Always welcome are CD reissues by stylish diva, Jane Morgan, who's classy vocal style was apparently matched by her sophisticated dress sense. Both were obviously on show when she was recorded in cabaret during October 1961 at the famous nightclub situated within the now demolished Ambassador Hotel. The visual element may be missing but it's easy to use the imagination as Jane delivers the necessary glamour and high-gloss professionalism she honed in Parisian night spots during her early career. With orchestra under the direction of Dick Hazard, the singer favours medleys with themes dedicated to Paris and Lillian Russell (accompanied by duo John Drew and Sam Stoneburner) with her signature number, FASCINATION, opening and closing her act. In between, Jane offers delightful versions of the combined LOVE MAKES THE WORLD GO ROUND/YOU AND THE NIGHT AND THE MUSIC plus THE SECOND TIME AROUND and her big hit THE DAY THE RAINS CAME.
The accompanying WHAT NOW MY LOVE, recorded as her final album for Kapp Records during 1962,had orchestral duties shared by Burt Bacharach (who was also the record producer) and Peter Matz. Apart from the title number, the Hilliard/Bacharach offering - WAITING FOR CHARLEY TO COME HOME and tear-jerking LOVE LOOK AWAY(from the recent Broadway hit FLOWER DRUM SONG), the choices highlight quality standards with I GUESS I'LL HANG MY TEARS OUT TO DRY, BLACK COFFEE, IT NEVER ENTERED MY MIND and HERE'S THAT RAINY DAY perfectly reflecting heartbreak and relative ongoing emotional turmoil, with Jane wringing every tearful nuance from the romance-gone-wrong lyrics. Personally, I consider it her finest album.
Two bonus songs:- FLY ME TO THE MOON with Latin lilt and the evocative COUNT EVERY STAR are welcome inclusions with remastering, notes and relevant dates ensuring listening enjoyment of this excellent release.