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Positively the Most/Softly, The Brazilian Sound


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Joanie Sommers was one of the first artists we reissued on our Collectors Choice Music label, but in our first run through her album catalog from Warner Bros., we concentrated on the more teen-oriented titles (like Johnny Get Angry) that she cut after gaining some fame from appearing on the '77 Sunset Strip' series. With this twofer, we revisit her more adult-oriented fare, which many of her fans regard more highly. The jazz-inflected 'Positively the Most' was her debut release for Warner in 1961. 'Softly the Brazilian Sound', was her last album for the label that was a collaboration with Laurindo Almeida that is something of a classic of the whole Brazilian pop craze that swept through American pop during the early-to-mid-'60s.

1. Heart Belongs To Daddy
2. Something I Dreamed Last Night
3. It Might As Well Be Spring
4. I'm Beginning To See The Light
5. Heart And Soul
6. I Like The Likes Of You
7. What's New
8. So In Love
9. Oh, But I Do!
10. Old Devil Moon
11. Just Squeeze Me
12. And Too Young For The Blues
13. Meditation (Meditacao)
14. Dear Heart
15. Watching The World Go By
16. Quiet Nights
17. Once (Ils S'Aimaient)
18. Softly, As I Leave You
19. I Could Have Danced All Night
20. I'll Remember April
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 29, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B000X3SZ8I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #425,703 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Carlos Torres Moura on March 17, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I don't understand why is so difficult to find Joanie Sommer's CD's. She was the best cool voice of the sixties. Why must we buy her albuns only in Japan? She had a fantastic sweet voice. Listen to her performance in some Brazilian bossa nova standards like "Carnival" ("Manha de Carnaval", with different lyrics of the famous Sinatra recording named "A day in the life of a fool") or "Meditation", an Antonio Carlos Jobim's masterpiece. The album is superb. All tracks are in bossa nova rhythm, with the participation of late Brazilian guitar player Laurindo Almeida. Just one more question: why the strings background? If you like Stacey Kent, the best jazz singer today, listen to Joanie. She was Stacey Kent yesterday. We want to hear in CD others Joanie's LPs like "Sommers Seasons" or "The voice of the sixties" , one of her best recordings.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Len Hart on February 16, 2008
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Joanie had a great 'teen' hit in the early sixties called "Johnny Get Angry". But it was only a bit later when she released an album of Bossa Nova numbers that blew me away. Still a teen ager, I had landed a job with a local FM station and put Joanie's Bossa Nova on the air immediately. It was like a breath of fresh air. Her unique voice caressed subtle Bossa rhythms like a cool sea breeze. She handled rhythms and phrasing as subtly as Getz --lilting, gently swinging, precise. Listening to her ablbums are still like sipping Pina Coladas, barefoot on a sunset beach. Rio never had a better ambassador. The good news is: this sound is as fresh as ever. Timeless! This collection features some of the same songs that I remember from that sixites release --Quiet Nights and Meditation, specifically. But every song she touches, she makes hers. Joanie is definitely among the great vocalists.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 15, 1999
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Actually, this album covers music by a whole range of outstanding American writers. It was originally titled "Positively the Most, It's Joanie Drost" and then they decided to rename her. She came along at exactly the wrong time for a great jazz singer; they tried to sell her as "The Sound of the Sixties" but actually she was the sound of intelligence, taste and craftsmanship and there wasn't much of an audience for that. She sold an amazing amount of records nevertheless and her albums STILL sound fresh as paint.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Donald M. Randall on February 26, 2008
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I have looked for the Joanie Sommers album "Softly, The Brazilian Sound" on CD for years. I was thrilled to be able to get this wonderful album at long last - but to have it include a bonus in the form of her "Positively The Most" album made it just that much better.

What a wonderful singer, what a wonderful voice, what a wonderful treat for anyone who appreciates good music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Bowman on May 11, 1999
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When will they release the rest of Joanie Sommers albums on cd? Certainly one of my favorite artists from the 60's, this album is a great listen. All of the songs are by the same writers (Oliver, and Paich I think). My personal favorite being her rendition of "That Old Devil Moon". The arrangements on this album are really exceptional and its in stereo as well! Some noticeable hiss on a couple of tracks but that is to be expected on recordings this old. A great find espescially if you collect girl singers of the 60's.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By K. Tokuno on March 28, 2009
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I'm old enough to remember the Pepsi commercial that Joanie Sommers sang and which gained her a brief measure of fame and acclaim in the early 60s. I also remember her one big hit recording of "Johnny Get Angry" which I thought even at the time an unfortunate choice of songs. Her voice was velvety smooth and enticing on the record and that is what caught my attention, but the song itself was forgettable aside from her voice since it was pure pop and the instrumental bridge sounds like nothing better than a kazoo (maybe it was). I did not follow Sommers career, but she definitely dropped out of the public eye not long after this record. This album reveals what a loss that was. She had everything it took to be a major star. The CD is a combination of two LPs, one of popular songs produced in a jazzy style and one of Antonio Carlos Jobim pieces and those influenced by him. I do not think it in the same class as Sinatra's recording on a similar theme, but it is not far below it. What makes this whole collection work for me is Joanie Sommers beautiful voice. She also knows what to do with it. He voice glides around the lyrics in a way that both enriches them and captivates the listener. Her rendition of "Just Squeeze Me" for example is interesting. This is hardly a standard and the lyrics are somewhat wanting, but she works well withe band to make it somehow memorable. She does the same thing with the much more well known "It Might as Well Be Spring" making her version as refreshing as a day in spring. I found the Brazilian section to work a little less well as I thought that some of the songs simply did not work with arrangements, but she still made the best of it. I will be listening to these songs for a long time to come to make up for the years I lost in not realizing how good this lady was.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 16, 1999
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One of the most unique pop/jazz voices ever as displayed on her first album. Hard to believe she was only 18 years old at the time. The voice of the "For Those who think young" Pepsi commercials of the early '60's, I never tire of listening to her. We should be so lucky as to have other Joanie re-issues.
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