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Download links and information about Memories by Ethel Merman. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Jazz, Rock, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack genres. It contains 25 tracks with total duration of 01:14:09 minutes.

Artist: Ethel Merman
Release date: 2009
Genre: Jazz, Rock, Pop, Theatre/Soundtrack
Tracks: 25
Duration: 01:14:09
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No. Title Length
1. Ta-Ra-Ra-Boom-Der-E / the Band Played On / the Bowery / On a Saturday Night / While Strolling Thru the Park One Day 4:00
2. Hello My Baby / I've Got Rings On My Fingers / In My Merry Oldsmobile / In the Good Old Summertime / Sweet Rosie O'Grady / Little Annie Rooney 3:44
3. Waltz Me Around Again Willie / Sidewalks of New York / a Bicycle Built for Two / She'll Be Comin' Round the Mountain 3:20
4. Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet / M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I 2:26
5. Listen to the Mocking Bird / You Tell Me Your Dream I'll Tell You Mine / School Days / Memories 4:21
6. Way Down Yonder In New Orleans / Somebody Stole My Gal / Smiles / Row, Row, Row / I Want a Girl (Just Like the Girl That Married Dear Old Dad) / Sweet Georgia Brown 4:36
7. Take Back Your Gold / Frankie and Johnny 4:54
8. A Bird In a Gilded Cage / Moonlight Bay / By the Light of the Silvery Moon / Shine On Harvest Moon 3:54
9. That Old Gang of Mine / Sweet Adeline 2:40
10. Oh Johnny, Oh Johnny, Oh! / Dear Little Boy of Mine / Forty-Five Minutes from Broadway / Mary's a Grand Old Name / Give My Regards to Broadway 4:51
11. I Got Rhythm 2:47
12. Embraceable You 2:02
13. You're an Old Smoothie 1:03
14. Anything Goes 3:21
15. Ridin' High 1:32
16. Way Down In the Depths of the 90th Floor 2:17
17. This Is It 2:05
18. I'll Pay the Check 1:51
19. Do I Love You? 2:39
20. Friendship 1:46
21. Make It Another Old Fashioned, Please 2:46
22. He's a Right Guy 2:37
23. I Got Lost In His Arms 2:55
24. Alexander's Ragtime Band 2:14
25. How Deep Is the Ocean 3:28



This unlicensed reissue, taking advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe, actually should have been called "Memories/Selections from A Musical Autobiography," since it combines material from two albums Ethel Merman recorded in 1955. In between Broadway and Hollywood commitments, Merman recorded a rare solo LP in Memories, the first ten tracks on this CD. It was a concept recording devoted to the popular music her mother might have sung to her as a child or that she might have heard before she became a stage star in the early 1930s, songs from Tin Pan Alley that were hits from the 1890s to the '20s. The songs were arranged into ten medleys that combined anywhere from two to six compositions into a single track, such that sometimes only a chorus of a tune was included. Merman's Broadway musical director Jay Blackton was the arranger who also conducted the orchestra, and she was joined by a barbershop quartet, the Old Timers Quartet, and on occasion by the Mitchell Boys Choir. In fact, the quartet got certain selections to itself; the foursome sang "A Bird in a Gilded Cage" without Merman's involvement, for instance. Merman herself appeared in duplicate and triplicate through the magic of overdubbing, performing her own duets and trios on occasion as if she were Mary Ford or Patti Page. She was, as usual, thoroughly confident and effective in singing these songs, just as she was when singing show tunes. The LP bore similarities to the Mitch Miller "singalong" albums that came along later.

Also in 1955, Decca Records assembled a double album called A Musical Autobiography, drawing on its archive of Merman recordings and having her go into the studio to record spoken introductions and make new recordings of songs she had sung on Broadway earlier in her career. In all, there were 15 new versions of songs like "I Got Rhythm" and "Anything Goes," performed in jazzy small-band arrangements with the Buddy Cole Quartet (and sometimes only Cole's piano), and those 15 tracks are added to the ten Memories medleys for the Sepia Records reissue. These are some of the best songs with which Merman was associated, including compositions by George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Irving Berlin, and while these are not the original versions, they are well performed, with the introductions making for a recital-like effect.