Mel Tormé

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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The first of four pieces that together form the Proper box set Jazz and Velvet (but are also available separately), What Is This Thing Called Love? finds Mel Tormé spending much of 1946 in the studio with the Mel-Tones, his harmonically advanced and meticulously arranged vocal group. Apart from four solo performances, all of the songs here are Mel-Tones recordings, with the high spot appearing midway through the first disc -- their 1946 Artie Shaw Orchestra feature "What Is This Thing Called Love?," a boisterous and bouncy charge through one of the most maudlin of torch songs. "It Happened in Monterey" and "There's No Business Like Show Business" have a similarly high energy level.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 03:03
2 02:57
3 03:08
4 03:08
5 02:38
6 02:51
7 03:03
8 02:55
9 02:56
10 03:05
11 03:01
12 03:09
13 03:09
14 02:59
15 03:07
16 03:01
17 03:04
18 02:40
19 03:07
20 02:35
21
02:36
22 03:02
23 02:49
24
02:17
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