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Absolutely the Best of the American Songbook

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5/31/2011

Review

This three-disc, 60-track budget box collects songs by Cole Porter ("I've Got You Under My Skin" in a classic version by Frank Sinatra), Jerome Kern ("Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" by the Platters), Hoagy Carmichael ("Georgia on My Mind" by Ray Charles), Harold Arlen ("Stormy Weather" by Lena Horne) and others from the golden era of American songwriting, the so-called Great American Songbook, and each is represented in a definitive version by a great singer. The bottom line is that everything here is a classic, either as a song or a recording, and most often both. ~ Steve Leggett
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra 3:42
  3. 2 Have You Met Miss Jones? Bing Crosby 2:28
  4. 3 Take the 'A' Train Ella Fitzgerald 6:41
  5. 4 The Man I Love Lena Horne 3:14
  6. 5 Let's Face the Music and Dance Mel Tormé 2:19
  7. 6 Jeepers Creepers Tony Bennett 2:6
  8. 7 Georgia on My Mind Ray Charles 3:35
  9. 8 Oh What a Beautiful Morning! Gordon MacRae 2:33
  10. 9 Come Rain or Come Shine Sarah Vaughan 3:24
  11. 10 A Fine Romance Billie Holiday 3:34
  12. 11 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye Jeri Southern 3:30
  13. 12 Mountain Greenery Mel Tormé 2:23
  14. 13 I'm Beginning to See the Light Billy Eckstine 2:33
  15. 14 Blue Skies Frank Sinatra 2:28
  16. 15 Embraceable You Cliff Richard 2:39
  17. 16 Something's Gotta Give Sammy Davis, Jr. 2:5
  18. 17 Rockin' Chair Louis Armstrong 3:5
  19. 18 I Whistle a Happy Tune Andy Williams 2:43
  20. 19 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea Lee Wiley 2:57
  21. 20 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes The Platters 2:38
  22. 1 Over The Rainbow (HAROLD ARLEN) Judy Garland 2:46
  23. 1 Over the Rainbow Judy Garland 2:45
  24. 2 You'll Never Walk Alone (RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN) Frank Sinatra 3:26
  25. 2 You'll Never Walk Alone Frank Sinatra 3:25
  26. 3 Stardust (HOAGY CARMICHAEL) Nat King Cole 3:15
  27. 3 Stardust Nat King Cole 3:14
  28. 4 Autumn Leaves (JOHNNY MERCER) Édith Piaf 3:28
  29. 4 Autumn Leaves Édith Piaf 3:28
  30. 5 They Can't Take That Away From Me (GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN) Sarah Vaughan 2:41
  31. 5 They Can't Take That Away from Me Sarah Vaughan 2:40
  32. 6 I've Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (IRVING BERLIN) Dean Martin 2:43
  33. 6 I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm Dean Martin 2:42
  34. 7 I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) (DUKE ELLINGTON) Dinah Washington 3:22
  35. 7 I Got it Bad (And That Ain't Good) Dinah Washington 3:21
  36. 8 This Can't Be Love (RODGERS & HART) Nat King Cole 2:29
  37. 8 This Can't Be Love Nat King Cole 2:28
  38. 9 Let's Do It, Let's Fall In Love (COLE PORTER) Ella Fitzgerald 3:33
  39. 9 Let's Do It, Let's Fall in Love Ella Fitzgerald 3:32
  40. 10 Can't Help Lovin Dat Man (JEROME KERN) Ava Gardner 3:24
  41. 10 Can't Help Lovin Dat Man Ava Gardner 3:24
  42. 11 Stormy Weather (HAROLD ARLEN) Lena Horne 3:46
  43. 11 Stormy Weather Lena Horne 3:45
  44. 12 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out Of My Hair (RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN) Peggy Lee 2:55
