Miss Versatility [ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED] 2CD SET Import
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But still an annoying omission of Milord which was a hit in 1961.
"Remastered" is a wrong word - it's digitized. You can't remaster unless you have the original studio tapes and you remix them all over. "From the original masters" is the best way.
Naturally the music is great.
Thank you Miss Brewer, Edmund Andreas Arredondo
The jukebox novelties and B-sides which open this collection are uniformly wretched, terrible songs delivered in blowtorch fashion in substandard Coral 1950s mono. One listen is more than adequate, although Miss Brewer does unleash the trademark vibrato and some convincing ladylike growls on several tracks which approach sanitized urban rockabilly. (Bear Family's TEENAGE DANCE PARTY, an integral reissue of 1957's FOR TEENAGERS IN LOVE, with similar bonus tracks, is a more authentic version of these novelties if you really must have them.)
The 1958 DIXIELAND BAND album in genuine early stereo is a very pleasant surprise and rates four generous stars. The sidemen swing exuberantly, and Brewer's unquenchable enthusiasm settles into a very comfortable Deep South/Big Easy groove. She sounds musically at home, far more so than in her late-career attempts to morph into a "real" jazz singer (where Kay Starr and Peggy Lee had already thoroughly written the white woman's jazzbook).Read more ›
Generally, the sound quality is very good; there is no apparent surface noise on any of these tracks. However, as usual, they've fouled up the "remastering" by pushing the higher frequencies within the range of Teresa Brewer's voice. There is a very high frequency harmonic over the vocals, especially on the tracks that came from singles. The defect is still present on the tracks from LPs, but not to the extent that it is on the singles. This defect makes the vocals a bit unpleasant to listen to due to the very sharp high frequency harmonic. When the so-called remastering alters the sound of the vocals, it is wrong. On albums featuring a vocalist, remastering ought to leave the voice alone so we can enjoy hearing the artists voice as preferred by the artist and the production engineers. Given the fouled up "remastering", I can only give this album two stars; When the "remastering" alters the voice of the artist on an album, the result deserves no more than two stars.
An additional note about one of the earlier reviews. I agree that "digitizing" is the process of producing digital track from an analog source and cleaning it of surface noise and background static. If that's all that was done, I'd have no complaints. However, what the industry terms "remastering" is someone taking the digitized track and applying an equalizer to alter the sound to suit their ears, their preferences, their reproduction equipment, their speakers or earphones and their listening environment.Read more ›
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This 2 CD set “Miss Versatility” by Teresa Brewer, released by reputable reissue label Jasmine Records from UK in 2011, contain 61 songs. Read more
Following the success of A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl, which apparently surprised Jasmine (who didn't expect it to do quite that well), they eventually released this one. Read morePublished on December 13, 2013 by Peter Durward Harris