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Mel & George "Do" World War II


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Audio CD, July 16, 1991
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Personnel: Mel Torme (vocals), George Shearing (piano), Neil Swainson (bass), Donny Osborne (drums).All of the Mel Torm'-George Shearing collaborations are well worth acquiring, for the singer and the pianist constantly inspire each other. For this live concert, Torm' and Shearing perform a variety of songs popular during World War II. Shearing and bassist Neil Swainson duet on "Lilt Marlene" and "I've Heard That Song Before"; Shearing takes "I Know Why and So Do You" unaccompanied, and the duo is joined by drummer Donny Osborne and Torm' for a wide-ranging and consistently enjoyable set. Although "This Is the Army Mister Jones" is a bit dated, a four-song Duke Ellington medley, "I Could Write a Book" and a touching "We Mustn't Say Goodbye" are memorable. Recommended. ~ Scott Yanow

1. Lili Marlene
2. (It Seems To Me) I've Heard That Song Before
3. I Know Why And So Do You
4. Love
5. Aren't You Glad You're You
6. Ellington Medley: Cotton Tail/I Didn't Know About You/Don't Get Around Much Anymore/I'm Beginning...
7. Walk Medley: I Don't Want To Walk Without You, Baby/I'll Walk Alone
8. I Could Write A Book
9. (This Is) A Lovely Way To Spend An Evening (Never Gonna Fall In Love Again)
10. On The Swing Shift/Five O'clock Whistle
11. Ac-cent-tchu-ate The Positive
12. This Is The Army Mister Jones
13. We Mustn't Say Goodbye

Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 16, 1991)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Concord Records
  • ASIN: B0000006JZ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #193,113 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Torme and Shearing team up to present the best of the songs of the World War II era. They emphasize romantic ballads, with some lighter songs (e.g. "This is the Army") added for fun. This listener, born nine years after the war ended, wanted to go and volunteer at the nearest Stage Door Canteen after hearing this recording for the first time. It's that real, that moving, that good.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Carlos from Rio on July 10, 2000
Format: Audio CD
... OK, the repertoire is II War songs, a brilliant idea possibly credited to Tormé. This is a live recording with a beautiful opening by George Shearing playing "Lili Marlene" in a sensitive way that I presume must have shocked the audience due to their complete silence and reverence and to Shearing's tenderness. Don't lose the chance to listen to it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AE LATTIMER on March 3, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I found this disk brilliant and was delighted when i was able to obtain it through amazon. i first heard it on the Russell DAVIES SHOW on BBC radio two and was amazed at how these two great tunesmiths work so well together. Great melodies too from a sad time in our history.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 9, 2013
Format: Audio CD
One of the great pairings in music is Mel Torme and his dear friend, George Shearing. I was in the audience at this concert at the Paul Masson Mountain winery in Saratoga, CA in 1990 and remember hearing the crickets gently chirping in the background on this perfect starry night (which can be heard on the first track!)and was thrilled to hear the announcement that the concert was being recorded for release on CD. George Shearing has as velvet a touch on the piano as Mel Torme has with his voice. Shearing's solo piano tracks are my favorites and the album alone is worth these. Adding Torme with his excellent phrasing and perfect pitch is an unbeatable combination. It's a romantic and nostalgic set. Love it!
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