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Vocalion VL 3679: Little Things Mean A Lot by Kitty Kallen

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  • Vinyl
  • Label: Vocalion
  • ASIN: B003UIXX2G
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,872,103 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1. They re Either Too Young Or Too Old
2. When They Ask About You
3. The Wonder Of You
4. Should I Tell You I Love You?
5. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
6. Waitin For The Train To Come In
7. Honestly I Love You
8. A Bushel And A Peck
9. When I Dream (I Always Dream Of You)
10. To Be Loved By You
11. Are You Looking For A Sweetheart?
12. Lonely
13. Heartless Heart
14. A Little Lie
15. Take Everything But You
16. Little Things Mean A Lot
17. I Don t Think You Love Me Any More
18. In The Chapel In The Moonlight
19. (Don t Let The) Kiddygeddin
20. I Want You All To Myself
21. Forgive Me
22. Come Spring
23. Only Forever
24. Go On With The Wedding
25. True Love
26. Will I Always Be Your Sweetheart?
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“Little Things Mean A Lot” by Kitty Kallen, released by now defunct Living Era label from UK in 2006, contains 25 songs, while she was with different bands prior to her solo career. I have compiled a detailed song listing (containing singles label & number, chart position, debut date, with personal comments)(US=US Singles Chart prior to 1955; CB Pop=Cash Box Singles Chart; RW Pop=Record World Singles Chart; UK=UK Singles Chart):

JACK PLEIS & HIS ORCHESTRA:
01 LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT (Decca 9-29037)(a-side)(US 1(9)/1954; CB Pop 1(7)/1954; RW Pop 12/1954; UK 1(1)/1954)(April 1954)
JACK TEAGARDEN & HIS ORCHESTRA:
02 LOVE FOR SALE (Varsity 8202)(uncharted a-side, February 1940)
03 YOU, YOU DARLIN’ (Varsity 8196)(uncharted a-side, February 1940)
04 THE MOON AND THE WILLOW TREE (Varsity 8196)(b-side, February 1940)
JIMMY DORSEY & HIS ORCHESTRA:
05 BESAME MUCHO (KISS ME AGAIN)(with Bob Eberly)(Decca 18574)(a-side)(US 1(7)/1944)(January 1944)*million seller; gold record
06 STAR EYES (with Bob Eberly)(Decca 18571)(b-side, December 1943)(US 3/1943)*double sided hit; from film "I Dood it" starring Kitty Kallen
07 THEY’RE EITHER TOO YOUNG OR TOO OLD (Decca 18571)(a-side)(US 2(1)/1943)(December 1943)*from film "Thank You Lucky Stars"
08 WHEN THEY ASK ABOUT YOU (Decca 18582)(a-side)(US 4/1944; BB R&B 10/1944)(February 1944)*from film "Stars on Parade"
HARRY JAMES & HIS ORCHESTRA:
09 I’M BEGINNING TO SEE THE LIGHT (Columbia 36758)(a-side)(US 1(2)/1945)(January 1945)
10 GUESS I’LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY (Columbia 36778)(b-side, April 1945)(US 16/1945)*double sided hit
11 I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT (Columbia 36778)(a-side)(US 8/1945)(April 1945)
12 11.60 P.M.
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Kitty Kallen sang with a lot of big band orchestras in her time; and this CD gives us many of her best numbers when she performed with their musical accompaniment. Kitty never sounded better than she does on this album; she was a young songbird who could take anything and weave it magically into the most beautiful ballad ever. The quality of the sound on this CD is excellent and I really like that artwork, too.

The album starts with Kitty performing the title track which was also her signature song, "Little Thing Mean A Lot." Kitty sings this as Jack Pleis & His Orchestra provide a lovely musical arrangement to go with her vocals. The strings are well used in the musical arrangement, too. Kitty worked a great deal with Jack Teagarden & His Orchestra; we get a wonderful track by them called "Love For Sale." Kitty's voice is as clear as a bell and I'm very impressed. Kitty never falters, either! In addition, "The Moon and the Willow Tree" features Kitty with Jack Teagarden's Orchestra again; that big band style arrangement works wonders for this ballad as Kitty sings her heart out every step of the way.

"Bésame Mucho" has Kitty singing with Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra; this works on several different levels at once. "They're Either Too Young Or Too Old" is an awesome number Bette Davis sang in the movie "Thank Your Lucky Stars;" but of course Bette's singing can't quite compare to Kitty's stunning vocal prowess. Bette Davis was talented, too; but she was talented much, much more as an actress. In addition, "I'm Beginning To See The Light" pairs Kitty with Harry James & His Orchestra; they make this number very vibrant. I love it!
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Great selection of most of her big hits. Well mastered with good freq and dynamic range. Almost no surface noise so presume compiled from sources not far from the original or very carefully digital clean up. Playing time is generous.
If you like her vocals you wuld also like Kay Starr, Helen Ward, Helen Forrest, early Lena Horne, Patsy Cline, Francis Langford, Jo Stafford, Ella Fitzgerald, Polly Bergen, Betty Carter, early Doris Day and others I forget.
The CD is clean and easy to play but I miss the timbre of those excellent loud electric 10" 78's recordings of the dying days of "standards" before the awful compression of early microgroove LP's took over. They just suit the big band era so well!
While I'm on it - why don't modern vocalists let the band have a go, just by way of variation! Modern arrangements give little thought to the ebb and flow of the piece with vocalist and the band (just a backing) hammering away in unison. Swing era arrnagements had vocal passages often late in the piece once the melody was well established or short vocal lines dropped in at approp. lulls in the piece.
Anyway - buy this CD if you can find one - it's good.
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