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  • Audio CD (18 Jun. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Gold
  • ASIN: B000PDZH5U
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,110 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Something Cool (Mono)June Christy 4:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Lonely House (Mono)June Christy 3:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I'll Take Romance (Mono)June Christy 2:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. I'm Thrilled (Mono)June Christy 2:42£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Ev'ry Time We Say GoodbyeStan Kenton & June Christy 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Lonely WomanJune Christy 5:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Angel EyesJune Christy 4:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. That's AllJune Christy 3:20£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. DaydreamJune Christy 2:58£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. A Lovely Way To Spend An EveningJune Christy 2:22£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. This Year's KissesJune Christy 2:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. For All We Know (1992 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. I Want To Be Happy (20 Bit Mastering)June Christy 1:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. No More (20 Bit Mastering)June Christy 3:02£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Let There Be Love (1998 Digital Remaster)June Christy 1:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. It's A Most Unusual Day (20 Bit Mastering)June Christy 2:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. InterludeJune Christy 4:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. (Love's Got Me In A) Lazy Mood (20 Bit Mastering)June Christy 2:30£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. My Heart Belongs To Only You (Digitally Remastered 01)June Christy 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. Get Happy (2001 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. I'll Remember April (Digitally Remastered 01)June Christy 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. I'm Glad There Is You (Remaster 05) (2005 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:41£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing) (Remaster 05) (2005 Digital Remaster)June Christy 1:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. When Lights Are Low (2005 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. All God's Chillun Got Rhythm (Remaster 05) (2005 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. My Shining HourJune Christy 1:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. I Remember You (1995 - Remaster)June Christy 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. As Long As I Live (1995 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Willow Weep For MeJune Christy 3:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. How High The Moon (Digitally Remastered 01)June Christy 2:34£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered (1992 Digital Remaster)June Christy 4:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Night PeopleJune Christy 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. My ShipJune Christy 3:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair)June Christy 3:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Looking For A BoyJune Christy 2:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Swinging On A StarJune Christy 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Out Of This WorldJune Christy 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Bad And The BeautifulJune Christy 3:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cry Like The WindJune Christy And Bob Cooper 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Make Someone HappyJune Christy And Bob Cooper 3:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Is You is Or Is You Ain't (Ma' Baby)(Remix) (Remix) (1998 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:48£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Stompin' At The Savoy (Remix) (1998 Digital Remaster)June Christy 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Spring Is Here (2006 Digital Remaster)June Christy 3:04£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen19. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) (2006 Digital Remaster)June Christy 3:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen20. I Get Along Without You Very Well (2006 Digital Remaster)June Christy 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen21. The Live Oak TreeJune Christy 2:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen22. Some Folks Do And Some Folks Don'tJune Christy 2:39£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen23. I Was A FoolJune Christy 2:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen24. I've Got A LetterJune Christy 2:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen25. I Lived When I Met YouJune Christy 2:49£0.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Product Description

Singer June Christy is often considered the epitome of the
''cool'' jazz vocal style popular during the 1950s. Known as the ''Misty
Miss Christy,'' her delivery quite clearly echoes the maturation of popular
jazz music from the hot beats of the 1930s and 1940s to the playful
sultriness of the 1950s and 1960s. June Christy's album "Something Cool"
was important in launching the vocal cool movement, and it hit the Top 20
Charts, as did her third album "The Misty Miss Christy" (1956).

This compilation includes tracks from her Capitol studio albums from the
50s and 60s as well as 5 tracks never released before on CD.

About the Artist

Though she was the epitomy of the vocal cool movement of the 1950s, June Christy was a warm, chipper vocalist able to stretch out her impressive voice on bouncy swing tunes and set herself apart from other vocalists with her deceptively simple enunciation. From her time in Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she inherited a focus on brassy swing from arranger friends like Pete Rugolo. Rugolo would become a consistent companion far into her solo days too, arranging most of her LPs and balancing her gymnastic vocal abilities with a series of attentive charts.

Born Shirley Luster in Springfield, Illinois, she began singing early on and appeared with a local society band during high school. She moved to Chicago in the early '40s, changed her name to Sharon Leslie, and sang with a group led by Boyd Raeburn. In 1945, after hearing that Anita O'Day had just left Stan Kenton's Orchestra, she auditioned for the role and got it early that year. Despite an early resemblance (physically and vocally) to O'Day, the singer -- renamed June Christy -- soon found her own style: a warm, chipper voice that stretched out beautifully and enlivened Kenton's crossover novelties ("Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy," the million-selling "Tampico") as well as the leader's intricately arranged standards ("How High the Moon"). As she became more and more popular within the Kenton band, arranger Pete Rugolo began writing charts with her style especially in mind. After the Kenton orchestra broke up in 1948, Christy worked the nightclub circuit for awhile before reuniting with Kenton for his 1950 Innovations in Modern Music Orchestra, a very modern forty-piece group that toured America. She had already debuted as a solo act the year before, recording for Capitol with a group led by her husband, Kenton tenor-saxophonist Bob Cooper.

