Thursday, July 31, 2008

Anna Moffo's One Night of Love



Opera singer Anna Moffo goes through movie/stage standards. It's nicely arranged and she has a beautiful voice, good background music. Generally I collect albums where opera singers decided to go "pop" like Dorothy Kirsten and Rise Stevens attempts. This is good enough for a reissue.

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Caroline Peyton's Intuition



Although Caroline Peyton's voice bore a resemblance to Joni Mitchell, she had her own persona. This '77 album which was released on an independent album is interesting. It's all over the map but strangely works together. It combines country, jazz, and even disco! Highlights include the country Together and the fabulous disco number Party Line. It's a shame Caroline didn't produce more albums for this shows that she was a vertasile performer. Later Caroline Peyton used her voice for Disney. Her most famous sample being Beauty and the Beast

Saturday, July 19, 2008

Jackie DeShannon Don't Turn your back on me




This Beat Goes on reissue captures Jackie DeShannon at her early best. I have to admit I prefer the pop Jackie side before the "Put a little love in your heart" period. (Although that song is a guilty pleasure.) I think "Don't Turn your Back on Me" is one of her best albums. It's consistent and full of memorable pop tunes. She shows her songwriting skills effectively on WHen you walk in the Room and Don't turn your back on me. Jackie also shows that she can do a cover effectively to with Just like in the Movies. There is also You won't forget me which Sandie Shaw recorded later on. Both versions are pretty good.
The second album that is included on this release is "This is Jackie De Shannon" and it has a more folky sound.
This cd shows that with Jackie a best of just isn't good enough.

Friday, July 11, 2008

Connie Francis Do the Twist

This was released during the twist phase. Although it produced no hits for her it's one of Connie's best albums. If you like her hits, you'd probably like this as it reflects her bubblegum side. Not all of the songs are about the twist but they all flow together and are swinging. The standout on this album is "Telephone Lover." The cover isn't really exciting as it just says in big letters Twist.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Karina Grandes Exitos



Karina was a sweet young singer from the pretty much undiscovered Spanish ye ye genre of the 60's and 70's. The music sounded similar to the French ye ye genre but had a definite Spanish flavor.
Grandes Exitos starts with some pop flavored songs and moves into more easy listening where Karina's voice matures. There are some covers here (Will you love me Tomorrow, I'll never fall in love again, Be my baby) but they aren't weak. My favorite song is the fun La Fiesta. The downside to this cd is there aren't any liner notes.
For more information on this genre the wonderful website Cha Cha Charming has an excellent article.