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 2

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