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The Great American Songbook (International Release)

Carmen McRae Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (27 Sep 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CLASSICAL
  • ASIN: B0002W14AQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,265 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Satin Doll
2. At Long Last Love
3. If The Moon Turns Green
4. Day By Day
5. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
6. I Only Have Eyes For You [Live]
7. Medley: Easy Living/Days of Wine & Roses/It's Impossible
8. Sunday
9. A Song For You
10. I Cried For You Now It's Your Turn To Cry Over Me
11. Behind The Face
12. The Ballad Of Thelonious Monk [Live]
13. There's No Such Thing As Love
14. They Long To Be Close To You [Live]
15. Three Little Words
16. Mr. Ugly
17. It's Like Reaching For The Moon
18. I Thought About You

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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One you will keep going back to. 13 Oct 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is one I have never tired of hearing its been in my collection for about 16 years, and I am still listening to it today. Whenever I am in need of a serious Jazz fix this is the album I turn to, Carmens voice is an acquired taste silky smooth and sexy she isn't, she has way of making a song her own, I love the way she phrases. Favourite tracks for the romantic are Theres no such thing as love, song for you, what are you doing the rest of your life, which I did not think anyone could do better than the Four Freshmen until I heard Carmen do it. Buy and enjoy it, most of all let it grow on you as it did me, it may become the sound track to your life as it has mine.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Search for the vinyl lp version 26 Feb 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Listening to this live outing on CD, with most of Carmen's spoken introductions cut out, is a frustrating experience. I had bought the CD a while back, but couldn't really get into it. Then I ran across the old vinyl double album in a used-record store, so I bought it to find out what I had been missing. And let me tell you, Carmen's witty and brash banter makes all the difference in establishing this album as a true listening experience. She cuts up for two and a half minutes alone before launching into "The Ballad of Thelonious Monk." Hearing Carmen speak to the audience does a lot to establish a sense of the room in which she was performing, the jovial mood she was in, and the spirit of that night in Donte's. And you know what, the sound even seems a bit richer on the old vinyl.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CARMEN MCRAE DAZZLES 3 Sep 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
in this excellent re-issue of concert dates at Donte's. While the domestic single CD version of this album is great, this staggering double disc (in the new, less frustrating, "flip" jewel case) is an absolute "MUST-HAVE" for any Carmen fan. Known and loved not only for her unmistakeable delivery of phrases in song, but her dark and sometimes raunchy sense of humor, the "whole picture" is displayed here in 38 incredible tracks. The domestic version was edited for timing purposes, however the bulk of Carmen's segues between songs have been captured here for us to finally enjoy. (her speech about Thelonious Monk prior to singing "THE BALLAD OF THELONIOUS MONK" will make you appreciate both Carmen and the song itself all the more now) Everything else thats on the domestic version is here, including what I believe to be Carmen's greatest live vocal (and self accompaniment on piano) "THERE'S NO SUCH THING AS LOVE".(Carmen's reading of "LOOK AT THAT FACE" on the ALIVE! album is equally as beautiful...something about Carmen and Anthony Newley songs I guess!) After a brief ad lib we also hear a fine medley of songs (EASY LIVING/DAYS OF WINE & ROSES/IT'S IMPOSSIBLE) Bonus tracks a-plenty: "EAST OF THE SUN", "GLAD TO BE UNHAPPY", among others, and a swinging "I'LL REMEMBER APRIL" are on disc #2, which closes with superb readings of "BODY AND SOUL" and a faux pass by Ms. Mcrae during her still seamless version of "SEPTEMBER IN THE RAIN". Backed by Joe Pass on guitar (one of the best guitarists ever) and Jimmy Rowles on piano (when Ms. Mcrae was not playing piano herself), Chuck Domanico on drums and Chuck Flores on bass, this was truly THE concert to see. Donte's in L.A. may have never been so lucky to have such a monumental album recorded there. Lucky for us, we can be just as fortunate to own said album!
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow 20 Aug 2002
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I'm lucky to have a great jazz station in my area (KCSM 91.9), and when they played a few of the tracks from the "At Ratso's" CD, I was intrigued. I found this CD at the local library, strangely enough.
Carmen McRae is an excellent vocalist, and she shines in this live, intimate setting, backed by a great rhythym section. She can really put inflection and attitude, not to mention emotion, into her voice.
The title of this album is rather misleading, and something like "Live at Donte's" would be more appropriate. I'm a bit disappointed that they had to cut the spoken introductions, and I'll keep a lookout for those LPs (even though I have no record player...heh).
Live jazz is like nothing else, pick up this CD.
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars, especially if you're a Carmen fan. 5 Oct 2001
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This live club date (if you're looking for the best of Cole Porter, Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart, ignore the silly, inappropriate title) is good, representative Carmen from the 1970s. But she's beginning to reveal some of the uneven timbre, thin spots in her vocal range, over reliance on exaggerated diction that became evident in the latter part of her career. As good as this album is, a better example of Carmen working out with a rhythm section (and there are many such recordings) is "Live at Sugar Hill." (Look hard. She's in better voice on "Sunday," and sings the all-time definitive version of Rodgers and Hart's "It Never Entered My Mind." It's also been reissued as "In Person.")
After Billie Holiday's passing, the two supreme divas in jazz were Ella and Sarah. And if the list were expanded to include a third, it would arguably be Carmen. But unless you've heard her work from the 1950s and 60s, the high regard in which she is held by many listeners may not be immediately apparent based on the evidence of this and other later recordings. She could practically "carry" a rhythm section, or create powerful drama out of mundane material, first arousing us with abrasive indignation, then assuring us with the sheer sweetness of her soothing instrument. The strengths of this 1972 session, on the other hand, are to be found not simply in her commanding vocalizations but in her interaction with the other players. Her presence is liberating, allowing her musicians (including Joe Pass) to be not merely accompanists but fellow creators whose contributions take on the same importance as hers.
No one feels and communicates "time" like Carmen. A pianist herself, she has a little drummer at work in her brain controlling every phrase and note that issues from her lips. Listen to her relaxed phrasing and confident counter-melody while the rhythm section is burning on "I Cried for You." Then compare that with Louis Armstrong's trumpet in the late 20s and early 30s, especially on a classic like "Mahogany Hall Stomp." In the same way that Armstrong towered over all of his peers, Carmen commands the field among female jazz singers. It's not sufficient to listen to cuts like "Day by Day" or "I Only Have Eyes for You" and compliment her on selecting such superb, swinging musicians to back her up. It's because of HER that they're swinging that hard!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the great carmen mcrae at her most excellent 13 July 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
this is one of my favorite cd's. it's difficult to imagine a greater singer. SONGBOOK is lovely, long, rich -- a tear jerker and life affirmer. buy it, buy it, buy it.
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