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Individually brilliant performances, but dull albums
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.