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Get Happy: Arlen Centennial Celebration Compilation

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (Feb. 8 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Compilation
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0007D4MFY
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #338,733 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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1. Hooray For Love - Ella Fitzgerald
2. Get Happy - Mel Torme
3. Blues In The Night - Dinah Washington
4. Come Rain Or Come Shine - Count Basie
5. That Old Black Magic - Shirley Horn
6. Let's Fall In Love - Diana Krall
7. It's Only A Paper Moon - Morgana King
8. Any Place I Hang My Hat Is Home - Helen Merrill
9. Stormy Weather - Billie Holiday
10. If I Only Had A Brain - Abbey Lincoln
11. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues - Louis Armstrong
12. Over The Rainbow - Sarah Vaughan
13. As Long As I Live - Billy Eckstine
14. Down With Love - Blossom Dearie
15. The Man That Got Away - Ella Fitzgerald
16. My Shining Hour - Count Basie

Product Description

The twists and innuendoes in Harold Arlen's songs make them such a joy for jazz singers to interpret. Here are 16 of the greatest of those joys: Get Happy Mel Torme; Hooray for Love Ella Fitzgerald; My Shining Hour Sammy Davis Jr./Count Basie; Stormy Weather Billie Holiday; Blues in the Night Dinah Washington, plus Louis Armstrong, Blossom Dearie and more!

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful collection of Harold Arlen songs! Feb. 1 2010
By Giradman - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Harold Arlen (1905-1986) was an American-Jewish composer of 20th century popular music of his times, writing over 500 songs w/ some of the best lyricists of the times, such as Johnny Mercer & Yip Harburg; with the latter, Arlen wrote the music for the 'Wizard of Oz'. This Verve offering is a compilation of some of his most famous songs performed by various singers (Ella Fitzgerald being the only repeater; of course, in her famous 'Songbooks' collection, she devotes a disc to Arlen). The choices and recordings are excellent and presumably 'remastered' from the Verve vault for this compilation. If you desire one disc of Harold's music, then this is certainly a good choice - a minor complaint is that the company could have easily added another half dozen songs.

Arlen was a wonderful performer in his own right (his father was a Cantor in Buffalo, NY - Harold's birthplace) - examples can be found on the outstanding biographical DVD of him called Somewhere Over the Rainbow: Harold Arlen. If you're not familiar w/ American popular music from the first half of the 20th century, then there are plenty of other composers to explore!
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars O.K., Kids. Raise your hands if you've heard of this guy? Dec 13 2009
By Thomas Burgess - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The wonderful thing about The Burgenius (well, one of them) is that as a child he was exposed to real culture. Then came rock and/or roll, and he went down hill fast, but much of the culture remained into adulthood. Harold Arlen is one of the great composers of American music. This is a wonderful compilation of timeless songs that have enriched the lives of people for generations; before Generation Gauche. True, it's not the Butthole Surfers, but what is? Give your ears a break and your brain something to work with. Buy this, put it on your Ipod; you can tell people you're listening to Green, don't do that! No one should be encouraged to listen to Green Day, under any circumstances. Tell them it's Flipper. That alone will impress anyone. I don't listen to Flpper myself...hey, why am I writing about Flipper? Tell them it's Bukowski. Now run along and look up Charles Bukowski, you cultural trash bins.