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  • Audio CD (22 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Commercial Marketing
  • ASIN: B00002ZZ1M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,615 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Last Night When We Were Young
2. Speak Low
3. But Beautiful
4. If You'd Stay The Way I Dream
5. Midnight Sun
6. My Future Just Passed
7. Yesterdays
8. We'll Be Together Again
9. I'm A Dreamer
10. Good Morning Heartache
11. Star Eyes
12. A Ghost Of A Chance
13. Blue Moon
14. My Foolish Heart
15. I Was Doing All Right
16. Summer Is Gone
17. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
18. Nowhere
19. Until The Real Thing Comes Along
20. Lush Life
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Roger Rebec VINE VOICE on 27 July 2002
Format: Audio CD
There's a lot to enjoy on "Blue Moon" but "Torchy" is the reason to buy this CD. Immaculate performances of some wonderful songs in effective but not intrusive arrangements. "Midnight Sun" is simply beautiful; "Star Eyes" is definitive; "My Future Just Passed" one of those lesser-known songs that Carmen makes into something very special; "I'm a Dreamer" is not in the least corny; and "Good Morning Heartache" shows Carmen's strengths and why listening to her is such a pleasure. She always made a point of getting into and inside the lyric of a song. Since this was allied to a musical inventiveness that was never effect for effect's sake and a firm sense of rhythm, it is no surprise that these interpretations are bench marks for other singers to aspire to. So many of these performances say all there is to say about the songs. I hope this album stays around for a long time but don't delay if you enjoy first rate singing of classic songs.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By robert.carlsen@which.net on 28 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
Where has Torchy been for three decades(Blue Moon is nearly as good). 24 superb renditions: the definitive version of Star Eyes, a wonderous Midnight Sun, a great version of a Richard Whiting song, which I last heard on an old Kay Starr Album , My Future Just Passed. Carmen McRae has a smooth rounded swinging voice, hitting true notes with magic expression and phrasing. On these albums her voice is an equal to Ella or Sarah, with some of Billie's emotional content, but gentle. None of the brash Jewelry dripping performance of her later years. The best.. money I have spent for years, I have played the album through 30 times in 4 weeks.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
By Giovanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Once again, the Universal Music Group comes up with this thrilling "two-fer", comprised of two great albums from the immortal Carmen Mcrae, one of jazz's greatest divas ever. These are mid-50's albums (each available as Japanese imports) that Carmen did on Decca. Her catalog varies where labels are concerned; she did a lot of recording on a lot of labels throughout her illustrious career, but it was at Decca where she gained the most momentum early on, despite being weighed down with lots of commercial stuff. There was no denying her vocal prowess, and I personally say she was one of the few vocalists whose voice always sounded the same, even in later years, and dare I say, got BETTER. These sides, mostly standards and some be-bop overtures, were arranged by the cream of the Decca bandleaders and freelancers of the time. Jack Pleis, an underappreciated master of the baton, led the orchestra on two of my favorites here, MY FUTURE JUST PASSED, a fine anthem that Carmen really conveys with sincerity without being too "mushy", and the swingin' I'M A DREAMER (Aren't We All?) in which Carmen really makes us ponder the rhetoric question in song. It's easy to dream with Carmen's voice and the great arrangement featuring clarinet on this chart leading the way! Ralph Burns, one of the greatest jazz arrangers EVER also did a few charts here, one of particular beauty is the Arlen / Harburg classic LAST NIGHT WHEN WE WERE YOUNG. As for the "be-bop refrains" I mentioned, STAR EYES was something of a hit for Carmen, and that version is included here; this one had them dancing in Birdland for years by anyone who ever covered it. NOWHERE is another swingin' tune that hearkens to the be-bop style and is handled just fine by Carmen. The touching ballad SUMMER IS GONE is wistful and pretty, and features some of Carmen's most heartfelt singing with a spectacular arrangement. This will bring countless hours of listening enjoyment for jazz fans everywhere. Two great albums from Carmen Mcrae; how can you miss? Excellent remastering and packaging with informative liner notes included.
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