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Mel Tormé's Finest Hour / Mel Torme's Finest Hour

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Download links and information about Mel Tormé's Finest Hour / Mel Torme's Finest Hour by Mel Tormé / Mel Torme. This album was released in 2001 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop genres. It contains 21 tracks with total duration of 59:48 minutes.

Artist: Mel Tormé / Mel Torme
Release date: 2001
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop, Bop
Tracks: 21
Duration: 59:48
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Tracks

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No. Title Length
1. A Stranger in Town 3:00
2. The Christmas Song (Live 1955 Crescendo Club) 3:07
3. Mountain Greenery 2:22
4. The Hut Sut Song 2:29
5. Cement Mixer 2:26
6. The House Is Haunted 2:51
7. I Dont Want to Cry Anymore 3:06
8. What Is This Thing Called Love? 2:57
9. It Happened in Monterey / Ramona 2:51
10. Too Close for Comfort 4:04
11. Whatever Lola Wants 3:22
12. Born to Be Blue (featuring Tony Osborne, The Orchestra) 2:54
13. A Shine on Your Shoes (featuring Geoff Love & His Orchestra) 2:51
14. At the Crossroads (Malagueña) 2:39
15. Nina 2:36
16. I'm Gonna Go Fishin' 2:28
17. Down for Double 2:34
18. I Loved You Once in Silence 3:15
19. What's New at the Zoo? (featuring Margaret Whiting) 2:36
20. Don't Let That Moon Get Away 2:38
21. A Velvet Moon 2:42

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Mel Tormé's Finest Hour leads off with a Decca recording from 1944 but otherwise concentrates on Tormé's stints with the Coral and Verve labels between 1953-1960. Tormé's tight arrangements and smooth crooning made him a natural crossover artist, but he charted no pop hits during this period. Nonetheless, the recordings compiled here are broadly appealing, particularly on songs such as "What Is This Thing Called Love?" that prominently feature Tormé's jazz-pop vocal group, the Mel-Tones. "At the Crossroads (Malagueña)" vacillates between Bill Haley-style rock-a-boogie rhythms and big-band swing, and "What's New at the Zoo?" — a duet with Margaret Whiting — is a silly novelty with a rock & roll guitar solo. "The Hut Sut Song" and Slim Gaillard's "Cement Mixer" are novelties, too, but ones that jazz purists will find less offensive. In between, there are a number of serious jazz vocal performances and sweetly orchestrated romantic ballads of the sort that earned Tormé the nickname of "the Velvet Fog." Tormé's 1954 recording of his holiday standard "The Christmas Song" is also included, making Mel Tormé's Finest Hour an inclusive and diverse sampling of music from a versatile artist and exemplary vocalist.