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The Sound of Silence/Portrait of Carmen

Carmen McRae Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Aug 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collegium
  • ASIN: B00005KHFT
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 63,263 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. The Sound Of Silence
2. I Got It Bad And That Ain't Good
3. MacArthur Park
4. Watch What Happens
5. Stardust
6. Don't Go Away
7. Gloomy Sunday
8. I Sold My Heart To The Junkman
9. Poor Butterfly
10. My Heart Reminds Me
11. The Folks Who Live On The Hill
12. Can You Tell
13. I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco
14. Elusive Butterfly
15. Day By Day
16. When You Get Around To Me
17. Walking Happy
18. My Very Own Person
19. Ask Any Woman
20. Boy, Do I Have A Surprise For You
See all 23 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Amazon Customer #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
This collection shows how pointless it can be to classify music by genre. This could be classed as pop, jazz, R+B or easy listening, yet it is none of these, but a brilliant blend of them all. Fortunately, I realised a long time ago that the only classification that matters is whether I like it or not - and it passes that test with ease.
Although I don't recognise all the songs, I suspect they are all covers. Some were old songs even at the time they were recorded - Stardust and I got it bad were already nearly forty years old - while others were contemporary, but Carmen always stamped her identity on each and every song with her soulful voice.
Sixties songs are well represented, including Sound of silence, Elusive butterfly, Ask any woman, and Macarthur park, but I've never come across versions quite like these - they are very distinctive.
To sum up, this album could appeal to people who like any of the genres already mentioned, but may have most appeal for those (like me) who like a variety of different genres. If you only like one genre of music to the exclusion of all others, you may be best to look elsewhere for your musical entertainment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Unique Carmen McRae 9 Aug 2006
Format:Audio CD
I first heard Carmen McRae in 1955, when I was 18, and I have been in love with her ever since. Needles to say anything she has done has always been of interest to me. Like Bille Holiday, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald, she was essentially a jazz singer, and her best recordings were with trio's recorded 'LIVE'She didnt need large orchestral backings which tended to obscure the intimacy of her work. The recordings here are therefore not essential but completists will want them. The discerning should first shop for her recordings made at Sugar Hill, Donte's and the Great American Music Hall. The best track on this set is 'The Folks who live on the Hill'.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless Carmen McRae Classics!!! 26 May 2004
By Bradly Briggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Carmen McRae was at her absolute peak when signed to Atlantic Records in the sixties and these two albums are magnificent examples of the art of singing at its very finest! "The Sound Of Silence" released in 1969, title song is engrossing and richly sung by Carmen and equally effective is her majestic definitive version of "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)". Stellar release of two classic Lp's has great vocals on each and every great song and Carmen makes seldom heard Billie Holiday "Gloomy Sunday" a total masterpiece with a chilling and haunting vocal that is uniquely original & completely unforgettable. "Portrait Of Carmen" released a year earlier in 1968, is an all time favorite vocal album being one of Carmen's finest ever! Funky and soulful is Carmen in the rowdy tour-de-force "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco" while a stunning take on "Elusive Butterfly" is stirring and emotional. Every song is tremendous in this classic set featuring the magical voice of Carmen McRae in rich and powerful sublime form with glorious tones, easily making her one of the best of the greatest ever while earning that "Singer's Singer" title. Do not miss this sterling collection if you love great skilled & soulful singing with awesome orchestrations and arrangements...as good as it gets! Bravo Carmen & RIP
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Many sides of Carmen McRae..... 29 May 2004
By Beverly Praiswater - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Carmen McRae has always been able to take just about any song, standards, jazz, rock, and pop, and transform them into something quite new. This is exactly what she has done on this 2-album CD.
The title song from "The Sound of Silence" is a gutsy vocal that is a huge improvement over the original hit. Her version of "McArthur Park" is tender yet rich. Her interpretation of "Stardust" is fascinating. Carmen vividly portrays despair in "Gloomy Sunday". "I'm Always Drunk In San Francisco" is jazzy with a full, gorgeous orchestra. "I Haven't Got Anything Better To Do" is one of those smooth sultry Carmen ballads. And the grand finale "Wonder Why" is an uptempo song.
The incomparable Carmen McRae has many sides. This two album CD is a fantastic trip down memory lane.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Carmen's very distinctive style gives new life to old songs 28 Jun 2002
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This collection shows how pointless it can be to classify music by genre. This could be classed as pop, jazz, R+B or easy listening, yet it is none of these, but a brilliant blend of them all. Fortunately, I realised a long time ago that the only classification that matters is whether I like it or not - and it passes that test with ease.

Although I don't recognise all the songs, I suspect they are all covers. Some were old songs even at the time they were recorded - Stardust and I got it bad were already nearly forty years old - while others were contemporary, but Carmen always stamped her identity on each and every song with her soulful voice.

Sixties songs are well represented, including Sound of silence, Elusive butterfly, Ask any woman, and Macarthur park, but I've never come across versions quite like these - they are very distinctive.

To sum up, this album could appeal to people who like any of the genres already mentioned, but may have most appeal for those (like me) who like a variety of different genres. If you only like one genre of music to the exclusion of all others, you may be best to look elsewhere for your musical entertainment.
6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Material, Poor Presentation 29 Jan 2004
By Nathan C. Southern - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Two of the greatest - and least known - Atlantic albums of pop standards from the late sixties, in one package. Brilliant songs throughout, extraordinary performances by McRae. Unfortunately, Collectables failed to digitally remaster the tracks on this release, and several of the recordings suffer from significant amounts of noise distortion, as well as slight crackling, hissing and popping throughout. In fact, Carmen's brilliant renditions of "Elusive Butterfly" and "Walking Happy" are virtually unlistenable.
If you're going to experience a masterpiece, why ruin it for yourself? Skip this substandard reproduction of the original, and seek out the vinyl LPs instead, until Atlantic has enough insight and foresight to buy back the rights and digitally remaster all of this material.
I am unsure if the additional outstanding selections in the Collectables catalog (eg. Peggy Lee's 'Is that all there Is?,' Ira Sullivan's 'Horizons') suffer from such grave flaws, but after this rude awakening today, I'm not likely to take another leap of faith with the same label.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't Get Enough Of Carmen 29 July 2008
By Kirk Alex - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Carmen McRae addict here. What can I tell you?

According to one of the other reviewers, her version of Sounds of Silence is a huge improvement over the Simon and Garfunkel take--and I agree. Just hearing her version of the song alone was worth the price of the
CD for me.

Frankly, I don't care what the song is, so long as Carmen is the one doing the singing.
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