20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of Carmen McRae
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||Something to Live For||Carmen McRae||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Good Morning, Heartache||Carmen McRae||3:17||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Foolish Heart||Carmen McRae||3:10||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Happy to Make Your Acquaintance||Carmen McRae & Sammy Davis, Jr.||3:13||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||My Funny Valentine||Carmen McRae||4:19||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Exactly Like You||Carmen McRae||2:08||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Oh Yes, I Remember Clifford||Carmen McRae||2:57||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square||Carmen McRae||4:56||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||My Romance||Carmen McRae||3:52||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||When I Fall In Love||Carmen McRae||3:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||I Only Have Eyes for You||Carmen McRae||3:47||$0.99||View in iTunes|
||Ain't Misbehavin'||Carmen McRae||3:16||$0.99||View in iTunes|
Verve's 20th Century Masters — The Millennium Collection: The Best of Carmen McRae collects 12 of the great jazz singer's tracks from the '50s. The first eight were recorded for Decca between 1955 and 1958, the last four are taken from her Kapp recordings of 1959. All of them are first-rate vocal jazz and ballads; McRae was releasing wonderful album after wonderful album at this point in her long career. The songs chosen from them contain some of her best including her heartbreaking take on "My Funny Valentine," the incredibly romantic "Exactly Like You" and "My Romance," a very bluesy "Ain't Misbehavin'" and a fun and silly duet with Sammy Davis, Jr. that shows off her lighter side. There are quite a few Carmen McRae collections out there to choose from. This one really just skims the surface but is a lovely place to go if you are want to hear one of the great interpreters of ballads do what she does best.
Carmen was one smooth gal.I still think that her best work was the album she did with Cal Tjader.Now thats some music for you!
Born: April 8, 1920 in New York, NY
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s