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The Singers Unlimited - Magic Voices (1998) 7 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

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The Singers Unlimited - Magic Voices (1998) 7 CD Box Set [Re-Up]

The Singers Unlimited - Magic Voices (1998) 7 CD Box Set
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 2.45 Gb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 1.18 Gb | Scans ~ 1 Gb
Vocal Jazz, Acapella, Harmony Vocal Group | Label: MPS | # 539 131/137 | Time: 08:45:50

This vocal quartet originally started life as an extension of jazz band the Hi-Lo’s. From that prominent '50s band came Don Shelton, who decided to form Singers Unlimited after the Hi-Lo’s broke up in 1964. After retreating to Chicago, Illinois, where he worked on a series of television commercials, he enlisted fellow Hi-Lo’s veteran Gene Puerling of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to join him in the city in 1967. The group was formed along with Len Dresslar and Bonnie Herman, with the express intention of recording commercials in the doo wop/vocal group idiom. Shelton’s connections in the industry ensured the group was able to exploit the market successfully, and lucrative work rolled in. However, the 30-second snatches of songs hardly satisfied their artistic ambitions, and when they found themselves with studio time left over after one session, they recorded a take on the Beatles' "The Fool on the Hill." Through visiting jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, the demo of the a cappella recording was passed to MPS Records in Germany.

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

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New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)

New York Voices - A Day Like This (2007)
EAC | FLAC | Image (Cue&Log) ~ 378 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 160 Mb | Scans included | 01:04:07
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Harmony, Standarts, Swing | Label: MCG Jazz | # MCGJ1031

With ensemble vocal jazz, the danger is always that tight and complex harmony writing will come across as too smooth and too sweet – for some reason, chords that sound sharp and bracing when distributed among reed instruments can sound cloying and overly slick when sung by human voices. The vocal/instrumental quartet New York Voices don't avoid that trap entirely on their latest album (and their first as an ensemble in seven years), but they continue to demonstrate their mastery of the genre with a solid program of new and old songs and innovative arrangements. Their take on "Darn That Dream" is startlingly new (and features a fine bass clarinet solo by Bob Mintzer), and the lyrics that group members added to John Coltrane's "Moment's Notice" work very nicely. Not everyone will agree that the world needed a vocal jazz version of Laura Nyro's "Stoned Soul Picnic," but the New York Voices' version is really lots of fun and is sure to bring a nostalgic tear to more than one baby-boomer eye. Apart from a couple of saccharine moments on "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," A Day Like This is a pleasure from start to finish. Recommended.

The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]

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The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]

The Four Freshmen - Voices in Latin (1958) + The Freshman Year (1961) [2LP in 1CD, 1999]
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 385 Mb | Mp3 (CBR320) ~ 168 Mb | Scans included
Label: Collectors' Choice Music | # CCM095-2 | Time: 01:08:00
Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Harmony Vocal Group

In 1999, Collectors' Choice released Voices in Latin/The Freshman Year, which contained two complete albums – Voices in Latin (1958, originally released on Capitol) and The Freshman Year (1961, originally released on Capitol) – by the Four Freshmen on one compact disc.

New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

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New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)

New York Voices - Sing! Sing! Sing! (2000)
EAC | FLAC | Tracks (Cue&Log) ~ 419 Mb | Scans included
Label: Concord Jazz | # CCD-4961-2 | Time: 01:03:22
Vocal Jazz, Harmony Vocal Group, Mainstream Jazz

You have to admire New York Voices' diversity – this is a jazz vocal group that has embraced everything from modal post-bop and Brazilian jazz to Stevie Wonder pearls. And how many artists have devoted an entire album to jazz interpretations of Paul Simon tunes? Not everything the Voices have recorded is great, but more often than not, their sense of adventure and open-mindedness have served them well. After paying tribute to pop-rocker Simon in 1997, the Voices make big band music the main focus of Sing, Sing, Sing. This time, they are backed by a big band and turn their attention to gems associated with swing icons like Benny Goodman ("Sing, Sing, Sing," "Don't Be That Way"), Duke Ellington ("In A Mellow Tone"), Woody Herman ("Early Autumn"), and Artie Shaw ("Stardust"). Although many of these classics came out of the Swing Era, Sing, Sing, Sing also has its share of post-World War II gems. Ralph Burns' lovely "Early Autumn" is a gem that Herman recorded in 1948, when he was exploring bop with his Second Herd and the Four Brothers. And "Orange Colored Sky," which was a major hit for Nat "King" Cole in 1950, is quite relevant to the CD's big band theme because Cole recorded it with the Stan Kenton Orchestra.