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Hugo & Luigi Chorus - Let's Fall in Love
(BMG BVCM-37847 Jap-07 200:-)

The signature sound of RCA production gurus Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore is best likened to fondue — rich, creamy and irrefutably cheesy. Let's Fall in Love, credited with poetry and panache to the "Cascading Voices of the Hugo & Luigi Chorus", updates the signature sound of Eisenhower-era pop chorus albums for Kennedy's New Frontier, adding energy and even a touch of soul to the lush, ludicrously romantic formula. It's fluff, of course, but undeniably well-crafted fluff, fully exploiting the cutting-edge of early-'60s studio technology to forge a multi-dimensional sound that's as big as it is bold.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Jobim, Antonio Carlos - Composer of "Desafinado"
(UMG Records UCCU-9682 Jap-09 200:-)

In his first American album, Jobim presents a dozen of his songs, each one destined to become a standard -- an astounding batting average. Jobim, who claimed to have been out of practice at the time of the session, merely plays single notes on the piano with one hand, punctuated by chords now and then, sticking to his long, undulating melodies with a few passages of jazz improvisation now and then. Yet it is a lovely idea, not a gesture is wasted. Arranger Claus Ogerman unveils many of the trademarks that would define his Creed Taylor-produced albums with Jobim -- the soaring, dying solo flute and spare, brooding unison string lines widening into lush harmony; flutes doubling on top of Jobim's piano chords -- again with an exquisitely spare touch.

SHM-CD Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve
London, Julie - Calendar Girl
(EMI Toshiba TOCJ-9323 Jap-02 250:-)

Jazz critic Will Friedwald has stated that Julie London's records were so popular in the 1950s mainly because she looked so drop-dead gorgeous on the album covers. The marketing hook behind Calendar Girl may just be the main example for those critical of London's musical career, since its sleeve has made it a prized collector's item. The famous wraparound cover depicts cheesecake shots of London posed for every month of the year, while original issues of the album included a more-than-suggestive insert photo of the singer stretched out in bed. While Friedwald's correct about London's physical beauty, he's wrong in suggesting that the vocalist didn't have the talent to go along with her looks.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve.
Sinatra, Frank - Only the Lonely
(Mobile Fidelity UDCD-792 US-98 200:-)

Originally, Frank Sinatra had planned to record Only the Lonely with Gordon Jenkins, who had arranged his previous all-ballads album, Where Are You. Jenkins was unavailable at the time of the sessions, which led Sinatra back to his original arranger at Capitol, Nelson Riddle. The result is arguably his greatest ballads album. Only the Lonely follows the same formula as his previous down albums, but the tone is considerably bleaker and more desperate.

UltraDisc II, 24K Gold Edition in Digipak.
Sinatra, Frank - The Capitol Years
(Capitol C2-94777 US-90 375:-)

Including Sinatra's finest recordings from the most consistently accomplished era of his career, The Capitol Years includes three discs and 75 songs worth of swinging standards and bittersweet saloon pop, the music Sinatra made after his career and personal life had crashed and singing was all he had left. His masterful baritone and remarkable phrasing here work in perfect combination with arrangements that swing and swell to the heartbeat of loves lost and found. It is these performances for which Sinatra will be forever remembered, for surely, no one has ever created music more beautiful than this.
Sinatra, Frank - The Reprise Collection
(Warner 926340-2 US-90 275:-)

The pundits claim that Ol' Blue Eyes did his best work with Capitol in the '50s, but there's more great '60s and '70s stuff here than you can shake a stick at. After all, Sinatra wouldn't start his own label only to sing schlock.

This four-CD set was released to celebrate The Chairman's 75th birthday and it traces the mellowing of that tremendous voice like the aging of a fine wine. It also adds eight unreleased tracks to a staggering song list highlighted by biggies like "New York, New York," "My Way," "The Way You Look Tonight," "It Was a Very Good Year," and "The Song Is You."
Vartan, Sylvie - Il ya Deux Fills en Moi
(BMG BVCM-37756 Jap-06 200:-)

Although actor/pop singer Sylvie Vartan is Bulgarian, she would eventually receive recognition from the French, usually singing entirely in the language of her adopted homeland. Born August 15, 1944, in Iskretz, Bulgaria, Vartan showed great talent for both acting and singing at an early age, resulting in an appearance in the Bulgarian film Under the Yoke in 1950. Two years later (while only ten years old), Vartan and her family relocated to France. 1961 would prove to be an important year for Vartan's career, as she entered a recording studio for the first time, picked up some TV work, and appeared at the famed Olympia Theater. The early '60s saw the release of a steady stream of singles, EPs, and albums (such as 1962's Sylvie), in addition to further appearances in European movies -- including A Moonlight in Maubeuge and Just for Fun.

Vinyl Replica Paper Sleeve with 2 Bonus Tracks.