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Flare ROYCD 239



1. Let Yourself Go – Ginger Rogers
2. A New Moon is Over My Shoulder – Connie Boswell
3. Perfidia – Dorothy Lamour
4. Goodnight My Love – Alice Faye
5. Imagination – Ella Fitzgerald
6. Ferry Boat Serenade – King Sisters
7. Two Dreams Met - Yvette
8. Sentimental Journey – Doris Day
9. Skylark – Ginny Sims
10. Mountain High, Valley Low – Mary Martin
11. While the Music Plays On – Anne Shelton
12. I Can Dream Can’t I – Andrews Sisters
13. I’ve Got You Under My Skin – Betty Rhodes
14. But Not For Me – Monica Lewis
15. Everybody Knew But Me – Dinah Shore
16. My Reverie – Sarah Vaughan
17. I Thought of You Last Night – Jeri Southern
18. I Never Knew – Peggy Lee
19. Over the Rainbow – Frances Langford
20. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – Kathryn Grayson
21. All Through the Day – Margaret Whiting
22. Suddenly – Beryl Davis
23. At Long Last Love – Lena Horne
24. You Belong to Me – Patti Page
25. The Wayward Wind – Gogi Grant
26. Somebody Loves Me – Kate Smith
27. Deep Purple – Helen Forrest
28. He’s My Guy – Ella Fitzgerald
29. A Rose and a Prayer – King Sisters
30. I’ve Got a Crush on You – Lee Wiley
31. My Heart Belongs to Daddy – Kitty Kallen
32. Sand in my Shoes - Connie Boswell
33. Yours – Marilyn Duke
34. When the Sun Comes Out – Helen O’Connell
35. Near You – Andrews Sisters
36. I Should Care – Martha Tilton
37. With a Song in my Heart – Jane Froman
38. In Love in Vain – Margaret Whiting
39. I Only Saw Him Once – Rosemary Clooney
40. What is This Thing Called Love? – Ginny Simms
41. A Little White Gardenia – Frances Langford
42. The Man I Love – Marion Marlowe
43. Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year – Sarah Vaughan
44. Never – Toni Arden
45. All My Love – Patti Page
46. Bye Bye Blackbird – Peggy Lee
47. Little Girl Blue – Lena Horne
48. Something Wonderful – Jane Powell
49. It Never Entered My Mind – Dinah Shore
50. The Breeze and I – Caterina Valente

This double CD of 50 tracks features a plethora of female singers, including jazz vocalists like Ella Fitzgerald and Lee Wiley; Broadway performers like Mary Martin; Hollywood stars like Ginger Rogers and Dorothy Lamour; plus such vocal groups as the King Sisters and the Andrews Sisters. There are also less familiar names – Yvette, Betty Rhodes, Monica Lewis and Marion Marlowe, plus a couple of worthy British singers – Anne Shelton and Beryl Davis.

Some listeners will be intrigued as much by the backing bands as by the singers, since the accompanists include such great names as Paul Weston, Artie Shaw, Victor Young, Percy Faith, Les Brown and Buddy Bregman. And the songs themselves include many gems from the pens of such masters as Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and the Gershwin brothers.

My personal favourites embrace the smooth sophistication of Lena Horne’s At Long Last Love, the sheer mellow beauty of Dinah Shore’s voice, the individuality of Peggy Lee, and the divine uniqueness of Sarah Vaughan. But reactions to the music will be largely subjective. Certainly there is something here to appeal to almost every taste, and the sound quality is generally good.

Tony Augarde

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