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Whatever Julie Wants CD

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  • Audio CD (20 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B006ZYS8GI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 2.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,683 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Why Don't You Do Right 2. My Heart Belongs To Daddy 3. Hard Hearted Hannah 4. Do It Again 5. Take Back Your Mink 6. Diamond's Are A Girl's Best Friend 7. Daddy 8. An Occasional Man 9. Love For Sale 10. Always True To You In My Fashion 11. There'll Be Some Changes Made 12. Tired - Julie London

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At the start of the 1960s, Julie London was conducting a dual career as a singer and actress and enjoying success in both fields. The girl who had smashed into the charts in 1955 with Cry Me A River had released a succession of highly acclaimed albums, usually performing torch songs. Whatever Julie wants was a slight departure from the norm, with the material following a concept of love as a commodity.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. Houldershaw on 5 April 2012
Format: Audio CD
Due to the laws in Europe which allows music over 50 years old to go out of copyright, it is open season for any 'record label' to reissue these vintage recordings. But buyers be aware these are taken from original vinyl records. They are the same as if you had 'home taped' (to use an 80's expression) them yourself. They may be cheap - but you get what you pay for. If you are after a hard to find original record then these releases will probably suit you fine. But of you are looking for the original master tapes to have been lovingly transferred to the silver disc - then forget it.
These releases are, to all intents and purposes, official bootlegs.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Music Lover on 14 July 2010
Format: Audio CD
Whatever Julie wants was one of her big band recordings. It's a gem and I've not seen it on CD before. EMI Japan have reissued 30 of Julie's albums recently, all in pristine sound and all for sale indivudally. I can't imagine this type of series being issued in the UK or USA. They are expensive but if you're a Julie fan and can afford it, certainly worth getting, especially is you missed out on any of her LPs when they were originally issued back in the 50s and 60s. Two odd points - this album, even in it's original vinyl form, never listed arranger or conductor, which most others did, neither have I been able to track down the information anywhere. Can anyone help? Also, the inserts of the CDs all mention in English 'Julie London-The single collection Vols. 1 and 2' and details all tracks. Hunt as I might, I've not been able to locate those CDs, even from the online seller in Japan who stocks all the album CDs, dare I say cheaper than you'll see them elswhere. (It doesn't help that I can't read Japanese. Again, can someone help?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By SieDen on 31 July 2013
Format: Audio CD
If you love Julie London, you'll love the music. However the sound quality of this (and other Hallmark re-issues)is just terrible. It's been badly remastered from the original MONO album, and then put through some sort of compression to remove the pop's and crackles, this has the effect of not only masking the pop's and crackles but destroying the depth of the music, removing the clarity, in other words's a mess. I have the original album, and have done a better job than hallmark remastering it on to CD myself, using my old mini disc and audio CD recorder. Come on Hallmark, you've reissued some very rare classic albums which could have a huge market, you've just let it down by your VERY poor mastering. While we understand that you don't have access to the original master tapes, you can at least get it mastered from the vinyl copy by a professional. Worth waiting before you buy this and trying to track down the original CD issue from Japan. On that the sound quality is outstanding.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Bretonista on 22 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love Julie London so I put this on pre-order as soon as it was listed. Having received it I'm hugely disappointed.

The voice is as wonderful as ever, and the track selection is excellent. But be warned - when they advertise this as an 'original recording' they ain't kidding. It appears to have been copied from a poor original, with distortion on some tracks and a loud 'blip' sound at the end of the disk! No re-mastering or clearing up of the sound, and some distracting artefacts on the recording. It's the sort of thing that you'd expect to end up with if someone had been converting their old vinyl collection to digital on a home PC. I'll be hanging on to it as the price was low and there is no other version of the album available at the moment, but it's pretty outrageous really.

I hate giving a low rating to anything by Julie, but CDs really shouldn't be released if they're of such poor quality. Any other singer and this CD would have got one star!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Great album on an amateurish CD transfer 29 Feb 2012
By Charlie S - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have this album on its original 1961 Liberty Records mono LP release. It's a nicely crafted concept album of Julie London vocals backed by a full orchestra produced by the talented Felix Slatkin. I was looking forward to getting this recent CD release and hearing it is stereo. (Liberty did have a stereo LP catalog number so it probably was originally recorded in true stereo.)

