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5.0 out of 5 stars THE WARMTH OF COOL CHRIS, 30 Jun 2013
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A. POLLOCK (PLYMOUTH, DEVON United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus (Sings Lullabys Of Birdland / Chris / This Is Chris / Chris Connor) (Audio CD)
I used to mix Chris up with June Christy even before I read their career paths had actually crossed during the early Fifties. Apparently, Chris had grabbed June's attention via a radio broadcast so when she decided to leave Stan Kenton's Orchestra to pursue a solo career, she recommended Chris to Kenton as the ideal "cool school" vocalist to replace her. Chris briefly toured and recorded with Kenton's outfit during 1953 but found the constant travelling exhausting so by the end of the year, she went solo and signed a record contract.

This excellent two-disc set features the output from those early Bethlehem sessions recorded during 1953/54 which were fed into the albums CHRIS CONNOR SINGS LULLABYS OF BIRDLAND, CHRIS, and THIS IS CHRIS which helped propel the singer to success at age twenty-six. Also included is CHRIS CONNOR (1956) recorded after she moved to Atlantic with the addition of just one side of HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT (1956) in order to fill the available space on CD 2.

It's a wonderful way to appreciate the warm, husky vocal style of Chris with her gentle vibrato used as necessary on so many standards and her wistful expressive outpourings adds magic to less-familiar material.

Avid's excellent remastering is a major factor as is the inclusion of the original vinyl album notes together with details of the various accompanying musicians - Sy Oliver and his Orchestra, the Elis Larkin Trio plus various other iconic jazz musicians.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Actually 5 Albums Plus!, 25 Sep 2014
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This review is from: 4 Classic Albums Plus (Audio CD)
This is a bit more complicated than the 4 albums plus tag suggests. The version of Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland featured on the front cover (and therefore in the title is the 1957 12" LP version.
Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland 12"

1. Lullaby of Birdland
2. What Is There To Say
3. Try A Little Tenderness
4. Spring Is Here
5. Why Shouldn't I
6. Ask Me
7. Blue Silhouette
8. Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah
9. A Cottage For Sale
10. How Long Has This Been Going On
11. Stella By Starlight
12. Gone With The Wind
13. He's Coming Home
14. Goodbye

This was a repackaging of her two 1954 10" LPs

Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland 10"

1. Lullaby of Birdland
2. What Is There To Say
3. Try A Little Tenderness
4. Spring Is Here
5. Why Shouldn't I
6. Ask Me
7. Blue Silhouette
8. Chiquita From Chi-Wah-Wah

Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers 10" LP

1. Lush Life
2. Out of This World
3. A Cottage For Sale
4. How Long Has This Been Going On
5. Goodbye
6. Stella By Starlight
7. Gone With The Wind
8. He's Coming Home

The original 1954 10" album sleeves appear on the inside of the CD case and since the two tracks that were ommitted from that 12" album, Lush Life and What Is There To Say, are included here this is therefore a 5 albums plus package. The other albums are:

This Is Chris

1. Blame It On My Youth
2. It's All Right With Me
3. Someone To Watch Over Me
4. Trouble Is A Man
5. All This And Heaven Too
6. The Thrill Is Gone
7. I Concentrate On You
8. All Dressed Up With A Broken Heart
9. This Moment On
10. Ridin' High

Chris Connor

1. I Get a Kick Out of You
2. Something to Live For
3. Get Out of Town
4. Where Are You?
5. Goes
6. When the Wind Was Green
7. He Was Too Good to Me
8. You Make Me Feel So Young
9. Everytime
10. Way Out There
11. My April Heart
12. Almost Like Being in Love

Chris

1. All About Ronnie
2. Miser's Serenade
3. Everything I Love
4. Indian Summer
5. I Hear Music
6. Come Back To Sorrento
7. A Good Man is a Seldom Thing
8. Don't Wait Up For Me
9. Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)

the plus is side one (6 tracks of) He Loves Me. He Loves Me Not

1. High On A Windy Hill
2. Round About
3. Angel Eyes
4. You Stepped Out Of A Dream
5. Why Can't I
6. Suddenly It's Spring

If you have your music on a digital music player you can get the remaining 6 tracks from amazon to complete that album at a reasonable price too:

7. About The Blues
8. Oh! You Crazy Moon
9. But Not For Me
10. I Guess I'll Hang My Tears Out To Dry
11. I Wonder What Became Of Me
12. Thursday's Child

This is all good stuff. Chris Connor is a very fine singer and she is placed in excellent musical settings throughout.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars COOL SINGER PAR EXCELLENCE, 19 Jun 2013
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Barry McCanna (Normandy, France) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Four Classic Albums Plus (Sings Lullabys Of Birdland / Chris / This Is Chris / Chris Connor) (Audio CD)
This compilation presents some of Chris Connor's earliest recordings. It begins with four separate sessions, namely the Sy Oliver Orchestra in December 1953, the Ellis Larkins Trio and the Vinnie Burke Trio, both in August 1954, and the Ralph Sharon Quintet and Septet in April 1955. Originally they were allocated piecemeal to three Bethlehem albums, namely "Lullabys (sic) of Birdland", "Chris" and "This is Chris", but are presented here in the order in which they were recorded. That's followed by two Atlantic albums; "Chris Connor" dates from January/February 1956, and the first side of "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not" from June 1956, with orchestra conducted by Ralph Burns. Chris Connor was typed as one of the cool singers, in the manner of June Christy, who brought her to Stan Kenton's attention. Her voice was warm and husky with vibrato used sparingly, and her delivery was deliberately restrained. The end result is a subtle and elegant reading of the lyrics which is in a class of its own.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 2 July 2014
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