If you're into the girl ground sound, this is a good example for something that isn't too heard about. Tracey Dey is a pretty good singer. The standouts are Teenage Cleopatra, I won't tell, and Gonna get along without you now.
The original Maria from West Side Story does an album of standards. I like her album Tonight at 8:30 more as the tunes were catchier but this is good too. I like There's a lull in my life, I wonder what's the matter with me, and So it's spring.
She was in the movies The Chocolate Solider and Going my Way. I watched these years ago. I really need to view them again. This is operatic singing around standards. I like albums where opera singers do this. Solid cd.
This contains Jaye P. Morgan's Just you Just me album and her hits. She had an unique brassy voice. I like You're my Thrill and I pledge allegiance to your heart. Also recommended is Up North, Down South which is a hoky collection of civil war songs which I recommended earlier.
My introduction to Louise Cordet was on a friend's tape of British girl singers of the 60's. It featured her cover of Mary Wells' Two Lovers. When this popped up on cd I had to get it. It's cute. I'm just a baby, the hit here is easily the best song here. She wraps herself around the lyrics. Which way the wind blows is fun and there's a youtube of it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k4688NaqFgc Don't let the sun catch you crying was written for her. I like the French version here more than the English one. She puts more meaning in the French version.
Maureen O'Hara had an thick Irish accent so it took me awhile to like this album. She goes through standards and does well on My Romance and I only have eyes for you. I liked her as an actress in The Parent Trap and am curious about her Irish album.
Audrey Morris was an underrated vocalist from the 50's with a voice that sounds a bit like Jeri Southern. Her version of If Love were all is dazzling here. I wish someone would rereleased her Bistro Ballads album which is quite expensive.
The most essential cd available is The Kitty Kallen Story. This would a good choice to get only if you're after the first cd. The Kitty Kallen Story not only spotlights some of her Jimmy Dorsey material but includes Little Things Mean a Lot, one of her best songs. Getting a cd without that song is like missing the scope that is Kitty.
This cd focuses on her 1939 and 1944 material. For the first time her work with Jack Teagarden is released. Frankly I wasn't too impressed by it. She sounds like an ordinary singer. Maybe it's Teagarden? Perhaps he was best without a vocalist. This can't be completely judged until someone releases a cd of Dolores O'Neill, the first singer he worked with. But then this was in 1939, maybe it was Kitty, perhaps she hadn't matured yet? Because in 1944, when she worked with Harry James, Kitty sounded completely different. A singer with a distinctive sweet voice of her own. There are swinging band numbers here like 11:60 P.M., sure some don't make sense but what do you expect out of 40's swing? There are also the slow songs for which Kitty was made for like Waiting for the Train to Come in.
Since Christmas is around the corner I'm going to start recommending Christmas albums. I wish that Joni James did an uptempo song like Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer, otherwise this is a fine album, nicely sung and arranged.
This is a review I wrote years ago on Amazon.com.
Before Gloria De Haven became a star at MGM, she was a band singer for Bob Crosby and Jan Savitt's orchestras. I'd love to hear those recordings but these are radio transcriptions she made during the 40's. Her lovely smoky voice was quite the contrast from her sweet screen image. Although I like her film roles like Summer Holiday, I wonder what could have happened if she continued soley on singing. There are two duets from film co-stars June Allyson and Frank Sinatra, but he's not listed.
Unfortunately the back insert of the cd forgets to mention that 4 is Blue Moon as a result the numbering is off. But this is my only quibble.
This is a review I wrote a few years ago for Amazon.
Daisy Chain's Straight or Lame isn't a masterpiece but I think it does fit into Sundazed's category. It gives off the flower power like charm that many of their collections deliver. While the songs do tend to lead into too many different directions, there is a garage feel to it. It's not really rocking. It's more mellow.
Besides it is neat to see what Rosemary Lane was doing before Birtha. Her vocal on Got to get you in my arms gives a glimpse of what was to come. In my mind Run Spot Run makes it worth the purchase alone, good tune with trippy lyrics.
This was a review I wrote on Amazon eight years ago.
Ruby Murray was one of the many highlights of the early 50's. It's not hard to see why. She was innocent, proud of her culture, and possessed one sweet voice.
My mother liked it instantly but it took my sister a while for it to grow on her. With all the songs about Ireland I can kind of see why. But the songs aren't all the same. My favorite song is the pretty Peggy O'Neil. Miss O'Leary's Irish Fruit Cake is another. It's one weird druggy song. Perfect music for St. Patrick's Day or the afternoon.
