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on February 18, 2011
This 2-CD set gathers together four 50s LPs by Morgana King, together with facsimiles of the original liner notes, which in order of recording were:
A. "Sings the Blues" from January 1956, with piano and rhythm accompaniment.
B. "For You, For Me, For Evermore" from March 1956 with small orchestra.
C. "Let Me Love You" from July 1958 with 7-piece group
D. "The Greatest Songs Ever Swung" from 1959 with four trombones, vibes, and rhythm, augmented on 5 tracks by 3 trumpets, and 4 saxes.
These are scheduled on the CDs as B, A, D, C. My own preference is for the 1956 recordings, where Morgana's silky cream-smooth voice is the centrepiece, and is embellished by the restrained playing of the musicians in her backing group. On the later sessions some of the accompaniments sound at odds with the song, and she seems to be striving for effect as a result of which her vocals are more mannered. I realise however that this is a matter of personal taste, and what strikes me as a slight falling off will appeal to others. Overall this is a superb reissue, and my criticism of the second CD is only in comparison with the very high standard set by the first. It is also a considerable bargain, which you'll appreciate if you try to acquire these four albums separately.