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Ultra-Lounge: Wild, Cool & Swingin' (Artist Series, Vol. 3) CD

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The Girl From Ipanema
Let's Hang On
My Love
Yellow Submarine
Moon River
I've Got A Tiger By The Tail
Monday, Monday
Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home?
A Groovy Kind Of Love
Memphis
A Hard Day's Night
The Shadow Of Your Smile
These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
There Goes My Everything
A Lover's Concerto
Second Hand Rose
Catch A Falling Star
Sweet Pea
Queen Of The House
Downtown
Strangers In The Night
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 8, 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Capitol
  • ASIN: B00000J600
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #161,521 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Coming from the UK, I had never heard of Mrs. Elva Miller. It was only by a chance listening of NPR's "Annoying Music Show" (streamed over the net) that I was 'introduced' to her. How could anyone so 'bad' get a record deal, I wondered? So I delved further into the net about her, and read her 'story'.
What a wonderful, sweet woman she was (too much to go into, Google her, you know you want to!). There is a joy in these recordings, you can even hear her stifle a giggle in "Downtown". Sometimes she does sound 'extreme', and personally these are the recordings I prefer, but I do not find her 'funny', or these recordings to be comedy, but a pleasure to hear someone singing because SHE ENJOYS IT.
I suppose she does remind me of my mothers embarrassingly terrible singing. However, everyone who hears her, swears that it sounds like their mother too.
Believe me, after a crap day at work, kick your shoes off, put on the CD, and be transported to joy, Joy, JOY! I have become so obsessed, that my friends and I are going to celebrate her birthday, in a way that she would approve of. God bless her!
Mrs Elva Miller
Oct 5, 1907 - July 5, 1997
A truly unique person
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I gave this CD 5 stars for one reason--FUN ! There was no one who sang like Mrs. Miller, for which I'm sure many people are grateful ! At the same time, she was a true original--that warbling, off-key vibrato, the dreadful timing, the astonishing whistling breaks--her voice was instantly identifiable.
On this disc, she attacks a number of big hits from the 60s--the Beatles, Chuck Berry, Sinatra ( Frank and Nancy )--no one was safe ! Play this disc for your friends--they will listen in disbelief, then hopefully laugh a lot. As another reviewer advises, don't listen to Mrs. Miller if you are eating or drinking--choking is a definite risk !
I understand that Mrs. Miller is no longer with us, but somewhere the angels are being hugely entertained. It was never clear to me whether or not she "got the joke". Some bad singers are just that--bad--with no redeeming qualities ( hello Yoko Ono ). Mrs. Miller is as much fun today as during her 60s heyday.
So--if you have a good sense of humour--want to have the most talked-about disc at a party--or need to break your lease with a stubborn landlord--you can't go wrong with this gem.
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Elva Ruby Connes Miller was truly one of the most amazing voices of the twentieth century. That isn't to say that she has a great voice, or even a good voice, for that matter. What she has is an amazing penchant for an off-key vibrato intensive warbling that makes her second only to Florence Foster Jenkins for most hilarious soprano of the last century. Miller was a fixture in local community theater and amateur productions, and at one point even took her talent to Vietnam to entertain the troops. I am sure they were very entertained. Truly this woman had a heart of gold, even if she had a tongue of lead.

This compilation is stunning in its breadth. The treatment she gives to these songs cannot even be imagined until heard for oneself. She covers a variety of styles, with a heavy concentration of 1960s sugar-pop like "Monday, Monday", "Let's Hang On", and "Yellow Submarine". (Yes, it's true that Ringo sings substantially better than Mrs. Miller.) Particularly entertaining is the truly dreadful altered lyric masterpiece "Queen of the House." I can't imagine having been a supporting musician or recording technician that had to sit through multiple takes of these masterworks.

Listening to this CD is delightfully awful, and I recommend the experience highly to any audiophile who thinks they have heard it all.

Rock on, Mrs. Miller!
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Mrs. Elva Miller, the one-take-only vocalist, delivers her way-off-the-beat, off-key renditions of 60's ditties in this very special Ultra Lounge CD. Her jarring, sometimes-soprano, always-compelling voice of these cuts inspires cats to howl.
The first cut, the soft, rhythmic 'Girl from Ipanema', begins innocently enough--soothing enough to nap to--and then Mrs. Miller jolts you with "Ohhhhh, but I watch her so sadly..." in her own inimitable, vibrato-drenched way. Even the 'Yellow Submarine' sound effects are more surreal than the original's, much like Mrs. Miller's vocal interpretations, where she rewrites the melody in the song's hook. And, as if country music wasn't bad enough, she totally crucifies it with 'There Goes My Reason for Livin', where she utilizes a double track of her vocals. I can't even describe what she does to 'A Lover's Concerto', because it's so, so bizarre.
Ever since hearing her 'These Boots are Made for Walkin'' on the Ultra Lounge 'On the Rocks II' CD, I've tried to imitate her stylings and have failed miserably (and I'm no singer). I don't know how anyone can sing like this, no matter how bad they are. I only know she's a very special singer singing very groovy songs in this CD collection, and I whole-heartedly recommend it to music and kitsch lovers.
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Was there ever a more ORIGINAL singer than the late Elva Miller? For that matter, was there ever a singer who infused more VIBRATO into their vocals either?! Listening to this collection never fails to bring a smile to my face, as one can hear her utterly SINCERE approach to each song, missed tempos, off notes and half-forgotten lyrics only ADDING to the overall CHARM of her unique style. ALL the songs presented here bring a grin to my face on even the bleakest day, but a special favourite of mine is her PRICELESS version of "The Shadow Of Your Smile":you HAVE to hear it, tee hee! THAT song alone is worth the price of this record! That she covered the gamet from lounge music standards to current Pop favourites of the day put her MILES ahead of other singers at that time.

She truly embodied the phrase "It's hip to be square"!

Many years ago I met a man in the Los Angeles area who knew Mrs. Miller.

He said something that has stuck in my mind:"You know, she really didn't make much money, but LOVED every minute of it and ALWAYS gave a SINCERE feel to each song she sang!" All these years later I'm left to wonder just how many performers NOW would STILL want to perform if they WEREN'T making a fortune doing so? Hell, for that matter just how many-in this age of too many poseurs-always give a sincere feel to their performance?

ROCK ON, Elva! The angels must be smiling!
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