Sarah Vaughan

The Complete Sarah Vaughan on Mercury, Vol. 2: Sings Great American Songs (1956-1957)

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This five-CD box set, the second of four volumes that reissue all of Sarah Vaughan's recordings for Mercury and EmArcy (plus many previously unissued performances) contains her exploration of Gershwin songs, 13 vocal duets with her close friend Billy Eckstine and just five jazz numbers with her trio; all of the other selections feature Vaughan backed by large studio orchestras, usually led by Hal Mooney. Most of the material is a bit commercial (certainly the arrangements tend to be) but Sarah Vaughan generally uplifts the songs and overcomes her surroundings. Still, listeners strictly interested in her jazz performances are advised to get some of her single CD collections instead.

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 3:29 Amazon
2 3:34
3 2:54 Amazon
4 3:31 Amazon
5 3:06 Amazon
6 3:38 Amazon
7 2:12 Amazon
8 2:46 Amazon
9 2:06 Amazon
10 1:55 Amazon
11 2:27 Amazon
12 2:32 Amazon
13 2:31 Amazon
14 2:46 Amazon
15 2:24 Amazon
16 2:51 Amazon
17 2:52 Amazon
18 2:04 Amazon
19 2:14 Amazon
20 2:20 Amazon
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