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Album Review

Mel Tormé and Margaret Whiting are backed by arranger Russell Garcia's orchestra on this album dedicated to songs from Broadway musicals that were popular around the time of these 1960 sessions. While a few of the songs caught on for a time following the closing of the shows from which they came, only "Make Someone Happy" has had any staying power over the long run; unfortunately, this uninspired arrangement features Whiting alone. Tormé's jazz chops make him a far more interesting vocalist, as he improvises up a storm in his duet with Whiting in the loping "Tall Hopes." Their chemistry is better in "All You Need Is a Quarter" and they have fun with the silly ditty "What's New at the Zoo?," which detours into a rock setting. Even Tormé is handicapped with the plodding march tempo of the ballad "From a Prison Cell." Long out of print, this Verve LP seems unlikely to be reissued.
Ken Dryden, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Fireworks [From Do Re Mi]
  2. Make Someone Happy [From Do Re Mi]
  3. Tall Hope [From Wildcat]
  4. I Loved You Once In Silence [From Camelot]
  5. Cry Like the Wind [From Do Re Mi]
  6. Hey Look Me Over [From Wildcat]
  7. All You Need is a Quarter [From Do Re Mi]
  8. If Ever I Would Leave You [From Camelot]
  9. Our Language of Love [From Irma La Douce]
  10. From a Prison Cell [From Irma La Douce]
  11. What's New at the Zoo? [From Do Re Mi]
  12. Medley: Far Away From Home/Angelina [From Wildcat]
  13. Baubles, Bangles and Beads [From Kismet] [*]
  14. Bill [From Show Boat] [*]
  15. The Surrey With a Fringe On Top [From Oklahoma!] [*]
  16. Look for the Silver Lining [From Sally] [*]
  17. A Sleepin' Bee [From House of Flowers] [*]
  18. She Didn't Say Yes [From The Cat and the Fiddle] [*]
  19. All I Need is the Girl [From Gypsy] [*]
  20. Poor Pierrot [From the Cat and the Fiddle] [*]