I See Your Face Before Me + Come Swing with Me (2 LP on 1 CD) + 4 Bonus Tracks
  • RCA Victor LPM-1323
    RCA Victor LPM-1323
  • Verve MGV-2100
    Verve MGV-2100
  • RCA Victor 47-5895
    RCA Victor 47-5895
  • Tony Travis
    Tony Travis

Tony Travis

I See Your Face Before Me + Come Swing with Me (2 LP on 1 CD) + 4 Bonus Tracks

Best Voices Time Forgot

Personnel:
Tony Travis (vcl), Dennis Farnon, Russell Garcia, Harry Geller, Hal Mooney, Buddy Bregman (arr, dir), Pete Candoli, John Audino, Don Fagerquist, Frank Beach, Paul Geil, Buddy Childers (tp), Vince De Rosa (Frh), Lloyd Ulyate, Joe Howard, Tommy Pederson (tb), George Roberts (b-tb), Richard Glese, Arthur Cleghorn (fl), Mitchel Lurie (cl), Russ Cheever (ss, as), Phil Sobel (as), Paul Horn (as, fl), Pete Terry (bs), Arnold Koblenz (oboe), Maury Ellenhorn, Johnny Williams (p), Larry Bunker (vib), Howard Roberts (g), Cliff Hills, Joe Mondragon (b), Max Albright, Jack Sperling (d), Ed Forrest, (perc), Ann Stockton (harp), Jacques Gasselin, Lenny Atkins, Joe Di Fiore, Ed Lustgarten (strings)

Reference: FSR V205 CD

Bar code: 8427328642057

The Best Voices Time Forgot
Collectible Albums by Top Male Vocalists

· Collector's Edition
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art, Liner Notes
· Complete Personnel Details
· Stereo / Mono Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit

In the summer of 1954, Tony Travis launched his recording career as a singer with a single for RCA Victor which included It’s Easier Said than Done. His Sinatra-ish reading soon attracted deejays, and by 1955 he was performing around the country in a promotional tour with TV appearances. By November he was being heralded as “4th Most promising male vocalist” on Billboard’s Disk Jockey Poll. Right until the end of 1956 he recorded several more singles for RCA, as well as the LP “I See Your Face Before Me,” and in April the following year, he was signed to Verve Records by artist and repertoire topper Buddy Bregman. Tony became part of the label’s growing talent roster with his second LP, “Come Swing with Me,” but despite his success in the field, or maybe because of it, the young crooner turned to rock & roll music, and started getting roles on movies and TV.

This CD contains his two albums for RCA and Verve, full of Travis’ tasteful and swinging touch, and with rock-solid, stylish orchestral backings by Dennis Farnon and Russell Garcia. As a bonus we can also listen to four pleasant numbers recorded while he was under contract with RCA.

Tracklist

Sample this album
Total time: 78:08 min.


01. Let's Fall In Love (Arlen-Koehler) 2:23
02. Lazy Afternoon (Hambleton-Latouche-Moross) 2:39
03. A Woman Is a Sometime Thing (Gershwin-Heyward-Gershwin) 2:35
04. Georgia on My Mind (Carmichael-Gorell) 3:48
05. Old Devil Moon (Lane-Harburg) 3:25
06. I See Your Face Before Me (Schwartz-Dietz) 3:25
07. Love Is Just Around the Corner (Robin-Gensler) 2:28
08. It Was Written in the Stars (Robin-Arlen) 2:38
09. Easy Street (Alan Rankin Jones) 3:45
10. Moon Country (Carmichael-Mercer) 3:41
11. Island in the West Indies (Duke-Gershwin) 3:00
12. Moanin' Low (Rainger-Dietz) 3:11
13. They Can't Take That Away from Me (G. & I. Gershwin) 2:50
14. What Is This Thing Called Love (Cole Porter) 2:28
15. Jeepers Creepers (Warren-Mercer) 2:34
16. You’re Getting to Be a Habit With Me (Warren-Dubin) 2:51
17. Taking a Chance on Love (Duke-Latouche-Fetter) 2:08
18. Lonesome Road (Shilkret-Austin) 2:24
19. Just One of Those Things (Cole Porter) 3:06
20. I Get a Kick Out of You (Cole Porter) 3:36
21. How About You? (Lane-Freed) 2:20
22. Anything Goes (Cole Porter) 2:20
23. I Wish I Were In Love Again (Rodgers-Hart) 2:26
24. I Won't Dance (Kern-McHugh-Hammerstein-Harbach-Fields) 2:28
25. It's Easier Said than Done (Pressman-Corda) 2:56 *
26. Was That the Human Thing to Do (Young-Fain) 2:37 *
27. Our Town (Cahn-Van Heusen) 2:43 *
28. Speak to Me of Love (Lenoir-Sievier) 2:37 *

