Golden Years of Dick Haymes

Golden Years of Dick Haymes

by Dick Haymes

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Overview

European copyright law, which places recordings over 50 years old in the public domain, has caused a flood of cheap, low-quality reissues of the work of the major recording artists of the first half of the 20th century. But, in addition to the bottom-feeders, there are a few reputable record labels that use their free access to vintage recordings to put together superior packages, and one of these is Jasmine, which is responsible for this collection, a four-CD, 101-track box set running nearly five hours, the most comprehensive collection of Dick Haymes recordings yet released. Producer/annotator Geoff Milne estimates that Decca Records released 250+ titles by Haymes on singles in the 1940s and '50s, and 91 of them are here, including all 27 of the singer's Top Ten hits. Also featured are four tracks he made as the singer in Harry James' orchestra in 1941 and six airchecks from his various radio shows. The tracks are in chronological order by recording date, with the exception of "Adieu," which was placed at the end as a send-off. Omitted are nine of Haymes' lesser chart entries and, oddly, his several songs recorded as Benny Goodman's male singer, among them such hits as "Idaho." Even so, an excellent portrait of the singer in his 1941-1952 heyday emerges, helped by the song annotations and Milne's sympathetic biographical essay. Haymes remains unflappably smooth throughout, whether on his own or in partnership with Helen Forrest, the Andrews Sisters, Judy Garland, or Ethel Merman, whether fronting an orchestra or, in an interesting set of Irving Berlin tunes, just backed by Carmen Cavallaro at the piano. His style does not change with fashion; by the end in the early '50s, he was still maintaining his calm, rich vocal style, just as he had a decade earlier. Containing, as the cover notes, "many tracks previously not on CD or LP," this is a standard-setting Dick Haymes collection.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2003
Label: Jasmine Music
UPC: 0604988030921
catalogNumber: 94
Rank: 78382

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I'll Get By (As Long as I Have You)
  2. Lament to Love
  3. A Sinner Kissed an Angel
  4. I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
  5. Wait for Me, Mary
  6. You'll Never Know
  7. In My Arms
  8. It Can't Be Wrong
  9. Put Your Arms Around Me, Honey
  10. Long Ago (And Far Away)
  11. How Blue the Night
  12. Our Waltz
  13. It Had to Be You
  14. Together
  15. Great Day
  16. By the Old Corral
  17. Let the Rest of the World Go By
  18. The More I See You
  19. I Wish I Knew
  20. Where or When
  21. They Didn't Believe Me
  22. Love Letters
  23. Laura
  24. I'll Buy That Dream
  25. Some Sunday Morning

Disc 2

  1. It Might as Well Be Spring
  2. Slowly
  3. That's for Me
  4. Till the End of Time
  5. How Deep Is the Ocean?
  6. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
  7. Oh! What It Seemed to Be
  8. It's a Grand Night for Singing
  9. In Love in Vain
  10. Two Sleepy People
  11. People Will Say We're in Love
  12. Aren't You Kind of Glad We Did?
  13. For You, For Me, For Evermore
  14. Mi Vida
  15. The Girl That I Marry
  16. How Are Things in Glocca Morra?
  17. Stella by Starlight
  18. Mam'selle
  19. Anything You Can Do
  20. There's No Business Like Show Business
  21. When I'm Not Near the Girl I Love
  22. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
  23. And Mimi
  24. What'll I Do?
  25. You Do

Disc 3

  1. Little White Lies
  2. Teresa
  3. My Sin
  4. It's Magic
  5. By the Way
  6. Say It Isn't So
  7. Lady of the Evening
  8. The Girl on the Magazine Cover
  9. All Alone
  10. Say It With Music
  11. Soft Lights and Sweet Music
  12. I'd Love to Call You My Sweetheart
  13. What Did I Do?
  14. Golden Earrings
  15. You Can't Be True, Dear
  16. Nature Boy
  17. A Room Full of Roses
  18. Maybe It's Because
  19. Let's Take an Old Fashion Walk
  20. Little Fish in a Big Pond
  21. Hush, Little Darlin'
  22. Keepsakes
  23. I'm in Love
  24. You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To
  25. Why Won't Ya?
  26. Wunderbar

Disc 4

  1. The Old Master Painter
  2. I Surrender, Dear
  3. You Stepped Out of a Dream
  4. Can I Come in for a Second
  5. I Oughta Know More About You
  6. Did You Ever See a Dream Walking?
  7. Wishing (Will Make It So)
  8. Penthouse Serenade (When We're Alone)
  9. A Little Bit Independent
  10. Count Every Star
  11. Don't Be Afraid
  12. Your Eyes Have Told Me So
  13. The Boulevard of Broken Dreams
  14. Can Anyone Explain?
  15. Empty Saddles
  16. You're Just in Love
  17. Once Upon a Time Today
  18. It's a Lovely Day Today
  19. I Guess I'll Have to Dream the Rest
  20. Everything Happens to Me
  21. Too Late Now
  22. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year
  23. Sunday, Monday or Always
  24. It Could Happen to You
  25. Adieu

