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When love goes wrong songs for the broken-hearted.
Publication Information:
Santa Monica, Calif. : Verve, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 audio disc : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
General Note:
Compact disc.

Compilation of selections previously released.
Good morning heartache / Billie Holliday -- Born to be blue / Chet Baker -- It never entered my mind / Johnny Hartman -- Everybody's somebody's fool / Little Jimmy Scott -- A woman alone with the blues / Peggy Lee -- A woman's intuition / Beverly Kenney -- Everything happens to me / Frank D'Rone -- I fall in love too easily / Shirley Horn -- Here's that rainy day / Helen Merrill -- I'm through with love / Arthur Prysock -- I'm a fool to want you / Dinah Washington -- What will I tell my heart / Billy Eckstine -- But not for me / Sarah Vaughan -- Reaching for the moon / Ella Fitzgerald -- Gloomy Sunday / Mel Torme.
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Music CD


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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