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Don't Go to Strangers/Softly As I Leave You

Eydie GormeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (June 8, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Gl Music Co.
  • ASIN: B00009PA0W
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,791 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. How About Me?
2. What's New
3. What Did I Have That I Don't Have
4. I'll Be Around
5. If He Walked into My Life
6. Don't Go to Strangers
7. I Wish You Love
8. How Did He Look
9. I Wanna Be Around
10. Tell Him I Said Hello
11. When He Leaves You
12. Glad to Be Unhappy
13. You've Changed
14. For All We Know
15. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
16. What Is a Woman
17. Softly, As I Leave You
18. All Alone
19. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
20. Guess I Should Have Loved Him More
See all 21 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

In 2002, Sony International released Don't Go to Strangers/Softly as I Leave, which contained two Eydie Gorme albums on one compact disc: Don't Go to Strangers (1966) and Softly As I Leave (1967), both originally released on Columbia. ~ Tim Sendra, Rovi

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52 of 54 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Greatest 2 torch albums ever! June 23, 2004
Format:Audio CD
This is my 2nd review of these masterpieces! The other one was for the out of stock version! So, I'm writing another version for the in stock. I thought that these 2 as lps were the greatest torch albums ever! I still thinking that for the 2-4-1 cd. Artist, song, & arrangement combinations have never been surpassed, at least, in my lp & cd collections. Eydie magnificently sings every song! While the background music may sound occasionally strained because of the 60s style, her voice sounds richer & fuller on this cd. That must be because of modern technology. The songs are similar but still different from each other. Each one has an intelligent conversational plot line that's lacking in today's music. My version doesn't have composer information which every serious Americcan Songbook devotee needs. I must mention some of the songs. Eydie got the best female vocalist GRAMMY for IF HE WALKED INTO MY LIFE! The injustice here is that she didn't win for the entire DON'T GO TO STRANGERS album. The song, WHAT DID I HAVE THAT I DON'T HAVE is equally great! Although the 2 torchers are the closest to each other than any other 2 on the cd, & Gorme does use the same technique of alternatively belting & caressing; she makes each an unique treasure. The out & out belters (WHAT IS A WOMAN & I WANNA BE AROUND) are done as only Eydie could: vibrant, pulse-quickening, & positively demonstrative. I always laughed when Springstein was called THE BOSS when it's clear that GORME was in charge of each and every track here. The orchestra enchance her, not the reverse. Her "softer times", I WISH YOU LOVE, WHAT'S GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE) are other singers' "louder times". That is a compliment. E.G. knew how to be commanding but still artistic. Her voice was so strong, wide ranging, and on key that in difficult passges Eydie still stayed vibrantly on key.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another re-release that needed to be released! November 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD
My Father bought the "SOFTLY AS I LEAVE YOU" & "GREATEST HITS" albums on vinyl a long time ago back in the 60's and it somehow managed to survive in good shape. Later, I myself bought the "DON'T GO TO STRANGERS" album from a used vinyl store and was fairly happy with how these albums sounded on my Linn Turntable. WOW! When I heard these GL Music remasters on my Linn CD12, I could not believe the difference! (And this from a guy who usually finds the vinyl version sounds better.) An absolute must have, for not only Eydie Gorme fans, but ESPECIALLY all the people who think "WHAT'S NEW" is an album by Linda Ronstadt. The smooth soothing relaxing sound of these Eydie Gorme versions will make you forget about ever listening to the Linda Ronstadt versions again. Both of these albums are again one of MY ALL TIME FAVORITES in my collection.
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SPECTACULAR SINGER, WONDERFUL SONGS October 10, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This 'two for one' CD is a demonstration of the magnificent voice and stylistic ability of one of our great female popular singers. Grammy winner Eydie Gorme is quite simply one of THE BEST singers of our time. Possessing a voice that can go from an out-of-tempo whisper to solid upper register notes surfing above the crest of a huge orchestra reaching it's crescendo, Ms Gorme can literally and delightfully make your hair stand on end. Half of the Steve Laurence-Eydie Gorme marriage and singing team, both have individual careers when they decide to have some solo fun. Indeed Ms Gorme has also produced a number of hit spanish language recordings, like Nat Cole. And she specializes in 'show stoppers', belting out one after another with style and feeling.

