4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 31 July 2013
If you love Julie London, you'll love the music. However the sound quality of this (and other Hallmark re-issues)is just terrible. It's been badly remastered from the original MONO album, and then put through some sort of compression to remove the pop's and crackles, this has the effect of not only masking the pop's and crackles but destroying the depth of the music, removing the clarity, in other words .....it's a mess. I have the original album, and have done a better job than hallmark remastering it on to CD myself, using my old mini disc and audio CD recorder. Come on Hallmark, you've reissued some very rare classic albums which could have a huge market, you've just let it down by your VERY poor mastering. While we understand that you don't have access to the original master tapes, you can at least get it mastered from the vinyl copy by a professional. Worth waiting before you buy this and trying to track down the original CD issue from Japan. On that the sound quality is outstanding.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 April 2012
Due to the laws in Europe which allows music over 50 years old to go out of copyright, it is open season for any 'record label' to reissue these vintage recordings. But buyers be aware these are taken from original vinyl records. They are the same as if you had 'home taped' (to use an 80's expression) them yourself. They may be cheap - but you get what you pay for. If you are after a hard to find original record then these releases will probably suit you fine. But of you are looking for the original master tapes to have been lovingly transferred to the silver disc - then forget it.
These releases are, to all intents and purposes, official bootlegs.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 22 February 2012
I love Julie London so I put this on pre-order as soon as it was listed. Having received it I'm hugely disappointed.
The voice is as wonderful as ever, and the track selection is excellent. But be warned - when they advertise this as an 'original recording' they ain't kidding. It appears to have been copied from a poor original, with distortion on some tracks and a loud 'blip' sound at the end of the disk! No re-mastering or clearing up of the sound, and some distracting artefacts on the recording. It's the sort of thing that you'd expect to end up with if someone had been converting their old vinyl collection to digital on a home PC. I'll be hanging on to it as the price was low and there is no other version of the album available at the moment, but it's pretty outrageous really.
I hate giving a low rating to anything by Julie, but CDs really shouldn't be released if they're of such poor quality. Any other singer and this CD would have got one star!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 14 July 2010
Whatever Julie wants was one of her big band recordings. It's a gem and I've not seen it on CD before. EMI Japan have reissued 30 of Julie's albums recently, all in pristine sound and all for sale indivudally. I can't imagine this type of series being issued in the UK or USA. They are expensive but if you're a Julie fan and can afford it, certainly worth getting, especially is you missed out on any of her LPs when they were originally issued back in the 50s and 60s. Two odd points - this album, even in it's original vinyl form, never listed arranger or conductor, which most others did, neither have I been able to track down the information anywhere. Can anyone help? Also, the inserts of the CDs all mention in English 'Julie London-The single collection Vols. 1 and 2' and details all tracks. Hunt as I might, I've not been able to locate those CDs, even from the online seller in Japan who stocks all the album CDs, dare I say cheaper than you'll see them elswhere. (It doesn't help that I can't read Japanese. Again, can someone help?