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Review of AIS/Phoenix 2011 Release 14 July 2012
By mingus500 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This review is for the AIS/Phoenix release, a 2-on-1 CD of "Nearness of You"/"You've Got a Date with the Blues".

Concerning the music itself, I've loved Helen Merrill's voice since I heard her on the Emarcy "Complete Clifford Brown" set from the 90's. Her backing bands on these albums are first-rate, including Bill Evans and Oscar Pettiford, among others.

I want to focus on the packaging/production, since there are several versions of this material available at various prices. This edition features a nice, glossy 16-page booklet, with color reproductions of both album covers, the original liner notes, in addition to a 2009 interview with Merrill. The runtime of the CD is 75:10, and is packaged in a standard jewel case.

Production-wise, I'm quite happy with the sets. "Nearness" is in mono, with sound quality comparable to the previously-mentioned Clifford Brown set. (I mention this since they were both Emarcy recordings.) For an older recording, the sound is crisp, and I would estimate it's pretty faithful to the original recordings. Tape hiss is minimal, and the sound quality is altogether pleasant all-around.

"Blues" sounds similarly great, with the major difference being it's in stereo. The mix is fairly directional, but the instruments aren't hard-panned to one channel, and feel natural, even in headphones. I consider myself an enthusiast, not an audiophile, so your mileage may vary. Nonetheless, I imagine most listeners would be very pleased with this collection. Highly Recommended.
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Fell for Helen when she crooned Summertime. 2 Feb. 2012
By Snowfire - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Helen Merrill has a beautiful voice. She is classic. She is sexy. She is sultry. These songs may be old but they are timeless and she sings them with such a style and grace you can't wait to hear more.
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