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Best Of: Chet Baker Sings
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Chet BakerAudio CD
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listen  1. The Thrill Is Gone (Vocal) 2:51$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. But Not For Me (Vocal) 3:03$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Time After Time (Vocal) 2:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes) (Vocal) 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. There Will Never Be Another You (Vocal) 2:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Look For The Silver Lining 2:40$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. My Funny Valentine 2:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. I Fall In Love Too Easily (Vocal) 3:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Daybreak 2:43$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. Just Friends 2:44$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Remember You 3:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. Let's Get Lost 3:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Long Ago (And Far Away) 3:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. You Don't Know What Love Is (Vocal) 4:53$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. That Old Feeling 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. It's Always You (Vocal) 3:35$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. I've Never Been in Love Before (Vocal) 4:28$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen18. My Buddy (Vocal) 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. Like Someone In Love (Vocal) 2:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen20. My Ideal 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Chet Baker's trumpet and vocal approach was immediately recognizable and striking, especially in his prime. He was known for his clear tone, reflective and subdued style, soft volume and careful, restrained approach in his choices of notes for melodic sequences. He played in an army of bands before working briefly with Charlie Parker in 1952. he then began a prominent association with ... Read more in Amazon's Chet Baker Store

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  • Audio CD (August 4, 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Blue Note Records
  • ASIN: B000005HFH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,274 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Once Chet Baker arrived in California from his native Oklahoma, his career exploded. After landing gigs with Charlie Parker and Gerry Mulligan, Baker soon found himself a solo star and bandleader. Not long after that, he also found himself whispering love songs into a microphone. Baker was not gifted with the most robust voice of the day. Indeed, listening to pure singers like Nat "King" Cole or Johnny Hartman can expose Baker's weaknesses, but what Baker did, he did well. By choosing wistful, so-young, so-in-love tunes, Baker was able to pour his heart into the material, sketching soft, romantic moods and painting himself as the broken-hearted innocent. The effect can be devastating, as Baker's voice clings to the melody, threatening to disintegrate at any moment. Many of his best tunes--"I Fall in Love Too Easily," "But Not for Me," "Let's Get Lost"--are collected here, and as such, there is no better place to begin an appreciation of Baker's unique singing. --S. Duda

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57 of 58 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Showcase of many of Chet Baker's best early songs September 8, 2001
Format:Audio CD
As a fan of Chet Baker's for almost nine years now, particularly of his singing, in my opinion this is one of his three best albums (the other two which I highly recommend - although they are hard to find but well worth the search - are: Let's Get Lost (the Soundtrack to the film about the life of Chet Baker- RCA,AAD,89), and Chet Baker Sings Again (Timeless SJP 238). This album contain many of Chet Baker's best early songs, but does not include his best later recordings, and has omitted some early gems too, such as How Long Has This Been Going On; Forgetful (Chet has four amazing versions of this publicly available, each one quite unique); Come Rain or Shine; or Angel Eyes. For completeness this album should have also included his best vocal recording from later in his career, which are mind-bogglingly poignant and reveal a depth and reticence in Chet Baker that his early recording only hint at, specifically: Moon and Sands; For Heaven Sakes Let's Fall In Love; You're My Thrill; Autumn Leaves; Alone Together; and I Can't Get Started With You. The opportunity is still out there to compile a more comprehensive, definitive set of Chet's best songs, a collection that would fairly reflect both his early and later achievements as a searing, raw, vulnerable singer, who shows here that he is - as a point of reference - on a par with John Lennon in the directness and honesty of his delivery. While it's hard to pick favorites on an album like this, in which (in my opinion) almost all the songs are stellar, one or two do lead the pack (in this order): i) I Remember You; ii) Just Friends; iii) Long Ago and Far Away; iv) It's Always You; v) Daybreak; vi) Time After Time. ***** HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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64 of 67 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AN ABSOLUTELY ESSENTIAL COLLECTION September 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This cd collection is incredibly evocative -- you can almost hear the ice cubes clinking in glasses in a dimly lit, smoky club. These recordings date from 1953-1956, and in spite of them being in mono, they're extremely clear and enjoyable. Baker's earliest recorded vocal ('The thrill is gone') is here, along with 19 other classic examples of his singing -- moving interpretations of some of the finest songwriting of the early 20th century, works by Gershwin, Carmichael, Rodgers & Hart, Kern, Burke & VanHeusen, Cahn. Most of the greats are represented here.
Baker's vocal style is unique and unmistakable -- at times it seems like he's hanging onto the melody by his fingernails. He wraps his heart and soul around these tunes and lyrics -- going 'inside' so deeply that it's almost like there's no one else in the world but him as he takes each one and makes it his own, as few other vocalists before or since have been able to do.
