What a find! Eight albums by the sublime Anita O'Day at the peak of her powers on four CDs at such a ridiculously cheap price. The remastering is excellent and at times it's hard to believe that the newest of the recordings is half a century old. There is so much to enjoy that it's very difficult to pick highlights and these will inevitably involve personal preference anyway. My own favourites include the meltingly gorgeous If The Moon Turns Green, the bleak cynicism of Ten Cents A Dance, the deliciously up-tempo Little Girl Blue, the virtuosity of Love Me Or Leave Me and the wicked humour of To Keep My Love Alive. It's impossible to listen to Sweet Georgia Brown without picturing Anita in slinky black dress and lampshade hat in the film Jazz On a Summers Day.
The only disappointment is the complete absence of sleeve notes. With the sole exception of Anita Sings The Most, where there is a simple list of the personnel, there is no information whatever about the performers, the recordings or the music. It's maybe a bit churlish to complain about this given the price of the set but other budget labels can provide helpful and interesting information and it's unfortunate that Real Gone Jazz didn't even try.