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The Great American Songbook [CD]

Sarah Vaughan Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (1 Jan 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Not Now Music
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. They Can't Take That Away From Me 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Body And Soul 3:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Polka Dots And Moonbeams 2:34£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. If I Knew Then What I Know Now 2:32£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  6. I Cried For You 1:41£0.89  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Perdido 2:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Summertime 3:17£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Just Friends 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Thinking Of You 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Ain't Misbehavin' 3:01£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Goodnight My Love 3:30£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Can't Get Out Of This Mood 2:52£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. I'll Know 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Street Of Dreams 3:03£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. I'm Gonna Sit Right Down (And Write Myself A Letter) 2:24£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Once In A While 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Trouble Is A Man 2:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Everything I Have Is Yours 3:31£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I Get A Kick Out Of You 3:06£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen23. A Hundred Years From Today 2:57£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen24. It's Magic 3:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen25. It's You Or No One 3:14£0.89  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

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Listen  2. Nice Work If You Can Get It 2:35£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. My Funny Valentine 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Come Rain Or Come Shine 3:25£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. It's Easy To Remember 2:44£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) 2:38£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Mr Wonderful 2:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Embraceable You 4:49£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. You Hit The Spot 3:02£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen10. April In Paris 6:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen11. It Might As Well Be Spring 3:15£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen12. The Nearness Of You 3:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year 2:42£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Come Along With Me 2:12£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen15. East Of The Sun (And West Of The Moon) 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen16. My One And Only Love 2:51£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen17. September Song 5:45£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen18. He's My Guy 4:13£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Black Coffee 3:18£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Tenderly 3:10£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen21. Honey 2:21£0.89  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Linger Awhile 2:04£0.89  Buy MP3 

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2CD ..Songbook

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43 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The title says it all... 15 May 2007
Format:Audio CD
NOT2CD221 Sarah Vaughan - The Great American Songbook

This 2 CD set has 47 tracks from the period 1947 to 1955 and certainly lives up to the overall series title. Yes, there are many of the great composers featured here. There are also many gems from the song book of Sarah Vaughan and the opportunity to hear less well known songs too such as the haunting "Trouble is a Man" by Alec Wilder whose centenary it is this year. Visit [...] for more information. There is also an excellent version of Mr Wonderful the song most associated with Peggy Lee. I'm sure you will enjoy many many more.

Bringing together such a collection is always difficult but with over 146 minutes and songs by the Gershwin's, Duke Ellington; Frank Loesser; Cole Porter; Styne & Cahn; Rodgers & Hart and Arlen & Mercer there can be little doubt that this set fits the bill. More titles from iconic stars are to follow in the series.

Tracks CD1: They can't take this away from me/ Body & Soul/ Polka Dots & Moonbeams/ If I Knew then/ Lover Man/ I Cried for You/ Prelude to a Kiss/ Deep Purple/ Perdido/ Summertime/ Just Friends/ Thinking of You/ Ain't Misbehavin'/ Goodnight My Love/ Can't Get Out of This Mood/ I'll Know/ Street of Dreams/ I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter/ Once in a While/ Trouble is a Man/ Everything I Have is Yours/ I Get a Kick Out of You/ A Hundred Years from Today/ It's Magic/ It's You or No One. CD2: Give me a Song with a Beautiful Melody/ Nice Work if You Can Get It/ My Funny Valentine/ Come Rain or Come Shine/ It's Easy to Remember/ Whatever Lola Wants/ Mr Wonderful/ Embraceable You/ You Hit the Spot/ April in Paris/ It Might as Well be Spring/ The Nearness of You/ Spring Will be a Little Late this Year/ Come along with me/ East of the Sun/ My One and Only Love/ September Song/ He's My Guy/ Black Coffee/ Tenderly/ Honey/ Longer Awhile.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection 22 Oct 2010
By Safl
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
First, the quibbles: The double-CD plastic case comes in a cardboard case that is so tight I had to dismantle it to get at the discs. The flip-over CD holder was brittle and broke the first time I 'flipped' it. I had to re-house both CDs in a double case of my own.
The music, however, is superb. These are recordings from the late forties and early fifties and the sound quality is very good. Vaughan is in excellent voice throughout and the choice of material is first-class, but the musicians accompanying her are unfortunately not named. Both CDs are generously filled: you get 47 songs in all, some familiar ones, others less so. I already had her 'Divine' CD, but only half a dozen or so are duplicated here. The price of this collection is currently (Oct. 2010) very low, and I urge every Sarah Vaughan fan to grab it while they can. Five stars for the music and a firm refusal to deduct any for the unnecessarily poor packaging.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good introduction to a great talent. 8 Aug 2010
Format:Audio CD
Sarah Vaughan is at the top of the list with a small band who pick themselves and will be on most poeples lists. Im referring to the likes of Ella Fitzgerald, Dinah Washington, Billie Holiday, Peggy Lee and i know im missing one or two but they won't come to mind right now.

