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Liltin' Miss Tilton: Complete Capitol Sessions Original recording remastered


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  • Audio CD (October 10, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B00004YC1F
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,231 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Moon Dreams
2. The Angels Cried
3. I'll Remember April
4. Serenade In Blue
5. I'm Old Fashioned
6. Coming Through The Rye
7. Texas Polka
8. I'll Walk Alone
9. A Stranger In Town
10. Does Everyone Know About This?
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Exactly Like You
2. These Foolish Things (Remind Me Of You)
3. Time On My Hands
4. A Fine Romance
5. Connecticut
6. How Are Things In Glocca Morra?
7. If I Had A Talking Picture Of You
8. I Wonder, I Wonder, I Wonder
9. That's My Desire
10. All Of Me
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Peter Durward Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on July 30, 2002
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Martha was an exceptionally talented singer of the 1940's who never achieved what her talent deserved. Unfortunately for her (but fortunately for us), there were a lot of other talented ladies around at the same time - Jo Stafford, Doris Day, Maggie Whiting and Dinah Shore among them - equally capable of singing the same songs.
Martha was more beautiful than any of them, and if the television age had begun then, that might have helped her. As it was, Martha still had a reasonably successful career without ever reaching the top rank. This collection contains everything she recorded for Capitol, which was the only label on which she was successful as a solo singer. Included here are her top ten hits (I'll walk alone, I should care, Stranger in town, How are things in Glocca Morra, That's my desire, I wonder I wonder I wonder) and her lesser hits (Texas polka and That's gratitude). Some of these were actually double-sided hits.
Before Martha signed for Capitol, she spent some time with Benny Goodman's band. Her biggest hit as lead singer with his band was And the angels cried, which spent five weeks at #1 in 1939. A solo re-recording of that song forms the last track of CD 2.
The remainining tracks include Martha's excellent versions of songs of the day. I particularly like her cover of You make me feel so young, very bright and breezy. In her clear soprano, Martha could sing the ballads equally as well as the upbeat songs. The backing music varied from typical pop of the day, to more jazzy stylings, but Martha handled it all with ease.
In short, Martha was as good as any of her contemporaries, but she never had that really big solo hit (her best peaked at #4). So, she faded into obscurity, but lived a good life thereafter, and contributed comments to the liner notes for this compilation.
If 1940's pop music appeals to you, do not ignore Martha - her music is sensational.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Paul Phelps on January 20, 2003
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The songs on this record are not to be forgotten and who better to recall them than Martha Tilton. She made them popular. The audio signal is clear throughout. This double CD set is a joy to listen to.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Torres Moura on March 23, 2001
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Collector's Choice gave us a gift with this great selection of all Miss Tilton's sessions in Capitol. Disc two is much better than disc one because the cuts show the singer accompanied more properly by Dean Elliott's orchestra and a few numbers with Ernie Felice's small group (her swing in "All of me" is fantastic!). There's two delicious performances in duet with Johnny Mercer ("A fine romance" and "If I had a talking picture of you"), besides a hardly ever performed Cole Porter's tune ( "Blow, Gabriel, Blow") and pearls of Burton Lane, Vincent Youmans, Harry Warren and Mercer himself. Tilton was the young blonde who sang "Loch Lomond" (later on a Maxine's Sullivan hit) in Benny Goodman's legendary 1938 Carnegie Hall concert. She started very well.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Matthew G. Sherwin HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 5, 2012
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Martha Tilton (November 14th, 1915 -- December 8, 2006) just isn't remembered and honored the way she deserves to be. She sang with Benny Goodman and His Band at their famed 1938 Carnegie Hall swing concert; and she delighted millions of fans with her singing over the years. She was part of "Three Hits and a Miss" (and yes, she was the "Miss"). Martha appeared in several movies even playing herself in "The Benny Goodman Story." She was even the first recording artist signed to Johnny Mercer's fledgling Capitol Records label! "And the Angels Sing" was easily her best loved recording. She earned the nickname "Liltin' Miss Tilton" when she had her own radio show on NBC; they thought that she was really special!

On these 2 CDs we get a good amount of music from Martha. She is in her usual excellent form throughout: Her excellent diction, sense of timing and ability to manage complex key and tempo changes while making them sound so natural impresses me. There's "I'll Remember April" which was a favorite of Martha herself; and of course we get the lovely "And the Angels Sing." There are two versions of "I Should Care;" and other gems include Martha's rendition of "You Make Me Feel So Young;" "This Can't Be Love;" "These Foolish Things;" "Connecticut;" "I'm Old Fashioned" and more including some terrific duets. One duet is with Johnny Mercer on "A Fine Romance."

The musical arrangements all work very well; but wisely the musicians never try to steal the spotlight from Martha--she remains squarely front and center which is right where she belonged and still belongs! Actually, Martha's voice was so singularly beautiful that it was a musical instrument itself!

I highly recommend this 2 CD set for Martha Tilton Fans. It's a fine 2 CD set.
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