Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Carol Lawrence


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.

Rise Stevens Pop Side


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.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Jaye P. Morgan


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.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Louise Cordet

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.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Love Letters Maureen O'Hara


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.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Audrey Morris


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.

A Gift Wrapped from Paris


Sylvie's English speaking album from the 60's is also one of her strongest. Highlights contains a cute version of My Boyfriend's Back, Gonna Cry, and One more time.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

Kitty Kallen Band Singer


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.

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Julie Felix


Julie Felix was a British folk singer. She sounds like a mix between Joan Baez and Sandy Denny. Pretty good stuff

Joni James Merry Christmas


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.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Anne Phillips


Obscure jazz album. Anne Phillips sounds a bit like Julie London which is a good thing. It has great interpretation and is a solid album throughout.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Daniela and Ann


A Man and his girlfriend is a neat shocking song. The rest of the album is a cool jazzy affair. I wish someone would release the German star Daniela's solo work.

Gloria DeHaven

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.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Straight or Lame Daisy Chain

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.

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Ruby Murray


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.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Jennie Smith


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.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Ann-Margret


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.

Irene Kral The Band and I


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.