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Magic Voices Box set

4.9 out of 5 stars 45 customer reviews

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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sesame Street
  2. It Never Entered My Mind
  3. Children's Games
  4. The Gentle Rain
  5. A Child Is Born
  6. The Shadow Of Your Smile
  7. Catherine
  8. Once Upon A Summertime
  9. Here's That Rainy Day
  10. Both Sides Now
  11. London By Night
  12. Here, There And Everywhere
  13. Lullaby
  14. Michelle
  15. The Fool On The Hill
  16. Emily
  17. Since You Asked
  18. More I Can Not Wish You
  19. Try To Remember

Disc: 2

  1. Just In Time
  2. My Foolish Heart
  3. Stone Ground Seven
  4. Sleep Loved
  5. Someone To Watch Over Me
  6. Honeysuckle Rose
  7. Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah
  8. Prelude To A Kiss
  9. It Had To Be You
  10. Impossible
  11. Spring Is Here
  12. But Beautiful
  13. We Could Be Flying
  14. Violets For Your Furs
  15. Invitation
  16. Cherry
  17. Ecstasy
  18. Let There Be Love
  19. My One And Only Love
  20. Wave
  21. Goodbye

Disc: 3

  1. The More I See You
  2. Sleepy Time Gal
  3. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  4. Angel Eyes
  5. As Time Goes By
  6. I'll Remember April
  7. If I Didn't Care
  8. Sentimental Journey
  9. In The Still Of The Night
  10. Clair
  11. Killing Me Softly With His Song
  12. Yesterday
  13. My Romance
  14. Lost In The Stars
  15. April In Paris
  16. Girl Talk
  17. Nature Boy
  18. I Don't Know Where I Stand
  19. Autumn In New York
  20. Like Someone In Love
  21. Indian Summer

Disc: 4

  1. You Are The Sunshine Of My Life
  2. A Time For Love
  3. On Green Dolphin Street
  4. So Many Stars
  5. Feeling Free With Patrick B.
  6. Ja-Da
  7. Skylark
  8. On A Clear Day
  9. I'm Shadowing You
  10. Where Is The Love
  11. Bye Bye Blues
  12. 'Round Midnight
  13. Cry Me A River
  14. Born To Be Blue
  15. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
  16. Mood Indigo
  17. Gotcha
  18. Why Don't You Do Right?
  19. When I Fall In Love

Disc: 5

  1. Sweet Georgia Brown
  2. When April Comes Again
  3. Just Friends
  4. The Trouble With Hello is Goodbye
  5. I Got Rhythm
  6. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  7. When The Sun Comes Out
  8. Eleanor Rigby
  9. She Was Too Good To Me
  10. I'm Gonna Go Fishin'
  11. Deep Purple
  12. Put Your Dreams Away (For Another Day)
  13. I Loved You
  14. Mona Lisa
  15. Feelings
  16. Gymnopedies
  17. Yours Truly, Rosa
  18. Marlies
  19. How Beautiful Is Night
  20. Eventide

Disc: 6

  1. We've Only Just Begun
  2. It Could Happen To You
  3. Soon It's Gonna Rain
  4. Where Is Love
  5. My Ship
  6. You've Got A Friend
  7. Jennifer's Rabbit
  8. Look Around
  9. Snowfall
  10. If
  11. Suite In D: Air
  12. Tangerine
  13. Laura
  14. Lullaby Of The Leaves
  15. You Are My Sunshine
  16. Sophisticated Lady
  17. (This Is The End Of) A Beautiful Friendship
  18. It Might As Well Be Spring
  19. Chelsea Morning
  20. Dindi
  21. Pieces Of Dreams

Disc: 7

  1. Anything Goes
  2. The Way We Were
  3. One More Time, Chick Corea
  4. Sweet Lorraine
  5. Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair
  6. Someone To Light Up My Life
  7. Love Is Here To Stay
  8. The Entertainer
  9. All The Things You Are
  10. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child
  11. I Wish You Love
  12. Easy To Love
  13. Where Or When
  14. Close Enough For Love
  15. Mountain Greenery
  16. Lullaby Of Birdland
  17. Fallin' In Love With Love
  18. Nina Never Knew
  19. Bass-ically Speaking
  20. Willow Weep For Me

Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 29, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 7
  • Format: Box set
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • ASIN: B00000AFFQ
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,993 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Incredible engineering with inspired arrangements interpreted by flawless voices on CD? 5 stars is not enough, the Singers Unlimited shouldn't be put in the same catagory with those that emulate them (without due credit). If you don't already know about this music, you won't part with the 100 bucks, your loss. I now I have the digital back up for my precious, volitile vinyl. For the fan, the interviews in the companion booklet cut right to the issues that a disciple has always wondered. I feel like I know Ms. Herman a little better, and I am still rendered hypnotic when she sings. Gene Puerling is to vocal jazz arrangement what Oscar Peterson is to Jazz Piano, what Buddy Rich was to Drums, solidly etched as the top of the art form for all forseeable future. And beyond that, still modest and a gentleman. (I would have liked to known more about Mssrs Dressler and Shelton.) Emily, email me. Buy Christmas separately, it is God's favorite CD, and we have to keep it in print. SU, please make one more a capella for us, please!
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This is one of the toughest pieces we ever recorded. Even Don, who I always counted on being perfect, had a few problems here. However it was one of the most fun and satisfying to sing. The whole album was one that we all had fun doing. Roger and his crazy bar room style really set us off.
Len Dresslar, one of the Singers Unlimited.
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The Singers Unlimited are a marvelous convergence of (1)a pioneering vocal arranger, (2)four voices which not only can stand on their own but know how, why, and when teamwork makes more beauty, (3)an experimentalist, perfectionist risk-taker on the audio equipment, (4)and some of the world's finest jazz artists to back up/front up (whatever) when appropriate. One can spend hours trying to comprehend why such unusual chording and changes work so perfectly. Every time I listen to one of these marvelous disks I hear some previously undiscovered nuance. Or forget analysis and just simply listen and be carried away on waves of the smoothest or swinging-est numbers you've ever heard. And did Puerling happen to choose all my favorite titles or, by choosing and arranging them, turn them into my favorite titles? Who cares!
Years ago a friend (thanks much, Warren) gave me a tape of the McConnell-backed set. Afraid the tape would eventually go (it was losing its highs and lows) and I'd be missing a critical piece of my beloved McConnell connection, I searched the web for the single--out of print!! Oh, no!! Then I saw it could be covered by purchasing the boxed set. I thought it was worth it to get the one disk! And then....WOW! Puerling is the vocal arranging counterpart to McConnell, adding extra voices, experimenting with close harmonies, and even throwing in occasional subtle humor. The artists are similar to McConnell's collection of great individuals, all working together selflessly because the charts are sooo good to play or sing. And sadly, neither McConnell nor Singers Unlimited go live (with the exception of McConnell's practice sessions in Toronto.) Thank goodness for the technology that enables all of us to share the joy of hearing these master artisans, wherever we are.
Finally, thanks Gene, Bonnie, Len, Don, Georg...and guests. You've brought me more aural pleasure than you'll ever know!
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SU's music is a giant leap in style for the vast majority of today's music buying public. The bulk of their catalog is material from the 40's & 50's and their style has roots in the popular music style from that era. On the surface, this is your mother's/grandmother's music. Melodies are sung in breathy, straight-tone unison, which is characteristic of fluffy easy-listening. Familiar tunes are rephrased in a lounge-act swing style. Many people simply will not be able to get past the catalog or style elements to hear what is underneath.
Ahhh, but for those who listen, what's here is sublime. Puerling uses standard tunes as a playground for vocal arranging. Communicating a lyric is not the priority. It's all about creative harmonic textures, reharmonizing, voice leading, and chord voicings - all performed with tremendous accuracy and exquisite blend. SU is harmonic movement and surprise. This is the essence of SU's contribution.
I bought this set after hearing "Christmas" and a few snippets of other songs on the Internet. On first listen, I only really liked about a third of the material because of style or song choice. After a couple of weeks, I've grown to enjoy nearly all of it. Since this is their entire catalog (except Christmas), there are certainly cases where the song choice, arrangement or production does not work for me. But I'm glad I have the choice of what to listen to rather than getting a pared down best-of set. All in all I'm very happy with my purchase and recommend it to vocal harmony or big-band jazz fans. If you perform vocal or instrumental jazz this set is Highly recommended ear-training.
SU is not for everybody. It's not dance music or sing-a-long music. It's listening music that demands attention to fully appreciate.
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The Singers Unlimited are, in a nutshell, the apotheosis of vocal harmony. The complex chordal structure, flawless phrasing and intonation have all been alluded to in the other reviews. I had been waiting for years for this complete digital collection(sans Christmas-anybody know where I could get that?). I remember the first time I heard SU- on an AM station in NY-"Emily" in l973. I was so blown away I stopped the car at the first phone booth and called the station. Over the next few years I was able to acquire the complete LP discography except two. I wrote to the station and they gave me Gene Puerling's address in California. Besides being a brilliant arranger, he was gracious enough to send me the two LPs I lacked (not free of course).When the Magic Voices collection came out I was ecstatic. It has given me untold pleasure. Unfortunately, the SU will probably never get the recognition they deserve from the general public since they demand the trained ear of a musician to appreciate their gift (see Johnny Hartman). In any event, if there are any musicians out there who have yet to be mesmerized by their sound, BUY THIS COLLECTION. It will go in your top 5 list of all time.
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