Jennie Smith does Steve Allen songs for her last album. It's pretty good. Jennie's voice kind of sounded like Eydie Gorme but it was different and distinctive in its own right. I really like Jennie Smith, a forgotten vocalist from the 50's. She had a gentle nice voice.
This is an excellent collection of Ann-Margret. I've been listening to it for years. She didn't have the best voice but she had a lot of fun, personality, and energy. C'est Si Bon, Please don't talk about me when I'm gone and especially Thirteen Men are fun. She was a blast in the movie Kitten with a Whip. I've bought other Ann-Margret stuff after this cd. However this was the great introduction.
She kind of reminds me of June Christy with this album. Maybe it's The Night we called it a day, which June Christy covered but there's a melancholy tone in this jazz album. The band is good and so is Irene. I really like Detour Ahead.
This cd collects early country music made by women 1923-1939. Except for Patsy Montana and The Carter Family, most of the songs here are from obscure artists. The booklet is informative and goes over the history and struggle of these women, each artist in the disc is discussed. A lot of the songs featured on the cd are rare. The most creative group here is the DeZurik Sisters, who incorporated the sounds of their barn animals into their yodeling. They're not only original but they have great harmony. Another song that stood out was Louisiana Lou's bluesy With my Bango on my Knee Blues. The music here may have come from a long while ago but much of the material here is inventive.
Jaye P. Morgan does songs here from the civil war from the North and South side. She also throws in songs like Lullaby of Broadway. She has a pretty voice. I like her version of St. Louis Blues and Joshua. I walk the line is a bonus track and I wish her album That country sound were on cd.
This contains Peggy Lee's Benny Goodman's recordings. The first disc finds her developing into a singer. The second disc shows she is a great singer and gets into the lyrics more. She would turn into an amazing accomplished singer in the 50's. I like Why don't you do right, Blues in the Night, and Where or When.
This cd contains operatic singing going through standards. I really like when opera singers do this. Rise Stevens and Dorothy Kirsten also did this and I love their records. Gladys was a movie star back in the day. Unfortunately none of her movies are on DVD. I'd watch them.
Although I didn't care for the movie I do enjoy the soundtrack of the Spanish child prodigy. Tony and Muchachita are fun. Marisol would mature and do adult work later on but the stuff she did in her childhood shouldn't be overlooked.
I was watching the Jennifer Jason Leigh movie Heart of Midnight when I heard a lovely song Baby, What Else Can I Do. I discovered it was by Ethel Waters and bought it right away. That is the best song here but this is pretty good stuff. I once went to a thrift store and found an Ethel Waters album there. I bought it up to the counter and I was only 20 and the guy said surprised, "Ethel Waters at your age?" He was super nice to my twin sister and me on our other visits there.
Mike and Sally Oldfield made this before they went on their solo careers. They make a pretty good duo and Sally has a pretty voice. This is whimsical folk. My favorite numbers are Strangers and Children of the Sun.
Evelyn Knight has a husky voice yet sings perky material. I like the contrast. She's one of my favorite vocalists, an underrated singer from the 40's. A Little Bird Told me and Nobody's Tears are falling but mine are great songs. Let him go, let him tarry got a laugh from my dad. Highly recommended.
My introduction of the Free Design was a best of and then I bought this. This is a good sunshine pop album with very happy lyrics. The best songs are Bubbles, Kije's Ouija, Howdjadoo, and I'm a Yogi. I'll probably buy more of the sibling act as it is excellent pop.
My introduction to Eydie is also my favorite album of hers. Her perky voice manages to sing the blues well. She taps into the lyrics well. I like When the sun comes out, I gotta right to sing the blues, and Don't get around much anymore. This is Eydie's strongest album and shows her capability of singing standards effectively.
It happened on fifth avenue, one of my favorite movies and a superb Christmas movie starred Gale Storm. She was charming in it. Even though she was dubbed in it I knew I would eventually get a collection of her. She has an interesting nice voice. I like Treasure Island and Dark Moon. The cd concludes with selections from her religious album.
