Album Details

June 26, 1990
Vocal Music, Dixieland, American Popular Song, Vocal Pop, Cast Recordings, Show Tunes, Big Band, Swing, Traditional Pop, Tin Pan Alley Pop, Sweet Bands, Early Jazz, Standards

Album Review

The music of Hoagy Carmichael is celebrated on this 20-song collection of otherwise unrelated recordings from the 1932-1968 period. The earliest performance is Mildred Bailey's "Rockin' Chair," while the only post-1960 selection is the Living Voices' version of "The Nearness of You." Jazz is de-emphasized in favor of mostly fairly straight vocal renditions from the likes of Helen Ward, Kate Smith, Julie Andrews, Phil Harris, Della Reese, Vaughn Monroe, Kay Starr, and Louis Prima, among others. Carmichael is heard on a 1960 solo rendition of "Stardust" and in 1934 on "Moon Country." There are not a lot of classic versions to be heard here, although Frankie Carle's 1951 rendition of "In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening" is quite fun. Overall, a so-so reissue that is somewhat randomly programmed.
Scott Yanow, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  2. I Get Along Without You Very Well
  3. Georgia on My Mind
  4. Lazy River
  5. Ole Buttermilk Sky
  6. Stardust
  7. Little Old Lady
  8. Washboard Blues
  9. The Nearness of You
  10. Two Sleepy People
  11. Ivy
  12. Lazy Bones
  13. Judy
  14. Heart and Soul
  15. Blue Orchids
  16. The Lamplighter's Serenade
  17. Rockin' Chair
  18. Skylark
  19. Moon Country
  20. Can't Get Indiana Off My Mind