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  • Audio CD (1 Jun. 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: A Records
  • ASIN: B000065AI5
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 525,382 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
The 22 songs here were recorded in London (Susannah, although American, was based in Europe at the time) in one day, over a period of three hours or so, and were intended as demos only. The men who helped produce these recordings decided to listen to them a few weeks after her suicide, not with any intention of releasing them, but simply as part of their own way of remembering the good times they had. Even to do that, it was necessary to transfer them from reel-to-reel tape to CD. Eventually, it was decided to make them available to the public, because (in their opinion) these demos were good enough. Before releasing them publicly, they could have done all sorts of things - remixed them in some way - but they didn't.
You get to hear Susannah singing songs from the Great American Songbook, backed by (it seems) just a piano. The extensive liner notes don't give any details of the session apart from it's length, but all I hear is Susannah's lovely voice and a piano. That's fine by me - it works well, as it also did for Toni Tennille on her recent Incurably romantic album of songs from the thirties and forties, which I've also reviewed.
Although these songs are typical of the material that she would later record commercially, very few of these particular songs were ever re-recorded by Susannah. The liner notes don't say which two or three songs were re-recorded, nor have I checked, but it will be interesting to identify and compare them.
I was surprised at just how good these recordings are, especially as they were never intended for release. In it's way, this is as good as any of her commercial recordings. It's different, but still very enjoyable - and still recognisable. There will never be another Susannah.
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By J. Mcdonald TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Oct. 2014
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I didn't appreciate Susannah McCorkle when her albums started attracting attention in the late 70`s early 80`s; a friend leant me this CD a few years back and alerted me to what I was missing - now at last I have my own copy - hence this review.

McCorkle is a lyrical singer in the great tradition of jazz vocalists of the swing and big band era; she respects the lyric and the songwriter's craft, is devoid of affectation and performs with warmth and charm; she subtly makes each song her own without distorting the melodic structure and she doesn't indulge in improvised flights of fancy.
The tracks issued here were only intended as demos, but they reveal an intimate picture of her as an unadorned, natural and engaging vocal talent very much at home with the great standards of the American Songbook and willing to explore less well-known material with equal aplomb, even venturing into bossa nova territory on two tracks, singing in the original language (Portuguese, I think).
The recording is of a quite acceptable standard; McCorkle is accompanied very ably by pianist Keith Ingham and although the piano sounds a little flat in places (in sound quality not in pitch) McCorkle`s voice is heard to good effect.
The last track is from a different session recorded for the "Quality of Mercer" album but not included on the original release; this presents her in a more usual jazz combo setting, a taster for further listening.

This is a lovely album by a fine singer who was lost to us - and the music - far too early, a recommendable CD which provides a nice compliment alongside her better known recordings.
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