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Sings Some Ol' Songs

Victoria Williams Audio CD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 6, 2002)
  • Original Release Date: 2002
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Dualtone Music Group
  • ASIN: B000069CP5
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #312,401 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Moon River
2. Blue Skies
3. And Roses And Roses
4. Over The Rainbow
5. My Funny Valentine
6. Keep Sweeping Cobwebs Off The Moon
7. I'm Old Fashioned
8. As Time Goes By
9. Someone To Watch Over Me
10. Mongoose
11. Do You Know What It Means To Miss New Orleans

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Sing Some Ol' Songs

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4.0 out of 5 stars Eclectic mix of standards from inimitable singer August 8, 2002
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Format:Audio CD
Like many of Vic's fans, I would have preferred an album of original material. After all, it was her poignant, playful story-songs about crazy old women, frying pans and trains, all sung in her inimitable Billie-Holiday-meets-Carly-Simon warble, that caught my attention in the first place. Fortunately, Victoria has succeeded in making these classics very much her own. "Mongoose" is a lively, playful romp that sounds like a campground sing-a-long; "Moon River" invites the listener along on a slow, melancholy journey with "two drifters off to see the world..."; and her heartbreaking version of "Somewhere over the Rainbow" will slither under your skin and into your heart. We've all heard this song countless times -- but somehow it never had the same poignancy before. The lyrics to my favorite track, the lively and jazzed-up "Old-Fashioned," ring the truest: "I'm old fashioned ... I like the old fashioned things ..." Indeed, the album may be too old-school for many people's tastes. But those who appreciate nostalgia and the chance to get in touch with their inner child will be richly rewarded. One recommendation: A lot of the slower songs are at the beginning. For variety, you may want to skip ahead to livelier tracks like "Moongoose," "Cobwebs," and "Old-Fashioned." Hopefully I'll have the chance to see some of these numbers live in the Fall!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Licorice July 29, 2007
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As my friend who introduced me to Williams said, "She's like licorice - you'll either hate her or fall in love". Williams is definitely her own woman, and her styling is fearless and filled with love for the music and (most of the time) the lyrics. You won't hear a cliche' in any of these renditions. I recommend this collection as a good representation of her approach, and if you like it get some more - if not, still share it with friends, 'cause you never know who's going to respond positively. She's got more than a dozen CDs out, so there's not a trivial fan base.
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5.0 out of 5 stars gorgeous inflections and nuances June 21, 2008
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You will have to look and look for anyone who comes close to the intellect behind Victoria's musical sensibilities. She has a quirky voice but what she can do with it puts her in the highest echelon of great vocalists. Same for her overall musicianship. She infuses these old standards with their full meaning and resonance.

There's another wonderful old standard she does that's not on this album, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes. It's on her Live From Toronto album.
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