(2016) Harold Sings Arlen (With Friend)

Harold Arlen

... read moreComposer Harold Arlen got his start as a singer, and he proves he can carry a tune on this fully realized album of his songs, arranged and conducted by Peter Matz and produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. This is no Cole-Porter-at-the-piano exercise, but a set of orchestrated songs. Arlen's modest singing...

36′:03″ 12 Songs

1
Harold Arlen
Blues In The Night
4:00
2
Harold Arlen
Little Biscuit
3:54
3
Harold Arlen
Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
1:54
4
Harold Arlen
A Sleepin' Bee
3:40
5
Harold Arlen
In The Shade Of The New Apple Tree
4:03
6
Harold Arlen
Hit The Road To Dreamland
2:35
7
Harold Arlen
Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate The Positive
2:37
8
Harold Arlen
My Shining Hour
3:22
9
Harold Arlen
Today I Love Everybody
2:07
10
Harold Arlen
House Of Flowers
2:45
11
Harold Arlen
For Every Man There's A Woman
2:26
12
Harold Arlen
That's A Fine Kind O' Freedom
2:40
Released 10 June 2016, Originally released 1966. All rights reserved by Sony Music Entertainment

Review

Composer Harold Arlen got his start as a singer, and he proves he can carry a tune on this fully realized album of his songs, arranged and conducted by Peter Matz and produced by Thomas Z. Shepard. This is no Cole-Porter-at-the-piano exercise, but a set of orchestrated songs. Arlen's modest singing voice doesn't quite justify the treatment, but he sings the lyrics of his collaborators with feeling and understanding, and he is joined on a couple of tunes by Barbra Streisand, who has shown an affinity for his work since doing his "A Sleepin' Bee" as her first audition. One might have hoped for more of Arlen's best-known songs, but this collection is a well-rounded look at one of the better and less-famous pop songwriters of the century. ~ William Ruhlmann