Mel Tormé

A Very Special Time

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From the title alone, Rhino's three-disc box set A Very Special Time sounds more like a tribute to an aging Mel Tormé than what it actually is, a trio of his most celebrated albums, recorded at the peak of his career (two of which were out of print at the time of this release). The first two, Lulu's Back in Town and Sings Fred Astaire, are arguably his best up-tempo albums (though many fans also enjoy Swings Shubert Alley on Verve). The third, It's a Blue World, was the first full-length concept album of Tormé's career, a beautiful excursion into Sinatra-styled ballads. Though collectors seeking to acquire just one or two of the albums may want to look for the single discs, this box set is an excellent purchase for fans who know they love Mel Tormé but don't have many of his albums.

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