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Ballads For Night People/The Intimate Miss Christy: TWO ON ONE;TWO ALBUMS ON ONE CD [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

June Christy Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Sep 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Parlophone Jazz
  • ASIN: B00000FCLK
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 279,092 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (1992 Digital Remaster) 4:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Night People 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Do Nothin' 'Til You Hear From Me 4:06£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I Had A Little Sorrow 3:50£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I'm In Love 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Shadow Woman 3:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Kissing Bug 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. My Ship 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Don't Get Around Much Anymore 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Make Love To Me 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Spring Is Here 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Fly Me To The Moon 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Fall In Love Too Easily 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Time After Time 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. The More I See You 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Don't Explain 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. It Never Entered My Mind 3:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. You're Nearer 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Misty 3:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Suddenly It's Spring 2:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I Get Along Without You Very Well 3:08£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Ev'rytime 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 


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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft romantic music at its finest 7 April 2003
By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAME TOP 10 REVIEWER
Format:Audio CD
June Christy's career began in the forties when she sang with the Stan Kenton band. She went solo and released a series of outstanding albums in the fifties. The two albums here, from 1960 and 1963, maintain the standard of her fifties music, but they are among the last she recorded. These albums were not produced by Pete Rugelo, famous for producing many of June's fifties albums, but by Bill Nelson, who proved to be a very capable replacement.
The first album, Ballads for night people, is not quite as low-key as the title suggests, but opens with a very low-key version of Bewitched, almost unrecognisable compared with the more famous Doris Day version. Elsewhere, there are a couple of Duke Ellington compositions including Don't get around much anymore on which June picks up the tempo a little. Even so, this song is still performed with restraint, and it works well. The other songs are excellent, but none of them are instantly recognisable.
The second album making up this twofer, Intimate Miss Christy, is much sparser, more intimate, and therefore (to my ears) even better, with just a guitar, a bass and sometimes a flute to back up June's lovely voice.
There are several songs on this album that will be familiar to fans of the Great American songbook including Spring is here, Fly me to the moon, Time after time, The more I see you, It never entered my mind, Misty and I get along without you very well. Although the songs may be familiar, June's versions are as good as any.
This is a truly wonderful twofer that no June Christy fan should be without.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A sophisticated and elegant affair! 27 April 2010
By Suave
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I always remember June Christy as a blonde sophisticated lady who sings classy, romantic love songs and ballads that are very unusual with difficult melodies which one doesn't often hear them played on the radio or record shops. She was above all, a stylist and inimitable lyrical interpreter of songs. She didn't have the prettiest voice in the world but her voice is languid, warm and intimate - when she sings, she sings as if she was singing in your living room - she sings just for you. This is one of my favourite albums by her (two records combined into one) - such a bargain for this lush, romantic album. I love it. Her voice often reminds me of the singers from Lee Wiley era with her dark, smoky, sophisticated singing style and unique way of phrasing.

The first album I've ever bought by her is called "Gone for the day". It became my all time favourite album by June Christy. It's such a vintage album, so sumptuous and romantic! If you like this album, I would recommend Gone for the day because there are so many unusual songs in it. Her records became very costly for she usually sang with a big orchestra. After the Beatles came out, sadly no one really was interested in her sophisiticated quality music (she sings art songs in my opinion) any more. So, gone were the good old days when the sincereity and beauty of the meaningful lyrics in music was cherished. They don't make them like that anymore.

