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Singers we love -- from vintage torch to vocalese to some key talents of the contemporary scene!


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Time In My Life
Mainstream/Boplicity (UK), 1971. New Copy
Sarah Vaughn's looking pretty groovy on the cover of this album, and she's sounding pretty groovy too – thanks to some sweet 70s backings from Ernie Wilkins! The style isn't exactly funky, but it's got some fully soulful sounds, and some great electric moments too – modes that almost ... CD
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ABC (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Man, we gotta ask – why don't they make records like this anymore? Alan Copeland was the vocal arranger for the Modernaires during some of the group's classic years – and when the group up and left the Red Skelton Show, where they'd been working during the 60s, Copeland created his own ... CD
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A&M (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Fantastically sweet pop from Chris Montez! Chris had a light little voice that was perfect for the A&M Records approach of the 60s – a style that has him singing gently over arrangements that glide and bounce around with ease, sometimes handled by Herb Alpert, in a breezy sunny LA mode ... CD
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A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
French pop meets LA production – and the result is some of the best work ever recorded by A&M Records – a gently groovy, slightly sexy sound that really helped define the label in its early years! Claudine Longet's got a gentle Parisian style of singing that's perfect, simply ... CD
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A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
The genius of 60s pop is hardly summed up better by anyone else than Claudine Longet! This dreamy female singer cut a handful of excellent late 60s albums for A&M – and this gem from 1967 is one of her best! The set's arranged by Nick DeCaro, and produced by Tommy LiPuma – all in ... CD
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A&M (Japan), 1968. New Copy
Always-great work from lovely French singer Claudine Longet – a vocalist with a style that's unlike anyone else we can think of! This one's another sublime blend of French 60s pop and sunny A&M production – arranged to perfection by the great Nick DeCaro, with touches that deepen ... CD
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Sandpipers
A&M (Japan), 1967. New Copy
Dreamy pop from one of the greatest groups on A&M! The Sandpipers were a haunting male harmony trio from the west coast of the 60s – one who hit big with a style that drew on the sounds of groups like The Four Freshmen or The Hi-Los, but who also infused their music with a Sunset Strip ... CD
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A&M (Japan), 1966. New Copy
Jaunty, sprightly grooves from the wonderful Chris Montez – one of his sublime 60s classics for A&M Records, done with beautiful backings from the great Nick DeCaro! The pairing of Montez and DeCaro is totally great – as Nick finds a way to really get the right sort of punch out of ... CD
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Phoenix (Spain), 1957/1958. Used
Sublime early work from Carmen McRae – a collection of recordings done with backing from pianist Ray Bryant in both small combo and large group settings! The first dozen tracks on the album have Carmen singing in a beautifully fragile mode – with only Ray's piano and a bit of bass and ... CD
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Peggy Connelly
Bethlehem, 1956. Used
One of the greatest vocal jazz albums ever recorded for Bethlehem Records – a set that's got a lot more energy than some of the moodier, mellow vocal sets on the label – thanks to dynamic backings from the great Russ Garcia! Garcia's working here with his hip Wigville band – ... CD
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Spectrum, 1950s. Used
Titles include "I Want To Be Evil", "Let's Do It", "C'Est Si Bon", "Just An Old Fashioned Girl", "Lola Lola", "Santa Baby", "Uska Dara", "My Heart Belongs To Daddy", "Lilac Wine", and "Diamonds Are A Girl' ... CD
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Not Now (UK), 1950s/1960s. Used 3CD
No description available. CD
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Philips (Japan), 1964. New Copy
Make ours Swedish Style too! This set's one of the best early albums by Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund – one of our favorite singers ever, and one of those rare European lovelies who could sing in English with the best of American vocalists, but who could also pick up on the changes in ... CD
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Universal (Japan), 1967. New Copy
One of the grooviest sets ever recorded by Swedish singer Monica Zetterlund – a cool late 60s album that has some really wonderful songs! At some level, Monica's still very firmly in jazz vocal territory – but she's also letting in strands of hipper 60s pop work, in a mode that's ... CD
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Something Cool
Pulsar/Beatball (Korea), Late 60s. New Copy
An incredibly groovy record from The Voices In Latin – a one-off studio project headed up by sound library legend Barbara Moore! The set is one of the few commercially-released albums that Moore ever did – and as you might guess from the group's name, the record's got a style that ... CD
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Think (Japan), 1963. New Copy
One of Blossom Dearie's hippest albums – done in that lightly grooving style that makes her 60s work some of our favorite! The style is groovier than Dearie's already-great work on Verve – a bit in the mode of her Capitol Recordings, and some of her British 60s gems from overseas ... CD
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Dakota At Storyville
