on September 3, 2009
Time was, when Della was swinging like no one else could. Although never a hardcore Jazz singer, she was just as capable as Sarah, Ella and Carmen at singing the great Jazz standards. But Della's roots were always planted in Gospel, and I would rather put her in the same category as Pearl Bailey and Dinah Washington.
What distinguishes this budget collection from the rest, is its amazing sound and beautiful presentation. Synergy has recruited Post Haste Sound, and no one does it better than them. The sound is full, warm, and simply amazing. It's so nice to have some high quality versions of tracks from her "Sure Like Lovin' You" album.
There are many, many, many, budget collections that have the almost exact track listing as this one. The collections have tracks from her 1985 album "Sure Like Lovin' You", and tracks from her early Jubilee years. In fact, her very first hit, "In the Still of the Night", is included on all of the collections, and rightfully so. The other tracks are usually live cuts from her 1958 album "A Date with Della", and a cut apiece from "The Story of the Blues", and her debut album "Melancholy Baby". Her early years were great, and she tackled a lot of different genres with relative ease. From the Blues to Soul, and from straight ahead Pop to Gospel. She did it all.
The track selection is strange, as it jumps from her '50s material to her '80s album. Nothing from her most successful years at RCA, or anything from her career-defining albums on ABC/Paramount. But it's hard to go wrong with this one. The sound is amazing, and it does display Della's diverse talent and personality.