It's too bad "Ballads of the Sad Cafe" wasn't paired with its followup "Witchcraft"--would have made a great C.D. and certainly a more coherent one. The big band on "Sad Cafe" is the complete Count Basie Orchestra. Well, now, that puts a different spin on it, doesn't it? This is Chris' favorite among her amazing albums for Atlantic and justly so--a perfectly realized theme album with brilliantly chosen songs, searing vocals and horn-propelled arrangements, thick and heavy with sorrow. There's lots of room for Chris to stretch out in too. Brilliant. Now two complaints: There were two versions of "These Foolish Things," one issued on the mono album, one on the stereo, totally different. Some day both should be included. And a song is missing, "I'm Afraid the Masqueraade Is Over," which wouldn't fit on the L.P. but is a terrific recording. That should be included too. Hell, why aren't I producing these reissues?