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5.0 out of 5 stars MORE MORGAN MAGIC
Flare have done Jane Morgan's fans proud with this excellent reissue of two of the elegant chanteuse's most desirable albums. It's a well-known fact that the Julliard-trained Miss Morgan was incapable of uttering an ugly sound, as her many albums for Dave Kapp attest, but at times he seems to straightjacket her in formal arrangements designed to showcase the beauty of her...
Published on 8 Feb. 2013 by Jim Brooks

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3.0 out of 5 stars Why the Victors?
I reviewed At The Cocoanut Grove below, so I`ll concentrate on the Victors. My Special Dream from the Victors is a very beautiful song complimented by most of the other songs, but not all. A couple of the selections seemed out of place although supposedly from the movie. My thinking is that the producers were more interested in pluging this inconsequential film than...
Published on 7 April 2013 by Jay Holder


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5.0 out of 5 stars MORE MORGAN MAGIC, 8 Feb. 2013
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Jim Brooks (Aberdeen, Scotland) - See all my reviews
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Flare have done Jane Morgan's fans proud with this excellent reissue of two of the elegant chanteuse's most desirable albums. It's a well-known fact that the Julliard-trained Miss Morgan was incapable of uttering an ugly sound, as her many albums for Dave Kapp attest, but at times he seems to straightjacket her in formal arrangements designed to showcase the beauty of her voice at the expense of her individuality. I'm a huge fan of the Morgan sound, but I do find some of the Kapp albums just a wee bit square.

That's why it's wonderful to have Jane's Cocoanut Grove show from October 1961 in circulation once more. Free of studio restrictions, she covers a wider range of material from ballads like "The Second Time Around" to the swinging "It takes love" and her powerful hit, "The Day the Rains Came", and a lively music hall sequence. As there's not too much talk, this is an album to replay and savour time after time, and a must for Jane's admirers.

Similar comments apply to "Jane Morgan Serenades the Victors", a 1963 tie-in with the movie and her first album for Colpix. Tracks include "Bless `em all", a popular single at the time, "Red Sails in the Sunset" and "Glory of love", all given contemporary arrangements with varying degrees of success, but Jane carries the day with rich, passionate vocalising. Another desirable rarity for the fans.

Soundwise, there's a little surface noise on what was side two of the Cocoanut Grove LP, and there's some inherent overloading on the backing vocals the other disc which was also present on the original LP, nonetheless it's a better transfer and, with 25 tracks, better value than the version recently issued by My Music Boutique which contains only the 12 Colpix tracks.

I am enjoying this reissue tremendously. Don't be put off by the minor sound quibbles; this disc is excellent value and an object lesson in the art of popular singing. More, please, Flare!

A by-the-way: Dave Kapp worked Jane very hard, and used to send her out around the country to publicise her latest releases with local DJs. She was hugely successful at this. This fabulous-loooking woman would show up at radio stations swathed in furs and wafting exotic perfume, she'd take the DJ to lunch and, with her inimitable velvet tones, schmooze him almost to death - and get the amount of airtime that most other singers could only dream of!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More Jane Morgan and a choice of companion album..., 22 Feb. 2013
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Interesting that both Sepia and Flare should issue At the Cocoanut Grove but with a different second album. Here Flare offer her first Colpix Album Serenades The Victors dating from 1963 and it has an obvious link with the film and Sol Kaplan music. These are LP to CD transfers. Clearly the popularity of the songstress and availability of her recordings through the public domain laws make the occasional duplication of an album between labels inevitable. Pricewise both labels are excellent value and present their product extremely well. In the end it will come down to whether or not you have the second album on offer and wish to have that in addition to the Cocoanut Grove recording. of course, you may wish to have both for comparison. There are 3 bonus tracks With Open Arms; Where's the Boy & If Only I Could Live My Life Again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GLAMOROUS JANE IN EXCELLENT SUPPERCLUB PERFORMANCE, 9 Feb. 2013
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A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Jane Morgan's glamorous presence added gravitas to her classy vocal style and although the visual element might be absent from this recording, it conjures an excellent recall of her cabaret act recorded in October 1961; giving some indication of her sophisticated demeanour and high-gloss professionalism honed early in her career whilst performing in Parisian night spots. With orchestra directed by 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 - not forgetting her big hit THE DAY THE RAINS CAME.

The accompanying album, JANE MORGAN SERENADES THE VICTORS, was the singer's initial album for the Colpix label - a subsidiary of Columbia Pictures - and intended to exploit the studio's all-star World War II drama THE VICTORS (1963). MY SPECIAL DREAM, SWEET TALK, NO OTHER MAN, MAGDA'S SONG and MARCH OF THE VICTORS are heartfelt ballads based on Sol Kaplan's score and HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS, sung by Sinatra over a poignant on-screen scene, is reason enough for Jane's own excellent version. Other incidental songs - RED SAILS IN THE SUNSET, BLESS `EM ALL, GLORY OF LOVE and PENNIES FROM HEAVEN are fully reiterated by the singer to great effect. Three bonus songs:- WITH OPEN ARMS (Bacharach/David) WHERE'S THE BOY? and IF ONLY I COULD LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN expand CD timing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jane Morgan., 20 Feb. 2014
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Just like her singing voice. Before my time :The Day That The Rains Came Down Serenades the Victors and at the Coconut Grove the two albums are good on one CD and I really like Jane Morgan.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Why the Victors?, 7 April 2013
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I reviewed At The Cocoanut Grove below, so I`ll concentrate on the Victors. My Special Dream from the Victors is a very beautiful song complimented by most of the other songs, but not all. A couple of the selections seemed out of place although supposedly from the movie. My thinking is that the producers were more interested in pluging this inconsequential film than creating a really good album. I would have prefered a couple of other songs even if they were not from the film than the less suitable ones.
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