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Diane RenayNavy Blue (with bonus tracks) ... CD
20th Century/Universal (Japan), 1964. New Copy ... $14.99
Diane Renay's clearly got a thing for sailors going on here – but maybe that's no surprise, given that she's handled on the album by the great Bob Crewe – whose perfect presentation of the music is right up there with his best pop of the 60s! Charlie Calello handled almost all of the arrangements, and the pairing of his talents with Crewe is so great, it wouldn't even matter who was singing – as there's gentle grooves on most numbers, weird instrumental effects, and a sublime spacing of the tunes – that same magic that the pair brought to their Four Seasons recordings. Yet it also turns out that Diane's a pretty great singer – maybe more soul than you might expect, especially when female backup singers come in and push her along! Titles include "Soft Spoken Guy", "A Present From Eddie", "Bell Bottom Trousers", "Navy Blue", "Man Of Mystery", "Unbelievable Guy", "He Promised Me Forevermore", and "Hello Heartaches". CD features the full album in mono and stereo – plus bonus tracks "Growin Up Too Fast", "Waitin For Joey", and "It's In Your Hands". (Rock, Vocalists) CD
(SHM-CD pressing!)
Also available Navy Blue – The Very Best Of Diane Renay ... CD 1.99
 
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✨✧ Mel Torme & Margaret WhitingBroadway Right Now ... CD
Verve/Universal (Japan), 1960. Used ... $24.99
Mel Torme's one of the few guys who can make a Broadway album really swing – taking the set past simple homage to big shows of the 20th Century, and into fresh new jazz vocal territory! Here, he's working with Margaret Whiting – who proves to be a great partner for such a set – a vocalist with talents both smooth and dynamic, matching Mel's inspiration beautifully on the duets – and stepping out warmly on a few solo numbers too! Most of the tracks on the record are duets – done wonderfully – but Mel also takes a few solo tracks too – and jazzy backdrops from Russ Garcia ensure that the whole thing's hip, even when the tunes are familiar. Titles include "Fireworks", "All You Need Is A Quarter", "What's The New At The Zoo", "Our Language Of Love", "Hey Look Me Over", "Cry Like The Wind", and "Tall Hopes". CD
(Out of print.)
 
 
 



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