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Sultry, smooth and sassy – and that's just the left leg. Like her contemporaries Peggy Lee, Kay Starr, Nancy Wilson, Jeri Southern and Jo Stafford - JULIE LONDON had the sauce and the voice to caress a tune. And man is that evident on the wonderful sounding CD Reissue chockfull of lush songs presented to fans of Fifties Crooners in truly gorgeous Audio. Time to get the cocktail bar open and my chiffon gown ready for gentleman callers. Here are the nightcaps...

UK released September 1997 – "Calendar Girl/Your Number Please..." by JULIE LONDON on EMI/Liberty/Capitol CTMCD 125 (Barcode 724385995927) offers 2 x Fifties LPs Remastered onto 1CD (one in Mono, the other in Stereo) and plays out as follows (67:13 minutes):

1. June In January
2. February Brings The Rain
3. Melancholy March
4. I'll Remember April
5. People Who Are Born In May
6. Memphis In June
7. Sleigh Ride In July [Side 2]
8. Time For August
9. September In The Rain
10. This October
11. November Twilight
12. Warm December
13. The Thirteenth Month
Tracks 1 to 13 are her album "Calendar Girl" - released December 1956 in the USA on Liberty SL 9002 (Mono) – MONO Mix used. Orchestra conducted by PETE KING.

14. Makin' Whoopie
15. It Could Happen To You
16. When I Fall In Love
17. It's A Blue World
18. They Can't Take That Away From Me
19. One For My Baby
20. Angel Eyes [Side 2]
21. Love Is Here To Stay
22. The More I See You
23. A Stranger In Town
24. Two Sleepy People
25. Learnin' The Blues
Tracks 14 to 25 are her album "Your Number Please..." – released December 1959 in the USA on Liberty LST 7130 (Stereo) – STEREO Mix used. Music arranged and conducted by ANDRE PREVIN.

The 10-leaf foldout inlay pictures the gorgeous artwork in full for both LPs. There are no liner notes per say (mores the pity) – but the inlay is far better than a gatefold slip of paper. You get the full twelve months of famous pictorial poses – Julie is various swimsuits and leggy dresses showing off her womanly wiles and curves - sensationally saucy stuff for the day. But all of that is naught to the truly beautiful CD Audio you get the second you start playing the expertly crafted songs. RON HILL did the 24-bit Digital Remasters at Abbey Road Studios in London from first generation tapes and both albums sound spotless – clean – full of presence and warmth. The Stereo "Your Number Please..." is particularly gorgeous – every string pluck and breathy vocal as clear as a bell.

The "Calendar Girl" album has a month-by-month song rota with the 'thirteenth' tagged on at the end. Even romantic slush like "Sleigh Ride In June" comes up roses and the Nat King Cole piano-roll of "September In The Rain" gives a welcome lift in pace. But it when she gets 'hot' and sexy in "Time For August" ('gals with only man a year' she croons) or smoulders on the gorgeous "November Twilight" where she purrs 'the ache of long lost things' - that you feel the magic of her persona. Admittedly some of the tracks like "June In January" and "This October" feature intrusive and coy backing singers that has dated them badly. But outside of that – it’s a great period album.

The Stereo "Your Number Please..." can only be described as 'sumptuous' - every song and arranging swirling around your boudoir in glorious Stereo. An album of cover version homages to her favourite Male Vocalists - she does Nat King Cole's "When I Fall In Love", the Freshman's "It's A Blue World and Matt Monroe's perennial classic "Angel Eyes". On tracks like Johnny Mercer's "One More For The Road", Fred Astaire's "They Can't Take Away From Me" and Bing Crosby's "It Could Happen To You" - her voice is close to sung perfection. Her rendition of the Bob Hope and Shirley Ross classic "Two Sleepy People" from the 1939 film "The Big Broadcast" is filled with swooping strings and echoed vocals. The whole bedroom swoon ends on a gorgeous "Learnin' The Blues" – a tune made famous by ole blue eyes himself (Frank Sinatra) as Julie sings forlornly "...the dancefloor is deserted...you play the same love song...it's the tenth time you've heard it..."

