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Joni James - Latest and Greatest Hits

Joni JamesAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (June 20, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Taragon
  • ASIN: B00004TTJR
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #253,260 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Wanna Be With You
2. Blue Hearted
3. You're Changing My Mind
4. Sweet Talk
5. Patches (On My Lonely Heart)
6. Blue Starlight
7. I'm In Love Again
8. The Miracle Is You
9. Peace And Love
10. Have You Heard
11. Almost Always
12. Purple Shades
13. Your Cheatin' Heart
14. Why Don't You Believe Me
15. Is It Any Wonder
16. Wishing Ring
17. My Love, My Love - Joni James J
18. How Important Can It Be?

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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful new music from a champion June 13, 2000
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Nearly a half-century separates the first nine tracks and last nine tracks in this album but you'd never know it. Joni James sounds as young as ever and, because the same creative team was involved in creating both sets of recordings, the new and the tried and true blend seamlessly into one totally enjoyable collection. It takes a lot of courage for a veteran performer to tackle new material and then go another step by holding it up by comparison to a string of multimillion sellers. The hits sound better than ever. The new songs are totally delightful and range from big beautiful ballads to country swing to blues to a weepers. James does everything up to perfection aided by the arrangements of Lew Douglas, who also arranged the first round of hits. This is a most unusual album and a most daring concept and she pulls it off handsomely. It will sell big and merits recognition both as a totally enjoyable album and an example of a front runner staying up front.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still The Greatest! March 14, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Joni James "Latest And Greatest Hits" is her first new release in over 35 years. Amazingly, Miss James still sounds as young and vibrant as she did in the 50's and 60's. She's remarkable. There aren't many other singers who could accomplish such a feat. This recording is a must for any Joni James fan. It includes three of her hits never before released on cd,"Almost Always", "Wishing Ring" and "Is It Any Wonder?" plus nine new tunes showing Joni's versatility from pop ballad to country. And Joni is in top form all the way through. Her range and phrasing are first rate. I highly recommend this cd to any one who loves fine music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The price of being original? February 20, 2001
By A Customer
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I'm a little confused by the comparisons of Joni James to jazz singers. In the records here she unmistakenly a pop singer, so why is she being held up to the mirror of jazz singers? Joni did do some jazz-inflected albums in a later period of her career, and they sold well, particularly in Japan. But here she is a pop singer. Regarding her phrasing, I don't think it's clumsy. It's original and unique, influenced clearly by Gregorian chants with a bit of Sarah Vaughan. As for Louis Armstrong, he was a big admirer of Joni's, they knew each other, and she grew up listening to his records, Sarah Vaughan's, Dinah Washington's, Billie Holiday's and Anita O'Day's. And as for Joni not swinging, ALL her first albums take usually slow ballads and speed them up, adding all sorts of nuances, time stretching and especially phrasing behind the beat. She sang a lot backed by Stan Kenton's orchestra in concerts and he thought she WAS a jazz singer at heart with an incredible sense of time. This album is well worth getting, even just to hear a singer unlike any other. Selling more than 100 million records she can't be so bad.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the Greatest November 2, 2000
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Format:Audio CD
This is a lovely collection of music. The "latest" songs are sung with the same warmth and conviction that Ms. James has always been known for. Her voice is still sweet and clear, but with a strength that comes from time and experience. My favorite of this group is "I'm In Love Again," which is the best new ballad I have heard in a long time. Of the "greatest" songs, I had never before heard "Is It Any Wonder," and what a wonderful song it is. That and "Wishing Ring" rate as two of Ms. James' most intimate, heartfelt performances. "Almost Always," with its lush Latin arrangement, is another treat. A CD with new recordings combined with old recordings is an unusual concept, but in this case it works. I recently had the privilege of seeing Ms. James in concert, which was a treat. I have never seen a performer who has such a rapport with an audience. Plus, she sounds as great in person as she does on the CD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Voice and Production January 28, 2008
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Joni James proves with this album that she can still sing... beautifully. The new cuts are well-produced with good arrangements and excellent audio quality. In this era of overdriven CD's (maximum volume and maximum distortion), this is exceptionally pleasant! You may already have some of the earlier cuts, but the new material makes it a worthwhile addition to any Joni James collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Amazing! October 23, 2000
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This marvelous cd displays the unique vocal stylings of a truly classic singer. The is no discernable difference in her voice between the new and old recordings. Listening to this lovely cd makes me look forward to her Westbury Long Island concert on October 28. Joni is still the queen of romance.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars She's Still Got It February 5, 2005
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Joni James is one of the most talented and successful singers in all of recorded history. Her voice is wholly extraordinary. It has a perfect pitch and tone, and it possesses a lyrical, even magically lilting quality, in which the notes slide up and down in a consummately evocative way to convey her every very

deep and honest feeling. Due to her extraordinary capacity to convey very deep feelings, she is more than just a popular singer. Her songs address the human condition in the most fundamental ways.

Joni James was a protege of MGM, and she performed between 1952 and 1966 on that basis, and yet, on the good side, MGM did for her a most unusual thing by giving her alone the right to

choose her own material. This permitted her to take a principled position on the relations between men and women, a position to which she maintained total fidelity, both in her singing and so far as we know in her personal life.

On the bad side, MGM exploited her shamelessly, having her record so many songs that she became more overexposed than perhaps any other performing artist has ever been in all of "recorded" history. This ensured that her songs would no longer become gold or platinum best sellers, because people simply had heard far too much of her singing during those years. Yet back on the good side, MGM allowed her singing to convey the basic life message she chose to give to the world. And her message was perfectly clear.

In the corpus of the work of Joni James we can clearly see one fundamentally basic message coming through a majority of her songs. She chose to celebrate and insist upon the ideal union

between a man and a woman. Many, many of her songs celebrated the joy of total commitment and total fidelity.
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