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The Essential Collection: It’s Ladies Night

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CD1 Total Time: [75:35]
1. Sentimental Journey – Doris Day
2. Over The Rainbow – Judy Garland
3. I Remember You – Jo Stafford
4. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Dinah Shore
5. Body And Soul – Sarah Vaughan
6. All Through The Day – Margaret Whiting
7. Careless Love – Lena Horne
8. Love Me Or Leave Me – Kay Starr
9. Ole Buttermilk Sky – Connie Boswell
10. A Woman’s Prerogative – Pearl Bailey
11. Heat Wave – Ethel Waters
12. Willow Weep For Me – June Christy
13. My Ideal – Maxine Sullivan
14. Lover Come Back To Me – Mildred Bailey
15. Fascinating Rhythm – Hazel Scott
16. Looking For A Boy – Anne Jamison
17. Boy! What Has Love Done For Me - Jane Froman
18. Nice Work If You Can Get It - Sue Allen
19. Someone To Watch Over Me – Frances Langford
20. Aren’t You Kind Of Glad We Did? – Peggy Lee
21. That Certain Feeling – Shirley Ross
22. Do It Again – Jane Russell
23. Fine & Mellow – Billie Holiday
24. Most Gentlemen Don’t Like Love – Mary Martin,
25. You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To – Anne Shelton
CD2 Total Time: [77:01]
1. The Trolley Song – Judy Garland
2. Dancing On The Ceiling – Jessie Matthews
3. My Heart Stood Still – Edythe Baker
4. This Year’s Kisses – Alice Faye
5. Me And My Shadow - Rose Murphy
6. My Heart Belongs To Daddy – Helen Humes
7. I Get A Kick Out Of You - Ether Merman
8. Vous Faites Partie de Moi (I’ve Got You Under My Skin) – Josephine Baker
9. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes – Phyllis Robins
10. Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man – Helen Morgan
11. Into Each Life Some Rain Must Fall – Ella Fitzgerald
12. The Walls Keep Talking – Anita O’Day
13. Stormy Weather – Ivie Anderson
14. Sing Me A Swing Song (And Let Me Dance) – Helen Ward
15. Oh Look At Me Now - Lee Wiley
16. Long Time, No See – The Andrew Sisters
17. Between 18th & 19th On Chestnut Street – Mary Ann McCall
18. Drumboogie – Irene Day
19. It’s Foolish But It’s Fun – Deanna Durbin
20. Shout, Sister, Shout! – Sister Rosetta Tharpe
21. Love For Sale – Kitty Kallen
22. Nobody Knows You When You’re Down And Out – Bessie Smith
23. Blue Moon – Greta Keller
24. Drop Me Off In Harlem – Adelaide Hall
25. The Man I Love – Billie Holiday

 

50 tracks from no less than 48 female vocalists is on offer from this 2 CD set. This certainly took me back as Judy Garland sang ‘The Trolley Song’ which is the earliest song I can ever remember hearing. Whilst I wouldn’t want a whole CD of her, or most of the others, (notable exceptions being Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holliday, Anita O’Day, Bessie Smith and Sarah Vaughan, it is nice to have a compilation like this with songs from so many famous names and a good number I’d never heard of before. Stretching from the 1920s to the 1950s the mix includes Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Dinah Shore, Lena Horne, Pearl Bailey, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Jane Russell, Anne Shelton, Jessie Matthews, Ethel Merman (Boy, what a voice she had!), Josephine Baker, The Andrews Sisters and Deanna Durbin. I was struck by how good these singers were and how they packed each song with real power. Listen to track 16 on CD1 with Anne Jamison (Who?) singing ‘Looking for A Boy’ and marvel at her last note – a veritable opera singer’s high C!

This is all real nostalgia and there’s nothing wrong with that!

Steve Arloff



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