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This review is from: Teresa Brewer's Greatest Hits in Stereo / Don't Mess with Tess (Audio CD)
Teresa Brewer is a vintage songstress, tried and tested and proven gold over all the years even to this date, where the world of music is a very different place from what it was when The Thrush first wrapped her vocals around a simple tune titled 'Music! Music! Music!'. That simple tune was the staple of her extremely successful career as 'Music! Music! Music!' tore up the charts, wrapping the artist who turned a fun little song into an immortal around many, many hearts in the process. Sepia's beautiful presentation and remastering of this too long awaited release provide the perfect showcase for one of history's best and most disregarded artistes.
The twelve re-recorded hits with which this release begins are superb. Clear, resonant, and bright in remastered stereo, each one is a joy to hear! Most artists re-recording their hits are proficient at best, but Teresa Brewer not only makes each one sparkle specially again but also can often add a little something that was not there in the original. She had left her '50s hit label, Coral, by then, going over to Philips, and though they try their best to great results on these re-recordings, they just could not quite match Coral's incomparable sound. However, their results are different and equally enjoyable in their own way. Even if each soundtrack was a dud, Teresa's sheer pleasure and exuberance in revisiting her songs would shine out through every line - as it does anyway!
By the time you reach the title track of the other album on this release, 'Don't Mess with Tess', Miss Brewer is riding far above on a high. The vocal gymnastics she displays on the twelve (primarily standards) tracks is utterly astounding, and should silence those 'critics' who like to try and dismiss the very highly talented Miss Music as a fluffy talentless singer of novelties. That she could handle just about any genre of music with ease is very evident even in this small space affordable on a single compact disc, and nowhere is it more apparent than on these twelve tracks that Dixieland and big band style was one of her very greatest fortes!
Rounding this musical treat out are four country tracks, displaying her other forte! They are all old favourites of mine (with the exception of 'The Thrill is Gone', which was new to me), and though 'Am I That Easy To Forget' must win, it is almost impossible to choose the best favourite. Besides being singles, these bonus tracks also make up several of the tracks on one of her country albums 'Terrific Teresa Brewer!', which is shamefully still awaiting release on compact disc.
Don't miss out on this release. Miss Music's music received its deserved popularity and acclaim for a lot of reasons, but here is one of the best reasons why - there is a sparkling infectiousness in her music that never fails to get your toes tapping and a smile on your face. And these days, who can ask for more?