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Best Of Everest Years
Best Of Everest Years
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Gloria's got soul, March 22, 2002
This review is from: Best Of Everest Years (Audio CD)
Gloria Lynne had been almost forgotten for far too long a time. She did have several hit records in the 1960's at a time before those puerile Beatles changed forever the complection of popular music.
This four CD collection presents eight of her Everest albums. As far as value for dollar is concerned, how can you go wrong? Collectibles Records packaged this collection nicely in a wooden box. The original record notes are included.
My favorite CD is the one with Marty Paitch and strings. Gloria's singing is controled and the arrangements are rich. My least favorite CD is the one including the two live albums. Here Gloria gets into some vocal acrobatics, and shows her gospel background.
Gloria is hard to classify. Like Dinah Washington, she is just as comfortable singing pop, R and B, or jazz.
In any case, she represents good taste.


Blossom's Planet
Blossom's Planet
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5 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Tired Blossom, December 5, 2000
This review is from: Blossom's Planet (Audio CD)
Blossom's Verve and Capitol records are among my favorite, but Blossom's performance, and the arrangements of the songs on this CD are tired and lack spark-despite the Brazilian influences. The version of Wave is deadly-all 7 minutes of it. The cover of this CD speaks for itself. Blossom looks tired and the music reflects this mood. Come on, Blossom, wake up and give 'em the ooh-la-la. For now, stick with vintage Blossom.


Lush Life: Joe Mooney's Songs
Lush Life: Joe Mooney's Songs
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Mooney plays great moodey music., November 27, 2000
Recorded in 1957, this CD presents a wonderful selection of tunes, most of which are standards. I enjoyed Joe's use of the organ/accordion. Although his voice lacks range, he has a feel for the music on a level with the Sinatras and Bennetts. Jack Hatop on guitar shows that he can swing. As with all of Joe's CD's currently available, this one is highly recommended.


20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin'
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin'
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Originality counts, August 6, 2000
I ordered this CD for the Carl Dobkins Jr. song "My heart is an open book". What a drag it was when I discovered it is not the original version. A few other songs I listened to were not original either. When it comes to oldies but goodies, originality is everything. We listen to these songs mainly for the nostalgia value. Re-recordings of this type of music are a let down. Stay away from this series-find the original hits!


20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin'
20th Century Rocks, Vol. 3: '50s Rock 'n Roll Whole Lot of Shakin'
Offered by IMS Distribution
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Originality counts, August 6, 2000
I ordered this CD for the Carl Dobkins Jr. song "My heart is an open book". What a drag it was when I discovered it is not the original version. A few other songs I listened to were not original either. When it comes to oldies but goodies, originality is everything. We listen to these songs mainly for the nostalgia value. Re-recordings of this type of music are a let down. Stay away from this series-find the original hits!


Wave
Wave
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oba Oba!, July 30, 2000
This review is from: Wave (Audio CD)
Antonio Carlos Jobim is one of the fathers of bossa nova. This is his most popular solo album and a true classic of the breezy Brazilian style that influenced many jazz artists and caught the world by storm in the early 1960's. If I was going to be stuck on a deserted island and had a choice of ten cd's to have with me, this one would be on the list. Moody and intoxicating.


Sugar
Sugar
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brava, Nancy!, July 15, 2000
This review is from: Sugar (Audio CD)
This is my favorite Nancy Sinatra album. It contains two of her greatest hits, Something Stupid, and Sugar Town. However, what I enjoy most about this CD is Nancy's interpretations of several standards, which include Button Up Your Overcoat and My Buddy. The reparte with the boys in the band at the end of Let's Fall in Love is a hoot, and Nancy demonstrates that she is as comfortable in jazz settings as she is with a pop environment. She is clearly having fun on this album and her sense of humour is engaging. Unlike other, more myopic reviewers, I'm glad that Nancy chose some older standards for this album-it shows that her range and taste in music is broad. Of course, Nancy does have the help of some excellent musicians who back her up with verve. But then again, her dad also fronted some of the greatest bands. I'm sure that her dad liked this album-his taste was always impeccable. Good music is timeless, and like her father, Nancy knows how to choose the best material to record. Brava Nancy!


My Dad / Lollipops & Roses
My Dad / Lollipops & Roses
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where were you in '62?, July 11, 2000
The two albums contained in this CD were recorded at a special time in American popular music-the period from the time Elvis left for the army and the advent of the Beatles. For some of us at least, this period was a reprieve from the primitive and elementary noise that is inherent in so much rock and roll. This was a time when artists like Jack Jones, Steve Lawrence, Dinah Washington, and Sarah Vaughan all made the charts. Musical arrangements were often lush and included full orchestration with strings, and vocal chorus. Even teenage stars like Paul Petersen utilized this style, and here he succeeds wonderfully with his exuberant personality shining through. For the most part the songs are upbeat, and Paul's youthful style is charming. Much of the My Dad album is comprised of Paul's interpretation of standards. We've heard these songs before, interpreted by finer musicians. However, these versions are loads of fun to listen to; The background vocals on "You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby" are a gas. Some rock and rollers may find this music "square" or "boring", but if you grew up in the early sixties, enjoy American popular music of the pre-Beatles variety, and long for simpler, gentler times, you will surely be entertained by this CD.
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Pretty Music -- Prima Style, Vols. 1-2
Pretty Music -- Prima Style, Vols. 1-2
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Change of Pace for Prima, June 29, 2000
Louis Prima is primarily known today for his nightclub act with his wife Keely Smith, and Sam Butera and his Witnesses. Of course Louis Prima fans love to "jump, jive, and wail" to favorites like I've Got You Under My Skin, and That Old Black Magic. However Louis Prima does have a gentler side, and yes believe it or not, he did make "beautiful music".This CD, a collection of songs from two albums from the early 1960's presents Louis' lilting trumpet in a lush orchestral setting with cascading strings, and vocal chorus. Louis had a hit with a cover version of the Bert Kaempfert standard, Wonderland By Night, which is presented here along with other well known standards. Although Louis' playing range is limited in comparison with his jazz contemporaries, (no high notes or creative improvisation here folks) he does have a unique style and surprisingly strong feel for what has become known as lounge music. If you are only interested in the loud and manic Louis, you will not find him in this CD. On the other hand, if you are more open minded and broad in your musical tastes, and have an appreciation of "pretty music", then this CD will please you. You won't be able to jive, but you can sure foxtrot.


Tune In, Turn On to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties
Tune In, Turn On to the Hippest Commercials of the Sixties
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cool Nostalgia, June 1, 2000
Those of us who watched television in the 1960's will fondly remember the commercial jingles. If you enjoy both jazz and lounge music, and appreciate regular doses of nostalgia, then this CD issue of an album released in 1967 is a must have. Arrangements are elaborate in keeping with the musical principles of lounge music and include full orchestration with chorus. Benny Golson's sax adds an appropriate dash of spice. This is feel good music at it's best-bring out the martinis and reminisce.


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