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Torch Songs

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (April 29, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Time Life Records
  • ASIN: B00008VGNQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #147,676 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Autumn Leaves - Eva Cassidy
2. But Not For Me - Ella Fitzgerald
3. Crazy - Patsy Cline
4. Cry Me A River - Julie London
5. Black Coffee - Peggy Lee
6. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good) - Carly Simon
7. My Old Flame - Linda Ronstadt
8. I Wish I Didn't Love You So - K.D. Lang
9. What A Diff'rence A Day Makes - Dinah Washington
10. I Left My Heart In San Fransisco - Nancy Wilson
11. The Man I Love - Etta James
12. Lover Man (Oh, Where Can You Be) - Diana Ross
13. This Bitter Earth - Aretha Franklin
14. La Vie En Rose - Edith Piaf
15. Am I Blue? - Billie Holiday
16. Stormy Weather - Lena Horne
17. Over The Rainbow - Judy Garland
18. Love Letters - Ketty Lester

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fine assortment of classic torch songs May 4, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Torch Songs is yet another excellent CD of great torch songs performed by some of the greatest songbirds who ever lived. We are all better of for their sharing their gifts with us. The quality of the sound on this album is excellent; and the artwork reflects good taste.

"Autumn Leaves" gets a very sensitive treatment by Eva Cassidy; Eva sings this with all her heart and soul; and just one listen proves it! This is certainly anything but elevator music or muzak. The guitar playing that accompanies Eva as she sings fits in perfectly with Eva's vocals--great! The great Ella Fitzgerald also turns in a wonderful performance of that famous Gershwin tune entitled "But Not For Me;" Ella's voice is like silk and naturally she never misses a beat. Ella also gets to show of a bit of her operatic qualities of her voice on this tune also. There's also Patsy Cline's huge hit entitled "Crazy;" "Crazy" features Patsy front and center--and she doesn't waste a minute as she delivers this with panache. Ooh, how wonderful this is!

Julie London also does a magnificent job on what was a very famous song for her, "Cry me A River." Julie sang this so well that many people said that this was her song; and I'm inclined to agree entirely! Julie sings "Cry Me A River" with all her might and the effect is extremely elegant and moving at once. In addition, Carly Simon sings a fin rendition of "I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good);" Carly's voice is warm and very vibrant as she sings this torch song really right!

Listen also for the great Dinah Washington to do a fine crossover hit for her, "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes;" Dinah sings this to perfection--and beyond! The chorus bolsters her performance but make no mistake about it--Dinah never needed a chorus to support her.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Songs from the Best Female Singers December 21, 2003
By gac1003
Format:Audio CD
A torch song is a senitmental love song, usually about an unrequited love. The 18 songs on this album offer some of the best examples of this beautiful type of music with a wide range of female singers, from Ella Fitzgerald, Judy Garland, Lena Horne and Peggy Lee to Linda Ronstadt, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and Carly Simon. All the songs are classics, including Dinah Washington's "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes," Lena Horne's "Stormy Weather," Patsy Cline's "Crazy," Linda Ronstadt's "My Old Flame" and some signature songs, as well, such as "La Vie en Rose" by Edith Piaf and "Over the Rainbow" by an older Judy Garland. When these ladies sing, you can feel the love and the pain in their voices. A truly wonderful CD that is highly recommended to all music fans!!
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11 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not really the best January 4, 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Great songs and great singers, but really not the best recordings in a lot of cases. This will make you wish for the better recordings you know you've heard, and not really increase your respect for some of the singers.
Also, most of the tracks are very slow - mellow and bluesy. Not really what I think of when I hear "torch songs", nor is "Somewhere Over the Rainbow."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Slow & Easy February 4, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you like this kind of music, you can't go wrong with this CD. I've had it a few years now, and still play it every now and then.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past December 25, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
An outstanding collection of sad, seductive and torchy songs from the 1940s. Blusey and sexy and wonderful. An excellent compilation.
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