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Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song, Vol. 1
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Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song, Vol. 1
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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Hooray for Love: Capitol's Gentlemen of Song brings together the guy who the saloon singer/aspiring matinee idol in The Godfather was supposedly based upon (Frank Sinatra), the guy who played the part (Al Martino), a guy w...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song, Vol. 1
Members Wishing: 1
Total Copies: 0
Label: Capitol
Release Date: 4/4/1995
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Soundtracks, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Easy Listening, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Musicals, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 724383177424

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Hooray for Love: Capitol's Gentlemen of Song brings together the guy who the saloon singer/aspiring matinee idol in The Godfather was supposedly based upon (Frank Sinatra), the guy who played the part (Al Martino), a guy who could've played him (Vic Damone), and a bunch of guys who couldn't have played him (led by Sammy Davis Jr., Louis Armstrong, Lou Rawls, and, most of all, Mel Torme). This is a neat little chronicle of the waning days of the popular song, before the ascension of rock & roll. In retrospect, it might have been better for all concerned if the song stylists had remained in the forefront with the rock & rollers on the outside. Both schools were more at home in those settings. --Steven Stolder

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It doesn't get better than this...
Matthew G. Sherwin | last seen screaming at Amazon customer service | 04/23/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Hooray For Love: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song, Vol. 1 has twenty beautiful songs sung by the great crooners and male singers under contract at Capitol Records when these recordings were made. The artwork is in good taste; and the sound quality is excellent.

The great Frank Sinatra starts the track set off with a stunning interpretation of "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning." Reportedly this was in reference to Franks' failed marriage to Ava Gardner; but in any event Frank delivers this beautifully like no one else ever could! Frank's voice is in fine form here; he never sings a superfluous note and his voice is full of warmth. "In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning" makes a strong start for this CD. Dean Martin, one of my personal favorites, delivers "Imagination" with panache; the music that accompanies Dean Martin fits in just right and the strings are used to great advantage, too. Terrific! There's also "There! I've Said It Again" by Vic Damone; Vic could croon so well and he will never be forgotten. "There! I've Said It Again" is a major highlight of this album. I love it!

"I'm Beginning To See The Light" has a somewhat jazzy interpretation from Bobby Darin; Darin's voice is pure silk and he never sounded better! Bobby Darin's excellent diction bolsters his performance very well--wow, how he could sing! Listen also for Andy Russell to perform "Too Marvelous For Words;" this classic pop tune sounds fresh and new when I listen to Andy sing it. The musical arrangement is particularly beautiful, too. Dick Haymes also does a great rendition of "When I Fall In Love;" he delivers this with great sensitivity and this impresses me greatly.

Jack Jones sings "Impossible" with style; he croons this perfectly and the woodwind instruments add to the number considerably. Johnny Mercer also does a fine interpretation of "Hooray For Love" that really is electric--and that brass is great! Al Martino also does great with "An Affair To Remember;" Al Martino is one of my favorites but I don't think he gets the full recognition that he deserves. In addition, Louis Armstrong makes a great addition with his awesome "Just Squeeze Me (But Please Don't Tease Me)."

Chet Baker weighs in with "My Funny Valentine;" he sings this so well with his fine voice that also reflected a certain vulnerability that made his singing actually more moving and better than it would have been otherwise; and the album ends strong with Nat King Cole performing "That's All." "That's All" features Nat King Cole front and center and the music is very pretty.

This is some album! I recommend this for people who enjoy classic pop vocals. People may also want to get the second installment in this two CD series which is entitled Pennies From Heaven: Capitol's Great Gentlemen Of Song, Vol. 2.
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The best of the good old voices...
Matthew G. Sherwin | 07/13/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Most of the songs are familiar favorites, or soon become just that. These old crooners are at their best! It's high quality, clear sound. Everyone asks to borrow this CD from me. I play it aloud at work all the time; everyone stops to sing along to their favorite song(s) and there are more songs than you get on any of today's CDs! You'll love this romantic mix of slow melodies and upbeat love songs. (It's not just for lovers!)"