June Christy was a classy singer and this album, along with Something cool, is one of her two best albums. I don't know (or care) if one is better than the other. June's albums, even apart from these two, were all of an incredibly high quality anyway.
On this album, June demonstrates that she can sing the soft, romantic songs, but she can also sing more upbeat songs, too, just to make sure you don't fall asleep - not that you'd want to.
When June sings Lovely way to spend an evening, my immediate though is - Absolutely! Listening to June's music is just that. The choice of songs, the production, the voice - all are just perfect.
Considering the quality of this album, and the acclaim it has received through the years, perhaps the really remarkable thing is that none of these songs have been covered to death. Perhaps other singers felt they just couldn't compete.
If you like fifties music with a bit of jazz, a bit of pop, a lot of romance and an abundance of quality, buy this, but don't just stop here - look at June's other great albums of the fifties and early sixties, and buy as many as you can afford. You won't regret buying any of them.
This is a classic June Christy CD - the original LP with two bonus tracks to give us 14 tunes in all. The backings are by her usual accompanists, the Pete Rugolo Orchestra. Rugolo served time as arranger with the Kenton orchestra, just as June did as vocalist. It was Kenton who gave her her stage name (her debut with the orchestra was in Corpus Christi in June). Every track here is a winner, both for June's singing and the arrangements. June revives Herman Hupfeld's `Sing something simple' - which makes a change from `As time goes by', the tune of Hupfeld's we usually hear. There's also Irving Berlin's `This year's kisses': June's is the only recording I have of this number (in over 2000 LPs and CDs), which suggests that it isn't recorded that often. Her treatment of these and the `standards' - Ellington's `Daydream' and `I didn't know about you'; Kern & Mercer's `Dearly beloved'; Rodgers & Hart's `You took advantage of me'; Alan Brandt and Bob Haymes' 'That's all' - is exemplary (Bob Haymes is Dick's brother). Highly recommended.