- Audio CD (January 10, 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: RCA
- ASIN: B000003FH0
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
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Fabulous Josephine Baker
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Unfortunately when most people outside of Europe think of La Baker, it is not of the 'Diva magnifique' she became after WWII, but rather of the little black girl from St. Louis dancing topless in a banana skirt, singing in broken french, and living in a castle (or, even worse, of Lynn Whitfield in that awful 1990 bio-pic "The Josephine Baker Story", which, by the way, didn't even use Baker's real vocals). Most recordings of Baker that are easily available on disc are primarily low-budget releases of Baker's recordings from circa 1926-1940, and are essential interpretations of the classic recorded french chanson, inspite of the fact that Baker has an incredibly think accent and murders of the french language at every turn.
But Baker didn't sing that way forever. As her singing abilities grew, her voice deepened, and she mastered the french language.Read more ›
Sure, some of the orchestrations and arrangements are corny, but that's the style of the period, and it's great fun. One or two times of listening to this, and you'll be humming happily along.
To those who have never heard Josephine's later recordings, she may at moments be reminiscent of a more fluid, powerful and infinitely happier and more mellow Edith Piaf.
The recoding engineers have done an admirable job of transferring this early stereo work to compact disc. While this recording does not offer the sonic depth of a contemporary recording, it nevertheless delivers everything with great clarity and negligible distortion.
This is from a later less coquettish period when her voice is deeper and even better.
Some of the arrangemens are kind of 50s, but there are plenty of Musette type recordings here.
Some quite Piaf like ones.
Though she doesn't sing in the style of Sarah Vaughn, I think she shows here that she could match her in vocal range and quality.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is not another one who could touch her for sheer talent and heart! "La Baker" moves me deeply on this stereo recording. The orchestra is great! Read morePublished on May 13, 2008 by Robert L. Halla
THis CD, The Fabulous Josephine Baker, is an excellent example of what she had that made her perhaps the top female performer and singer in France for more than thirty years. Read morePublished on February 14, 2007 by Josef Bush