Saturday, December 7, 2019

Erin O'Brien

Erin O'Brien - Songs From the Heart of Erin O'Brien I like to collect obscure female jazz vocal albums from the 50's. This is Erin's only album. Her operatic voice kind of reminds me of Anna Maria Alberghetti. My favorite song was "I'm glad there is you." I also liked "When I fall in love." Fresh Sound Records should release this.

Friday, November 15, 2019

Jane Morgan

I didn't care for Jane Morgan at first. I thought she was just another generic singer from the 50's. But then I listened to her album Fresh Flavor which had her doing 60's hits like "Good Lovin'." It was an extremely square album. I found it charming and reviewed it a couple of years ago. Now I own a few cds of Jane Morgan. In this cd, she sings a few French songs and some ballads. My favorite is "I'll be seeing you." Her hit was the song "Fascination" but I like "The Heart you Break" more. It is extremely catchy. More of her material should be available. This contains her first album.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

Another Autumn Ranny Sinclair

This collects the singles that Ranny Sinclair did in the 60's along with two songs she did with Dave Brubeck. I love "Ode to a Cowboy". She kind of reminds of Margo Guryan and Susan Christie except she had more of a jazzy sound. I wonder what happened to this singer as she had looks and talent to match. Anyway, at least her singles have been collected at last.

Saturday, September 21, 2019

Jack Blanchard and Misty Morgan

Jack Blanchard & Misty Morgan - Life and Death (and Almost Everything Else). I enjoyed reading the liner notes for this collection. They were a country duo whose career was going nowhere until they decided to write bizarre songs. They had a hit with "Tennessee Bird Walk" but my favorite is "Fire Hydrant 79". Everyone on the internet says they sound like Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood but I think they've got their own thing. I also recommend OMNI's second collection of this talented duo as well.

Friday, September 13, 2019

Gloria Lynne Try a Little Tenderness

Gloria Lynne - Try a Little Tenderness I've known the song "Try a Little Tenderness" since I watched Pretty in Pink when I was a kid. I didn't know that it was a jazz standard. Otis Redding really made that song his own and changed it completely. I was curious with how the original sounded and so I bought this. It's pretty and it does work sung in a loving manner. It's just a completely different approach. This song was even sung by Ruth Etting (20's singer) so it is an old song. I liked Gloria Lynne's voice which I found to be very smooth. She's an underrated jazz singer and I will be purchasing more music from her in the future.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

Pat Bowie

Pat Bowie - Out of Sight / Feelin' Good! This collection from Jazz Beat Records collects the two jazz albums that this African American singer made in the 60's. She has a distinctive sassy style and voice. She really gets into the words of the songs. I've listened to many versions of "Don't cha go 'way Mad" from jazz singers. This was the first time that I actually paid attention to the words. It's a pretty funny song actually.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

Helen Shapiro

Helen Shapiro - Not Responsible: The Very Best Of After watching Helen Shapiro in "Ring a Ding Rhythm" I went back to this cd. I originally liked the other collection that I owned of her more. (I recommend it earlier on this blog.) However, it was just her doing covers and there's something to be said about original material. So I like both equally. Helen Shapiro was a teenager with a very mature voice. There are so many songs that I like on this cd like "Don't treat me like a child", "Walkin' back to Happiness", "Kiss n' Run", and "Let's talk about Love." Helen Shapiro was one of the best girl singers in the British scene of the 60's. She was very likable.