Christy's debut LP for Capitol, 1954's Something Cool, was recorded with Rugolo at the head of the orchestra. The album launched the vocal cool movement and hit the Top 20 album charts in America, as did a follow-up, The Misty Miss Christy. Her 1955 Duet LP paired her voice with Kenton's piano, while most of her Capitol LPs featured her with various Kenton personnel and Rugolo (or Bob Cooper) at the head of the orchestra. She reprised her earlier big-band days with 1959's June Christy Recalls Those Kenton Days, and recorded a raft of concept LPs before retiring in 1965. Christy returned to the studio only once, for 1977's Impromptu on Musicraft. ~ John Bush, All Music Guide

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 July 2007
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June Christy's reputation always goes hand in glove with the Stan Kenton Orchestra as she was Anita O'Day's replacement in 1945 and managed to hold her own against the esoteric merits of the band's progressive arrangements by becoming a follower of the "cool school" style of vocal delivery with its influence still studied today by many singers; amongst them Sarah Partridge and UK's Claire Martin. That touch of melancholy, combined with an individual vocal approach, made June's vocal efforts instantly memorable, and with the influence of arranger Pete Rugolo to guide her solo recording work for the Capitol label during the 50's and beyond, she made numerous albums with the precursor SOMETHING COOL(1954) becoming one of those vinyl classics no one should be without.

This excellent two-disc compilation extracts tracks from this and about a dozen other Christy albums plus some bonus random songs never previously on CD, with a reminder the nearest she ever got to having a hit in the early 50's was when the included MY HEART BELONGS TO ONLY YOU became a slow-burning single.

This is by far and away the best June Christy anthology presently available with fifty tracks spotlighting June's expressive approach to standards like I REMEMBER YOU, FOR ALL WE KNOW, I WANT TO BE HAPPY, HOW HIGH THE MOON and ANGEL EYES, but it's hard to really select tracks as June could swing with style and also deliver a tender ballad in a way no one else could quite manage. Maybe not technically the world's best singer, I defy anyone not to be drawn into June's unique and enchanting vocal web and with such a great budget-priced package deal as this, I thoroughly recommend its early acquisition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. B. Rawlinson on 9 Oct. 2008
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Having read the reviews, there is nothing I can add other than I agree with everything that has been said. Although I do remember at the age of 17 a workmate of mine played "How I The Moon " on a scratchy 78. After that Frankie Laine et al had no chance. By the way I am now 73.

I was already a fan of Big Band music & Sinatra, but from then on I became a Kenton etc maniac !!!!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
GREAT COMPILATION TRIBUTE TO "COOL SCHOOL" JUNE'S WARM VOCAL MAGIC! 24 July 2007
By A. POLLOCK - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
June Christy's reputation always goes hand in glove with the Stan Kenton Orchestra as she was Anita O'Day's replacement in 1945 and managed to hold her own against the esoteric merits of the band's progressive arrangements by becoming a follower of the "cool school" style of vocal delivery with its influence still studied today by many singers; amongst them Sarah Partridge and UK's Claire Martin. That touch of melancholy, combined with an individual vocal approach, made June's vocal efforts instantly memorable, and with the influence of arranger Pete Rugolo to guide her solo recording work for the Capitol label during the 50's and beyond, she made numerous albums with the precursor SOMETHING COOL(1954) becoming one of those vinyl classics no one should be without.

This excellent two-disc compilation extracts tracks from this and about a dozen other Christy albums plus some bonus random songs never previously on CD, with a reminder the nearest she ever got to having a hit in the early 50's was when the included MY HEART BELONGS TO ONLY YOU became a slow-burning single.

This is by far and away the best June Christy anthology presently available with fifty tracks spotlighting June's expressive approach to standards like I REMEMBER YOU, FOR ALL WE KNOW, I WANT TO BE HAPPY, HOW HIGH THE MOON and ANGEL EYES, but it's hard to really select tracks as June could swing with style and also deliver a tender ballad in a way no one else could quite manage. Maybe not technically the world's best singer, I defy anyone not to be drawn into June's unique and enchanting vocal web and with such a great budget-priced package deal as this, I thoroughly recommend its early acquisition.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Best of June Christy 27 Aug. 2007
By Bruce Bryant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Excellent collection of some of her songs. Her vitality and exuberance plus a very appealing voice make her recordings a delight to listen to and enjoy.
Still love hearing June sing 29 Nov. 2010
By S. D. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
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I first heard June when she was the singer with Stan Kenton and became a big fan. I wanted her "I was a fool" on CD since my copy is a worn out 78 wax disk.I got a big bonus with all the other sides including one of my favorites "Something Cool". If you're a Christy fan this album is a hit.
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