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5.0 out of 5 stars TWICE MORE WITH FEELING BY CLASSY FELICIA, 12 Sept. 2011
A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
Los Angeles-based Felicia Sanders (1922 -1975) originally sang with big bands and on radio but marriage diverted her ambitions from her career only to resume again in 1950 when her unique vocal expertise was brought to the attention of Mitch Miller, legendary A & R Manager at Columbia Records. Adding her vocals to an orchestral recording of THE THEME FROM "MOULIN ROUGE" by ace conductor Percy Faith meant the recording was released with credits rightly shown as "Percy Faith and his Orchestra featuring Felicia Sanders." and it reached the top position in the US Charts in early 1953 where it remained for ten weeks.

Sepia's second CD tribute to Felicia nicely combines two late Fifties-recorded albums on which she superbly interprets mainly standards and show songs. Never a chirpy songbird, these selections prove beyond anything this classy vocalist could only be appreciated on long-players such as these in order to set overall mood in the rare warm and vibrant style which must have made her such a draw in the intimate settings of The Blue Angel and Bon Soir nightclubs to name but two.
With the emphasis on superior songs, highlights on I WISH YOU LOVE include WARM ALL OVER, I'M THROUGH WITH LOVE, WHEN THE WORLD WAS YOUNG, ANYONE COULD LOVE YOU and the title song, with Felicia surrounded by husband Irving Joseph on piano plus bass, harp, drums and guitar. Such simple orchestral input proves a blessing and adds to the singer's intimate and deep emotional pondering.

Conversely backed by a full orchestra and occasional male chorus on the second set, Felicia still commands the mood as she shifts vocal gears through the romantic ballads IT NEVER WAS YOU, A WOMAN'S LOVE IS NEVER DONE, SUMMER LOVE and the melodramatic I HAD MYSELF A TRUE LOVE. Increasing the tempo to achieve further dramatic impetus, she speeds through DANCING IN THE DARK; emphasises her feeling for The Big Apple via Cole Porter's I HAPPEN TO LIKE NEW YORK and speaks volumes as she tackles the intricacies of Bernstein's RABBIT AT TOP SPEED. THAT CERTAIN FEELING is also a swinging winner and PORGY & BESS's SUMMERTIME is imbued with jazzy centre.

It's always a treat when two albums by a forgotten singer turn up on CD so three cheers are awarded Sepia for continuing to dig deep into the albums of under-appreciated songbirds from the past and coming up with these gems in wonderful stereo remastering. Adding intelligently enlightening notes and photos makes for the icing on the cake.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A unique talent., 19 April 2015
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Sad songs from a real talent who is virtually unknown here.
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