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Swingin' On the Moon [Verve]

Russell Garcia, Mel TormeAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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listen  5. How High The Moon 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Don't Let That Moon Get Away 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. No Moon At All 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Moonlight In Vermont 3:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
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  • Audio CD (June 23, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000007QK3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,135 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Tormé displays a grasp of a certain agreeable absurdity in this 1962 release's concept--songs with the word moon in their titles or settings--when, at the end of the album's self-penned namesake cut, he begins babbling references to the rest of the tunes in a prophecy of Bill Murray's lounge-singer character. Fortunately, this reissue has more to recommend it than an amusing datedness--not least Tormé's own aplomb and a small big band that includes players like altoist Bud Shank and drummer Mel Lewis. --Rickey Wright

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell and Mel: a Winner!! December 6, 2005
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Having been for some time already familiar with and very taken with Sinatra's 1966 collection, MOONLIGHT SINATRA (which I very much prefer to THAT'S LIFE of the same year), this album by the great Mel Torme intrigued me. What also intrigued me was the credit to Russell Garcia, composer of the scores to two George Pal films, ATLANTIS: THE LOST CONTINENT and THE TIME MACHINE.

I almost didn't pick this up. Some of the other reviews emphasize the whimsy of a couple of these tunes above all else, such that one might think that the whole thing is a toss-off, not serious, but that wouldn't be the story here. To my ears, Torme's an artist, not a cut-up, and quite earnest. He's in a zone with each and every number, and his voice is, as one should expect, clear, "Mel"-lifluous, and intonated perfectly.

I MUST mention Torme's take on "Blue Moon", because in it, the conventional late-in-the-song half-step rise is given a unique twist. It's begun during the first measure AFTER the verse commences rather than from the outset as is customary, and then, of all things, doesn't "take". The pitch falls right back to where it had been and then the melody modulates elsewhere!!! I have never heard this before. Absolutely phenomenal. The best "Blue Moon" ever!

This is a tremendous effort, and surprisingly inventive - a great recording. Nothing in it is ordinary or customary. Get it!

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A true Retro-Rocket! January 8, 2002
Format:Audio CD
An early Space Age atomic oddity, this Torme tuneage will make you feel right at home, whether you're vacationing on the Moon or Mars. All of the songs are Moon-themed, which makes the album a fun project for Torme to make, and a fun album for the listener to hear.
The whole thing is also an interesting artifact from the early days of the Space Race, when all of America was revelling in "Go-Fever", and everything in pop culture had a touch of rocketships and ray guns. You especially get this sense of the retro-rocket era when listening to the first two cuts. In the title track, Mel talks to his sweetheart about living in a crater, where they can "make [their] own satellite," and she can tell her mom that "her feller has gone inter-steller." And when describing the ingredients in "A Moonlight Cocktail", he makes it clear that the "number of kisses is up to you."
The packaging is nice, the processing clear as a viewport, and instead of being spaced out, the song selection glitters like stardust. Torme is having a great time, and you can tell on every cut.
So put the platter in your player, let Mel hit the launch button, and get ready for blast-off. This disc has just the right amount of thrust to put you into orbit!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel vs. Frank: No Lunar Eclipse September 14, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Mel Tormé was so outrageously talented that even the fans of his "velvet fog" timbre under-estimate him--undoubtedly the one singer who approaches Lady Ella in terms of his commanding musicianship, his voice and all that he could do with it. He had definitely reached his prime by 1960, and this Sinatra-type "concept album," an idea stolen from Frank, pre-dates by five years the album ("Moonlight Sinatra") Ole Blue devoted to moon songs. Either way you can't go wrong.

Sinatra wisely avoids "Blue Moon," and one wishes Mel had done the same with "Oh, You Crazy Moon," which Sinatra literally owns--that kind of Basie groove that the Chairman could really settle into and swing the daylights out of. Sinatra also has the edge on "I Wished on the Moon," but "Moonlight Cocktail," with its intricate, lacy, virtually "art song" melody is a number few singers besides Tormé could pull off. He also gets more mileage out of "Moonlight in Vermont" and even contributes a hip moon song of his own. And both singers are smart enough to know we won't be upset by the omission of "Moon River" and "Shine On, Harvest Moon."

The comparison is pretty much a draw. If there's an unfair advantage, it's Sinatra's exclusive rights to Nelson Riddle. But to be fair, pick up both albums and enjoy a full moon.

(Whoops! Nice to get a reader, but I regret offending a member of the cathedral of sacred opinion. Apparently, I was supposed to praise Mel at the expense of Frank. Doggone it. They are both just so good that I'm going to stand by this review--even though I usually try to fix them to please, especially when all that's at stake is a difference in "taste.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect for the turntable at midnight January 12, 2009
Format:Audio CD
OK, the CD player is acceptable as well. I bought this album on a whim years ago and was immediately knocked out by it. Some may dismiss it as lightweight because of a couple of the goofy moon-space songs. But trust me, there is terrific musicianship on this album. Mel's singing is so great - he shows off all of his wonderful phrasing and soulfulness. Don't miss "How High the Moon," "I Wished on the Moon," and "No Moon At All." The brass are brilliant on several songs. I've found myself playing this record over and over, and I never get tired of it. Remember - play it late at night, preferably under a full moon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Interstellar Mel
This is my all-time favorite Mel Torme album. I rank it just above "Swings Shubert Alley."

Interesting to know that this was released several years before "Moonlight... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Sam Torode
4.0 out of 5 stars Mel is stretching his musical skills and voice
Not quite a 5 star album. Mel has the smoothest voice in the world, even better than Michael Buble'. Each of his selections include the "moon" in some way, this is clever. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Ann Fahl
5.0 out of 5 stars MEL ON THE MOON
Not my favorite of his Verve albums,but close. Russ Garcia provides the good arrangements. Mel as usual sings wonderfully. A good purchase.
Published 10 months ago by Michael Palermo
5.0 out of 5 stars Mel Torme's Moonlight Cocktail
This is a selection of 12 love songs featuring the moon. Some of them are up-tempo, as suggested by the CD title, but there are also slower tracks that are in a much more romantic... Read more
Published on August 9, 2012 by Dr. H. A. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift
This CD was a gift for a friend who said it was exactly what she wanted and was in great shape when it arrived. Read more
Published on October 5, 2011 by 16beest
4.0 out of 5 stars MY FAVORITE MEL TORME
Published on August 13, 2007 by COMPUTERJAZZMAN
5.0 out of 5 stars A Delightful Collection
I've had this disc for a couple of years. It is nostalgic and fun and the perfect music for a night of moonwatching
Published on May 12, 2007 by Cynthia A. Nelson
4.0 out of 5 stars Couple'a jiggers of moonlight...
The concept album gone a little overboard, here's the concept-any song that contains the word "moon". Read more
Published on September 12, 2005 by Marc Flanagan
5.0 out of 5 stars A Blast!! To The Moon!!
Mel swings with skillful arrangements and talented musicians backing him! Great music, great Mel, great recording, great remastering, great fun!
Published on June 30, 2002 by RF
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