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Two masterpieces from the fifties
on 23 December 2003
These albums are well up to the standard that Julie's fans expect, full of late-night romantic music. Critics will point to the lack of any up-tempo songs, but that was never Julie's style. There are other singers and groups who are good at that.
The first of the two albums presented here, About the blues, is a collection of ten blues standards and two originals – Meaning of the blues and Bouquet of blues – all performed superbly by Julie in her own particular style. Of the standards, perhaps the best known are Basin Street blues, I got a right to sing the blues, Invitation to the blues and Blues in the night, but there are many excellent songs here in this well-chosen set.
The second album, London by night, is a story about a girl who finds love, loses it then finds it again. The set opens with Well sir, when she meets her first partner, followed about three songs about her being in love including the most famous song here, Mad about the boy. Next comes My man's gone now – so the first love is over. Then she is on her own again (Something I dreamed last night, Pousse Café, Nobody's heart, The exciting life, That old feeling) before she finds love again in the final song, Cloudy morning. All the songs are brilliant – nothing contrived to fit the theme.
Here are two outstanding Julie London albums together on one CD, which all her fans should find irresistible.