Capitol, Late 50s. Near Mint-
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Love Letters
Liberty, 1962. Near Mint-
A set that has Julie London still working in the breathy and mellow style of her late 50s classics – with very spare backings that really let Julie's vocals take center stage, and often a nice guitar line in the front of the mix, picking its way through the tunes right behind Julie's voice! ... LP, Vinyl record album
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LA Breakdown
RCA, Late 60s. Near Mint-
Jack Jones is not a regular on these pages, but this is kind of an odd LP by him, as he's moving into the vein of sort of hip songwriter stuff. Apart from the nice honest version of "LA Breakdown", this one also includes a few Randy Newman cuts like "Love Story" and "I ... LP, Vinyl record album
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St. Louis Blues
Roulette, Late 50s. Very Good
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Hollywood My Way
Capitol, 1963. Very Good
Nancy Wilson turns her wonderfully sophisticated vocal style towards a batch of hits from Hollywood films of the 40s, 50s, and 60s – arranged and conducted by Jimmy Jones, in that classy blend of jazz and soul that suited Wilson so well in the 60s! The style is really a cut above the usual ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Skye, 1970. Very Good
Easily our favorite album ever by Grady Tate – a complex suite of tracks about adult love, loss, and redemption – put together with a focus and clarity that even surpasses his classic Windmills Of My Mind record! The whole thing was arranged and conducted by Harold Wheeler – who ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Man Alone
Reprise, 1962. Sealed
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Verve, Mid 50s. Very Good
Something of an addition to the Verve "songbook" mode of the 50s – but it's also one that's a lot more dynamic than the others, thanks to some very jazzy arrangements from Billy May! The groove here is very upbeat and jazzy – hard-swinging in the manner that May forged with ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Michael Franks
Brut, 1973. Near Mint-
The first album from Michael Franks – and a bit different than his later hits at Warner! The trademark Frank sound is definitely in place here – well-penned tunes, sung with cool compressed vocals and a slight jazzy tinge – but there's also a bit more of a folksy feel at times, a ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Never Never Never
United Artists, 1973. Near Mint- Gatefold
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Prestige, 1960. Very Good
Could anyone ever utter a sexier line than "Don't go to strangers, come to me?" We think not, and it's material like that that makes the album a real killer from Etta Jones – one of her best from the 60s, cut when she was really developing her skills as a vocalist, but still had ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Complete Decca Records
Swingtime (Denmark), Mid 30s. Near Mint-
Vintage 78 rpm material – recorded with the Dorsey Brothers, and with a group that includes Taft Jordan on tenor and John Kirby on bass! LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia, 1950. Very Good-
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Capitol, 1961. Very Good+
One of Peggy Lee's jazziest albums, thanks to some pretty darn smart arrangements by a young Quincy Jones! Quincy takes Peggy's great vocal style and gives it a nice extra umph, in the way that he did on similar vocal sessions from the same time (like Sinatra's famous "Fly Me to the Moon" ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sarah Sings Soulfully
Roulette, 1963. Very Good+
Arrangements by Gerald Wilson – on titles that include "Taste Of Honey", "Easy Street", "Gravy Waltz", "In Love In Vain", "What Kind Of Fool Am I", "The Good Life", and "Moanin". LP, Vinyl record album
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Life, Love & Harmony
Capitol, 1979. Very Good+
A killer from Nancy – very different than most of her earlier work, and proof that she was still growing as an artist on Capitol! The record's arranged and produced by Larry Farrow – who gives the session a jazz funk feel that brings Nancy into a whole mode, a smooth modern one that's ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Yvonne De Carlo Sings
Masterseal, Late 50s. Very Good-
Pre-Munsters work from Yvonne DeCarlo – with backings by John Towner! LP, Vinyl record album
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After Hours (Columbia)
Columbia, Early 50s. Very Good-
The album that really put Sarah Vaughan on the map – a killer set that really showed how sultry jazz vocals could sound in the postwar years – never overtone, nor torchy-cliched – but right on the money, with a sense of grace and poise that few others can match – even after ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Sin & Soul
Columbia, 1960. Very Good-
Trend-setting vocal work from Oscar Brown Jr – one of the hippest singers of his generation, and a vocalist who really took things to the next level in the 60s! Brown's got a sound that's partially influenced by the vocalese of Eddie Jefferson, Jon Hendricks, and other singers of the 50s ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Baby Baby Baby
Prestige, 1963. Very Good+
Backings feature Kenny Burrell on guitar, Leo Wright on alto, and Gildo Mahones on piano! Titles include "Mean Old Frisco", "Rocks In My Bed", "Lonely Boy Blues", and "One Scotch One Bourbon One Beer". LP, Vinyl record album
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Story of the Blues
Jubilee, 1957. Very Good-
An early album from Della, a mostly-traditional set of numbers – showing the evolution of the blues style in the early 20th century – with backing by Sid Oliver, and titles that include "Empty Bed Blues", "Lover Man", "There's Always The Blues", "Stormy ... LP, Vinyl record album
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May I Come In?
