VA – Heart & Soul Celebrating The Unforgettable Songs Of Frank Loesser

Artist: VA
Title: Heart & Soul: Celebrating The Unforgettable Songs Of Frank Loesser
Year Of Release: 2010
Label: Sony Classical
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3 / 320kbps
Total Time: 64:10 min
Total Size: 144 MB

01. Helen Forrest – I Don’t Want To Walk Without You
02. Larry Clinton & His Orchestra – Heart And Soul
03. Della Reese – Two Sleepy People
04. Kay Kyser – Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition!
05. Sarah Vaughan – Can’t Get Out Of This Mood
06. Vaughn Monroe – Let’s Get Lost
07. Johnny Mathis – What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve
08. Sarah Vaughan – Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year
09. Dinah Shore – I Wish I Didn’t Love You So
10. Hot Lips Page – Baby, It’s Cold Outside
11. The Four Lads – Where’s Charley Medley
12. Doris Day – I’ve Never Been In Love Before
13. Barry Manilow – Luck Be A Lady
14. The Four Lads – Standing On The Corner
15. Doris Day – Somebody Somewhere
16. Johnny Mathis – Joey, Joey, Joey
17. Vic Damone – Never Will I Marry
18. Michele Lee – I Believe In You
19. Boston Pops Orchestra – Medley

In that miraculous catalogue of songs written by Frank Loesser, “Heart and Soul” (1938) might not be counted among the masterpieces. Loesser wrote only its lyrics, to an endearingly, maddeningly mesmerizing tune by Hoagy Carmichael. The lyrics – a surprise to almost anyone who has pounded out the melody on a piano – tell you a lot, though. They seem artless, at first, direct, inevitable, a clever laundry list of deep romantic sighs that synchs perfectly with the gentle swagger of the melody. It’s the “perfectly” part that grabs you. Once you hear the lyrics, it is impossible to hear the song the same way again. Loesser’s words aren’t artless. They just seem that way, because they land as deftly, as accurately, as Cupid’s arrows. And with a cheeky grin that adds to the glow of the song’s title.
There may be no better shorthand for Frank Loesser’s genius than the words “heart and soul.” They never deserted him, from the dapper hit-parade favorites he wrote for Hollywood, to his ambitious Broadway career that produced – in little more than a decade – Where’s Charley, Guys and Dolls, The Most Happy Fella, and How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. A complex and sophisticated man, Loesser somehow managed to keep the essence of “heart and soul” in everything he wrote, without ever seeming glib. His craft deepened and broadened, but it never lost an almost streetwise honesty that is as dazzling and sharp as a diamond. You never feel cheated or manipulated in a Frank Loesser song. Seduced, maybe. Teased and kidded, certainly. Moved, almost always. And joyously entertained.
A native New Yorker who tried to make it on Broadway in the early 1930s, Loesser perfected his skills in Hollywood, writing for the movies, at first in partnership with composers as impressive as Carmichael, Burton Lane, Jimmy McHugh, and Jule Styne. The second song he published as composer and lyricist – the morale-boosting “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition!” – was just what Americans needed to hear in the dark days of 1942. That success encouraged him to break away from collaboration, to develop a musical craft exclusively for himself. He returned to Broadway in 1948, and this time he was ready to step up. The show, Where’s Charley, was a hit, and his enchanting score was a principal reason why Loesser had begun to chafe at a lack of control over his work in Hollywood, and at the limitations the studio process placed on him. Broadway offered him the opportunity to write Frank Loesser songs, for Frank Loesser shows. He kept his ties with Hollywood for a while, finally winning an Oscar in the spring of 1950 for the song “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” and returned once more to write a magical score for the 1952 Danny Kaye musical film Hans Christian Andersen. But the die was cast.

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