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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 11.99
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Lotte LenyaLenya (11CD set) ... CD
Bear Family (Germany), 1930s/1940s/1950s/Early 60s. Used 11CDs ... $148.99
A treasure trove of one of the greatest German singers of the 20th Century – a fantastically unique voice, and one of the greatest interpreters of the work of Bertoldt Brecht! Comes with a heavy book of notes and photos – hardcover and hundreds of pages – and a special 10" picture disc of "Alabama Song" too! CD

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Frank SinatraComplete Capitol Singles Collection (4CD box set) ... CD
Capitol, 1950s. Used 4 CDs ... $24.99
A key look at a side of Sinatra that's all too easily forgotten in the passage of time – the singles he cut in the 50s for Capitol Records, at the same time he was recording his classic full length LPs! Much has been said of Sinatra's LPs for the label – and together, they have stood the test of time as a tribute to one of the greatest vocalists of the 20th century. But next to those albums, Sinatra also recorded a heck of a lot of singles – often in styles that were different than those used on the LPs, and often in modes that are a bit less "classic" than might be remembered. Some of these tunes are goofy and novelty type numbers, but others are quite striking slices of the singer's rich talents – numbers from soundtracks, duets with other artists, lost recordings of standards, and even a few tunes made uniquely Frank's own – and which are every bit as classic as his album recordings! A few of these numbers appear on the LPs that comprise the Facets box set, but many others do not – and a huge amount of them are from albums that used to be singles-only collections that Capitol let go out of print years ago. 96 tracks in all, with a booklet that goes through the tunes one by one! CD
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✨✧ Ella FitzgeraldJukebox Ella – The Complete Verve Singles Vol 1 ... CD
Verve, 1950s/1960s. Used 2CD ... Out Of Stock
A much-needed look at a near-lost side of Ella's work for Verve – the singles she recorded for the label in the 50s and 60s, work that's very different than her more famous LPs! Historically, Ella's probably best remembered for her Songbook albums at Verve – serious efforts that focused on the work of 20th Century songwriters like Cole Porter and Irving Berlin. But during the same years she was working on those projects, she also cut a tremendous amount of singles for the label – many of them in styles not heard on LPs. The set's got some really wonderful numbers that really open up our understanding of Ella – short jazzy tunes, catchy pop numbers, weepy ballads, bossa nova, novelty tracks, and even a few Holiday tunes – all packaged in a great 2CD set that includes 36 titles in all! Tunes include "Ol Man Mose", "Desafinado", "Stardust Bossa Nova", "All The Live Long Day", "I'm A Poached Egg", "Your Red Wagon", "But Not For Me", "Dreams Are Made For Children", "Stay There", "Hotta Chocolatta", "Too Young For The Blues", "It's Only A Man", and "Lonely Is". CD
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✨✧ Dee Dee Bridgewater with Irwin MayfieldDee Dee's Feathers ... CD
Okeh, 2015. New Copy ... Out Of Stock
A really beautiful project from the great Dee Dee Bridgewater – a set that has the singer paying tribute to the city and culture of New Orleans, but in a way that's free of the hoke you'd find in other projects of this nature! Dee Dee approaches the music – as with all of her albums – from a rock-solid, jazz vocal approach – focusing first on her tremendous skills as a singer – her fantastic ability to interpret material and really make it her own – then finding space for other flourishes that color the compositions, with great help from Irvin Mayfield, who's at the instrumental helm of the project. And the tunes aren't just some post-Katrina soppy numbers trying to recreate the past – but a wonderful array of different selections that both echo the still-thriving, still-essential jazz culture in the city, and the range of 20th century expressions of its music. Way better than you might guess – and one of Bridgewater's best in years! Titles include "Treme Song/Do Whatcha Wanna", "Dee Dee's Feathers", "Big Chief", "One Fine Thing", "Whoopin Blues", "Congo Square", and "C'Est Ici Que Je T'Aime". CD

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