Jill Bush

Helpful votes received on reviews: 98% (82 of 84)


Top Reviewer Ranking: 4,454,485 - Total Helpful Votes: 82 of 84
Judy At Carnegie Hall ~ Judy Garland
Judy At Carnegie Hall ~ Judy Garland
41 of 42 people found the following review helpful
Bear with me as I get flowery and overdramatic about this album. When I bought it on vinyl back in the eighteenth century it seemed a terrifying amount of money to spend on a bit of plastic but it was worth every penny and still is now it's on CD at last. It's probably the most uplifting recording I have, hideously tasteless in parts and seeping copius amounts of over-the-top emotion guaranteed to make most reserved Brits cringe but at the same time quite wondrous and life affirming. It's an album of monumental mood swings, "Chicago" knocks you over energy and va-voom, "How Long Has This Been Going On" has you sobbing melodramatically into your coffee and then… Read more
Snakes and Ladders (Dirk Bogarde's Autobiography) by Dirk Bogarde
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Some things stay in your mind years after you've read them. The story of Dirk Bogarde's doomed friendship with the ailing Judy Garland in Snakes and Ladders was one of them for me, and I was very moved by his bewilderment and anguish at her death. The book is full of similar portraits of friends like Kay Kendall - Bogarde's ability to convey the radiance of her personality in a few perceptive paragraphs is a rare thing in an actor's autobiography. His discomfort about being a movie star is well known but his insight into the fading British studio system of the 50s and early 60s has a wry sensitivity which has not been equalled.
The recent television biography of Bogarde seems to be… Read more
Magic of Sinatra ~ Prior
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
When it comes to best kept secrets, it's about time this one was out in the open. Andy Prior is the best male jazz singer in Britain today and has been plugging away for years producing sharp and joyful big band music. Someone tell Robbie Williams, for goodnessakes, if you're going to sing this stuff you have to be able to swing.
Andy Prior sings, he plays trombone, he's a bandleader, he's funny and he's better looking than Harry Connick Junior. My favourite is "I wish you love". Do the man a favour and spread the word.

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