Mel Tormé

That's Where I Came In

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This 44-track, two-disc British compilation contains all 18 of the sides Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones recorded for Musicraft Records in 1946-1947. Also included are 16 sides Tormé recorded on his own for Musicraft from 1946 to 1948, plus ten airchecks from Tormé's radio program during the summer of 1948, when he effected a reunion of the Mel-Tones, who had broken up the previous year. Tormé's arrangements of such current material as "South America, Take It Away," "There's No Business Like Show Business," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning" are fresh and inventive, and the two-man/two-woman group executes them well. Of course, Tormé uses the singers as a platform for his own creamy vocals, which are also heard separately on more than half the album. Historically invaluable, the recordings are also a delight to listen to. The album could be better documented, but the selection could hardly be bettered.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:03
2 2:57
3 3:08
4
3:09
5
2:37
6 2:50
7
3:03
8 2:55
9
2:56
10
3:05
11 3:01
12
3:09
13
2:59
14
3:07
15
3:00
16
3:03
17 2:40
18 3:07
19 2:35
20
2:36
21 3:02
22
2:48

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
3:10
2
3:08
3 2:42
4
3:05
5
3:06
6
2:44
7 4:32
8
2:52
9
4:31
10
2:52
11
3:01
12
2:43
13
2:14
14
1:56
15 1:41
16 2:45
17
3:19
18
2:21
19
1:20
20
1:20
21
3:13
22
2:31
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