Mel Tormé Live with the Mel-Tones, Volume 1
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- Released: November 26, 1996
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: Mr. Music
- 1.Fairmont College
- 2.You're Driving Me Crazy
- 3.You're the Top
- 4.That Old Black Magic
- 5.When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along
- 6.Everything Happens to Me
- 7.It's a Most Unusual Day
- 8.Maybe You'll Be There
- 9.Geometric Blues
- 10.The French Lesson
- 11.It's Dark on Observatory Hill
- 12.I Got the Sun in the Morning
- 13.On a Slow Boat to China
- 14.Brahms' Lullaby
- 15.You're the Cream in My Coffee
- 16.I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
- 17.Mountain Greenery
- 18.Here I'll Stay
- 19.Wish I May, Wish I Might
Mel Torme & The Mel-Tones: Mel Torme, Virginia Maxey, Bernie Parks,
Les Baxter, Diz Disruhd, Ralph Brewster (vocals).
Additional personnel: Janet Waldo, Barbara Eiler (vocals).
Recorded live between July and October 1948. Includes liner notes by Mel Torme and Wayne Knight.
Liner Note Author: Mel Torm‚.
Recording information: 07/06/1948-09/21/1948.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Diz Disruhd; Ralph Brewster; Virginia Maxey; Bernie Parke; Les Baxter.
By the time most adult-pop listeners began hearing them, mixed-gender vocal choruses had become reprehensible white-bread smootheners and straighteners of every glorious imperfection and interpretation a solo vocalist could conjure. Before the '50s, though, the best vocal choruses were capable of tremendous harmonies, and the Mel-Tones were counted among the best (along with the Modernaires and Six Hits and a Miss). Led by Mel Torm‚, and including a young Les Baxter, the group appears on a few Torm‚ compilations, but isn't featured very often. The first of a two-volume set from Mr. Music, Live With the Mel-Tones, Vol. 1 includes performances from Torm‚'s 1948 TV show on NBC. Unfortunately, only half features the Mel-Tones, but there are many good performances; Torm‚ balances his effective solo versions of standards ("That Old Black Magic," "Everything Happens to Me") with a collegiate romp ("Fairmont College"), and bright, bouncy singalongs for the Mel-Tones ("It's a Most Unusual Day," "I Got the Sun in the Morning," "When the Red, Red Robin Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along"). His occasional duet partner, Janet Waldo, is laughably poor in comparison to the mighty Mel, but the rest of this disc consists of enjoyable vocal music. ~ John Bush
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