Alas, this CD was obviously derived from a MONO LP. And improperly done to boot. Whoever engineered this for Hallmark used a stereo pickup and kept the two channels separate through to the CD. When I difference the two CD channels all the out-of-phase LP surface noise and pinch effect distortion becomes clearly evident -- and these distortions are painfully audible in stereo CD playback. If you have one, use your MONO switch to restore the original mono LP sound.

Incidentally, I found the identical flaw with the recent Julie London "Send for Me" CD -- another Hallmark label product. At least these two CDs aren't labeled as stereo. But then, there are no liner notes or credits given other than track song titles. Hallmark apparently is part of the Pickwick Group Ltd. We mature guys remember the name Pickwick from incredibly cheap drugstore rack records of yore. Alas, the tradition carries on.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
excellent album...reissued in wretched sound quality 28 Feb 2012
By Music Fan Jeff - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm not sure what source Hallmark used to make this cd, but it sounds like it may be a needle drop from a rechanneled stereo lp or a mono lp that was worn out in such a way that there is stereo distortion present.

I love Julie London and this album has lots of great tracks, some of which have been previously reissued in the U.S. in good sound (such as the Rhino "Time For Love" compilation that came out about 20 years ago). I've never heard any of the expensive Japanese cds, so I cannot comment on the sound quality of those.

Horrible, horrible sound. I'm not exaggerating.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Great album, docked a couple of stars due to poor sound quality (MP3 now the preferred format over CD) 10 Aug 2012
By A photographer - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I'm not sure what happened here with the sound. The previous reviewers indicated re-channelling of an original mono recording or producing the CD from an original LP. I don't hear the surface noise mentioned in one of the reviews. What I hear is a sound something like that found on recordings from the 1930s--distant and lacking in dynamic range. It does sound like mono, not stereo. By turning the volume up a few notches, it's listenable but not really enjoyable. And that's sad because this is a very good concept album that showcases Julie London's seductive voice to great strength. I'm a big Julie London fan. I remember those great album covers from the mid-50s as much as that silk and satin voice.

The Julie London album "Send For Me" was also mentioned by one of the reviewers. I also have this album as released by Hallmark. Rather than have the flat, distant sound like "Whatever Julie Wants", the "Send For Me" album is recorded extremely forward and bright. Neither of the records sound good at all. I'm hoping to locate better quality recordings of them someday.

EDIT 06/2013: That better quality recording is here. Oddly enough, in the form of the 2012 Capitol MP3 issue. I've just bought it here on Amazon and it sounds exceptional, especially in contrast to the Hallmark/Pickwick CD. I also note Capitol has a current MP3 issue of the "Send For Me" recording with samples that also sounds splendid and puts the Hallmark/Pickwick CD to shame. I've burned a CD of the MP3 and played it on the home system--Rotel player, NAD amp, B&W speakers...all high quality components but not top of the line--and the MP3 CD is excellent in comparison to the dreadful redbook CD. The sound is so much better, I've removed the original CD from the case and replaced it with my own "roll your own" copy.

I notice Capitol has released a number of MP3s of the Julie London recordings that I've had trouble finding on CD. If they all measure up to the quality of this one, they are a viable alternative to the rare CDs. They are rather pricey, however.

I'll let my original assessment of the Hallmark CD sold here stand. The MP3 is the preferred format for this recording as of today. Five stars for the MP3.
Can't Hear the Songs Above a Whisper... Even on the Highest Volume Setting on my Computer... :( 2 April 2014
By Tasukihori - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I only got this CD for the "Why don't you do Right?" song. All the tracks are hard to listen to on your computer speakers, and the one track that I wanted to listen to the most was barely heard over a whisper. If you want to buy Julie London's music, skip over buying this CD and buy "The Best of Julie London". (the one with her on the cover all tied up in ribbons) That one has a better song track. If you want to get the song "Why don't you do Right?" by Julie London, I'd suggest buying just that song by itself on i-Tunes.
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Five Stars 11 Oct 2014
By Chris - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I love it.
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