Recalled as one of Britain's most famous dance band singers during the Thirties and Forties, Dorothy Carless performed and recorded with Geraldo, Ambrose, Jay Wilbur and other orchestras, with the obvious outcome of such popularity leading to radio broadcasts and touring variety shows.
However, I had forgotten that having emigrated to the USA around 1949, Dorothy continued to occasionally record and two rare conjoined 1957 albums that fill this collection really came as a pleasant surprise to me. On the first, THE CARLESS TOUCH, Dorothy is accompanied by the classy Barney Kessel Trio with IT'S EASY TO REMEMBER, EV'RY TIME WE SAY GOODBYE, BIDIN' MY TIME, MY OLD FLAME and CD's title number amongst vocal treats delivered within a relaxed and mellow setting very reminiscent of the attractive low-key vocal style later adopted by Julie London.
Occasionally more upbeat, the second album, MIXED EMOTIONS, finds Dorothy accompanying herself on piano with her keyboard skills matching her undoubted vocal talent. I GET ALONG WITHOUT YOU VERY WELL, LITTLE GIRL BLUE, HI LILI, HI LO and I HAPPEN TO LIKE NEW YORK are amongst popular songs beautifully rendered simply and effectively to their lyrical advantage. The rare and evocative WHEN THE WIND WAS GREEN is quite spell-binding, leaving room for the even rarer and playfully joyous Arlen/ Mercer number FANCY FREE. Two bonus songs, recorded in New York in 1949, are the wistful SPEAK A WORD OF LOVE and the Livingstone/Evans adaptation of the classic French love song PLAISIR D'AMOUR into MY LOVE LOVES ME.
With both albums mainly aimed at a low-key mood, this is definitely music for late-night listening and I really can recommend this Flare release as a tasty confection for collectors of girl singers.
Excellent sound remastering and liner notes make the listening pleasure complete.