Recommendations: June Christy and Stan Kenton - the most elegant album - "Duet"
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pared-down but still commanding 20 May 2001
By N. Dorward - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
June Christy is probably always going to be remembered above all for her work with the arranger Pete Rugolo on classic Capitol discs like _Something Cool_, but the two albums compiled on this reissue deserve to be better-known. The first, _Ballads for Night People_, dates from 1960, with arrangements by her husband Bob Cooper. The liner notes don't include personnel listings, but the instrumentation is a conventional piano trio augmented with a variety of instruments--saxophone & trombone, of course, but more often with instruments giving something of a "chamber" feeling: flute, bass clarinet, harp, & occasionally some kind of plucked keyboard (a harpsichord, I guess). There are a number of tunes that are akin to the complex, dark-hued ballads that were standouts with her work with Rugolo--e.g. "Bewitched", "Night People" (a Landesman/Wolf tune that is a worthy companion to Christy's reading of their "Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most" on _The Song Is June!_), "Shadow Woman". But the mood is mostly lighter than the Rugolo work, & one gets to hear Christy's (badly underrated) skill in delivering swinging material like "Don't Get Around Much Anymore". There's one highly unusual selection in the performance of Cooper's setting of an Edna St Vincent Millay poem, "I Had a Little Sorrow"--this is done as a duo with harpsichord, & is excellent.
_The Intimate Miss Christy_, the second album, dates from 1963, & is a compelling showcase for Christy's voice with the barest of accompaniments: Al Viola's acoustic guitar & Don Bagley's bass, supplemented on a few tracks by flute from Bud Legge. The tunes are given complete with verses--terrific to hear "It Never Entered My Mind" with its introduction, for instance. The bravura showcase here is certainly "Don't Explain", which is read straight then capped off with a wrenching coda that's as inventive as anything by Sheila Jordan.
Listening to both these recordings, I'm struck by the firmness yet subtlety of Christy's rhythmic sense. Despite the bareness of the format, the ballads on the _Intimate_ collection are compellingly done--anything but sleepy or merely pretty. Put the _Intimate_ session beside Sarah Vaughan's _After Hours_ & Sheila Jordan's _Portrait of Sheila Jordan_ from the some period--it's that good, & certainly better than an album like Ella Fitzgerald's _Take Love Easy_. _Ballads for Night People_ is no less rewarding an album. An important reissue.
22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the premium import price 12 Dec 1999
By Phil (San Diego, CA) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These two were produced by Bill Miller, and come from 1960 and 1963. The first time I heard this CD I was wowed. As the titles indicate, this is night music, the intimate side of the Misty Miss Christy. On "The Intimate Miss Christy", June is accompanied only by a guitar and bass. From this collection, "Don't Explain" is a smoky number that would be in the running for my favorite June Christy recording of all time. From "Ballads for Night People", "Make Love to Me" (not the Jo Stafford hit) is a perfect firelight moment, though this entire CD is a gem.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Soft romantic music at its finest 7 April 2003
By Peter Durward Harris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
June Christy's career began in the forties when she sang with the Stan Kenton band. She went solo and released a series of outstanding albums in the fifties. The two albums here, from 1960 and 1963, maintain the standard of her fifties music, but they are among the last she recorded. These albums were not produced by Pete Rugelo, famous for producing many of June's fifties albums, but by Bill Nelson, who proved to be a very capable replacement.
The first album, Ballads for night people, is not quite as low-key as the title suggests, but opens with a very low-key version of Bewitched, almost unrecognisable compared with the more famous Doris Day version. Elsewhere, there are a couple of Duke Ellington compositions including Don't get around much anymore on which June picks up the tempo a little. Even so, this song is still performed with restraint, and it works well. The other songs are excellent, but none of them are instantly recognisable.
The second album making up this twofer, Intimate Miss Christy, is much sparser, more intimate, and therefore (to my ears) even better, with just a guitar, a bass and sometimes a flute to back up June's lovely voice.
There are several songs on this album that will be familiar to fans of the Great American songbook including Spring is here, Fly me to the moon, Time after time, The more I see you, It never entered my mind, Misty and I get along without you very well. Although the songs may be familiar, June's versions are as good as any.
This is a truly wonderful twofer that no June Christy fan should be without.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An artist at her height 15 Jun 2006
By Jim Andrews - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
By the time she'd gotten to "Ballads for Night People" June was an established star on Capitol Records, a standing-room-only attraction at the greatest jazz clubs, a valued guest on T.V.
and a cultural treasure. The hallmark of her Capitol years was
her propulsion to move on. She wasn't content with repeating
ideas but always pushed the envelope. The smokey "Ballads for
Night People" reveals her taste for unusual, exceptional songs and her capacity for musical introspection. Her version of "Night
People" makes the song so much more than it was before. "The Intimate Miss Christy" came along later in the game. The voice had deepened and hoarsened but was, if anything, even more effective. This is a downright spooky album but also very lacey
and cobwebby as the singer performs with the most minimal of accompaniment. This album got tremendous radio play; the jazz jockeys and even pop jockeys found it mighty tasty, especially on the all-night shows. June's use of time, of pauses, is especially evident here. This album also reminds us that while June, Chris Connor and Anita O'Day are forever lumped together and indeed
often recorded the same songs, they are very different singers.
June's strong suits were irony and pathos and they abound here.
Intimate music for night people still.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Two very nice Capital LP's on one CD! 1 Oct 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
These two Christy LP's for Capital are reissued on one CD, everything The Misty Miss Christy ever recorded on Capital is worth hearing, so pick up this great reissue today...
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