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''The Singing 'M''' Mark Murphy. The Complete Decca Recordings with Ralph Burns and His Orchestra

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  • Audio CD (15 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Fresh Sound
  • ASIN: B00D5O7ZQ0
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,094 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Fascinating Rhythm
2. A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square
3. Give It Back to the Indians
4. Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
5. Limehouse Blues
6. I'm a Circus
7. Exactly Like You
8. Two Ladies in de Shade of de Banana Tree
9. Irresistible You
10. If I Could Be with You
11. You Mustn't Kick It Around
12. I've Got Two Eyes
13. I Got Rhythm
14. Elmer's Tune
15. 'Tain't No Sin
16. Robbin's Nest
17. The Lady in Red
18. Pick Yourself Up
19. Let Yourself Go
20. Crazy Rhythm
See all 26 tracks on this disc

Product Description

24 BIT
DIGITALLY REMASTERED
2 LPs on 1 CD

Affectionately nick-named the Singing M by Milt Gabler head Decca a&r man Mark Murphy s jazz vocal interpretations established him in the front rank of the art. Here backed by brilliant Ralph Burns jazz-flavored arrangements, he weaves magisterially through a variety of moods and tempos. Listen to his versions of Fascinating Rhythm, Limehouse Blues, Exactly Like You and Give It Back to the Indians, all included in his first Decca album Meet Mark Murphy, and it s clear why Billboard saluted him in 1956 as one of the smartest, most unusual talents around. Murphy sings with a modern jazz feeling, and like an instrument. His unorthodox phrasing and sophisticated manner will register especially with hip deejays.
The reviews were equally flattering when his second Decca album Let Yourself Go, came out late in 1957. Elmer s Tune, Taint No Sin and I Got Rhythm are among the best of numerous outstanding vocal performances. His phrasing is relaxed and distinctive, the voice totally under control and the intonation spot-on. With so much at his command and his uninhibited patter and scat singing, he remains a jazz singer to the manner born, capable of projecting his qualities regardless of context. And, courtesy of Ralph Burns, he has a fine setting here.

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. FULLER TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 14 Aug. 2013
This is a beaut of a pairing as my old Dad would have said. These 2 old Decca LPs long sought after in jazz vocalist circles appear on this new Fresh Sound single CD release. The albums date from 1956 & 1957 and are backed by the equally dynamic Ralph Burns. I was impressed when I heard the original albums that were loaned to me by a fan. Now that Fresh Sound have transferred them to CD they sound great and the vibrancy of the sessions brought once again to life. A must have for Mark Murphy fans. He was a promising vocal artist and these 2 albums were just the beginnings of an eclectic musical journey.
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By Baz Seel on 11 Jan. 2015
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ken Barnes on 21 Oct. 2013
Mark Murphy is a superb song stylist and this is a fine collection of his early work. The song choice is generally good and mostly timeless. The only caveat is that his. brand of hipness has worn a little thin with the passing years , though his musicianship is as dazzling as ever. But if you're an admirer of Murphy's work, this coupling of his first two albums - circa 1957- '58 - is a collection not to be missed. The arrangements by Ralph Burns add to the enjoyment.
Ken B.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hobart Bosley on 15 Oct. 2013
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if , like me, you are a fan of Mark Murphy, this is a welcome addition to your collection. It gives you his early recordings and you instantly recognise the voice and can recognise the beginnings of the style that made him what he is. It's also good to listen to for pleasure.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By CENTRAL LONDON MAN on 19 Aug. 2013
I HAVE AN ORIGINAL TEST PRESSING OF MARKS 1ST DECCA THAT HE HAS WRITTEN A PERSONAL LETTER TO HIS FRIEND ON THE COVER HE STATES HOW PLEASED HE WAS THAT RALPH BURNS GAVE HIM A FREE HAND IN SONG SELECTION AND WAS V ENCOURGING.QUITE A COLLECTORS ITEM.THIS CD INCLUDES THAT ALBUM.MARK IS A SENSATIONAL SINGER THAT ELLA CALLED HER EQUAL.RECOMMENDED
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