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5.0 out of 5 stars 75 Devine songs..., 19 Jan 2014
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Mercury Recordings 1954-1960 (Audio CD)
Sarah Vaughan, The Mercury Recordings 1954-1960
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This new 75 track compilation gathers recordings from the Mercury years. The running times for this new 3CD set are CD1 76.15; CD2 76.59 & CD3 72.01. This really is a wonderful collection of in the main Sarah Vaughan performances with the addition of some delectable duets with Billy Eckstine. The sound transfers are excellent. The liner notes are by Helen Akitt. Included are 4 photo images of SV and years of recording/composer credits plus the original album numbers.

My favourites from the 75 songs include That Old Black Magic; My Heart Stood Still; There's No You; Last Night When We Were Young; It Never Entered My Mind & That's All.

The albums from which the songs come are as follows:

"The Divine Sarah Sings" is a 1954 EP album by Sarah Vaughan, accompanied by the Hugo Peretti Orchestra.

"The Touch of Your Lips" (Ray Noble)
"'S Wonderful" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin)
"Tenderly" (Jack Lawrence, Walter Gross)
"It's Magic" (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne)

"Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstine Sing the Best of Irving Berlin" is a 1957 studio album featuring Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, and the songs of Irving Berlin. Arranged and conducted by Hal Mooney.

"Alexander's Ragtime Band" - 4:02
"Isn't This a Lovely Day?" - 3:53
"I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm" - 4:14
"All of My Life" - 3:16
"Cheek to Cheek" - 2:46
"You're Just in Love" - 3:42
"Remember" - 2:19
"Always" - 2:37
"Easter Parade" - 3:14
"The Girl That I Marry" - 2:59
"Now It Can Be Told" - 3:43

"Sarah Vaughan Sings Broadway: Great Songs from Hit Shows" is a 1958 studio album by Sarah Vaughan. The album was arranged by Hal Mooney, supervised by Bob Shad.

"A Tree in the Park" (Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart) - 2:43 - Peggy-Ann (1926)
"Little Girl Blue" (Rodgers, Hart) - 3:51 - Jumbo (1935)
"Comes Love" (Lew Brown, Charles Tobias, Sam H. Stept) - 2:34 - Yokel Boy (1939)
"But Not for Me" (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin) - 3:27 - Girl Crazy (1930)
"My Darling, My Darling" (Frank Loesser) - 3:21 - Where's Charley? (1948)
"Lucky in Love" (Ray Henderson, B.G. DeSylva, Brown) - 1:55 - Good News (1937)
"Autumn in New York" (Vernon Duke) - Thumbs Up (1934)
"It Never Entered My Mind" (Rodgers, Hart) - Higher and Higher (1940)
"If This Isn't Love" (Burton Lane, Yip Harburg) - Finian's Rainbow (1947)

"Vaughan and Violins" is a 1959 studio album by Sarah Vaughan, orchestrated and conducted by Quincy Jones.

"Please Be Kind" (Sammy Cahn, Saul Chaplin) – 3:15
"The Midnight Sun Will Never Set" (Dorcas Cochran, Quincy Jones, Henri Salvador) – 2:50
"Live for Love" (Paul Misraki, Carl Sigman) – 3:23
"Misty" (Johnny Burke, Errol Garner) – 3:02
"I'm Lost" (Otis Rene) – 3:40
"Love Me" (John Lehmann, John Lewis) – 3:12
"That's All" (Alan Brandt, Bob Haymes) – 3:31
"Day by Day" (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) – 3:10
"Gone with the Wind" (Herbert Magidson, Allie Wrubel) – 3:28
"I'll Close My Eyes" (Buddy Kaye, Billy Reid) – 3:40
"The Thrill Is Gone" (Lew Brown, Ray Henderson) – 2:28

"Sarah Vaughan ‎– The Magic Of Sarah Vaughan"

That Old Black Magic 2:50
Careless 2:05
Separate Ways 2:20
Are You Certain 2:12
Mary Contrary 2:38
Broken-Hearted Melody 2:15
I’ve Got The World On A String 3:05
Don’t Look At Me That Way 2:10
Love Is A Random Thing 2:47
Friendly Enemies 2:15
What’s So Bad About It 1:55
Sweet Affection 2.01

"Close to You" is a 1960 studio album by Sarah Vaughan, arranged by Belford Hendricks and Fred Norman.

"Say It Isn't So" (Irving Berlin) - 2:47
"Missing You" (Ronnell Bright) - 2:50
"I've Got to Talk to My Heart" (Bright) - 2:56
"I'll Never Be the Same" (Matty Malneck, Frank Signorelli, Gus Kahn) - 2:24
"There's No You" (Tom Adair, Hal Hopper) - 2:20
"I Should Care" (Sammy Cahn, Axel Stordahl, Paul Weston) - 3:23
"If You Are But a Dream" (Moe Jaffe, Jack Fulton, Nat Bonx) - 2:47
"Maybe You'll Be There" (Rube Bloom, Sammy Gallop) - 2:50
"Out of This World" (Harold Arlen, Johnny Mercer) - 2:28
"Last Night When We Were Young" (Arlen, Yip Harburg) - 2:50
"Funny" (I. Reid, I. Kosloff, G. Elias) - 2:55
"Close to You" (Jerry Livingston, Carl Lampl, Al Hoffman) - 3:03

These Not Now Music sets are great value and are the perfect way to build a collection of the great vocalists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sarah Vaughan The Murcury Recordings 1954-1960, 30 July 2014
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Without doubt, Sarah Vaughan is up there with the best of the female vocalists of her generation.
I say vocalist and not singer because the range of her voice is indeed superb.

There is an operatic quality to Miss Vaughans voice that would not have been out of place in any opera house anywhere in the world.

This album is well worth buying, as is any album by this great vocalist.
You will not be dissapointed.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars, 4 Aug 2014
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Good recordings some very good songs not quite as good as THE DEFINITIVE COLLECTION
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5.0 out of 5 stars get this one, 25 July 2014
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This review is from: The Mercury Recordings 1954-1960 (Audio CD)
the peak years of a great singer
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