Thursday, January 7, 2010

Julie LONDON - The Very Best Of Julie London 2005

Julie LONDON - The Very Best Of Julie London 2005


A sultry, smoky-voiced master of understatement, Julie London enjoyed considerable popularity during the cool era of the 1950s. She used restraint, softness, and subtlety to maximum advantage. An actress as well as a singer, London played with heavyweights like Gregory Peck and Rock Hudson. London performed her biggest hit, "Cry Me a River", in the Jayne Mansfield film The Girl Can't Help It. The 2-disc The Very Best of Julie London includes "Cry Me a River", plus "Fly Me To The Moon", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", "Making Whoopee", "Blue Moon" and many more.

This two-disc set, generous at 50 tracks, is probably the most comprehensive Julie London anthology available. While certainly no match for her more technically accomplished contemporaries, London was a fine, appealing singer who used her cool, understated alto to excellent advantage.

London is best known for her signature song "Cry Me a River", and that's here, of course, but her sultry take on standards like "When I Fall in Love", "I Left My Heart in San Francisco", and "Body and Soul" are nothing to scoff at. While some ofher later recordings can suffer from excessive orchestration, London's vocal stylings are always on point, as the wealth of material on this EMI collection proves.
01. Fly Me To The Moon
02. Cry Me A River
03. Blue Moon
04. Sway
05. My Heart Belongs To Daddy
06. When I Fall In Love
07. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
08. Misty
09. Lover Man
10. Desafinado
11. Girl Talk
12. Let There Be Love
13. Wives And Lovers
14. In The Wee Small Hours Of The Morning
15. Making Whoopee
16. The Good Life
17. The More I See You
18. A Taste Of Honey
19. Go Slow
20. You And The Night And The Music
21. Black Coffee
22. Basin Street Blues
23. Blues In The Night
24. 'Round Midnight
25. As Time Goes By

01. Can't Get Used To Losing You
02. September In The Rain
03. Mad About The Boy
04. Love Letters
05. I Left My Heart In San Francisco
06. Diamonds Are A Girls Best Friend
07. Goody Goody
08. Days Of Wine And Roses
09. You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To
10. Light My Fire
11. Here's That Rainy Day
12. Body & Soul
13. God Bless The Child
14. They Can't Take That Away From Me
15. Our Day Will Come
16. I've Got You Under My Skin
17. The End Of The World
18. One For My Baby
19. Love For Sale
20. Sentimental Journey
21. I've Got A Crush On You
22. Call Me Irresponsible
23. You Made Me Love You
24. Nice Girls Don't Stay For Breakfast
25. Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye

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