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  224069 (2 discs)
  Jazz Hits of the 50s
  "Jazz Hits of the 50s"

Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Betty Carter, Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, Sarah Vaughan et. al.
Track listing:
  1. Nat King Cole: You stepped out of a dream
2. Dinah Washington: Our love is here to stay
3. Frank Sinatra: I am loved
4. Peggy Lee: He's a tramp
5. Mel Torme: All of you
6. Ella Fitzgerald: You'll have to swing it, Mr. Paganini
7. Sammy Davis: You're sensational
8. Anita O'Day: You're the top
9. Frank Sinatra: At long last love
10. Ella Fitzgerald: The lady is a tramp
11. Bing Crosby: It had to be you
12. Mel Torme: A fine romance
13. Sarah Vaughan: You're mine, you
14. Nat King Cole: Mona Lisa
15. Dinah Washington: Teach me tonight
16. Perry Como: Without a song
17. Peggy Lee: Mr. Wonderful
18. Bing Crosby: The longest walk
19. Anita O'Day: No moon at all
20. Mel Torme: Cheek to cheek
21. Nat King Cole: This can't be love
22. Sarah Vaughan: Lush life
23. Nat King Cole: Unforgettable
24. Ella Fitzgerald: April in Paris
25. Mel Torme: Nice work if you can get it
26. Anita O'Day: I'll see you in my dreams
27. Frank Sinatra: Young at heart
28. Nat King Cole: That's my girl
29. Dinah Washington: Never let me go
30. Frank Sinatra: All of me
31. Nat King Cole: Answer me
32. Peggy Lee: Somebody loves me
33. Bing Crosby: Sailing down the chesapeake bay
34. Anita O'Day: As long as I live
35. Ella Fitzgerald: Too young for the blues
36. Betty Carter: Let's fall in love
37. Mel Torme: Let's call the whole thing off
38. Peggy Lee: My heart belongs to daddy
39. Nat King Cole: Because you're mine
40. Dinah Washington: They didn't believe me
41. Frank Sinatra: I'm going to sit right down and write myself a letter
42. Mel Torme: Somethings gotta give
43. Betty Carter: Can't we be friends
44. Nat King Cole: Night lights
45. Ella Fitzgerald: Night and day
46. Frank Sinatra: South of the border
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Review by progboy February 6, 2011 (3 of 3 found this review helpful)
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Here is a great collection of 50 jazz crooner tracks that will keep your toes tapping and your fingers snapping ! This 2 SACD hybrid set features tracks from the male kings like Nat King Cole, Frank Sinatra and Bing to the female queens like Ella, Sarah Vaughan and Dinah Washington. The variation on this collection makes this a great suite to lay back and enjoy.

So the music is truely wonderful but sonically though this collection is not quite up to pure audiophile quality like the recent Nat King Cole SACD's and many other early jazz albums. These mono recordings really bring out the vocals in the forefront but i find the highs too high with a lack of the bottom end.......and honestly not a rich enough overall sound as could be.

There is one simply jaw-breaking momement though that I have to mention and that is Nat King Coles version of "Answer Me" which simply will make you cry.

Also the packaging booklet is very thin with lots of missing artist information (ie source and year) and no mention of SACD transfer.

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Review by onenairb April 18, 2014
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I would also concur with progboy but would add that the set also has a multichannel 5.1 layer. For many tracks it works well opening up the soundstage but for for a few it sounds a bit like your listening to your sound system in a concert hall. But overall an excellent collection of Jazz/Swing artists and songs and if this is your genre, highly recommended. It does include Peggy Lee singing 'He's a tramp' just a pity it wasn't the film version - just loved those backing-singer dogs.
I'm glad to have it in my collection.

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