  45. 12 I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Out of My Hair Peggy Lee 3:11
  46. 13 Lazybones (HOAGY CARMICHAEL) Bing Crosby 2:36
  47. 13 Lazybones Bing Crosby 2:35
  48. 14 Too Marvellous For Words (JOHNNY MERCER) Frank Sinatra 2:27
  49. 14 Too Marvellous for Words Frank Sinatra 2:26
  50. 15 But Not For Me (GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN) Billy Eckstine 2:25
  51. 15 But Not for Me Billy Eckstine 2:24
  52. 16 Top Hat, White Tie And Tails (IRVING BERLIN) Fred Astaire 3:48
  53. 16 Top Hat, White Tie and Tails Fred Astaire 3:48
  54. 17 Mood Indigo (DUKE ELLINGTON) Nina Simone 4:0
  55. 17 Mood Indigo Nina Simone 4:0
  56. 18 Blue Moon Elvis Presley 2:33
  57. 19 Night And Day (COLE PORTER) Shirley Bassey 2:57
  58. 19 Night and Day Shirley Bassey 2:57
  59. 20 Ol' Man River (JEROME KERN) Sam Cooke 3:49
  60. 20 Ol' Man River Sam Cooke 2:38
  61. 1 The Lady Is A Tramp (RODGERS & HART) Buddy Greco 3:16
  62. 1 The Lady is a Tramp Buddy Greco 3:36
  63. 2 Cheek To Cheek (IRVING BERLIN) Frank Sinatra 3:4
  64. 2 Cheek to Cheek Frank Sinatra 3:4
  65. 3 The Nearness Of You (HOAGY CARMICHAEL) Rosemary Clooney 5:41
  66. 3 The Nearness of You Ella Fitzgerald 5:40
  67. 4 I Get A Kick Out Of You (COLE PORTER) Dinah Washington 6:18
  68. 4 I Get a Kick out of You Dinah Washington 6:17
  69. 5 It Don't Mean A Thing If It Ain't Got That Swing (DUKE ELLINGTON) Ella Fitzgerald 4:14
  70. 5 It Don't Mean a Thing if it Ain't Got That Swing Ella Fitzgerald 4:14
  71. 6 A Foggy Day (GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN) Shirley Bassey 3:10
  72. 6 A Foggy Day Shirley Bassey 3:10
  73. 7 Climb Ev'ry Mountain (RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN) Tony Bennett 2:19
  74. 7 Climb Ev'ry Mountain Tony Bennett 2:18
  75. 8 That Old Black Magic (HAROLD ARLEN) Sammy Davis Junior 3:19
  76. 8 That Old Black Magic Sammy Davis, Jr. 3:18
  77. 9 They Didn't Believe Me (JEROME KERN) Dinah Washington 2:46
  78. 9 They Didn't Believe Me Dinah Washington 2:45
  79. 10 Ac-Cent Tchu Ate The Positive (JOHNNY MERCER) Bing Crosby 2:41
  80. 10 Ac-Cent Tchu Ate the Positive Bing Crosby 2:40
  81. 11 Ten Cents A Dance (RODGERS & HART) Doris Day 3:10
  82. 11 Ten Cents a Dance Doris Day 3:9
  83. 12 Isn't This A Lovely Day (IRVING BERLIN) Jeri Southern 2:59
  84. 12 Isn't This a Lovely Day Jeri Southern 2:58
  85. 13 Two Sleepy People Frank Sinatra 2:52
  86. 14 True Love (COLE PORTER) Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 3:7
  87. 14 True Love Bing Crosby 3:4
  88. 15 Solitude (DUKE ELLINGTON) Billy Eckstine 2:51
  89. 15 Solitude Billy Eckstine 2:50
  90. 16 Someone To Watch Over Me (GEORGE & IRA GERSHWIN) Ella Fitzgerald 4:31
  91. 16 Someone to Watch Over Me Ella Fitzgerald 4:31
  92. 17 Some Enchanted Evening (RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN) Perry Como 3:27
  93. 17 Some Enchanted Evening Perry Como 3:27
  94. 18 It's Only A Paper Moon (HAROLD ARLEN) Nat King Cole 2:55
  95. 18 It's Only a Paper Moon Nat King Cole 2:54
  96. 19 The Way You Look Tonight (JEROME KERN) Billie Holiday 3:1
  97. 19 The Way You Look Tonight Billie Holiday 3:0
  98. 20 One For My Baby (And One More For The Road) (JOHNNY MERCER) Frank Sinatra 4:24
  99. 20 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) Frank Sinatra 4:23

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