Album details

(*) Bonus Tracks

Sources:
Tracks #1-12, from the album “I See Your Face Before Me” (RCA Victor LPM-1323)
Tracks #13-24, from the album “Come Swing with Me” (Verve MGV-2100)
Track #25, from the 45rpm single RCA Victor 47-5786
Track #26, from the 45rpm single RCA Victor 47-5895
Track #27, from the 45rpm single RCA Victor 47-6272
Track #28, from the 45rpm single RCA Victor 47-6389

Tony Travis, vocals in all tracks

Personnel on “I See Your Face Before Me”:
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Dennis Farnon
Featuring: Frank Beach, William Guy, Paul Geil, trumpets; Lloyd Ulyate, Joe Howard, Ed Kusby, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Larry Breen, tuba; Vince De Rosa, French horn; Phil Sobel, alto sax, clarinet; Russ Cheever, soprano, alto sax; Mitchell Lurie, clarinet; George Drexler, Arthur Cleghorn, Richard Giese, flutes; Lou Ellenhorn, oboe, tenor sax; Pete Terry, baritone sax; Howard Roberts, guitar; Maury Ellenhorn, piano; Cliff Hils, bass; Max Albright, drums; Ed Forrest, percussion; Ann Stockton, harp; Jacques Gasselin, Lenny Atkins, violins; Joe Di Fiore, viola; Ed Lustgarten, cello.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, September 17 [#1-4,7,12], October 5 [#5,9-11] and October 13, 1956 ]#6,8]

Personnel on “Come Swing with Me”:
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Russell Garcia
Featuring: Pete Candoli, John Audino, Don Fagerquist, Buddy Childers, trumpets; John Bambridge, tuba; Dick Nash, Lloyd Ulyate, Joe Howard, trombones; George Roberts, bass trombone; Paul Horn, flute & alto sax; Johnny Williams, piano & celeste; Larry Bunker, vibes; Howard Roberts, guitar; Joe Mondragon, bass; Jack Sperling, drums.
Recorded at Radio Recorders, Hollywood, February 5 & 11 [#13-15,17,18,20,22,24] and February 14, 1958 [#16,19,21,23]

Bonus tracks:
On #25 & 26 with Orchestra conducted by Harry Geller
Recorded in May & October 1954
On #27 with Harold Mooney and his Orchestra
Recorded in September 1955
On #28 with Buddy Bregman and his Orchestra
Recorded in December 1955

RCA cover photo: David B. Hecht
Recordings produced by Joe Carlton (#1-12 & 25-28) and Buddy Bregman (#13-24)
New liner notes written by Jordi Pujol
This CD compilation produced by Jordi Pujol

Stereo / Mono • 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
Blue Moon Producciones Discograficas S.L.

Press reviews

"It’s amazing how many jazz vocalists have been overlooked over the decades. Here are three reissue sets that make you wonder how some singers strike it big and others get overlooked, as no one here deserved the obscurity that they received.

Tony Travis was actually pretty well known for his acting roles, such as The Beatnicks and Perry Mason, but he also doubled as a crooner, sounding somewhere halfway between a vintage Mel Torme’ and an early Mark Murphy. His tenor’d voice is teamed with a 1956 Hollywood band that includes guitarist Howard Roberts and some nice alto sax work by Phil Sobel on “Georgia On My Mine” and the B-movie noirish “Moanin’ Low”. 1958 has him using the title Come Swing With Me a few years before Sinatra, but Travis sounds just as Rat Packy with Russ Garcia’s big band (which included Roberts, Nick Nash/tb, Paul Horn/fl, Larry Bunker?vb and Pete Condoli/tp) on the Basie-ish “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” , the extroverted “What Is This Thing Called Love” and the Vegas-stripped “Jeepers Creepers”. A night at the Golden Nugget."

George W. Harris (October 5, 2020)
https://www.jazzweekly.com

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