This coupling of two outstanding albums full of quality love songs is everything that Julie London's fans would expect.
The first half of the twofer, the Calendar girl album, has a song for each month of the year, counting a year as thirteen months. The liner notes say that about half the songs are standards. In fact, I only recognized four of the songs as standards, these being June in January, I'll remember April, Sleigh ride in July and September in the rain. I believe the other songs are all originals but if any of them are covers, they are obscure and therefore cannot be described as standards. Nevertheless, I found these songs immensely enjoyable and it is quite likely that some of them would have become standards had they been written ten years earlier. Particularly noteworthy is Warm December, which is not about Christmas but sometimes gets included on Christmas compilations.
The second half of the twofer, the Your number please album, is a tribute to various men and contains another excellent selection of love songs. The men are Frank Sinatra (Learning the blues), Johnny Mercer (One for my baby), Four freshmen (It's a blue world), Nat King Cole (When I fall in love), Fred Astaire (They can't take that away from me), Gene Harris (Love is here to stay), Dick Haymes (The more I see you), Bing Crosby (It could happen to you), Mel Torme (A stranger in town), Eddie Cantor (Making whoopee), Bob Hope (Two sleepy people) and Matt Dennis (Angel eyes). Julie's recordings of these songs are every bit as good as you would expect them to be.
There are several twofers of Julie's music available as I write this, all of them brilliant. Even so, this is certainly one of the best of them.