Eileen Farrell - Eileen Farrell Sings Torch Songs
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I don't know where to begin. Eileen Farrell was one of the three or four best singers America has produced and, incredibly, she excelled at opera, jazz and the great American song in equal measure. Arriving on the scene during WW II, she was signed for her own radio show at CBS in New York. She was only 22 and she soon proved she could sing almost anything. Her voice was huge, accurate, lyrical and thrilling, so she became equally at home in Verdi, Pucinni, Wagner or singing her justly famous Marie in Wozzeck. Then, to the delight of her many fans, she recorded four beautifully produced LPs of the standards from Cole Porter, Gershwin, Arlen, Rogers and Hart and Hoagy Carmichael for Columbia Records in the late 50's and early 60's. For these recordings, her voice became seductive, expressive and intimate. She could sing a ballad and break your heart and then she would swing an uptempo number and make you believe in young love, flowers and springtime. Farrell never sounds like a fish out of water like so many opera divas who try to "get down". She just sounds like a talented singer. No more. No less.