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dick Haymes   Primary Artist
Carmen Cavallaro   Piano
Charles Dant and Orchestra   Track Performer
Carmen Dragon and Orchestra   Track Performer
Lerner and Orchestra   Track Performer
Tattlers   Track Performer
Lyn Murray & His Orchestra   Track Performer

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Ernesto Lecuona   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Mel Tormé   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Babe Russin   Composer
Frankie Carle   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Ray Heindorf   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Harry Barris   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Ken Griffin   Composer
Ted Grouya   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jack Hoffman   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Herbert Magidson   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
David Raksin   Composer
Herbert Reynolds   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
David Rose   Composer
Harry Ruby   Composer
Max Steiner   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Allie Wrubel   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Alfred Newman   Composer
Will Jason   Composer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Fred Myrow   Composer
Tim Spencer   Composer
Geoff Milne   Producer,Liner Notes
Charles Tobias   Composer
Michael Stoner   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Tom Adair   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Gordon Clifford   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
Nat Simon   Composer
Harry Tobias   Composer
Egbert VanAlstyne   Composer
Mack David   Composer
Junie McCree   Composer
David Saxon   Composer
Larry Shayne   Composer
Ernest R. Ball   Composer
Walter Blaufuss   Composer
Martin Block   Composer
Jacob Otis Brennan   Composer
Karen Brennan   Composer
Nat Burton   Composer
Val Burton   Composer
Harry Carroll   Composer
Bruno Coquatrix   Composer
Hal Cotton   Composer
Gerhard Ebeler   Composer
Albert Von Tilzer   Composer
Bill Hill   Composer
Hans Otten   Composer
Harold Green   Composer
Mick   Graphic Design
Edmund Goulding   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Ted Mossman   Composer
Joseph McCarthy   Composer
Johnnie Scott   Composer
Kermit Goell   Composer
Beasley Smith   Composer

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Golden Years of Dick Haymes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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With a running time of over 5 hours, sleeve notes by nostalgia expert Geoff Milne, fully annotated with recording dates, matrix numbers where known and orchestral backings this is a major collection. For many Dick Haymes collectors this will be a much-awaited gem of a box set. As with any project of this size the overall sound quality has to be a major consideration and this is consistently excellent throughout the 4 discs. In fact it was difficult to detect any surface noise even on the oldest of the recordings. There are examples of Dick’s earliest work with Harry James I’ll Get By, (1941) and those blockbusters hits such as You’ll never Know & It can’t be wrong (1943) with The Song Spinners. Put together, quite wisely, in chronological sequence the listener can hear just how Dick’s voice developed from that of a big band vocalist to a major solo artist. Included are his biggest hits, Stella by starlight, Laura, Till the end of time, It had to be you with Helen Forrest etc and there are memories too of many of his film musicals including, Let the rest of the world go by (Irish Eyes are Smiling, 1944), It might as well be Spring (State Fair, 1945), The more I see you (Diamond Horseshoe, 1945), Mi Vida, (Carnival in Costa Rica, 1947) etc. Naturally, with any collection of this size there are going to be the obvious duplications (the chart hits) with other CDs but the inclusion of rarer material, radio performances, two lovely duets with Helen Forrest, Two sleepy people, People will say we’re in love and some world transcriptions, which have previously only had a limited release, makes the 101 selections an absolute must for the collector and a wonderful set for the curious first time buyer. The collection has 12 songs with the Andrews Sisters or Patty Andrews, 9 tracks with Helen Forrest including 2 rare radio show duets, 6 Irving Berlin tracks with Carmen Cavallaro to highlight but a few of the songs. Picking just a couple of my own favourites was difficult but I had to select his brother Bob Haymes song, Hush, little darlin’, which is a lovely but rarely heard cowboy style ballad and the atmospheric Don’t be afraid, with its haunting Victor Young arrangement. It is also thrilling to have on CD at long last, Too late Now from Royal Wedding a song which Dick gives a definitive performance and finally my all time Haymes favourite It Could Happen to You, which captures all the power and glory of his wonderful baritone. There are just so many top performances here that one is simply spoilt for choice. This is the first time that any label has put together such a comprehensive collection, which represents the best of his output from 1941 to 1952 a period during which Dick was a major recording star.