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Keely Smith: The Essential Capitol Collection

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Keely Smith: The Essential Capitol Collection With the overabundance of female vocalists making records in the fifties, it's not much of a surprise that Keely Smith has become lost in the shuffle today. If known at all, it's probably for her records with Louis Prima and not for her work as a solo artist. This is a shame, for Smith was a more than capable singer who, paired with the right material and terrific arrangements, could turn out splendid recordings.

This collection of Capitol recordings from the late fifties compiles the best Smith has to offer from her various records and, truth be told, is probably the only Smith record anyone really needs. But what a record it is. Paired with top-notch arrangers like Nelson Riddle and Billy May, Smith croons her way through choice material like "All the Things You Are, "Autumn Leaves," and one of the best versions of "You Go To My Head ever recorded. It's a treat to hear vocal versions of tunes which are normally associated with improvising and not for their lyrics; Smith's beautiful voice captures every nuance intended by the lyricists. As one might expect, Riddle's arrangements are dazzling, worth listening to closely for their intricacies yet never detracting from Smith. May's feature is a more subtle approach yet no less spectacular.

One can certainly appreciate having a few duets thrown in, too. A couple of recordings with Prima display the goofiness that ensued whenever the two shared a stage. Less well-known is her work with Sinatra; two tracks are included here, although neither is as special as the rest of the compilation.

Smith has never truly received her due, and this set is a welcome introduction to a hidden talent in jazz singing.


Track Listing: All The Things You Are; It's Been A Long, Long Time; That Old Black Magic - (with Louis Prima); Stormy Weather (Keeps Rainin' All The Time); S'posin; Fools Rush In; The Song Is You; How Are Ya' Fixed For Love? - (with Frank Sinatra); The Birth Of The Blues; I Wish You Love; Someone To Watch Over Me; The Man I Love; Autumn Leaves; What Is This Thing Called Love?; On The Sunny Side Of The Street; Nothing's Too Good For My Baby - (with Louis Prima); I Can't Get Started; There Will Never Be Another You; Imagination; The Whippoorwill; Nothing In Common - (with Frank Sinatra); When Your Lover Has Gone; All The Way; Stardust; Don't Take Your Love From Me; When Day Is Done - (previously unreleased)

Personnel: Keely Smith: vocal; with various others including Frank Sinatra: vocal; Louis Prima: vocal; Billy May: arranger, conductor; Nelson Riddle: arranger, conductor.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: Capitol Records | Style: Vocal


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