CD Sophisticated Lady [Julie London] [CD] [1 disc] (CD 919016),
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Sophisticated Lady [Julie London] [CD] [1 disc]


  • 1. Sophisticated Lady
    2. Cry Me a River
    3. Boy on a Dolphin
    4. Around Midnight
    5. Love For Sale
    6. You'd Be So Nice to Come
    7. Blue Moon
    8. Days of Wine and Roses
    9. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
    10. When I Fall in Love
    11. Two Sleepy People
    12. More I See You
    13. 'S Wonderful
    14. One For My Baby
    15. Moments Like This
    16. Fly Me to the Moon
    17. I Love You
    18. Let There Be Love
    19. Mad About the Boy
    20. Sentimental Journey
    21. There Will Never Be Anoth
    22. Vaya con Dios
    23. Our Day Will Come
    24. In the Wee Small Hours Of
    25. I'm in the Mood For Love
    26. Goodbye
    27. Easy Street
    28. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye
    29. Give a Little Whistle
    30. Black Coffee
    31. Call Me Irresponsible
    32. Diamonds Are a Girl's Bes
    33. Hot Toddy
    34. I've Got a Crush on You
    35. Baby Won't You Please Com
    36. Bewitched
    37. I Left My Heart in San Fr
    38. I Should Care
    39. Love Letters
    40. Must Be Catchin'
    41. It Could Happen to You
    42. Memphis in June
    43. If I'm Lucky
    44. I Got It So Bad (And That
    45. You Made Me Love You
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CDTRBOX336

  • Credits
    Producer
    Engineer

    This three-disc box set from Julie London features 45 tracks.
    "Sophisticated" is the right word to describe Julie London's cool vocal approach; it can be shoved into the background, but if you listen closely there's a lot of turmoil going on under its seemingly calm surface. Similar to Chet Baker's unruffled way with a lyric, London's self-described "thimble full of a voice" ends up describing how pain hasn't quite iced over all her emotions rather than proving how unfeeling she is. Also like Baker, so many of her best recordings are steeped in the style and mood of laid-back West Coast jazz. Sophisticated Lady is one of a string of records London cut in the early '60s with less of a jazz feel than most of her sessions from the '50s, but it's still a worthy album. If it's not exactly an essential session, it is a good one, and the backing orchestra is to blame for the album's shortcomings -- not the vocalist. The charts balance a mellow -- very mellow -- kind of 1940s-era swing feeling (think of Tommy Dorsey or Glenn Miller doing a slow-dance number) with heavy string statements and semi-classical passages. They aren't particularly obtrusive or bad charts, but they are undistinguished, and the arranger for the date doesn't even get a credit on the album sleeve. It's these arrangements, not London's vocal performance, that make this a mediocre, but still worthy, album. (To hear how this approach is done correctly, just listen to Nelson Riddle's beautiful and more jazz-flavored work on Frank Sinatra's exquisite Nice 'N' Easy album.) That's not to say it's not a good disc, though, and standout tracks include Cole Porter's witty "booze as a cure for heartache" number "Make It Another Old-Fashioned Please" and three songs by writers associated with cool jazz. The Wolf/Landesman cut "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" has deservedly earned its status as a standard, but the neglected "Absent Minded Me" by Bob Merrill and Bobby Troup's "Where Am I to Go" deserve to be rediscovered and more widely recorded. ~ Nick Dedina

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