Sings The Hits And More... ORIGINAL RECORDINGS REMASTERED
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This set follows on from the popular (JASCD458 - Sentimental Me) and this time Jasmine focus on singles and a selection of tracks from two LPs: 'Gale Storm Sings' and 'Softly And Tenderly'. Includes the hits: "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", "Ivory Tower", "Dark Moon" and many more! Over what was to be a short career, Gale Storm has left a legacy of excellent recorded music and this superb collection is just further proof of that!
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This second CD of Gale's great Dot recordings contains a number of hits not found on the Sentimental Me collection.
The treasures in this collection however are the inclusion of the entire LP (-1 I'm In the Mood for Love which is included on the Sentimental Me collection) GALE STORM SINGS (Dot DLP 3209). This Dot LP followed the LP GALES GREAT HITS. This second LP of her singles included many of those songs which were familiar to millions because she sang them on the GALE STORM SHOW (later called Oh! Susanna). Although these cuts were not Hot 100 hits, they were familiar because of the TV show and scads of radio play. Among the cuts from this LP is one of my favorite double A side singles "Happiness Left Yesterday/Oh Lonely Crowd". This is the first time that the correct master of "Oh Lonely Crowd" is on CD (it contains the actual train whistle while the other CDs include an alternate version with a vocal chorus providing the whistle sound). The other cuts included Gale's recording of oldies before the practice became so popular in the 60s for Dean Martin and Al Martino: here you'll find great arrangements of "South of the Border", "Angry" and "My Reverie".
Gale also had hits with a number of the songs from the Gale Storm Sings LP in Canada including the Bacharach/David "Winter Warm", the rocker "I Get That Feeling" and "Soon I'll Wed My Love" which became a 60s hit for John Gary.
Gale's recording of " A Love Theme from A Farewell To Arms" should have a been a hit as you will note when hearing it here.
Gale's collection of sacred songs(Softly and Tenderly,Dot DLP 26197) has not been available since the LP when out of print in the 60s or 70s. Excellent simple orchestral arrangements include harp, celeste, organ and a few male voices arranged by Milt Rogers. The only cuts from this LP that are missing are "Take My Hand, Precious Lord" and "God Will Take Care of You".
This CD collection along with the other Jasmine collection "Gale Storm-Sentimental Me" (Jasmine JASCD 458) gives a wonderful overview of Gale's Dot recording career. The Sentimental Me collection is comprised of Gale's first 2 Dot LPs: Gale Storm-Dot DLP 3011 and Sentimental Me-Dot DLP 3017.
It is my hope that someday we will have a complete collection of all of Gale's Dot recordings.
But for now I am happy to recommend these two Jasmine collections.
First GALE STORM SINGS. The songs on this album are very well remembered because she sang most of them on THE GALE STORM SHOW: OH! SUSANNA. The numbers were beautifully staged, much like in a musical movie. All the songs but one are included here. (The one left out is I'M IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE probably because she sang it on the GALE STORM album, although the version on GALE STORM SINGS was actually different, a shorter version with a faster tempo.) What makes Gale such a unique singer is her ability not only to put her acting skills to use in conveying the lyrical meaning of a song, but also how she could take well known songs but do them in her own unique way, making the song totally her own. Take MY REVERIE. It is not usually done in the manner she does here, with its emotional dramatic build up. Her SOUTH OF THE BORDER is different in how it's presented but so perfect. It was also one of the most elaborately beautifully staged numbers from THE GALE STORM SHOW. Her OH LONELY CROWD is touchingly done. (This is the correct version. THE VERY BEST OF GALE STORM: DARK MOON contained an alternate unreleased version that isn't as good.) SOON I'LL WED MY LOVE showcases a glimpse of her operatic abilities and she sings an early Burt Bacharach tune: WINTER WARM. HAPPINESS LEFT YESTERDAY showcases her dramatic abilities and I GET THAT FEELING shows she could do an upbeat rock'n'roll number (which she did along with the hauntingly lovely FAREWELL TO ARMS in my personal favorite episode of THE GALE STORM SHOW: OH! SUSANNA) while YOU demonstrates her abilities at doing a ballad with a gentle rocking beat. These and the rest are all gems.
The cd also contains the remaining 8 numbers from GALE'S GREAT HITS not on the other cd, including DARK MOON which after she sang it on her series zoomed to the Top 5, being one of the first if not the first time a singer promoted a song on a TV comedy series to become a hit, a practice shortly later used by Ricky Nelson and then others. It was one of the first country songs done in crossover to the popular field, giving it a country/pop feeling. NOW IS THE HOUR is unique in that Gale does a monologue in the middle. This was a practice done often in those days but usually it would sound stilted, but Gale being a great actress does it beautifully. Then there are her other hits: WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE?, LUCKY LIPS, IVORY TOWER (much more moving than the other hit version by Cathy Carr) ON TREASURE ISLAND (an old Bing Crosby song updated to a gentle rocker, plus many others.
There are also 10 songs from her SOFTLY AND TENDERLY album (two were left out), a collection of hymns that she performed in an appropriately simple and sincere manner.
The cd comes with notes and attractive color photos.
But this doesn't cover all of Gale's Dot work. There are 3 numbers left out from her albums and about 10 single sides yet to be released on cd as well as the album I DON'T WANT TO WALK WITHOUT YOU released in the later 1960's of previously unreleased Dot tracks. Then there are literally more than 3 dozen officially unreleased recordings of Gale. One can only hope they will be released some day.
Her fans are grateful though for this collection in beautiful sound showcasing one of the greatest performers of all time.