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The Complete Original Albums

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  • Audio CD (1 May 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Acrobat
  • ASIN: B004UBB38I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 129,877 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. It Might As Well Be Spring - Jonathan Edwards
2. Poor Butterfly - Jonathan Edwards
3. Autumn In New York - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
4. Nola - Jonathan Edwards
5. Stardust - Jonathan Edwards
6. It's Magic - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
7. Sunday, Monday Or Always - Jonathan Edwards
8. Jealousy - Jonathan Edwards
9. Cocktails For Two - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
10. Dizzy Fingers - Jonathan Edwards
11. Three Coins In The Fountain - Jonathan Edwards
12. You're Blasé - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
13. I Love Paris - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
14. Valentine - Jonathan Edwards
15. Boulevard Of Broken Dreams - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
16. La Vie En Rose - Jonathan Edwards
17. The River Seine - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
18. April In Paris - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
19. The Poor People Of Paris - Jonathan Edwards
20. The Last Time I Saw Paris - Jonathan & Darlene Edwards
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Product Description

In 1957, the first album by husband and wife piano/vocal lounge/cabaret duo Jonathan & Darlene Edwards insinuated itself into the consciousness of cognescenti in the music business. Inspired by the boldly hit-and-miss singing style of Florence Foster Jenkins, the Edwards enthusiastic but musically off-colour treatment of popular standards had listeners looking at each other with raised eyebrows wondering if they were serious. The album became something of a cult phenomenon, and a follow-up in 1960 cemented their success. By that time, of course, the secret was out J&D Edwards were, in fact, the hugely popular and brilliant singer Jo Stafford and her pianist/arranger husband Paul Weston, who had invented the Edwards as a private cabaret turn for friends. Jos perfect pitch and Pauls technical brilliance enabled them to produce these hilariously not-quite-right renditions, their second album winning a Grammy for best comedy album. This collection includes the complete original albums The Piano Artistry of Jonathan Edwards and Jonathan & Darlene Edwards In Paris plus bonus tracks of the real Jo Stafford and Paul Weston, brought together on CD for the first time.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By jb on 15 Aug. 2012
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Although not all the music on this album is sufficiently well known to enable the listener to cringe from its familiarity, it is nevertheless painfully amusing and entertaining. Jonathan and Darlene Edwards have produced a masterpiece of discomfort here. I played this in the background when some friends came round a while ago and after a time their quizzical looks at each other spoke volumes. Clearly they didn't quite believe it was real, but they were reluctant to say anything. They were palpably relieved when they read the sleeve notes.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Andy Roberts on 19 Jan. 2013
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This very huband and wife pairing is highly recommended. They bring a new dimension to many old standards. Jonathan's consummate accuracy on his chosen instrument perfectly complements Darlene's wonderful feel for a song. Highly entertaining.
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Amazon.com: 11 reviews
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
non-pareil awfulness 4 Mar. 2013
By William Sommerwerck - Published on Amazon.com
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As terrible as Jo Stafford's singing is, Paul Weston's accompaniaments outclass (outcrass?) her. They're not wrong merely in hitting wrong notes, or being out of sync with his wife's singing, but they're musical travesties, invariably inappropriate, sometimes to the point of tastelessness. Weston was arguably one of the great 20th-century pianists, and each listen reveals some ineffable butchery you didn't notice before.

An absolute must in any collection of recorded comedy.

If you're wondering why this album is available on CD from England and not the US, it seems that the British copyrights have expired. Though transferred from an LP (rather than the master tape, which Paul Weston's son possesses), the sound is excellent.
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A Classic 20 Nov. 2012
By Richard - Published on Amazon.com
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The perfect album for a party. The guests will start noticing something is not quite right with the music. It took Stafford and Weston's fine musicianship to make the Edwards' performance so awfully funny.
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LOTS of Jonathan; not enough Darlene! 20 Jan. 2014
By That Other Carole - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this parody music done by Jo Stafford and Paul Weston -- in fact, I've utilized it in practical jokes countless times, telling people I'd made a demo record, and wanted to play it for them and get their opinions. Watching their faces go white as though they'd been anesthetized, seeing them casting about for SOMETHING nice to say about it -- it's uniquely wonderful.

This is a nice grouping, but I think I was spoiled by their Greatest (?) Hits I and II compilations. Many of the cuts are piano-only, which are nice, but the pairing of the baffling piano performance with the paint-peeling vocals cannot be topped.

If you're a fan, you'll enjoy it. If your interest is merely curiosity at this point, I'd recommend snagging the Greatest Hits instead.
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Great musicians 22 Nov. 2012
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
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Jo Stafford and Paul Weston were perfectionists. Jo Stafford (Darlene) had a gift for being able to sing "off-key" ...a difficult thing to do when you are an accomplished singer
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Thanks, Mike (In Tokyo) Rogers 13 Jun. 2014
By z_treasures - Published on Amazon.com
Thanks to Mike Rogers, blogger, author (SCHIZOPHRENIC IN JAPAN), essayist at Lewrockwell.com, radio host, man about town. Without him, I never would have found two of the funniest performers ever.

I have their other "Vol. 1" and "Vol. 2" CDs, but if you get this one -- less space on your CD shelf.

Not for everyone. My wife does not care for their brand of musical humor, but my son and I enjoy it.

I say, if you like music, satire, and terrific musicianship, buy this CD today!
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