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Julie London

About the Blues (LP)

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Code:
LPS-150506
Label:
Waxtime
EAN:
8436559462167
Reference:
772175 LP
Format:
LP
Number of Discs:
1

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INCLUDES 4 BONUS TRACKS

4 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE

This release presents the complete original thematic album, "About the Blues" (Liberty LRP 3043), on which Julie London devotes her sensuous voice to a variety of blues and blues-inspired tunes. It was conducted and arranged by the well-known Russell Garcia. To round out this edition, we have also added four extra songs from the latter album’s sessions that were originally issued as singles.

According to All Music Guide reviewer Nick Dedina, “Julie London wasn’t really a jazz singer, but she possessed a definite jazz feeling and many of her finest albums (such as Julie Is Her Name and Julie...At Home) feature small-group jazz backings. "About the Blues" was aimed at the 1950s pop market, but it may just be her best orchestral session. Since downbeat torch songs were London’s specialty, the album features an excellent selection of nocturnal but classy blues songs that play to her subtle strengths instead of against them. Likewise, Russ Garcia’s clever arrangements bleed jazz touches and short solos over the solitary strings and big-band charts.

Like June Christy, London usually included a couple of new songs in with a selection of standards, and her husband, Bobby Troup, wrote two excellent numbers for the album. One of them, the emotionally devastating ‘Meaning of the Blues’, is the album’s highlight, and was turned into a jazz standard after Miles Davis recorded it the same year for Miles Ahead.”

PERSONNEL:

JULIE LONDON, vocals
Orchestra arranged & conducted by Russell Garcia
Radio Recorders, Los Angeles, 1956-57.

(*) BONUS TRACKS: JULIE LONDON, vocals.
A7, A8 & B7: Orchestra arranged & conducted by Russell Garcia.
From the same sessions but not included on the original LP.
A7 & A8 were originally issued on the Liberty single 55009;
B7 was originally issued on the Liberty single 55052.
B8: The Spencer-Hagen Orchestra.
Los Angeles, 1957. Originally issued on the Liberty single 55076.

SIDE A:

01 BASIN STREET BLUES
02 I GOTTA RIGHT TO SING THE BLUES
03 A NIGHTINGALE CAN SING THE BLUES
04 GET SET FOR THE BLUES
05 INVITATION TO THE BLUES
06 BYE BYE BLUES
07 BABY, BABY, ALL THE TIME (*)
08 SHADOW WOMAN (*)

SIDE B:

01 MEANING OF THE BLUES
02 ABOUT THE BLUES
03 SUNDAY BLUES
04 THE BLUES IS ALL I EVER HAD
05 BLUES IN THE NIGHT
06 BOUQUET OF BLUES
07 MEANING OF THE BLUES (*)
08 DARK (*)