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Reviewers: Tony Augarde [Editor], Don Mather, Sam Webster, Jonathan Woolf, Glyn Pursglove


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Blues in the Night

Retrospective RTS 4135



1. Blues in the Night
2. Darn That Dream
3. Imagination
4. The Breeze and I
5. Smoke Gets in your Eyes
6. The Nearness of You
7. My Man
8. Yes, My Darling Daughter!
9. Down Argentina Way
10. Mood Indigo
11. Dinah s Blues
12. Somebody Loves Me
13. I Hear a Rhapsody
14. Memphis Blues
15. Honeysuckle Rose
16. I'm Thru' With Love
17. Jim
18. Mocking Bird Lament
19. All Alone
20. Sophisticated Lady
21. Stardust
22. ChloŽ
23. Body and Soul
24. I Don't Walk To Walk Without You
25. One Dozen Roses
26. By The Sleepy Lagoon
27. I'll Walk Alone
1. Skylark
2. Mad about Him, Sad about Him, How Can I Be Mad about Him Blues
3. "Murder", He Says
4. Why Don't You Fall In Love With Me?
5. Dearly Beloved
6. You d Be So Nice To Come Home To
7. Candy
8. Shoo-Fly Pie And Apple Pan Dowdy
9. The Gypsy
10. Laughing On The Outside, Crying On The Inside
11. All That Glitters Is Not Gold
12. Doin' What Comes Natur'lly
13. You Keep Coming Back Like a Song
14. For Sentimental Reasons
15. Georgia On My Mind
16. They Didn't Believe Me
17. Anniversary Song
18. I Wish I Didn't Love You So
19. You Do
20. Golden Earrings
21. Buttons and Bows
22. Little White Lies
23. Far Away Places
24. Lavender Blue, Dilly, Dilly
25. So In Love
26. Dear Hearts and Gentle People
27. Baby, It's Cold Outside


Dinah Shore was not a jazz singer, but she does deliver her songs well and in the manner the composer intended. After the first few tracks I started to think "Am I ready for 2 hours, 38 minutes of this?" but after three or four tracks, I realised how pleasant it was to listen to a singer whose diction was so good that you can hear each word clearly. (X Factor please note: I canít make a word out from any of their so-called singers!) Lester Young said that no-one should try to jazz on a tune that he doesnít know the words to, and who am I to argue with Prez! She also sings in tune throughout, but in a rather unemotional way, probably the hallmark of a top professional of that era. The arrangements are adequate, but Nelson Riddle had not set the standard at that time. They are played very well, no doubt by the top studio musicians of the time. 

Dinah had many hits during her long career and was also a very successful chat-show hostess from the 1950s until 1991. She passed away in 1994, a victim of ovarian cancer.

The record has an excellent sleeve-note from Peter Dempsey, which he produced last year.

Don Mather

see also review by Tony Augarde




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