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Album Review

Rhino's Great American Songwriters, Vol. 1-5 gathers all of the volumes of the Great American Songwriters series into a five-disc box set. The collection celebrates the talents of George and Ira Gershwin, Johnny Mercer, Rodgers & Hart, Irving Berlin, and Duke Ellington & Billy Strayhorn, collecting some of the finest pop and vocal jazz interpretations of their songs. Highlights include Fred Astaire's quintessentially dapper reading of the Gershwins' "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," Sammy Davis, Jr.'s version of Mercer's "That Old Black Magic," the Chet Baker Quartet's incomparably smoky, sensual interpretation of Rodgers & Hart's "My Funny Valentine," Bing Crosby's classic rendition of Berlin's "White Christmas," and Mel Tormé's witty, elegant take on Ellington's "Take the 'A' Train." However, virtually every track is a classic and the set is virtually a who's-who of 20th century pop and vocal jazz. Simply put, this set is a must for anyone who appreciates singing and songwriting at its finest.
Heather Phares, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Someone to Watch over Me
  2. How Long Has This Been Going On?
  3. Isn't It a Pity?
  4. I've Got a Crush on You
  5. Embraceable You
  6. But Not for Me
  7. Let's Call the Whole Thing Off
  8. They All Laughed
  9. They Can't Take That Away from Me
  10. The Man I Love
  11. Nice Work If You Can Get It
  12. Love Is Here to Stay
  13. A Foggy Day
  14. Somebody Loves Me
  15. Who Cares?
  16. Bidin' My Time
  17. Love Walked In
  18. 'S Wonderful
  19. It Ain't Necessarily So
  20. Fascinating Rhythm
  21. I Remember You
  22. I Wanna Be Around
  23. I'm Old Fashioned
  24. Blues in the Night
  25. Laura
  26. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  27. Midnight Sun
  28. Dream
  29. This Time the Dream's on Me
  30. Come Rain or Come Shine
  31. Fools Rush In
  32. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  33. That Old Black Magic
  34. On the Atchison, Topeka and the Santa Fe
  35. Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive
  36. Hooray for Hollywood
  37. P.S. I Love You
  38. Here's to My Lady
  39. When the World Was Young
  40. You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
  41. Manhattan
  42. Dancing on the Ceiling
  43. My Romance
  44. Ten Cents a Dance
  45. My Funny Valentine
  46. Little Girl Blue
  47. Where or When
  48. The Lady Is a Tramp
  49. Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered
  50. It Never Entered My Mind
  51. It's Easy to Remember
  52. Blue Moon
  53. I Didn't Know What Time It Was
  54. Lover
  55. I Wish I Were in Love Again
  56. Mountain Greenery
  57. You Are Too Beautiful
  58. The Most Beautiful Girl in the World
  59. Glad to Be Unhappy
  60. You Took Advantage of Me
  61. White Christmas
  62. Easter Parade
  63. Always
  64. Marie
  65. A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody
  66. Better Luck Next Time
  67. Heat Wave
  68. Let's Face the Music and Dance
  69. What'll I Do
  70. Change Partners
  71. Love, You Didn't Do Right by Me
  72. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  73. Cheek to Cheek
  74. The Song Is Ended
  75. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
  76. Blue Skies
  77. All by Myself
  78. I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm
  79. Say It Isn't So
  80. Top Hat, White Tie and Tails
  81. Lush Life
  82. I Got It Bad (And That Ain't Good)
  83. Sophisticated Lady
  84. It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)
  85. In a Sentimental Mood
  86. Do Nothin' Till You Hear from Me
  87. Prelude to a Kiss
  88. I'm Beginning to See the Light
  89. Take the "A" Train
  90. Day Dream
  91. Solitude
  92. Caravan
  93. Don't Get Around Much Anymore
  94. Something to Live For
  95. I Let a Song Go Out of My Heart
  96. I Didn't Know About You
  97. Satin Doll
  98. It Shouldn't Happen to a Dream
  99. Mood Indigo
  100. Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'