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Great variety and backing,
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This review is from: 8 Classics (Audio CD)
To be honest I haven't listened to half of this yet but I find the first four albums - This is Anita (1955) Pick Yourself Up (1956) Anita Sings The Most (1957) and Anita Sings The Winners (1958) so fascinating and enjoyable that I am playing and replaying them and picking up something new each time. The singing is first class and frequently surprising as are the arrangements with imaginative big band backing for Anita on most numbers - many standards and some surprises at least to me. The exception to the big bands (Buddy Bregman, Marty Paich, Russell Garcia, Billy May, Johnny Mandel) is Anita Sings The Most where Anita is backed by a quartet led by Oscar Peterson. I would have liked more details of the musicians and backing singers where appropriate and am greatly looking forward to hearing the albums on disc three - Anita O'Day Swings Cole Porter With Billy May (1959) and Anita O'Day And Billy May Swing Rodgers and Hart (1960) and Disc Four - Waiter Make Mine Blues (1960) and Trav'lin Light (1961). But don't take my word for it - listen for yourself.