Peter Durward Harris

"Pete the music fan"
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Top Reviewer Ranking: 12 - Total Helpful Votes: 28873 of 30702
We'll Sing in the Sunshine ~ Gale Garnett
Gale Garnett was born in New Zealand to an English father and a Russian mother, but they all moved to America when Gale was still a child. Gale initially trained to be an actress but switched to singing. She wrote some of her own material including the only song that most people remember her for, if they remember her at all - We'll sing in the sunshine.

I was aware of her famous song via several cover versions that I owned, long before I found a copy of Gale's version on Be My Baby 2. I then noted that the available music of hers is very limited. At that time, I was hoping that her recorded music would come into the… Read more
Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music [Double C&hellip ~ Ray Charles
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
While the country music moguls in the early sixties were worried about competing with rock'n'roll, Ray Charles had another idea that nobody could have foreseen, and that was to give country songs the full jazz treatment. His record label was initially appalled, but Ray had negotiated complete commercial freedom to record what he wanted. The results were far more successful than anybody could have imagined. With Ray's first album of country songs adapted to jazz proving so successful, Ray followed it up with another in similar vein. Both of those albums are featured here, along with six bonus tracks.

I can't stop loving you (a cover of a Don Gibson song, whose own version was the… Read more
Four Classic Albums Plus (Pick Yourself Up / Cool &hellip ~ Anita O'Day
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Anita was clearly a very prolific recording artist, who was able to match quantity with quality. This is a magnificent collection containing the tracks from four complete albums, plus a couple of bonus tracks.

I was at first disappointed that Anita's version of Slaughter on 10th Avenue has no words, only wordless vocals, but it seems that the original story was a stage production and I'm not even sure that there are any lyrics as such. So ... not Anita's fault.

Elsewhere, the arrangements are mostly very impressive. Jazz is noted for improvisation and re-interpretation of songs, so one occasionally comes across familiar songs performed in an unfamiliar arrangement… Read more