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The Best of Tony Martin: The Mercury Years Original recording remastered

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (August 20, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B000001ENW
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #367,832 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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this cd runs over 76 minutes, and showcases tony martins great song selections for mercury, a pity the digital remastering by polygram is so poor compared to the recent (2) cd release of rca tracks by( collectors choice) which is superb, if only they had done this collection!
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Tony Martin is a magnificent singer. The 25 songs on this CD are mostly covers of romantic, slower tempo ballads like "Stardust" and "As Time Goes By." There is nothing to fault in Tony's gorgeous performances. However, the remastering leaves a lot to be desired. The tracks sound tired and scratchy.

If you're just starting a Tony Martin collection, you would probably prefer "The Best of Tony Martin on RCA." That one contains two disks with a nice mix of Tony's ballads and uptempo numbers (including more of his big hits), with brilliant sound quality.

If you already have the RCA set, then this CD, "Tony Martin The Mercury Years" would make a nice companion. I believe the only overlap between the two is "As You Desire Me." It's a shame that so much of the dynamic singing is lost in the poor quality of the recording.
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This is one of a series known as The Mercury Years, the others being devoted to Eddy Howard, Ralph Marterie, The Crew Cuts, The Diamonds, The Gaylords, Vic Damone, The Penguins, The Danleers, and The Del-Vikings. Most contain 25 selections.

Like the one for The Penguins, however, who never even had a nationally-charting single while with Mercury, Tony Martin was almost as non-productive while with that label, registering just two of his 38 for Mercury. Both came in 1946 when To Each His Own, with The Starlighters, went to # 4 in August-September as Mercury 3022 b/w I'll See You In My Dreams, and Rumors Are Flying, with The Lyttle Sisters, hit the # 9 spot in October-November as Mercury 3032 b/w And Then It's Heaven. All four sides were backed by the Al Sach orchestra.

At the start of his recording career, after posting one hit for the Decca subsidiary Brunswick in 1938, then five on the main Decca label from 1939 to 1942, he returned to the charts after the war with the above two for Mercury before switching to RCA Victor where, fortified by much better material and production, he would chalk up 30 more, the last coming in 1957.

Completist collectors will like this for the two Mercury charting selections and their B-sides, and for those who are simply fans of Tony the other selections are pleasant, if not exactly memorable, and the liner notes by Joseph F. Laredo are interesting. Now all we need is a compilation covering his Decca years and one for the RCA years which include ALL his hits and their flipsides at those two labels.
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Bought this for someone else and have had no complaints, so I guess it's good!
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This is a very sad effort. If ever a song lends itself to emoting, ALL THE THINGS YOU ARE surely does! Tony Martin manages to produce a totally bland--even boring rendition. Annoyingly, he does not sing the verse, either. I must presume his first run-through is sung in Kern's original key and Martin is unable to hit the high note. On his second run-through there is a perfectly hideous, unanticipated change of key--I mean, does he have a tuning-fork in his ear?--presumably done in order for him to finally hit: "When all the things you ARE (the high note) are mine." It's a beautiful song and this is disappointing.
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