Billy Eckstine & Sarah Vaughan – Berlin Songbook (Full Album)

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Sarah Vaughan and Billy Eckstine Sing the Best of Irving Berlin is a 1957 studio album featuring Billy Eckstine and Sarah Vaughan, and the songs of Irving Berlin.

Although Vaughan had made many recordings with Eckstine, this was their only complete album together.

AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook:
Sarah Vaughan’s heavenly vocalizing and Billy Eckstine’s velvety deep tone proved an ideal match during the late ’40s and throughout the ’50s. This 1957 Irving Berlin collection qualifies as the high point of that collaboration. Sometimes surpassing their splendid solo sides, Vaughan and Eckstine obviously revel in each other’s company here, seamlessly blending their voices on most every track. Draped in Hal Mooney’s fine and unobtrusive charts, the singers particularly shine on such well-tread Berlin fare as “I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” and “Cheek to Cheek”; there are equally splendid readings of the rarely covered “Easter Parade” and “Now It Can Be Told” as well. A highlight from the land of vintage vocal jazz.

Track listing:
“Alexander’s Ragtime Band” – 4:02
“Isn’t This a Lovely Day?” – 3:53
“I’ve Got My Love to Keep Me Warm” – 4:14
“All of My Life” – 3:16
“Cheek to Cheek” – 2:46
“You’re Just in Love” – 3:42
“Remember” – 2:19
“Always” – 2:37
“Easter Parade” – 3:14
“The Girl That I Marry” – 2:59
“Now It Can Be Told” – 3:43

All songs written by Irving Berlin.

Personnel:
Sarah Vaughan – vocals
Billy Eckstine – vocals
Hal Mooney – arranger, conductor

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