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5.0 out of 5 stars 2 early and classic Jack Jones albums on Sepia..., 8 Feb 2012
C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: This Was My Love / Shall We Dance (Audio CD)
Jack Jones has had a career spanning over 50 years and is still performing today. I saw him at the Town Hall in Birmingham at the end of 2011 and he was still on top form and very relaxed. This release contains two LPs he recorded in the early 1960s - "Shall We Dance" and "This Was My Love", each showing a different side to him. The 12 tracks from the first have Billy May's swinging arrangements and conducting. The opening song is a real swinger and the stereo separation is first class. Recorded over several days in November 1960 the whole album moved with pace. The second album has Pete King's sensitive arranging skills used across a range of tender ballads. On re-release this album had a title change to "Lollipops and Roses" because the song became a big hit when issued as a single.
1. Shall We Dance/ 2. The Spin I'm in/ 3. Change Partners/ 4. At Long Last Love/ 5. A String of Pearls/ 6. Takes Two To Tango/ 7. Dancing On the Ceiling/ 8. Carioca/ 9. Ballerina/ 10. Invitation/ 11. Dixieland Band/ 12. The Last Dance/ 13. This Was My Love/ 14. There Will Never Be Another You/ 15. Lollipops and Roses/ 16. Moonlight Becomes You/ 17. They Didn't Believe Me/ 18. Love Letters/ 19. You Stepped Out Of A Dream/ 20. My Romance/ 21. The Girl Next Door/ 22. Julie/ 23. Corduroy Road/ 24. Tall Hope
Shall We Dance? (Released in 1961) & This Was My Love (Released in 1961) were both on the Kapp label. After spending some time in the US Air Force Jack Jones went back to civilian life and had more luck with his next company, Kapp Records. In August 1961 he recorded the ballad "Lollipops and Roses" (a song by Tony Velona), which became a hit in the following year. Jones's biggest pop hit was "Wives and Lovers" by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. During the Kapp years, Jones recorded almost twenty albums, including Shall We Dance, This Was My Love, She Loves Me, Call Me Irresponsible, I've Got a Lot of Living To Do!, Bewitched, Wives and Lovers, Dear Heart, Where Love Has Gone, The Jack Jones Christmas Album, My Kind of Town, The Impossible Dream, The In Crowd, Jack Jones Sings, Lady, Our Song, etc. Young, handsome, and well-groomed, Jack Jones stood out as something quite different in an era of rock going for the more traditional big band sound, lush romantic ballads and the compositions from the Great American Songbook, although sometimes he recorded something more pop, country or bossa nova oriented. One of his biggest hits, for example, was "The Race Is On", by country music legend George Jones. Besides the frequent good choice of material, he worked with many top arrangers including Billy May, Nelson Riddle, Marty Paich, Shorty Rogers, Jack Elliott, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Florence, Don Costa and Pete King. This new Sepia CD opens the door onto 2 classic albums. The liner notes by Tony Middleton are very informative and the attractive packaging includes black & white photographs of JJ plus a colour one on the sleeve. The running time is approx 73 minutes and the sound is excellent stereo.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars EARLY JACK JONES ALBUMS ARE A REAL TREAT!, 30 Jan 2012
A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
This review is from: This Was My Love / Shall We Dance (Audio CD)
After a promising start at Capitol in the late Fifties, Jack Jones hit his stride with these two albums waxed for Kapp Records. Their reappearance on this collection is very welcome especially as the crooner does not always receive sufficient credit for a career which has now spanned over fifty years with a body of recorded work not yet fully represented by CD reissues.

Jack's Kapp/Decca albums concentrated mainly on standards from The Great American Songbook with this initial album, SHALL WE DANCE (1960), typically reflecting such a mix with CHANGE PARTNERS, AT LONG LAST LOVE and DANCING ON THE CEILING amongst numbers which established a dance concept similar to Sinatra's COME DANCE WITH ME released the previous year. It's therefore no coincidence that both albums share THE LAST DANCE as closing numbers. Adding IT TAKES TWO TO TANGO, BALLERINA and THE CARIOCA allows some Latin arrangements laced with in-built humour courtesy of the great Billy May and his Orchestra. Overall this album provided a stunning début for Jack at Kapp/Decca.

THIS WAS MY LOVE was a contrasting follow-up in 1961 with Pete King providing sympathetic backings for some choice ballads; amongst them the sensitive title song which had also caught the eye of Sinatra. However, with the included LOLLIPOPS AND ROSES becoming a single hit for Jack, the album was relaunched with that title. Included songs, MOONLIGHT BECOMES YOU, LOVE LETTERS, MY ROMANCE and THE GIRL NEXT DOOR stamp this as a truly romantic collection and Jack's vocals prove to be meltingly seductive. Bonus songs are CORDUROY ROAD and TALL HOPE; the first providing contrasting energetic outdoor enthusiasm with a male chorus and the latter stamped as a heavy swinger with both Caroline Leigh/Cy Coleman numbers written for Lucille Ball's 1960 Broadway musical, WILDCAT.

Good to know Jack is still performing, with a recent UK tour taking place in late 2011. The release of these albums will certainly serve as a reminder of his great vocal talent with Sepia's usual remastering and presentation adding to their enjoyment.
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