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Collection: 1947-1972

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Johnny Hartman 9/22/1998

Review

Just where Johnny Hartman's name ends up in the pantheon of great jazzy pop singers is still left open to debate. But his talents and mastery of a lyric come to the fore on this marvelous two-CD set of tunes cherry-picked from his long, if not particularly prolific, career, leaving no doubt about his prodigious talents. Hartman went through label affiliations like some folks go through underwear, and this 38-track overview samples his best for RCA Victor, Regent, Bethlehem, Mercury, Jubilee, ABC-Paramount, Roost, Impulse! and the Japanese branch of Capitol, beginning in 1947 and winding up in 1972. Marvelous one-off singles proliferate throughout Collection: 1947-1972, providing sparkling performances with Dizzy Gillespie & His Orchestra ("I Should Care"), Pérez Prado Orchestra ("Wild") and versions of "The World Was Mine" and "I See Your Face Before Me" (featuring Howard McGhee) well-worth the price of admission. Other highlights include his work with jazz giants like John Coltrane ("My One and Only Love," "Lush Life"), Hank Jones, Kenny Burrell ("In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning") and Illinois Jacquet ("Don't You Know I Care") and two 1996 string-section dates that produce stellar readings of "The Very Thought of You," "Unforgettable," "If I Had You," "As You Desire Me," "When I Get the Time" and "I Cover the Waterfront." An artist of immeasurable talent certainly deserving of a wider audience. ~ Cub Koda
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I'll Never Smile Again [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:52
  3. 2 I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:41
  4. 3 Why Was I Born? [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:37
  5. 4 I Should Care [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:0
  6. 5 That Old Black Magic [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:42
  7. 6 Close Your Eyes [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:33
  8. 7 S'Posin' [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:43
  9. 8 Goodbye [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:29
  10. 9 September in the Rain [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:14
  11. 10 Out of the Night [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:1
  12. 11 Worry Bird [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:40
  13. 12 Wheel of Fortune [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:31
  14. 13 Wild [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:39
  15. 14 Black Shadows [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:3
  16. 15 I Feel Like Crying [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:1
  17. 16 I See Your Face Before Me [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:36
  18. 17 The End of a Love Affair [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:22
  19. 18 The World Was Mine [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:45
  20. 19 Bye, Bye, Bye [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:17
  21. 20 I Thought About You [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:12
  22. 21 Mam'selle [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:24
  23. 1 My One and Only Love [Cover] Johnny Hartman 4:52
  24. 2 Lush Life [Cover] Johnny Hartman 5:25
  25. 3 In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:44
  26. 4 Don't You Know I Care (Or Don't You Care to Know) [Cover] Johnny Hartman 4:10
  27. 5 Stairway to the Stars [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:4
  28. 6 My Ship [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:7
  29. 7 The More I See You [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:27
  30. 8 Almost Like Being in Love [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:33
  31. 9 The Very Thought of You [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:44
  32. 10 Unforgettable [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:35
  33. 11 If I Had You [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:40
  34. 12 As You Desire Me [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:39
  35. 13 When I Get the Time [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:46
  36. 14 I Cover the Waterfront [Cover] Johnny Hartman 3:34
  37. 15 Fly Me to the Moon [Cover] Johnny Hartman 4:0
  38. 16 On a Clear Day (You Can See Forever) [Cover] Johnny Hartman 2:57
  39. 17 The Shadow of Your Smile [Love Theme from the Sandpiper][Cover] Johnny Hartman 6:48

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