I like to search for albums of singers who just recorded a record or two in the 50's. It's something that I've been doing a lot in the past three years. Marlene Cord did this album when she was 19. I really like her version of "I'm through with love." There are some interesting arrangements. The flute is used a lot. Since this album was recorded in 1958 it was around the time that the jazz vocal market was struggling because of the emergence of rock n' roll. It's too bad. I listened to this album this week in rainy weather. It was nice and atmospheric.
This was done after TNT but there's no country in this album at all. It's pure rock. It was produced by Mike Chapman, the man behind Suzi Quatro. In fact, she covers Quatro's Tear me Apart and does a terrific job. The highlights are Blind Love and Somebody must have loved you right last night. Her cover of San Francisco (Be sure to wear some flowers in your hair) is ok but it takes out the hippieness of the song. Side two isn't as memorable but this album should be reissued as it is a pretty good album.
I remember watching a couple of crooner Dick Haymes movies in the 40's. That was about it. When I heard praise of this album from Will Friedwald's book "Jazz Singing" I bought it. I have to agree this is a great album. It kind of reminds me of Frank Sinatra's depressing albums in the 50's. The back cover actually describes this album well when it says that it is "soft and reflective." It does sound like Dick is being reflective when he sings songs like "The Way you look Tonight" and "If I should lose you" here. There are some uptempo songs which change the mood. Overall this fills the void in my record collection of crooners. I need more male singers in my music collection in general though.