It's blue but it's very nice
Jazzcat | Genoa, Italy Italy | 08/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It's blue that these times are gone. This is a very beautiful Mel Tormè album from the fifties. It's an album of ballads as you may know already, or can understand by the title. I rate it five stars, in its genre it is surely a wonderful selection of tunes and Mel gives us a very strong interpretation of them. It's an album of Mel with a string orchestra so it's a "jazz" album only in this sense. It's a crooner's game. I honestly can say that I purchased this album because I fell in love with the marvellous cover (and concept) by Burt Goldblatt which was a genius to me and a poet of the camera in my opinion. But apart from the cover I found inside a very nice album for a tender evening. It's very beautiful, the repertoire, the way Mel sings the songs and take them to life. It's a dive in the past, in a very romantic era. I dig this kind of trip sometimes. Mine is the Jewel box edition, it's from 1986. No booklet at all. Just the cover. A poor edition in a sense."
The Ballad album
Sasha | at sea...sailing somewhere | 04/09/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very early LP from young Mel Torme famous for his "velvet fog" voice.
I never understand why is Sinatra so revered and Torme known only to connossieurs ,in my opinion Torme was far better and more interesting singer - give him swing or balads,he was simply superb in everything he touched and is definitely one of my all-time favourites.
On this particular album its all-ballad,smooth like velvet and perhaps too much of the same thing can make you comatose but I would listen Torme singing anything,his voice was so appealing.
When kids today talk about Michael Buble,I tell them there was another singer long before him who was much better and give them Torme to hear.
Actually there is interesting thing with Sinatra and Torme - Sinatra was famous for his swinging and I prefer him singing ballads,while Torme was loved for his ballads and I prefer when he was swinging,so there you go."