The accompaniment throughout is retrained and well-played -- Baker's vocals and trumpet are joined by piano, upright bass and drums -- leaving his one-of-a-kind voice in the spotlight, where it belongs. That being said, for those who have somehow managed to remain unexposed to his music, his style is never showy -- he was one of the most intimate singers I've ever heard.
If you need some music for a nice romantic evening -- dinner with someone special -- or if you just want to luxuriate in some of the finest jazz vocal performances you'll ever experience -- this is a great place to turn.
Interested in exploring the life and work of Chet Baker a little further? Check out Bruce Weber's outstanding film portrait LET'S GET LOST, shot just a year or so before Chet's untimely death. In the film, we're treated to some rare footage as well as some contemporary studio work (an Elvis Costello tune!), and some very candid, brutally honest recollections by Baker. It's a great piece of documentary filmmaking.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Everybody Digs Chet Baker April 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
Although I borrowed my title from a well known Bill Evans album, I think it reflects well on Chet. So memorable and powerful is his image as the James Dean of the 50's Jazz scene, it was worked into the movie L.A. Confidential. Although considered more for his playing ability, Chet shows the best of his soulful vocal style here, and the CD sound quality is outstanding. My father bought me this album several years ago before I permanently acquired his copy. Since then, I have turned many people onto Chet thru this very album. I enjoy jazz very much and have many Chet Baker albums, but somehow this one is always in the CD player.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A soft and warm pillow for wounded soul July 2, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
The songs of this disk are like the first love of a human beeing, that is not longer a teenager. It seems to me, as I am about 40 yrs old, that my soul was waiting for this music all over my lifetime - but I never knew what I was missing. Now, that I do, I won't let it go away again. When you think of a woman you always wanted to love, but you never got the chance, then it's time for you, to lay down, take the warm, soft pillow of Chet Baker's songs - and let your dreams come true. Although it's only in your imagination - they really come true. I hope you understand what I mean, for my English is not the best; just what we learn in school.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a "cool" romance August 14, 2000
Format:Audio CD
mr. baker produced some of his best music when working for pacific jazz in the '50s, as this album well documents. he was a master of the west coast (cool) jazz sound (taking bebop's chordal revolution, slowing it down, and staying in the middle register). he had a tenor voice that could melt butter, making ballads and love songs burn with romantic fire that never scorched. he created a mood: dark, candle-lit room, flames glowing in the fire place, wine chilled, blankets spread, but with just a hint of the blue note-- bittersweet perfection. highlights are: "but not for me," "my funny valentine," "time after time," and "my ideal." he also played an intensely quiet trumpet, sort of like miles, the founder of cool, but mellower (the best instrumental baker is his best-of album with gerry mulligan on pacific jazz). put this one on, dim the lights, and let the evening unfold...
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite musicians and it is a joy of hear his ...
One of my favorite musicians and it is a joy of hear his voice and personality. This straight forward delivery and smooth jazz style is soothing and sensual. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Daina Shukis
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums. Lots of great tracks from a Jazz ...
One of my favorite albums. Lots of great tracks from a Jazz legend. This CD is cheaper than MP3s, so thats good.
Published 2 months ago by Green748
5.0 out of 5 stars Chet's very best !
This one is it ! THE LIVING END. It contains his best songs recorded when his voice was its smoothest. Let's Get Lost says it all !!! Very cool. Don't miss this CD.
Published 5 months ago by Robert Passantino
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST OF CHET BAKER SINGS
Heard this CD and ordered it. Did not disappoint. Love having it in my collection.
I would recomment it to any lover of jazz.
Published 7 months ago by pat naulty
5.0 out of 5 stars Chet conveys great intimacy and vulnerability in this masterful cool...
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Published 8 months ago by J. R. Spencer
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly charming and relaxing
Whenever I want that old time feel-good feel, I just toss on this album. It's perfect for transporting me to another world without computers and technology, where charm and... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Xavier T. Guillaume
5.0 out of 5 stars Great music!
I love Chet Baker! I'm not even a fan of jazz, but Chet is/was the man. Silver Lining is my fave song on the disc. This CD is perfect for anytime of the day.
Published 10 months ago by LakersFan
5.0 out of 5 stars Takes Me Back in Time...
This excellent compilation takes me back to the 50's-60's if only for a while... As a lover of jazz/classical/reggae music coming of age in the pop/rock/rap 80's-90's era I have... Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Krause
4.0 out of 5 stars A winner
How can you go wrong with a collection of Chet Baker tunes. The only complaint I have is, starting the collection off with a ballad when an up tempo song would have been the way... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Ernest Andrades
4.0 out of 5 stars Great CD
It's Chet singing and he plays trumpet as well. Chet is no longer with us so collecting and preserving his music is necessary.
Published 11 months ago by Earnest D. Thomas
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