This is one of my most favourite albums by Sarah Vaughan. This vintage album was recorded in Paris and arranged and conducted by Quincy Jones and his lush arrangments with strings and violins. Her voice is like a liquid silk that floats so elegantly and smoothly in the sea of lush orchestra. It is also an incredibly romantic record. Songs such as "The Thrill is Gone", "Please Be kind", only Sarah could sing like this kind of songs with her unlimited range and improvisation to make these songs ethereal, refined and romantic. This record inspires so many artists such as Johnny Mathis who admitted that he played this record several times at his home. I've been playing this record for a couple of years now. It never sounds outdated. You can feel her powerful voice when she sings. You can feel it inside you as if she is singing just for you alone. There is not a single bad track in this album. She tells a story with the first opening song "This is my first affair...please be kind" and the album ends with "The Thrill is gone...this is the end". The songs here talk about the pleasure, the thrill, the solace and the pain of love. This is a Sarah Vaughan's masterpiece album. Her voice in this record remains truly magical, soulful, romantic, sumptuous, lush and divine! Every track on that album is a winner!
"Vaughan with Voices"
Robert Farnon was generally regarded as the greatest living composer of strings orchestral songs. So, it's like a perfect opportunity for the divine Sarah Vaughan who was usually influenced by the lush melodies. The album was produced by Quincy Jones. Every track on this album is so lush (listen to Days of Wine and Roses with choir singing and Sassy's voice soaring) it's oh-so-romantic. My favourite track is called "Funny", it's such a difficult melody and she pull it off so effortlessly. When Sassy sings she tends to make a popular tune (the original version of "Funny" was sung by Nat King Cole) to a classic song.
TWO discs combined into ONE at such a bargain price for such a priceless work of art, a rarity, one can't complain. This is a true collector's item which they don't make them like them anymore.
this album is just the best , great songs ,......sounds timeless ......im in love all over again .......................great combo sarah..and quincy ,,,cant recommend this album enough .......luckybear