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The Voice of the Big Bands
Helen Forrest
The Voice of the Big Bands
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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All Artists: Helen Forrest
Title: The Voice of the Big Bands
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Jasmine Music
Release Date: 7/8/1997
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 604988254525

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Enchanted Forrest
Richard Dondiego | Sherman Oaks, CA USA | 11/01/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Arguably the most underrated singer of the 20th Century -- she was also a dear friend and one of the sweetest people you could ever hope to meet. Her impeccable phrasing and unparrelled range and breath control made it sound so easy to be heard over a 17 piece brash band - but her contemporaries knew better. Miss "99 lbs. of dynamite" (according to Downbeat Magazine) was held in the highest regard as the finest big band singer ever by Frank Sinatra, Billie Holiday, Judy Garland, Ella Fitzgerald, Doris Day, etc.... If you think I'm boasting a bit much, remember that as a band singer she never had the luxuary of either choosing her own material, or even the ability to select the tempo of the songs she was obliged to sing by her bosses (Artie Shaw - Benny Goodman - Harry James). Yet "there is not a single song she failed to elevate" by giving them all her special glory. Check out Helen's recording of "When The Sun Comes Out" with the Benny Goodman Orchestra and see if you agree with this fanatic. Albeit one of her lesser known works, it may very well be the greatest interplay you'll ever hear between band and vocalist! I'd love to get your feedback.
-----P.S.---In reply to the person who asked if Helen ever recorded any Christmas music -- the answer is unfortunately NO."
You Don't Want to Walk Without This...
pestcomics | Long Island, New York USA | 12/27/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I first discovered Helen Forrest through an old 78 record I discovered of her hit "I Don't Want to Walk Without You." Although I am not of the WW II generation, I have always loved the sound of the big bands and immediately fell in love with this woman's voice. I discovered this CD and purchased it (mainly to hear a crisper, clearer version of "I Don't Want to Walk Without You") to my amazement I found this collection to be a treasure trove of great big band sounds. It is an awesome sampler of Helen's early musical days featuring a variety of tracks from her years with Artie Shaw, Benny Goodman, Harry James and two duets with Dick Haymes. If you are new to the music of this great lady than I would suggest purchasing this CD to get you started. My favorite tracks are her versions of "Taking a Chance on Love," "Bewitched," "I've Heard That Song Before" and a live recording of a song called "Moonray." If you love the big band music of the 30's and 40's and have never heard Helen Forrest than you are missing a lot. Note: Does anyone know if Helen ever recorded any Christmas music?"
Beautiful, Profound, and Swinging!
pestcomics | 12/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is an excellent Cd! Deep in a Dream, Deep Purple, Comes Love, All the Things You Are (my favorite version of this amazing song), Moon Ray, How High the Moon, Shake Down the Stars, Taking a Chance on Love, and many more are beautifully arranged, orchestrated, and impeccably sung by the incomparable Helen Forrest. Very high quality recording. You won't be disappointed!"