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Jazz - Released January 28, 2014 | Bethlehem Records

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Crooners - Released July 13, 1993 | Legacy - Columbia

16 Most Requested Songs is a midline-priced collection that spotlights Mel Tormé's work during his short stint with Columbia Records, including "P.S. I Love You," "The Second Time Around," "The Nearness of You," "My Romance," "I've Got You Under My Skin," "That's All," "Everyday's a Holiday," "Strangers in the Night," and "The Christmas Song." Although it's far from a perfect retrospective of his career, it's still a nice sampler of familiar items (including material from his elegant ballads collection That's All), and it may satisfy the needs of some casual fans who only want to hear a glimpse of what made Tormé's work special. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Jazz - Released February 8, 2005 | Rhino Atlantic

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Lounge - Released February 22, 2010 | Pacific

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1998 | Verve

Swingin' on the Moon marks a bridge between Mel Tormé's excellent jazzy outings of the 1950s and the generally pop-oriented, novelty recordings of the '60s. Recorded over three days in August 1960, the album contains few standards, substituting instead lesser numbers which all contain the word "moon" in the title (including Tormé's own title song, which opens the set). Though he is in fine voice and the arrangements by Russ Garcia are solid, Tormé just can't come to grips with the lesser material, and the album is quite forgettable. It was released on Verve, which made it a jazz LP in theory, but Swingin' on the Moon can be consigned to the section of pop history which includes novelty "theme" albums arranged around a usually simple subject. This album should not be confused with the LaserLight collection titled Swinging on the Moon. ~ John Bush
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Jazz - Released January 1, 1958 | Verve

Most of Mel Tormé's albums for Verve and Bethlehem during the 1950s concentrated on material either carefree (usually up-tempo) or reflective (mostly down-tempo), but 1958's Tormé blended the two. For every bouncy single like "That Old Feeling" or "I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life," Tormé sinks into the depths with "Gloomy Sunday," "The House Is Haunted (By the Echo of Your Last Goodbye)," or his dramatic eight-minute reading of "Blues in the Night." All this makes for a bit of emotional confusion while listening to Tormé, but the LP pulls together for the most part. ~ John Bush
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Pop - Released January 1, 1969 | Capitol Records

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Pop - Released January 1, 1970 | Capitol Records

Vocal Jazz - Released January 28, 2014 | Bethlehem Records

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Pop - Released August 8, 2017 | Rarity Music

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Jazz - Released February 5, 2018 | Bethlehem Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1988 | Concord Records

Lounge - Released September 24, 2015 | Rarity Music

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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 1982 | Concord Records

Pianist George Shearing and singer Mel Tormé would match together perfectly every time they shared the stage; the mutual respect they had for each other was as obvious as the fact that they had very complementary styles. This CD, their first joint recording, is consistently exciting. With bassist Brian Torff making the group a trio, Shearing and Tormé swing hard on such tunes as "All God's Chillun Got Rhythm," "Give Me the Simple Life," "Love," and "Lullaby of Birdland" (which starts off with Shearing singing). In addition, there are a pair of instrumentals including "Manhattan Hoedown," which is a feature for Torff. Tormé's touching rendition of "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square" by itself would be enough reason to acquire this highly enjoyable set. ~ Scott Yanow
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Vocal Jazz - Released October 27, 1962 | Verve Records

Vocal Jazz - Released September 30, 2014 | Bethlehem Records

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Jazz - Released January 1, 1959 | Verve

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2005 | Concord Records

Jazz - Released August 27, 2013 | Bethlehem Records

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Pop - Released June 10, 2016 | Columbia - Legacy

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