Dave Barbour / Marty Paich / Mel Tormé

I Let a Song Go out of My Heart

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This undocumented Italian compilation comes from three sources: there are eight tracks recorded by Mel Tormé with the Dave Barbour Four in 1946-1947, probably for transcriptions; there is a take of "Three Little Words," on which Tormé is accompanied by the Page Cavanaugh Trio, probably recorded for Musicraft, also around 1947; and there are 12 tracks from November 1957, all of which were recorded with the Marty Paich Dek-tette and released on the Tops Records album Prelude to a Kiss (TOPS L-1615). The tracks have been mixed up in sequence, which is odd since it means that a youthful Tormé and a small group are constantly being juxtaposed with a more mature one and a larger group (sometimes augmented with strings). But young or mature, Tormé is in good voice, and the selections include a large number of standards.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:02
2 2:33
3 2:17
4 2:38
5 2:07
6 2:47
7 2:04
8 2:27
9 3:17
10 2:48
11 3:19
12 2:50
13 3:28
14 1:48
15 3:23
16 2:01
17 3:21
18 1:59
19 3:40
20 2:42
21 4:11
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