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Soft, seductive, fifties romance
on October 9, 2002
This latest twofer from EMI in Britain pairs two of Julie's earliest albums - Lonely girl from 1956 and Make love to me from 1957. Julie is often compared to Peggy Lee and Jeri Southern and it's not difficult to see why. They were all brilliant singing (at times almost whispering) late-night romantic songs of the kind with which this twofer is filled - there are no uptempo songs here. I love all three of these wonderful ladies and have most of their available music.
On this particular twofer (as on many of Julie's albums), you will find plenty of covers of songs from the Great American Songbook. Perhaps the most famous song here is Fools rush in, but Lover man, Body and soul, Where or when, The nearness of you, You're my thrill and others have been covered by plenty of singers down the years. I believe Julie's versions of these songs are among the best, if not actually the best.
If you are mainly familiar with Julie's sixties music, I must tell you that her fifties music was much sparser and more intimate - and therefore, to my ears, even better, though not everybody will share that view. This is an outstanding twofer - the latest in a great series. If you enjoy Julie's music as much as I do, you'll never be able to get enough of it.