The thing with Sarah Vaughan is that sometimes she can sing almost as smooth as Ella on something like "Can't get out of this mood". At other times she can make "Summertime" fit beautifully into the voodoo like atmosphere conjured up by the bass and horns. Its a song ive always loved and have several different versions of it but ive never heard it done with such an almost sleazy delivery before.Its a performance you'd more likely associate with Ruth Brown who would come after her or Bessie Smith who went before.

To put it in a nutshell this collection manages to cover Sarah Vaughan in all her various moods and is a very good introduction to one of the handful or so of genuinely great female singers of any genre. So many are very good and the line between very good and great is often very thin indeed.

You're not really taking a chance at all if you buy this as quality is timeless. But its best served through headphones eyes closed so she just takes you away,on a sunday afternoon with feet up and a cold glass of whatever takes your fancy.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great songstresses 6 Dec 2011
By bryan
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Sarah Vaughan is a singer I have long admired. As good as she is, only rarely do we hear her on the radio. When I saw her CDs on Amazon I was spoiled for choice. I went for 'The Great American Song Book' as this double CD release contained many of the songs I knew. Nor was I disappointed with the tracks that I had not heard before. All in all, two very enjoyable CDs best enjoyed late evening on my own with a glass of something as pleasant as the music. Unfortunately one track I have wanted for years, 'Serenata', is not on this compilation. Guess I will have to keep searching.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Sarah Vaughan is magnificent, and this collection of 47 standards from the Great American Songbook sometimes rivals the superb Ella Fitzgerald - at about 6p per track!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 5 Jan 2013
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I was very pleased with this cd. Anyone who is a Sarah Vaughan fan will be delighted. They don't make them like her anymore!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fan now! 26 Nov 2012
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Because of reviews, thought I would give the cd a spin. What a voice. I'm a late new comer to her music and will be glad to add a few more cd's to my music collection. Beautiful voice, hope I haven't worn out the cd player :-)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Songbird
A comprehensive collection of Sarah Vaughan's work, you get an enjoyable variety of tempo's all showcased by her beautiful smooth tones, a feast for the ears. Highly recommended.
Published 7 days ago by Googie64
5.0 out of 5 stars EXCELLENT
Fantastic music in a flimsy bit of plastic, but who cares as it will take you to seventh heaven, or maybe eighth. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Moonshine.
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Once more nice and easy listening , and good value for the money . I certainly would recommend this cd.
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. Marlene R. O'grady
5.0 out of 5 stars So glad I bought this!
If you love jazz and particularly african american female jazz players, you will know the familiar names. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Layla
5.0 out of 5 stars love jazz
am a jazz fan since childhood! am going down memory lane with this album. will certainly play this more than once
Published 8 months ago by Mrs. B. Vandenberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent compilation
I have always loved Sarah Vaughan! if you love her music, her voice, jazz. The Great American Songbook is a cd to have. No doubt about it. The sound is great! Read more
Published 9 months ago by ROGER GONZÁLEZ DÉNIZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Collection
The wonderful voice of Sarah Vaughan and a great selection of songs. One of my best discs by any female jazz singer and an absolute bargain buy
Published 9 months ago by ken bracey
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic value for money!
WOW! What a singer and what a collection of the very best of American music from across so many eras!

This is a must for quality music lovers!
Published 9 months ago by Sally
2.0 out of 5 stars not my type
i bought this album because of the genre but i found it was nothing like the music i like i won`t buy her albums again
Published 9 months ago by novice
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Value Compilation
Around half of the tracks are designed for the popular market, the rest with small jazz groups, half a dozen or so of these are worth the cost of the discs.
Published 9 months ago by Mr. Bj Revell
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