Helen Forrest

The Complete Helen Forrest with Benny Goodman

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Appearing with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, and Harry James during the late '30s and early '40s, Helen Forrest became one of the most popular swing era singers -- even vocal authority Mel Tormé named her his favorite, male or female. Though her voice wasn't quite as clear as Doris Day's, Forrest was an excellent interpreter, and her sweet vocals proved a solid foil for the Benny Goodman band during 1940 and half of 1941. Collectors' Choice compiled her complete appearances with Goodman on three discs, though they're hardly overloaded at 55 tracks total. The package makes for a lot of great material, including her biggest hits while there, "How High the Moon" and "I Can't Love You Any More (Any More Than I Do)," the latter recorded with top swing guitarist Charlie Christian. Also featured is a previously unreleased track featuring Goodman's own competent vocal (reminiscent of Hoagy Carmichael) on "Jenny."

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:14 Amazon
2 03:05 Amazon
3 03:17 Amazon
4 03:00 Amazon
5 03:10 Amazon
6 03:11 Amazon
7 02:52 Amazon
8 03:00 Amazon
9 03:01 Amazon
10 03:02 Amazon
11 03:02 Amazon
12 02:28 Amazon
13 03:07 Amazon
14 02:44 Amazon
15 02:46 Amazon
16 02:47 Amazon
17 03:21 Amazon
18 03:18 Amazon
19 03:12 Amazon
20 02:45 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 03:16 Amazon
2 03:05 Amazon
3 03:02 Amazon
4 02:22 Amazon
5 03:52 Amazon
6 03:11 Amazon
7 03:18 Amazon
8 03:19 Amazon
9 03:15 Amazon
10 04:08 Amazon
11 02:51 Amazon
12 02:55 Amazon
13 03:04 Amazon
14 02:59 Amazon
15 03:10 Amazon
16 03:11 Amazon
17 02:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 3

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 02:27 Amazon
2 03:15 Amazon
3 03:18 Amazon
4 03:19 Amazon
5 03:21 Amazon
6 03:28 Amazon
7 02:35 Amazon
8 03:17 Amazon
9 03:11 Amazon
10 02:51 Amazon
11 03:25 Amazon
12 03:01 Amazon
13 03:13 Amazon
14 03:15 Amazon
15 02:57 Amazon
16 03:16 Amazon
17 03:06 Amazon
18 02:24 Amazon
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