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Passing time naturally concentrates on new music styles and singers who may or may not enjoy the modicum of fame they deserve before sliding down the Charts and out of popularity in order to make way for the latest sensation. However, in the UK, passing time also allows small record companies to take a glance back fifty years or more and rediscover singers and albums that have been too long forgotten. In the case of Johnny Nash, he was discovered in the mid-Fifties and initially launched by ABC-Paramount Records as a rival to the vocal style of Johnny Mathis and his growing success with smooth romantic ballads likeTHE TWELTH OF NEVER and WONDERFUL WONDERFUL. Nash emulated Mathis with some excellent stereo albums of standards and a hit US single A VERY SPECIAL LOVE (1957) at the age of seventeen and Jasmine Records has now helpfully restored them on this two-disc set. They are:- JOHNNY NASH (1958) : THE QUIET HOUR (1959) : I GOT RHYTHM (1959) : and LET'S GET LOST (1960) - plus a few singles including the above hit but regretfully not my favourite Nash hit ALMOST IN YOUR ARMS -1958. Revealed is a dynamic singer of style and substance with the first album dedicated to romantic ballads like IMAGINATION, MY FOOLISH HEART and FOR ALL WE KNOW setting the low-key mood. THE QUIET HOUR has an inspirational theme with the inclusion of I BELIEVE, BLESS THIS HOUSE and THE EYES OF GOD amongst a dozen hymn/gospel pitched spiritual/sacred selections with their strength of meaning depending on the faith of the listener. Read more ›
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