Mel Tormé

What Is This Thing Called Love?

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AllMusic Review by John Bush

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 Stream
1 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 03:03 Amazon
2 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 02:57 Amazon
3 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 03:08 Amazon
4 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 03:08 Amazon
5 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:38 Amazon
6 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 02:51 Amazon
7 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 03:03 Amazon
8 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 02:55 Amazon
9 Mel Tormé 02:56 Amazon
10 Mel Tormé 03:05 Amazon
11 Mel Tormé 03:01 Amazon
12 Mel Tormé 03:09 Amazon
13 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones 03:09 Amazon
14 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:59 Amazon
15 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
16 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:01 Amazon
17 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:04 Amazon
18 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:40 Amazon
19 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:07 Amazon
20 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:35 Amazon
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Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:36 Amazon
22 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 03:02 Amazon
23 Mel Tormé feat: Mel Tormé & the Mel-Tones / Artie Shaw & His Orchestra 02:49 Amazon
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Mel Tormé feat: Page Cavanaugh Trio 02:17 Amazon
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