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Tampico

22 Feb 2007

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 15 Sep 2005
  • Label: Prestige Elite
  • Copyright: 2007 Prestige Elite
  • Total Length: 1:17:51
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  • ASIN: B001NEX3YM
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By r l tector on 24 Dec 1999
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant combination of singer, orchestra, and arranging. Kenton may be out of favour now, but on his less serious side he is great. Compare this to Nelson Riddles arrangements for Sinatra ten years late. If 'Blue Eyes' had started as band singer with Kenton instead Of Dorsey then he really might have made something of himself! Buy this one now!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 20 Sep 2005
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June Christy joined Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1945 at the age of twenty, and in this digitally remastered CD we hear Christy's very young voice and Kenton's very loud, brassy orchestra in arrangements from 1945 - 1947. Many of the songs Christy and Kenton made so popular in the aftermath of World War II appear here, bright, brash, and full of swing, often with a thumping drum and bass accompaniment--including "Tampico," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning"--songs to get the toes tapping and the returning soldiers dancing.
There is nothing subtle about this album, which does not take advantage of Christy's strengths as much as it points up what she has yet to master. She and the band seem to operate on parallel planes, rather than as a unit, and although they alternate star turns throughout, Kenton's band is noticeably heavy when it is paired with Christy's young, clear voice. The best songs on the album are those which take advantage of Christy's youth--the delightful "Rika Jika Jack," as it switches keys from minor to major and back and gives Christy the chance to scat to a blues accompaniment, and another bluesy, minor-keyed song, "Curiosity," which allows her to be bright and cute.
Christy's lower range has not fully developed, at this point, and she sometimes misses low notes when she suddenly has to hit a note that is more than an octave below the range in which she has been singing. "Easy Street," "Soothe Me," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" are songs requiring more control than Christy has yet acquired in her lower range. Kenton is Kenton, using the full orchestra, giving his instrumental stars their chances to solo, varying his tempo, and promoting the full-out brassiness and thumping rhythm that civilians celebrating the end of the war are obviously demanding. Kenton and Christy each seem to be in their own worlds here, alternating the spotlight but not yet creating a unified sound. Mary Whipple
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mary Whipple HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 31 Oct 2004
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June Christy joined Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1945 at the age of twenty, and in this digitally remastered CD we hear Christy's very young voice and Kenton's very loud, brassy orchestra in arrangements from 1945 - 1947. Many of the songs Christy and Kenton made so popular in the aftermath of World War II appear here, bright, brash, and full of swing, often with a thumping drum and bass accompaniment--including "Tampico," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning"--songs to get the toes tapping and the returning soldiers dancing.
There is nothing subtle about this album, which does not take advantage of Christy's strengths as much as it points up what she has yet to master. She and the band seem to operate on parallel planes, rather than as a unit, and although they alternate star turns throughout, Kenton's band is noticeably heavy when it is paired with Christy's young, clear voice. The best songs on the album are those which take advantage of Christy's youth--the delightful "Rika Jika Jack," as it switches keys from minor to major and back and gives Christy the chance to scat to a blues accompaniment, and another bluesy, minor-keyed song, "Curiosity," which allows her to be bright and cute.
Christy's lower range has not fully developed, at this point, and she sometimes misses low notes when she has to hit a note that is more than an octave below the range in which she has been singing. "Easy Street," "Soothe Me," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" are songs requiring more control than Christy has yet acquired in her lower range. Kenton is Kenton, using the full orchestra, giving his instrumental stars their chances to solo, varying his tempo, and promoting the full-out brassiness and thumping rhythm that civilians celebrating the end of the war are obviously demanding. Kenton and Christy each seem to be in their own worlds here, alternating the spotlight but not yet creating a unified sound. Mary Whipple
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Music historians will find this album fascinating. 7 July 2004
By Mary Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
June Christy joined Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1945 at the age of twenty, and in this digitally remastered CD we hear Christy's very young voice and Kenton's very loud, brassy orchestra in arrangements from 1945 - 1947. Many of the songs Christy and Kenton made so popular in the aftermath of World War II appear here, bright, brash, and full of swing, often with a thumping drum and bass accompaniment--including "Tampico," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning"--songs to get the toes tapping and the returning soldiers dancing.
There is nothing subtle about this album, which does not take advantage of Christy's strengths as much as it points up what she has yet to master. She and the band seem to operate on parallel planes, rather than as a unit, and although they alternate star turns throughout, Kenton's band is noticeably heavy when it is paired with Christy's young, clear voice. The best songs on the album are those which take advantage of Christy's youth--the delightful "Rika Jika Jack," as it switches keys from minor to major and back and gives Christy the chance to scat to a blues accompaniment, and another bluesy, minor-keyed song, "Curiosity," which allows her to be bright and cute.
Christy's lower range has not fully developed, at this point, and she sometimes misses low notes when she suddenly has to hit a note that is more than an octave below the range in which she has been singing. "Easy Street," "Soothe Me," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" are songs requiring more control than Christy has yet acquired in her lower range. Kenton is Kenton, using the full orchestra, giving his instrumental stars their chances to solo, varying his tempo, and promoting the full-out brassiness and thumping rhythm that civilians celebrating the end of the war are obviously demanding. Kenton and Christy each seem to be in their own worlds here, alternating the spotlight but not yet creating a unified sound. Mary Whipple
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
INTENSE FUN. 19 Jun 2002
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Format: Audio CD
A lot of people will tell you that June Christy went on to record better music in the 1950s, but I prefer the excitement and verve of these big band sides recorded from 1945 to 1947. Here June is coupled with the powerful and impossibly tight Stan Kenton Orchestra, which keeps the listener engaged on ballads and up tempo numbers alike. Some are frightened by the intensity of the Kenton backing, but I never feel that it overpowers June...she more than meets the demands of the hard swingin' blasts of brass and sudden quiet parts which make the dynamics of Kenton so exciting. In fact, hearing June nail the bluesy twists and turns of these arrangements makes me wish that she had sprinkled a few more hard swingin' numbers among her later material.
As far as I've seen, this is the best single disc collection of June and Stan, as it boasts a great track list, a generous 25 tunes, and crystal clear sound. Hearing young June navigate these fantastic and innovative arrangements with the Kenton Orchestra is a real treat, and FUN as heck. I recommend this to any fan of big band, jazz, or classic pop vocals. Fans of the big band/June Christy combination should also check out June's 1962 LP, Big Band Specials, on which she joyously returns to her big band roots.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Fascinating album for the music historian. 20 Sep 2005
By Mary Whipple - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
June Christy joined Stan Kenton's Orchestra in 1945 at the age of twenty, and in this digitally remastered CD we hear Christy's very young voice and Kenton's very loud, brassy orchestra in arrangements from 1945 - 1947. Many of the songs Christy and Kenton made so popular in the aftermath of World War II appear here, bright, brash, and full of swing, often with a thumping drum and bass accompaniment--including "Tampico," "On the Sunny Side of the Street," and "I Got the Sun in the Morning"--songs to get the toes tapping and the returning soldiers dancing.

