Billy Eckstine

Everything I Have Is Yours: The Best of the M-G-M Years

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This two-CD set improves upon the original two-LP package by adding 14 more songs. The pop side of Billy Eckstine was emphasized during his period with MGM and many of these selections (including hit versions of "Everything I Have Is Yours," "Blue Moon," "Caravan," "My Foolish Heart," and "I Apologize") feature his warm baritone backed by string sections. There are some exceptions, including "Mr. B's Blues" (which gives Eckstine a chance to solo on valve trombone), dates with Woody Herman and George Shearing, eight numbers on which the singer is accompanied by the Bobby Tucker Quartet, and a pair of wonderful performances with the Metronome All-Stars in 1953 (a group that includes trumpeter Roy Eldridge, both Lester Young and Warne Marsh on tenors, and vibraphonist Terry Gibbs). Although not as essential from the jazz standpoint as Billy Eckstine's earlier big-band dates, this two-fer features the singer at the peak of his powers; five ballad duets with Sarah Vaughan are a highlight.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:13 Amazon
2 2:59
3 3:11 Amazon
4 2:28 Amazon
5 2:54 Amazon
6 3:13 Amazon
7 2:50 Amazon
8 3:13 Amazon
9 2:54 Amazon
10 3:03 Amazon
11 2:57 Amazon
12 2:39 Amazon
13 2:44
14 3:05 Amazon
15 2:56 Amazon
16 2:38 Amazon
17 3:01 Amazon
18 2:52
19 2:48
20 2:41 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:09 Amazon
2 2:43 Amazon
3 2:53 Amazon
4 3:07 Amazon
5 2:38 Amazon
6 3:08
7 3:18 Amazon
8 3:42 Amazon
9 3:37 Amazon
10 3:24 Amazon
11 3:42 Amazon
12 3:16 Amazon
13 3:31 Amazon
14 3:38
15 3:06 Amazon
16 3:07 Amazon
17 2:56 Amazon
18 5:20 Amazon
19 6:18 Amazon
20 2:31 Amazon
21 2:57 Amazon
22 2:38
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