Fascination - The Ultimate Collection [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 2CD SET Import
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Jane Morgan's exceptional song stylings and her ability to sing in several languages made her an international celebrity and million selling recording star. Includes the albums "Fascination", "Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue" and "The Day The Rains Came". With wonderful accompaniments from Joe Reisman, Marty Gold, The Troubadors and more. Also features twenty three of her Kapp singles, most of which appear on CD for the first time. This is the ultimate Jane Morgan CD and is not to be missed.
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Named after her first US hit, this welcome anthology of two dozen early singles plus album tracks (from THE DAY THE RAINS CAME/SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW, SOMETHING BORROWED,SOMETHING BLUE and selections from FASCINATION) joins a few other recent UK Jane Morgan releases. With no fewer than fifty-six tracks gathered together on two CD's, this must surely be the most comprehensive tribute to this classy singer so far available. FASCINATION, which originated in France, was the massive US hit in 1957; its source being the Gary Cooper/Audrey Hepburn film LOVE IN THE AFTERNOON which featured this well-known song as a background theme within the movie's score. However, in the UK, Jane reached the top of the Charts with THE DAY THE RAINS CAME in 1958, based on a French song written by singer/songwriter Gilbert Becaud and that Gallic version LE JOUR OU LA PLUIE VIENDRA) has also been thoughtfully included. Jane later enjoyed two further UK entries with IF ONLY I COULD LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN (1959) and the not included ROMANTICA (1960) which hopefully will make a promised Jasmine follow-up compilation.
Despite her stylish diva image and plaintive delivery of ballads, this collection reveals Jane was predominantly a singer of popular numbers with THE HEART YOU BREAK, I'V'E GOT BELLS ON MY HEART, WHY?, WHY DON'T THEY LEAVE US ALONE?, FLYIN' HIGH, LET'S GO STEADY and others showing how capable she was in letting her hair down whenever required. Jane also covered Fifties hits by others including GIVE ME YOUR WORD, AROUND THE WORLD, IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY, AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER, IT'S ALL IN THE GAME and CATCH A FALLING STAR; the twist being these songs were recorded by male singers, so Jane's robust versions probably racked up healthy sales thanks to those who preferred a female vocal slant on those numbers which mainly appeared as album choices. However, the Continental influence remains present and IN PAREE, LA RONDE, MY MAN, ANNA, ARRIVEDERCI ROMA, VOLARE, RIVER SEINE and BAMBINO often reflect her ability to often sing the lyrics in French.
For those who prefer something from The Great American Songbook, other standout tracks include WHERE THE BLUE OF THE NIGHT MEETS THE GOLD OF THE DAY, IT'S BEEN A LONG LONG TIME, SPEAK LOW, BEYOND THE BLUE HORIZON, WHO'S SORRY NOW?, BE MY LITTLE BUMBLE BEE and WRAP YOUR TROUBLES IN DREAMS and the minor hit TWO DIFFERENT WORLDS shared with pianist Roger Williams.
Unfortunately, recording dates are lacking but it is assumed these tracks follow a mainly chronological sequence pattern. Orchestral backing details are given together with informative background notes and excellent sound remastering so this collection is highly recommended.
What you do get, in terms of albums sides, are most of the contents of her first album, Fascination - Kapp KL-1066 - which came out in 1956 (tracks 20 to 27 in Disc 1), with the only missing cuts being Stars In My Eyes, Intermezzo and Midnight In Athens; all the tracks from her 1957 album Something Old, New, Borrowed, Blue - Kapp KL-1080- tracks 4 to 15 in Disc 2); and all the sides from her 1958 LP The Day The Rains Came - Kapp KL-1105 (tracks 16 to 26 in Disc 2).
There is no discography in the insert (it does show the various accompaniment for those tracks where the information was available to Blackburn) and although the label details I provide here for the single releases covered reflect those in North America by Kapp, it may well be that the British releases (on London Records ???) had different flipsides in some instances.
Before scoring with her first hit in late 1956, Jane had seven singles released without North American success, although some of these, all included here, may have made the U.K. charts: from 1954 - The Heart You Break (May Be Your Own) b/w Why (Are There Things We Can't Explain?) - Kapp 107; from 1955 - Why Don't They Leave Us Alone? - Kapp 111 (the flip, I try To Forget You, is excluded); Flyin' High b/w Give Me Your Hand - Kapp 115; and In Paree b/w Take Me Away - Kapp 121; from 1956 - Let's Go Steady b/w Take Me - billed as Jane Morgan & The Jones Boys - Kapp 1140; and La Ronde b/w Midnight Blues - Kapp 148.
Late in 1956 she finally got on the charts with Two Different Worlds (# 41) sharing the billing with Roger Williams (and backed by the Hal Kanner orchestra and chorus) on Kapp 161 (the flip was the instrumental Night In Verona by Williams, also with the Kanner orchestra), followed in 1957 by two more failed releases: Come Home, Come Home, Come Home b/w From The First Hello To The Last Goodbye on Kapp 172, and It's Not For Me To Say b/w Around The World on Kapp 185 (the versions at tracks 15 and 16 in Disc 1).
Then came Fascination, billed to Jane Morgan And The Troubadors [with Vic Schoen & His Orchestra], from the film Love In The Afternoon and tracing its origin to the 1904 French composition Valse Tzigane. In September 1957 it reached # 7 and stayed on the charts for an incredible 29 weeks on Kapp 191 (the flip was an instrumental/whistling version). A full year would then pass without another hit as none among these clicked: It's Been A Long, Long Time b/w I'm New At The Game Of Romance - Kapp 200 in 1957; I've Got Bells In My Heart b/w Only One Love - Kapp 214 and Once More, My Love, Once More b/w Enchanted Island - Kapp 221 - both in 1958.
The Vic Schoen orchestra backed her again in late 1958 on The Day The Rains Came, which finished at # 21 in October on Kapp 235 b/w her French version of the same song, Le Jour Ou La Pluie Viendra, not often included in her compilations, and a pure delight to hear as she is fluent in the language. A strange move by Kapp was to release a simultaneous version (on Kapp 231) by Raymond Lefevre & His Orchestra, but the move paid off when it too charted at # 30.
The failed singles then continued with I May Never Pass This Way Again on Kapp 236 late in 1958 (the B-side, You'll Never walk Alone, is excluded), and To Love And Be Loved b/w If Only I Could Live My Life Again on Kapp 253, early in 1959, before scoring the last two hits mentioned in the opening paragraph above.
She would, however, go on to chalk up seven more hit singles on the new Adult Contemporary (AC) charts, which Billboard introduced in 1961, for Columbia's Epic subsidiary, three more for ABC, and in 1970 add two to the Country charts (see Comments below for details).
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