There is nothing subtle about this album, which does not take advantage of Christy's strengths as much as it points up what she has yet to master. She and the band seem to operate on parallel planes, rather than as a unit, and although they alternate star turns throughout, Kenton's band is noticeably heavy when it is paired with Christy's young, clear voice. The best songs on the album are those which take advantage of Christy's youth--the delightful "Rika Jika Jack," as it switches keys from minor to major and back and gives Christy the chance to scat to a blues accompaniment, and another bluesy, minor-keyed song, "Curiosity," which allows her to be bright and cute.

Christy's lower range has not fully developed, at this point, and she sometimes misses low notes when she suddenly has to hit a note that is more than an octave below the range in which she has been singing. "Easy Street," "Soothe Me," and "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good" are songs requiring more control than Christy has yet acquired in her lower range. Kenton is Kenton, using the full orchestra, giving his instrumental stars their chances to solo, varying his tempo, and promoting the full-out brassiness and thumping rhythm that civilians celebrating the end of the war are obviously demanding. Kenton and Christy each seem to be in their own worlds here, alternating the spotlight but not yet creating a unified sound. Mary Whipple
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellent C.D. 16 Jan 2000
By r l tector - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
A brilliant combination of singer, orchestra, and arrangements. Stan Kenton may be a little out of favour now, but on his less serious side, he is still great. Compare these to Nelson Riddle's famed arrangements for Sinatra ten years later. Makes you think. If 'Ol Blue Eyes' had started out as band singer with Kenton instead of Dorsey, why, then he really might have made something of himself. Buy this one now!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
What a commercial can do for an artist 3 Nov 2000
By vince sanfilippo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Heard Shoo Fly Pie and Aple Pan Dowdy on a T.V. ad and with a little help from the internet,found out who the singer was and heard a few more cuts.Good clean and "can sing".
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