Mel Tormé

At the Movies

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Though Mel Tormé's film work was better than most, he's always been known as a jazz singer, best suited to formats like a live concert or a concept LP. During the '40s and '50s, the Hollywood movie machine spit out a lot of subpar pop material, luring singers to croon dozens of conservative songs with "champagne music" backing. Though it spans his entire career, from the mid-'40s into the '90s, At the Movies includes much material from the '40s, in the singer's much-maligned Velvet Fog period. Fortunately, the collection includes not only songs Tormé sang expressly for films but also his own versions of songs made famous in the movies, like "Blue Moon," "Sunday in New York," and "Puttin' on the Ritz." It's a solid compilation for collectors (six unreleased tracks), but isn't an incredibly good start for anyone unfamiliar with Tormé's best work.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:47
2 2:05
3 3:40
4 5:44
5 3:43
6 1:20
7 1:06
8 2:08
9 2:24
10
2:30
11 2:32
12 3:11
13
feat: Marty Paich
2:14
14 2:52
15 2:58
16 2:22
17 3:55
18 3:08
19 1:43
20 1:45
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