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1. Little Girl Blue
2. I'm Through With Love
3. These Foolish Things
4. It's the Talk of the Town
5. In Love in Vain
6. Too Late Now
7. Autumn Leaves
8. That Old Feeling
9. I Lay Me Down to Sleep
10. When You Wish upon a Star
11. You Never Fall in Love Again
12. Where Is That Someone for Me
13. Anyone But Her [Rare Bonus Track]
14. He Cried on My Shoulder [#]
15. Only Trust Your Heart [Rare Bonus Track]
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January 15, 2000
Format: Audio CDVerified Purchase
"Little Girl Blue" is regarded as one of the great torch albums of all time. At the age of 24 Joni James somehow gathered eight perfect songs, ranging from well-known standards such as "These Foolish Things" to recent film songs such as "Too Late Now" to long-forgetten gems such as "Autumn Leaves," and with the help of the brilliant arranger David Terry pulled them into a cohesive suite of blue songs that were startling in their heartfelt sorrow and melodic richness when they first appeared and today remain utterly contemporary and convincing. This album adds some rare Joni James singles, including two of her finest recordings, "You Never Fall In Love Again" and "Where Is That Someone For Me." Joni James recorded 60 singles and 40 albums for M-G-M Records over an association spanning two decades. She did not fade from show business but chose to stay at home to care for her ailing husband and their two young children. She is back recording and performing and always sells out, has a gigantic international fan club and looks much the same (weighing exactly what she did when she did this album originally) and sounding even more wonderful. This star never faded; she simply disappeared for the heavens a little while strictly by choice.
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May 1, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Joni James' voice had a crystal clear quality with a girl-next-door warmth that came across like a hello from a friendly voice. With modern singers like Alison Moyet, Linda Ronstadt, Maria Muldaur & Cyndi Lauper all looking back to this era, it is also nice to return to the real thing. "Little Girl Blue" was recorded in 1955 and boasts some delightful tracks. "These Foolish Things" is warm & playful, "A cigarette that bears those lipstick traces, an airline ticket to romantic places, and still my heart has wings, these foolish things remind me of you." "Autumn Leaves" has such a gorgeous string arrangement and is a classic dramatic melody that builds gloriously, "I see your lips, those summer kisses, the sunburned hands I used to know." The liner notes relate that while this is an often-covered standard, at the time when Joni chose to record it, it was little known. "When You Wish Upon A Star" is a lovely melody; and Joni's dreamy take almost makes me forget the Disney association of this song. The bonus tracks stylistically depart from the original tracks. "He Cried On My Shoulder" has some pop sounds that remind me of Pat Boone-era pop. "Little Girl Blue" is an excellent set from this classic singer, Giovanna Carmella Babbo as she was born in 1930. If there is any complaint about the package, the songwriters are not included in the booklet. Enjoy!
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January 31, 2000
Format: Audio CD
I had completely forgotten about this singer until I heard a snippet from her during the movie L. A. CONFIDENTIAL. I ordered this CD and was disappointed at how everything just seems to blend together into the same orchestral schmaltz, with little variation of dynamics or tone color. It was nice to hear again Joni's voice, but she doesn't do much with it. Peggy Lee, Jo Stafford, and June Christy released classic albums during the '50s, but this CD doesn't belong in the classic category. Lovely cover art.
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