Capitol, 1964. Used
A great album from Blossom Dearie – done with a soaring jazzy groove that makes it one of her best! Blossom's working here with Capitol arranger Jack Marshall – and he gives the album a much more upfront approach than some of Blossom's sparer sides for Verve – a groove, a bounce, ... CD
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High Note, 2014. Used
Dena DeRose serves up a tribute to the great Shirley Horn – and works here with the kind of hip jazzy combo that Horn definitely would have loved! Like Horn, DeRose both sings and plays piano – plus a bit of Hammond on a few tracks too – and in addition to core trio ... CD
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Cognito, 2014. Used
No description available. CD
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EMI/LP Time (Japan), 1955. Used
Remarkable work from Jane Fielding – a little-known west coast singer from the 50s, one who cut a handful of great rare albums! This set's a stone winner all the way through – stripped down backing by a small combo that includes Lou Levy and Red Mitchell – and a set of songs that ... CD
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SSJ (Japan), 1960/1961. New Copy
Really great material from Andy Williams – some of the grooviest sounds we've ever heard from the singer, thanks to backings from Quincy Jones! The set features live sides cut for the Let's Go To Town show issued for radio by the National Guard – and the album's got a similar feel to ... CD
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Capitol, 1955. New Copy (reissue)
One of the greatest vocal albums of all time! Sinatra's never sounded better than on this album – one of the first truly cohesive albums of torch and ballad songs ever recorded – done by Frank at a time when his heart was really breaking, and sung with a depth you'd hardly ever find in ... LP, Vinyl record album
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Columbia/SSJ (Japan), Late 60s. New Copy
Elusive work from Bobby Vinton – a set of tracks from those brief years when he'd emerged as a mature, masculine singer – after years of earlier pop, and before his later fame as the Polish Prince! The record's got an approach that's similar to other late 60s vocal dates by singers ... CD
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Modern Singers
Bella Casa (UK), Late 60s/Early 70s. New Copy
One of the key forces in the Italian soundtrack scene of the 60s – finally given their due in a CD of their own! I Cantori Moderni never really made any records on their own, but they were a key part of soundtrack work by some of the best Italian composers of their generation – ... CD
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Shorty
CBS/Rev-Ola (UK), 1970. New Copy
An excellent little album from British vocalist Georgie Fame – one that has him moving way past the simple beat group sound of his roots, into a sophisticated style that mixes jazz vocalizing, hard grooving, and lots of rock/R&B influences! Georgie's still got his Mose Allison-inspired ... CD
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Atlantic/SSJ (Japan), 1956. New Copy
One of the most obscure 50s vocal sessions on Atlantic Records – a sophisticated set of material set to beautifully shaded arrangements from Thomas Talbert! Patty McGovern's vocals are somewhat fragile and soft – but in a really nice way that mixes beautifully with Talbert's slightly ... CD
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Great Voices Of Harlem
Pao, 2014. New Copy
A brilliant exploration of the use of the voice in jazz – not just an old-style set of standards, nor overdone vocalese – but a record that links together all the best spiritual and soulful traditions of the 60s and 70s! Gregory Porter's in the lead on this one, but the album also ... CD
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Liberty/Sepia, 1956/1957. New Copy
Two 50s gems from the great Bobby Troup – back to back on a single CD! Do Re Mi is a wonderfully playful record – Bobby wrote every track on the album, and the set's got lots of his cool little hipster ditties, like "Do Re Mi", "One October Morning", "Daddy" ... CD
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Epic (Japan), 1957. New Copy
A really wonderful first album from Anthony Perkins – cut years before he shocked the screen in Psycho, at a time when he was arguably more committed to his role as a singer! Perkins is surprisingly great throughout – with a mellow, masculine approach that's a bit like Matt Dennis at ... CD
 
Updated November 29, 2014


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