The two CDs combined here are among her very best work and each comes equipped with a huge orchestra of brass and reeds with a full string section. I lifted the Grammy-winning MASTERPIECE "If He Walked Into My Life" and put it on a 'best of the best' cassette tapes, long ago. But following closely on it's heels is a spectacular version of the ballad "What's New?" (kudos to the orchestra and arrangement) and "Don't Go To Strangers" (a poignant modulated last note that will slow your breathing). Trust me, Eydie has an upper register that most singers can only dream of and she spends alot of time up in that stratosphere, but it's never overwrought and always in control. Shifting to the "Softly As I Leave You" side of the CD, on "You've Changed" pay particular attention to the articulation of the stunning opening verse and how she stops in mid-song and then regains the momentum to surge to the climax: daring and spectacular! She finds new feeling in "Everytime We Say Goodbye" and "Don't Worry About Me".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE DEFINITIVE EYDIE GORME August 13, 2002
Format:Audio CD
Here are two of Eydie's finest albums on one CD. Hands-down, no arguments. Paired up with long time friend and one of the world's best arranger/conductors, Don Costa, Eydie was in her prime here, belting her way through broadway tunes and hit songs of the day. Gorme fans have been yearning for such stellar and definitive readings as Eydie's WHAT DID I HAVE I DON'T HAVE NOW and the heartwrenching IF HE WALKED INTO MY LIFE to finally make a compact disc, and the wait is over. Eydie's vocals, framed by Costa's dramatic brass and strings are what most female vocalists only can dream of. But no need for despair, besides some real tearjerkers there are some fun moments as well! Take, for instance, the romp Eydie makes of the Tony Bennett hit I WANNA BE AROUND. Great arranging by Don Costa and the soaring vocals by Eydie make one thing maybe breakin' up aint so hard to do! This is the first of the Eydie Gorme masterpieces to be released on CD, others are following after years on a shelf. Finally these rare Columbia sides are coming to see the light of day; and there are more to follow. Do yourself a favor, indulge a little, even if you've never owned an Eydie Gorme album, this would be an excellent place to start. You will thoroughly enjoy this collection from one of the greatest female vocalists ever.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars An unequaled voice and range among the great torch singers !
Steve Lawrence was very good but his talent did not come close to his wife, Eydie. The purity, strength and range of Eydie...... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Milton H. Otte
5.0 out of 5 stars Eydie Gorme - A Consummate Artist
Had these two albums on vinyl back in the late 60's. Discovered them on a single CD. Time has not dulled the experience. What a wonderful big voice! Superb breath control. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Evergreen
5.0 out of 5 stars Eydie Gorme is a an excellent singer and actor! This is an album to...
What a great CD!! And 2 CDS in one! Eydie Gorme is a thrilling singer. This is a terrific recording.
Published 6 months ago by Maureen
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Eydie
Have always loved Eydie, and was pleased to buy this great CD. Nicely remastered sound. A recommended buy for anyone loving the "oldies"!
Published 6 months ago by Peggy Devine
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best cd's by Eydie
Great albums by Eydie. I have the original vinyl record and wanted the cd...It's one of the all time great of her torch songs.
Published 6 months ago by M. Meltzer
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Eydie Gorme
Upon hearing about the death of Eydie Gorme, I wanted to add to my small collection of songs by Eydie since I only had one album by her. This is classic Eydie Gorme! Read more
Published 6 months ago by H. McBean
4.0 out of 5 stars very sexy
Loved listening to Eydie way back then. Still great.What more can I say but GREAT. I guess I have to say it again
Published 7 months ago by Ralph Hupfer
4.0 out of 5 stars Not perfect remastering, but a gem of an album (actually 2)
Although I always thought Eydie Gorme was a "good" singer (as was her husband, Steve Lawrence), I never really paid much attention to them because I was not particularly fond of... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vincent T. Lynch
5.0 out of 5 stars A singer extraordinaire.
I grew up with Eydie and Steve from the beginning (I'm 69), in pre rock and roll NYC. They were household names. Read more
Published 7 months ago by hypocritebuster
5.0 out of 5 stars an incredible CD with some of Eydie's best songs on it
Sadly, Eydie Gorme is gone; she passed away August 10th at the age of 84 just before what would have been her 85th birthday. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Matthew G. Sherwin
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