• Connie BOSWELL - They Can't Take These Songs Away From Me

This high-quality, bargain priced, two-disc set is chock full of rare delights from the unparalleled Connie Boswell. Connie was not only a singer of otherworldly beauty, with an impossible sense of swing, she was also a multi-instrumentalist, arranger, actor, composer and humanitarian. Ella Fitzgerald famously named Connie as her main influence, and as leader of the immortal hot-jazz vocal group, The Boswell Sisters, Connie influenced other artists ranging from The Andrews Sisters to Artie Shaw. Connie's silky, Louisiana-accented voice, brilliant jazz phrasing, and phenomenal interpretive abilities make her someone no fan of jazz or classic pop should miss.

With this set, producer Geoff Milne has given us a multitude of recordings new to CD, which nicely complement tracks on other existing compilations. We can only be grateful. The songs featured range from 1931 to 1946. The earliest song here, the rollicking Concentratin' (On You), features the likes of Manny Klien, Eddie Lang, and Jimmy Dorsey. Both Dorsey brothers are featured on the infectious Me Minus You. On I'll Never Say "Never Again" Again, Connie and the exuberant musicians of Ambrose & His Orchestra gradually nudge one another higher and higher into the swing stratosphere. Dinah finds the accompanying jazz combo given an extraordinary amount of solo space, which is put to great use, and helps to illustrate why Connie was so beloved by jazz musicians. There are also frequent appearances of orchestras led by the likes of John Scott Trotter, Harry Sosnick and, most notably, Victor Young, who works wonders on Connie's softer material. Crosby fans will be excited to see no fewer than six duets with Bing, including some rare radio stuff, such as a live version of Basin Street Blues and a comedic take on Everything Happens To Me. Another Crosby-related wonderment occurs with the five songs on which Connie is accompanied either by Bob Crosby's full orchestra, or his Bob Cats. This innovative Dixieland band recorded several brilliant classics with Connie, including Ah! So Pure (Martha), a profoundly joyous work which I unreservedly put forth as a highlight of all recorded sound. This set also features some amazing balladry and, considering what she did for his immortal All Alone, it is no wonder that Irving Berlin named Connie as "the finest ballad singer in the business." On Jerome Kern's Look For The Silver Lining, and the Gershwin compositions, Soon and They Can't Take That Away From Me, Connie exhibits a talent so rare that her current forgotten status is incomprehensible.

If one examines Connie's work from the twenties and thirties with The Boswell Sisters, her solo sides, and her 50s LPs, it should become apparent that Connie deserves to be remembered and enjoyed alongside Billie Holiday, Bing Crosby, Louis Armstrong, Frank Sinatra, and other masters of the 20th century. These two discs are an important step in boosting Connie Boswell's artistic legacy, and helping people discover this magical music which, like fine wine, has aged so nicely. That illustrious songstress, the late and great Ella Fitzgerald, entering an amateur contest at the Harlem Opera House in 1934 as a dancer, recalled: "It was a dare from some friends. They bet me I wouldn't go on. I got up there and got cold feet. I was going to dance. The man said since I was up there I had better do something. So I tried to sing like Connie Boswell." She won! In reply to a question posed some years later: "Who influenced me? There was only one singer who influenced me. I tried to sing like her all the time, because everything she did made sense musically, and that singer was Connie Boswell. When I was a girl, I listened to records by all the singers, white and black, and I know that Connie was doing things that no one else was doing at the time. You don't have to take my word for it, just check the recordings made at the time and hear for yourself."

Track Listing

Disc One
1. START THE DAY RIGHT
2. CONCENTRATIN' (ON YOU)
3. I CRIED FOR YOU
4. ME MINUS YOU
5. SAY IT
6. THINGS MIGHT HAVE BEEN SO DIFFERENT
7. I'LL NEVER SAY "NEVER AGAIN" AGAIN
8. I CAN'T GIVE YOU ANYTHING BUT LOVE, BABY
9. YOU ARE MY LUCKY STAR
10. I'VE GOT A FEELIN' YOU'RE FOOLIN'
11. ON THE BEACH AT BALI-BALI
12. SWING ME A LULLABY
13. YOU CAN CALL IT SWING
14. BASIN STREET BLUES
15. TRUE CONFESSION
16. AH! SO PURE - "MARTHA"
17. MR. FREDDIE BLUES
18. I HADN'T ANYONE TILL YOU
19. IF IT RAINS, WHO CARES?
20. SIMPLE AND SWEET
21. SUNRISE SERENADE
22. AN APPLE FOR THE TEACHER

Disc Two
1. SOON
2. THEY CAN'T TAKE THAT AWAY FROM ME
3. BETWEEN 18th AND 19th ON CHESTNUT STREET
4. SOMEDAY YOU'LL FIND YOUR BLUEBIRD
5. DINAH
6. YES, INDEED
7. TRUST IN ME
8. UNDER A FALLING STAR
9. EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME
10. HAND ME DOWN MY WALKIN' CANE
11. I WENT OUT OF MY WAY
12. LOOK FOR THE SILVER LINING
13. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
14. THE THINGS I LOVE
15. ONE DOZEN ROSES
16. WHEN THE ROSES BLOOM AGAIN
17. WHY DON'T YOU FALL IN LOVE WITH ME?
18. JUST A LETTER FROM HOME
19. SWEETHEART
20. WHO TOLD YOU THAT LIE?
21. ALL ALONE
22. REMEMBER

Other Details
Price Code B
Format 2CD
Release Date 01/01/2002
UPC Bar Code No 604988038620

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Connie BOSWELL - They Can't Take These Songs Away From Me

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