Peg Lacentra is one of the many big band vocalists like Judy Ellington (Charlie Barnet's vocalist) that have been forgotten over time. The 2 set cd includes her Artie Shaw sides and some songs she did for movies. The Shaw sides are superior. The linear notes are well written and the author shows not only that he researched but that he admires her. Very few of the songs are up tempo but she does show she can do it with "It Ain't Right". Mostly she comes across as a beautiful classy old fashioned ballad singer. As she sings you can imagine her in a dressing gown in a nightclub. The best song in here is the first, the catchy "This Little Piggie went to Market" but "The Fortune Teller" isn't too far behind.
This combines an album that Lucille Starr did with her husband at the time Bob Regan and her solo album Lonely Street. Bob and her make a pretty good duo. Heartaches by the Number is great. But the real reason to get it is her voice. It's quite beautiful. Lonely Street is a good number. Lucille Starr was an underrated country singer. I'm curious about her other solo material.
This is a good collection of their ABC years. They were a very square jazz duo. I like them a lot. You can tell they have a fun time. Say cheese, It's a lovely day, and Could you use me? are fun. Jackie has a nice voice. Roy Kral's sister is Irene Kral who I probably review later.
I don't know much about the Italian singer Nada. I bought this after watching a youtube of her. I really like the song Bugia. I read that she performed at the Sanremo Music Festival a bit. That's about all I know. She has an interesting voice. She and Mina are my favorite Italian singers. Any information about her would be welcomed.
Good solid folk album. I especially like the number De muziek gaat voorbij where they use bazookas. I wish I could understand this. I wish their albums were more on cd. This one is thankfully. Any information on them would be welcome.
Folk singer Bonnie Dobson tries pop. It's a good effort. She wrote some of the songs here. What I consider the weakest track Winter's Going is the one featured on collections. I like Rainy Windows, I got Stung, and Elevator Man.
Eydie Gorme has an amazing voice - vibrant, perky and energetic. This album is great. The highlights are I'll take romance, The Gentleman is a Dope, and Be Careful it's my heart. I like Guess who I saw today where she discovers her man is cheating on her. Eydie Gorme made many good albums.
Jennie Smith kind of sounded like Eydie Gorme. I own all of her albums. My favorite one is Nightly Yours on the Steve Allen Show. She was one of the best vocalists of the 50's although she's forgotten now. This is her debut. I like My very good friend in the looking glass, He's my guy, and she does a nice version of When I fall in love.
George Kooymans of the band Golden Earring wrote a number of the songs here. Bojoura kind of sounds like an early Marianne Faithfull. This is a good poppy folk album. I like Looking for the land part 2, Everybody's Day, and Mr. Magic. Some day I'm going to buy her second album.
This combines two Sylvia Telles albums The Face and I love and The Music of Mr. Jobim. Her enchanting voice sings in English in The Face I love. My favorites are Voce and Pardon my English. Sylvia Telles was a bossa nova artist of the 50's and 60's and she was amazing. If she lived longer she would be more well known.
This was a review for Amazon I wrote when I was 20.
A friend bought this for me for Christmas. It is by far the most expensive present I've ever received. I stared at it in a day in wonder before I finally started listening. The Very Best cd does generally collect the best of her but some real gems (Solid Potato Salad particularly) have been left in the background. The booklet is informative and is full of pictures from her sessions. Ella comes across as one dedicated character. She made a start at her music career at 13, getting a spot as Jimmy Dorsey's singer. It didn't last long once the lie about her age got out. At 17 she got together with Freddie Slack and sang the song Cow Cow Boogie which became the biggest song of her career.
Ella Mae Morse is described as a lightweight singer by many but this is hardly the case. Sure she was doing boogie woogie music but she combined blues and jazz so effortlessly. (By the way I consider her to be the queen of swing.) She also shows that she could try another genre if she wanted with her two fun country duets with Tennessee Ernie Ford. The collection ends with the last lp she did with Billy May, "The Morse Code." Only Bear Family could made a box like this.
Their first two albums are combined on this cd. This is haunting folk music and Mary had one amazing voice. Commencement, Dealer, and Mary's solo on Mornings and Dedication are the standouts. This brother and sister act also made a great album later with Life is a Stream which I recommended earlier. All their recordings are worth owning. Chuck's website is full of information about their career together.
This is a solid disco album. The hit Don't leave me this way is easily the best song. Don't make me pay for another girl's mistake and Come to me are also really good songs. It looks like I need to dig through my records and listen to the Thelma Houston ones I have. Confession I haven't listen to all of my records. There's so many of them. But I'm sure I'll find many goodies on Thelma Houston's ones.