This is a sweetheart of a release and one that boasts exceptional Audio - classy like the good lady herself. And that "Your Number Please..." LP is an overlooked genre gem...
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This coupling of two outstanding albums full of quality love songs is everything that Julie London's fans would expect.
The first half of the twofer, the Calendar girl album, has a song for each month of the year, counting a year as thirteen months. The liner notes say that about half the songs are standards. In fact, I only recognized four of the songs as standards, these being June in January, I'll remember April, Sleigh ride in July and September in the rain. I believe the other songs are all originals but if any of them are covers, they are obscure and therefore cannot be described as standards. Nevertheless, I found these songs immensely enjoyable and it is quite likely that some of them would have become standards had they been written ten years earlier. Particularly noteworthy is Warm December, which is not about Christmas but sometimes gets included on Christmas compilations.
The second half of the twofer, the Your number please album, is a tribute to various men and contains another excellent selection of love songs. The men are Frank Sinatra (Learning the blues), Johnny Mercer (One for my baby), Four freshmen (It's a blue world), Nat King Cole (When I fall in love), Fred Astaire (They can't take that away from me), Gene Harris (Love is here to stay), Dick Haymes (The more I see you), Bing Crosby (It could happen to you), Mel Torme (A stranger in town), Eddie Cantor (Making whoopee), Bob Hope (Two sleepy people) and Matt Dennis (Angel eyes). Julie's recordings of these songs are every bit as good as you would expect them to be.
There are several twofers of Julie's music available as I write this, all of them brilliant. Even so, this is certainly one of the best of them.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERon 20 September 2012
Julie London: Calendar Girl & Your Number Please

Calendar Girl was a rather gimmicky LP with 12 delightful and provocative photos of Julie on the cover and 13 (yes 13!) tracks for each month of the year with an added track called `The thirteenth month' for good measure. Some of the tunes are well-known, like `June in January', `Memphis in June', `I'll remember April' and `September in the rain'. Others I met for the first time with this record. The arrangements of the tunes were by Pete King who directed the orchestra.

Much as I liked hearing (and seeing) Julie all through the year, the real attraction for me in this CD was the second LP transfer - Julie London accompanied by an orchestra arranged and conducted by Andre Previn. There were no unfamiliar tracks here. Most of the tunes are standards, like Victor Young's `When I fall in love', the Gershwins' `Love is here to stay', and `It's a blue world' by Kismet and Song of Norway composer-arrangers George Forrest and Robert Wright. But there are also a couple of tunes that don't find their way onto every other LP - like Mel Torme's `A stranger in town'. Julie's singing is at its sultry best and the arrangements by Previn - and by King - are often quite original.
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on 12 October 2014
The series of Julie London twofers from EMI were a delight, and it was great to get so many wonderful performances back in print again. However, I've always found this one somewhat lacking. Listening to any of the twenty-five songs on the CD individually shows that London's performances cannot be faulted, but it's when they are heard one after another that the problem arises. There is very little variety here - just one song after another sung in the same style, at the same tempo, with similar arrangements. London is at her most sultry on these albums, but it also means that after sixty-seven minutes one is suddenly woken up when the CD finishes. As separate thirty minute LPs, the programming was probably fine, but the issue here is that EMI have paired together two albums that are just too similar to each other and so London's lovely performances actually come over as pleasant-but-dull, which is doing them a considerable disservice. Pairing both albums on CD with rather more lively stablemates (Latin in a Satin Mood or Swing Me an Old Song, for example) could have overcome this problem.
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on 12 June 2005
As with many of these "two original LPs on one CD" deals, you get one fantastic recording and one rather lacklustre effort. In this case it is "Your Number Please" that shines as one of Julie London's most accomplished recordings, making the rather dull "Calendar Girl" fade even further by comparison. That said, "Your Number Please" is such a wonderful recording that the CD is a must have. She may have made her name singing against a minimal guitar backing on "Cry Me A River", but the sumptuous strings and orchestral arrangements here prove a perfect foil for Julie's smoky vocals, and the song selection is inspired.
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on 19 December 2014
I LOVE JULIE LONDON'S VOICE AND HER ...
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on 15 April 2015
very good
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