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4.0 out of 5 stars Not the VERY BEST OF but Pretty Damn Good, 8 Jun 2011
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I'm not keen on record producers' 'BEST OF' superlatives. Even less fond of 'VERY BEST OF' claims. No better example than this CD. It's not the very best of Mel Torme but it's good enough for me!

In most respects I agree with the BBC reviewer featured above. There are many beautifully rendered classic songs of the forties and fifties here - BEWITCHED, FASCINATING RHYTHM, PUTTING ON THE RITZ, LADY'S IN LOVE WITH YOU, LULLABY OF BIRDLAND and a superb GERSHWIN MEDLEY. Mel's interpretations fare well alongside those of Frank, Ella, Sassie, Peggy and the like - a compliment indeed - but personally, I think he was always in the same class. One or two lesser known songs feature too which make interesting listening - a fabulous vocal version of HARLEM NOCTURNE and the quirky SING YOU SINNERS. His two big hits, CARELESS HANDS and STRANGER IN TOWN are well transferred and, despite their relative antiquity, sound clean. But the decision to include four live performances is curious - MOUNTAIN GREENERY, IT'S DELOVELY, NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE and WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. Not a big fan of live recordings of the period - 'Sinatra at the Sands', a notable exception. They often sound thin and edgy and there are examples here.

Mel favoured the small group, despite his ease in front of a big band. Fundamentally he was a jazz man. Consequently a multitude of superb, uncredited jazz instrumentalists feature on the album. FASCINATING RHYTHM is excellent - pure jazz - a real delight. There's also a Shearing collaboration - NIGHTINGALE SANG IN BERKELEY SQUARE - very elegantly done. Plenty of stunning scat. For me Mel and Ella led the field in this skill because they had jazz in the gut.

My only real dissatisfaction is the inclusion of a couple of Mel's essays into 'pop' singing. They all tried it - even Frank! But they were swingers with perfect pitch and superb tone - for me, far and away in a league above and beyond the aspirations of every rock singer who ever opened his mouth. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of rock - but it's a whole different ball game. COMIN' HOME BABY (despite its blues overtones) is bland and meaningless. RIGHT NOW is just awful. Transfers are dreadful too. But mercifully only two tracks of this trash.

MOUNTAIN GREENERY was a substantial hit for Mel - the BBC reviewer appears not to know this. It was played and played on the radio in the fifties and my dad owned it on 78. Disappointed that a live version appears here because it was a major reason for my purchasing the album. But it's beautifully rendered by Mel and close to the original. Sound is good too, thankfully.

All in all - worth the money just for his innovative NEW YORK, NEW YORK, swinging LULU'S BACK IN TOWN and THE CHRISTMAS SONG (which he penned and, in my view produced the definitive version).

NOT THE VERY BEST OF but NOT THE VERY WORST OF! Many treasures here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect starting point to discover the main male of white scat, 5 July 2014
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A good starting point for any MEL collection...
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1 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mel the forgotten perfect voice, 31 Dec 2010
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mel torme was described as a musical instrument in the orchestra.arguably a more melodic voice than sinatrashe acted in 'B' moviesa bit cheesey but a nice role model.never hear him on the radio now-a-days
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