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VA - When Love Goes Wrong - Songs for the Broken-Hearted

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VA - When Love Goes Wrong - Songs for the Broken-Hearted

Artist: VA
Title: When Love Goes Wrong - Songs for the Broken-Hearted
Year Of Release: 2003
Label: Verve
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1kHz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 51:26 min
Total Size: 118 MB

01. Billie Holiday - Good Morning Heartache
02. Chet Baker - Born to Be Blue
03. Johnny Hartman - It Never Entered My Mind
04. Little Jimmy Scott - Everybody's Somebody's Fool
05. Peggy Lee - Woman Alone With the Blues
06. Beverly Kenney - A Woman's Intuition
07. Frank D'Rone - Everything Happens to Me
08. Shirley Horn - I Fall in Love Too Easily
09. Helen Merrill - Here's That Rainy Day
10. Arthur Prysock - I'm Through with Love
11. Dinah Washington - I'm a Fool to Want You
12. Billy Eckstine - What Will I Tell My Heart?
(3:25) 13. Sarah Vaughan - But Not for Me
14. Ella Fitzgerald - Reaching for the Moon
15. Mel Tormé - Gloomy Sunday

Bill Maher (as in Politically Incorrect) once stated that marriage is a lot like communism--it sounds great on paper, but in reality, it doesn't work. That's a very cynical view of romance; some marriages do work, and they work well. But at the same, one can certainly understand where Maher is coming from half of American marriages, after all, end in divorce, and many couples never even make it to the alter. Those unsuccessful relationships are the focus of When Love Goes Wrong: Songs for the Broken-Hearted, a thoughtfully assembled collection of vocal jazz and torch singing that spans 1950-1997. The front cover boasts an illustration that recalls the classic film noir and pulp fiction of the ‘30s, ‘40s and ‘50s an attractive blonde who just blew away her lover is led away in handcuffs, while a hat-wearing hard-boiled detective (à la Dana Andrews' character in Laura) nonchalantly puffs away on a cigarette. It's the perfect cover for a compilation that paints a dark, troubled picture of romance thanks to melancholy performances by heavyweights like Dinah Washington on "I'm a Fool to Want You," Chet Baker on "Born to Be Blue" and Jimmy Scott on "Everybody's Somebody's Fool". Shirley Horn's soulful version of "I Fall in Love Too Easily" is from 1997, although the rest of the selections are from the ‘50s and ‘60s.

If one wanted to nit-pick, it would be easy to complain about the fact that Verve doesn't include any versions of Billy Strayhorn's "Lush Life" (one of the darkest jazz pearls ever written). Also, Verve should have provided Billie Holiday's original 1946 recording of "Good Morning Heartache" instead of the 1956 version that opens this CD Lady Day sounded a lot better in 1946. Nonetheless, this generally rewarding, if imperfect, compilation is enthusiastically recommended to anyone who craves expressive, heartfelt torch singing. ~ Alex Henderson
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