Various Artists

The Humphrey Bogart Era

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The idea behind this CD is to compile songs that were popular at the same time Bogey was -- the mid-'40s to the early '50s. The track listing reads like a roll call of all the great jazz artists of the day, like Nat King Cole, Dizzy Gillespie, Tommy Dorsey, and Count Basie, as well as a pretty solid lineup of crooners, like Bing Crosby and Dinah Shore. Most of the tracks, like Jo Stafford's "Manhattan Serenade," are smoky and made for late-night listening, preferably with a martini in one hand and a dark, mysterious stranger in the other. The producers of the disc also do a good job of capturing the melancholy that is a vital part of Bogart's persona with tracks like Billie Holiday's "I Don't Stand a Ghost of a Chance With You" and Lena Horne's "Ill Wind." This fine CD is made even better with the addition of a bonus DVD featuring one of Bogart's less-famous yet very interesting films, Beat the Devil, and an episode of The Jack Benny Show in which Bogart parodies his tough-guy screen image. Highly recommended.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 03:18
2 04:16
3 03:06
4 02:38
5 04:10
6 03:33
7 02:51
8 02:34
9 03:12
10 03:10
11 03:05
12 03:26
13 03:11
14 02:44
15 03:22
16 03:18
17 02:57
18 03:01
19 04:19
20 03:39

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
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