Keep It Simple

Dick Haymes

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Keep It Simple by Dick Haymes is the latest release from 2xhd Mastering-Jazzology Records. This is an Analog recording that has been transferred to DSD 256 by Rene Laflamme using the Merging Technologies Horus Analog to DSD 256 Converter.

Along with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes was one of the most popular crooners of the 1940s and 1950s. Keep It Simple combines tracks from two studio sessions in October 1976 and May 1978 made under the direction of Loonis McGlohon. They include standards like The More I See You, Little White Lies and The Very Thought of You along with selections from Brigadoon, State Fair, and The Goldwin Follies.

Dave Nathan from AllMusic says “Arguably the finest singer of ballads to grace the popular song scene, with the possible exception of Johnny Hartman, this album is a testimonial to a very unique talent and to a singing style that has practically become extinct.”

Tracklist

1.
The More I See You
03:12
2.
I Get Along Without You Very Well
02:57
3.
Little White Lies
02:50
4.
Brigadoon - Almost Like Being In Love
01:58
5.
I'll Remember April
02:53
6.
State Fair - That's for Me - It Might as Well Be Spring
04:20
7.
Of Thee I sing - Who cares
02:41
8.
Stella by Starlight - The Uninvited - Stella by Starlight
01:53
9.
The Very Thought of You
02:27
10.
The Goldwyn Follies - Love Is Here to Stay
03:30
11.
The Goldwyn Follies - Love Walked In
02:33
12.
Hello Frisco - You'll Never Know
02:30
13.
Iceland - There Will Never Be Another You
02:30

Total time: 00:36:14

Additional information

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2XHDJA1148

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Analog Recording Equipment

Nagra-T Tape Recorder modified with tube playback electronics connected from the playback head directly to a Nick Doshi tube head preamplifier using OCC silver cables

Digital Converters

Horus, Merging Technologies

Mastering Engineer

Rene Laflamme – Analog Master Tape to Stereo DSD 256 Transfer

Mastering Room

Nagra HDdac (DSD) is used as a reference digital playback converter

Original Recording Format

Producer

Loonis McGlohon, Dick Phipps

Production Coordination

Wendell Echols

Recording Engineer

Dick Phipps, Steve Haigler

Recording Software

Pyramix, Merging Technologies

Recording Type & Bit Rate

Analog

Release Date May 10, 2019

Press reviews

AllMusic

This Audiophile album features Dick Haymes sessions made under the direction of Loonis McGlohon. The first was done in October 1976 and the second in May 1978 when Haymes was almost 60. (The latter turned out to be his final visit to a recording studio before his death in 1980.) And unlikely as it seems, his voice was at its strongest on the later date.

The 1978 session was one of the most fulfilling of a recording career which started in the 1940s with Harry James when he replaced Frank Sinatra, who had moved to Tommy Dorsey’s band. Along with Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra, he was one of the most popular male crooners of the 1940s and 1950s. Recurring public personal difficulties eventually became a drag on his career.

This album features songs that Haymes was associated with over that career, plus songs he just felt he wanted to do for this album. There’s “Little White Lies,” added to a Decca record in 1947 as an afterthought and which became one of Haymes’ biggest hits. The album also offers a medley of songs from the movie State Fair, including “It Might as Well Be Spring” and “That’s for Me.” While these were big sellers for Haymes, he did not introduce them in that 1945 film. The former was dubbed by Louanne Hogan for Jeanne Crain. Vivian Blaine sang the second.

The length of each performance reflects Haymes’ professional roots in the 78-rpm days. Most of the tunes are done in under 2½ minutes. Bravo! There are some current-day male singers who would do well to emulate this time-management technique.

Arguably the finest singer of ballads to grace the popular song scene, with the possible exception of Johnny Hartman, this album is a testimonial to a very unique talent and to a singing style that has practically become extinct.

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