The album that makes up the first half of this twofer, Latin for lovers, features a mix of standards and songs of Latin origin, all given a gentle bossa nova rhythm. On Be mine tonight, Doris actually sings a verse in Spanish – the only time she ever did that. Of the standards, Fly me to the moon and Our day will come are the best known. One of the Latin songs, Perhaps perhaps perhaps (a translation of Quizas quizas quizas) became popular in the UK as a consequence of its use in a TV commercial. This is an excellent album that sets its own mood.
The album that makes up the second half of this twofer, Love him, is dominated by ballads, all superbly sung by Doris. The songs come from a variety of source, including lovely covers of Elvis Presley’s Can’t help falling in love and Fool such as I (although the latter was originally a Hank Snow country song). There is also an amazing cover of Willie Nelson’s Night life, which has been given a very dramatic scene-setting intro that Willie never envisaged. It works well and once you get past the intro, the song sounds exactly as you would expect it to. Several other songs will be familiar to those who know the music of the fifties and sixties.
Two rare bonus tracks, Moonlight lover and A whisper away, have been added to make this even more desirable than it was anyway.
on 28 January 2013
In Holland in the early eighties we had a very popular pop group called Doe Maar (which roughly translates as "Just Go Ahead"), that took a pot shot at their parents' insipid tastes by referring to the dullest thing imaginable on TV: a film with Doris Day.
Unfortunately, Doris' reputation suffers from the saccharine image she acquired in the 1960s from a number of mildly amusing films in which she portrayed a virginal spinster whose heart would be conquered either by he-man Rock Hudson (who was as gay as a lamppost) or the nincompoopish Tony Randall.
Doris Day had more than one egg in her basket though, which she not only had proven in a number of serious acting roles in the previous decade, but also as a superior chanteuse, who belongs to the very top of her field. And, although the dreadful Mitch Miller did his utmost to pedestrianize Doris' recorded legacy, at least on single, her LPs belong to the eternal glories of recorded singing. In the 1990s Columbia/Sony re-released het LPs on CD (two LPs on one CD)
The first part of this platter, Latin For Lovers, dates back to 1964, and cashes in on the then all-the-rage bossa nova. Fortunately, La Day refrains from singing in Portuguese / Spanish (Nat Cole's and Matt Monro's phonetic outings in that direction are amusing-turns irritating), but sticks to English. The arranger / bandleader, one Mort Garson, provides a soft, string-laden backdrop with persuasive percussion, a sensitive guitar and some subdued trumpets here and there which provides Doris with the opportunity to sound as sexy as she possibly can (is this the same woman as the innocent, prudish, blonde of her sixties films??) More than just background music, this set of songs will appeal to all those who appreciate good singing and music making in general, without digging very deep emotionally.
The second part, Love Him from 1963, sees Day fishing in a stylistically more diverse pond, mostly filled with numbers of a relatively recent date. There are some covers (what a dreadful term, but I'll have to live with it) of Elvis Presley, Jack Jones and Willie Nelson, but arranger Tommy Oliver and Doris give mere imitation a wide berth and mark them with their own distinctive stamp. And what a f-a-n-t-a-s-t-i-c singer Day is! Her enunciation and slightly husky voice alone are a balm to the soul, but there's more, much more: she's always bang on-key, her breathing technique is exemplary, her timing is unsurpassed, and in appropriate places she even employs some extraneous noises, such as a groan here and there. There is an implied sensualtity in every note she sings, and there is a heartfelt sincerity in all the lines she so seamlessly strings together, certainly in the sadder type of song. Perhaps I will be accused of gushing now, but I hazard the opinion that, for my dough anyway, Doris Day is the greatest female interpreter of popular song, Ella included.
on 9 January 2012
This CD is perfect background music for sipping a martini and enjoying conversation with that special someone or with treasured friends. In fact, the music on this CD reminds us that the multi-talented Miss Day is like treasured friend herself. The songs comprise two albums from when Doris Day was at her peak musically, and remind us that she is in the same league as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald and Rosemary Clooney. Make yourself a martini, put this CD on the player, then be transported back on a memorable journey to a classier era in music.
on 3 April 2012
I bought this mostly for the track Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps....but have enjoyed most tracks, its one to listen to over dinner and a glass or wine, or sitting on the sofa when you just want to be. I like it a lot.