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The Very Thought Of You: The Definitive Singles Collection Double CD

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  • Audio CD (30 July 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B0084D11DA
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 233,771 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Carmen McRae: "The Very Thought of You" is a real first! A collection of McRae's single releases, appearing together on CD for the first time! Included are heavyweight titles such as: "The More I See You", "The Party's Over", "The Next Time It Happens", "His Eye Is On The Sparrow", "You Don't Know Me", "Namely You", "My One and Only Love", "I'll See You Again" and more. Noted arranger/conductors featured are: Vic Schoen, Jack Pleis, Frank Hunter, Ralph Burns, Marty Paich and Belford Hendricks. Two CDs filled to the max with 58 tracks by one of the most respected pop/jazz vocalists of the 20th Century!

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Drawing inspiration from Billie Holiday, jazz singer, pianist, songwriter, and occasional actress Carmen McRae (1920 - 1994) was instrumental in broadening my interest in pop music to embrace Ella Fitzgerald, Sinatra and all those Fifties vocalists who helped make the newly launched concept vinyl album popular. Carmen's distinctive stylish vocal timbre with its mellow depth but metallic edge immediately caught my attention when I heard her recordings, with two 45rpm singles - OUR LOVE IS HERE TO STAY/THIS WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH and STAR EYES/I'M A DREAMER (AREN'T WE ALL) added to my collection before seeking out more of her recordings. Since her death in 1994, Carmen's contribution to jazz has been wooefully undervalued and although there have been many album reissues there's much more waiting for transfer to CD.

Hopefully this two-disc compilation of definitive singles - totalling fifty-eight songs - recorded for Decca, Kapp and US Columbia labels will fill a few gaps in collections despite not claiming to be "complete" and in fact occasional early recordings (1946-1953) mainly released via the Stardust label have been omitted. The above songs have been included along with the numbers waxed at her first Decca session of 8th October 1954 when Carmen cut KEEP ME IN MIND, OOH (WHAT'CHA DOIN' TO ME), THEY ALL LAUGHED and IF I'M LUCKY (I'LL BE THE ONE). She often recorded Broadway show songs and WHATEVER LOLA WANTS, THE PARTY'S OVER, THE NEXT TIME IT HAPPENS, THE EAGLE AND ME and NAMELY YOU are amongst choices which gained some popularity during the Fifties. Standards MIDNIGHT SUN, I'LL SEE YOU AGAIN, A ROOM WITH A VIEW, I CRIED FOR YOU and SKYLINER are likely to have originated from her Decca albums but also released as singles.
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This 2 CD set is made up of singles but they are actually tracks from albums released as such. The selections include classic song book numbers such as the title song; the wonderful The More I See You; Gershwin's Love is Here to Stay; vintage song Star Eyes & They all Laughed. Along with classics there are many lesser known songs and in total 58 tracks. I do have one reservation and that is the way these songs are presented. It would have been much more sensible to run them in chronological order but that said you cannot detract from the excellence of performance. As always long running times and great value.
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HASH(0x9b304b1c) out of 5 stars Impeccable early Carmen 19 Nov. 2014
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Impeccable early and rare Carmen for fans and non fans. Her voice was young and fresh here, a different style than what she showed in her last years with us.
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HASH(0x9b7ddf90) out of 5 stars Great singing, awful arrangements 28 Sept. 2012
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This set contains a generous selection of material that Carmen McCrea recorded several decades ago when she was in her prime. Miss McCrea's singing is impeccable and impressive in every way. Who ever wrote the background tracks, however, did her a huge disservice. Syrupy strings, cliched riffs, and swooping backup singers, make the songs almost unlistenable. As much as I like Carmen McCrae, I found myself regretting the purchase of this collection.
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