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The Song Is You: Best of the Verve Songbooks
Various Artists
The Song Is You: Best of the Verve Songbooks
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #1
  •  Track Listings (16) - Disc #2


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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: The Song Is You: Best of the Verve Songbooks
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Label: Polygram Records
Original Release Date: 5/21/1996
Release Date: 5/21/1996
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Swing Jazz, Bebop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPCs: 731453155824, 0731453155824, 073145315582

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True to the Melody
Thomas M. Granda | Reston, VA United States | 09/04/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you like the old favorites and you like the piano player to keep the melody up front and recognizable, you'll love this CD. This is the Oscar Peterson I like best; he strikes the right balance between the way the melody was meant to be played and his easily recognizable crisp and lively style. It may sound strange but his style even keeps faith with the lyrics of these fine songs that we all know. He plays and we listen and even start singing along. Even though this CD is filled with great renditions, my favorites are "What Is This Thing Called Love," "Prelude To A Kiss," and, "A Foggy Day." Buy it and find your own favorites .... you'll love it."
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Fine selection of material from the songbooks recorded by PETERSON during the fifties.Two versions of BLUE MOON,you may ask why they included both?The approach differ completely and are fascinating to compare.OSCAR seems to have had lots of fun with the VINCENT YOUMANS songs:TEA FOR TWO,I WANT TO BE HAPPY and WITHOUT A LOVE.On these particular tunes,he went the adventurous way.This is perfect to listen to after a hard day at work,when no one wants to talk at supper time.So far,four originals among these records have appeared on the cd market;they have assembled the DUKE ELLINGTON songbooks into one cd(2 on 1)and they did the same with ARLEN,GERSHWIN and PORTER.The others will hopefully follow.If you may let me give you an advice,i'll tell you this:by listening to those two cds,learn your favorites and then buy the cds of the composers you like best."
Should Have Been Better
PN NJ | 08/18/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"As noted on the CD: "Many of these recordings were transferred from disc sources. Surface noise is audible." Yes it is, and it really detracts from the music. I can't believe they couldn't do a better job of cleaning up the sound.

Based on the song selections, I had high hopes. Based on the sound quality, this CD was a disappointment.