'd Stay The Way I Dream About You Carmen McRae
10 Midnight Sun Carmen McRae
11 My Future Just Passed Carmen McRae
12 Yesterdays Carmen McRae
13 We'll Be Together Again Carmen McRae
14 Good Morning, Heartache Carmen McRae
15 I Don't Stand A Ghost Of A Chance With You Carmen McRae
16 Give Me The Simple Life Carmen McRae
17 Sometimes I'm Happy Carmen McRae
18 Something To Live For Carmen McRae
19 I Can't Get Started Carmen McRae
20 Yardbird Suite Carmen McRae
21 Just One Of Those Things Carmen McRae
22 My One And Only Love Carmen McRae
23 I'll Remember April Carmen McRae
24 Supper Time Carmen McRae
25 You Took Advantage Of Me Carmen McRae
Disc 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Blue Moon Carmen McRae
2 My Foolish Heart Carmen McRae
3 I Was Doing All Right Carmen McRae
4 Summer Is Gone Carmen McRae
5 Nowhere Carmen McRae
6 Until The Real Thing Comes Along Carmen McRae
7 Lush Life Carmen McRae
8 Even If It Breaks My Heart Carmen McRae
9 Laughing Boy Carmen McRae
10 Lilacs In The Rain Carmen McRae
11 All This Could Lead To Love Carmen McRae
12 I Can't Escape You Carmen McRae
13 Guess Who I Saw Today Carmen McRae
14 My Funny Valentine Carmen McRae
15 The Little Things That Mean So Much Carmen McRae
16 I'm Thru With Love Carmen McRae
17 Nice Work If You Can Get It Carmen McRae
18 East Of The Sun Carmen McRae
19 Exactly Like You Carmen McRae
20 All My Life Carmen McRae
21 Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea Carmen McRae
22 Dream Of Life Carmen McRae
23 Perdido Carmen McRae
  • Artist:
    Carmen McRae
  • EAN:
    824046715724
  • Discs:
    4
  • FORMAT:
    CD
  • Release:
    July 2021
  • Product Code:
    ACQCD7157
  • Weight:
    0.2kg