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Frances Faye Sings Folk Songs

LP (Item 473306) Bethlehem, 1955 — Condition: Very Good+

A surprisingly great set that features Francis Faye singing jazz renditions of older folk songs – one of the first such sessions of its type (the genre would become more popular a few years later), and done with an approach that has the songs all re-tuned for a 50s modern ear by Russ Garcia, who handled arrangements for the set. Howard Roberts plays a nicely raspy guitar at the bottom of some of the backings, giving them a slightly folksy flourish, but Garcia's mostly using a four-trombone frontline to push the jazz component of the tunes. Includes versions of "Frankie & Johnny", "Clementine", "Three Ravens", "Go Way From My Window", "St James Infirmary", "John Henry", and "Greensleeves".  © 1996-2021, Dusty Groove, Inc.
(Mono red label pressing with deep groove. Vinyl has a mark that clicks a bit during the medley on Side A. Cover has center splits in the spine and bottom seam, looks nice otherwise.)

Very Good + (plus)

  • Vinyl should be very clean, but can have less luster than near mint.
  • Should still shine under a light, but one or two marks may show up when tilted.
  • Can have a few small marks that may show up easily, but which do not affect play at all. Most marks of this quality will disappear when the record is tilted, and will not be felt with the back of a fingernail.
  • This is the kind of record that will play "near mint", but which will have some signs of use (although not major ones).
  • May have slight surface noise when played.

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