TAS Super LP List! Special Merit: Informal
TAS Rated 5/5 Music, 5/5 Sonics in the January 2011 Issue of The Absolute Sound!
180 Gram Double Vinyl! Mastered from the Original Liberty Full-Track Mono Analog Master by Bernie Grundman!
"Julie Is Her Name", the debut album by singer/actress Julie London, is regarded by jazz and '50s pop enthusiasts as a genuine classic. Originally released in 1955, it features legendary guitarist Barney Kessel and bassist Ray Leatherwood.
Julie London might best be described as the girl with the "come hither" voice. In this, her first album, Julie's molten mezzo is handsomely set off by Kessel's guitar and Leatherwood's bass - a blending of three skills that adds up to an intimate, sleek, and sultry production.
A performer who radiates charm and friendliness, Julie is a beautiful, piquant yet unassuming young woman who has flaxen hair, and eyes that are blue. These qualities are vocally evident in her furry singing style. Her choice of numbers is exactly right - ranging from "I Love You" to "Cry Me A River", the latter being a lush, lachrymose item written especially for Julie by her childhood friend, Arthur Hamilton. "Cry Me A River", when heard by fellow members of the radio and music fraternity, created an instantaneous and enthusiastic reaction. As a result of this uniform response, Liberty released "Cry" as a single record, catapulting Julie to fame overnight.
This is an album of thirteen vocals by Julie London. Something should be said about this material and the singer. First, the songs. Though they are not in any sense identical, they have one thing in common; an air of bittersweet love. Even the merry lyrics seem to say it... there is a sweet impermanence about things; the marigold will lose its yellow; spring will not last forever; not all butterflies will stay genial. The singer is a sharp contradiction of this proposition. She's a happy creature, full of summertime. Her voice is unique, it is special. It is not one of those Broadway show voices which turn the pit band into a distant fife. Nor will she ever make La Scala without serious diplomatic interventions. Her voice is smaller, a good deal more exact and perfectly true. If there must be definitions, she is less the gaudy nightingale and more the bird of passage. A bird of passage is one that sings in a lost corner of the garden.
"She had the twin gifts of naturalness and perfection. She could sing as Eve might have in the Garden of Eden: no artifice, no professional tricks, no mannerisms, the voice every woman would have in a perfect world, the ultimate in art concealing art. And her control of intonation has been seldom equaled, in either popular or classical realms: it was perfection itself." - Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound, January 2011, Issue 209
"Boxstar's reissues are superbly made, with extremely quiet surfaces and the freedom from distortion that make well-cut 45rpm discs supreme over 33 1/3 - as close to the sound of the original tape as imaginable. This is Julie London as you always wished you could hear her, in truly beautiful sound. Don't miss it." - Robert E. Greene, The Absolute Sound, January 2011, Issue 209
This is London's finest collection of songs. Kessel and Leatherwood provide exquisite accompaniment on a number of standard interpretations. "Cry Me a River", the first song on the album, was London's first and biggest hit, and it has never sounded better. Nor have her sultry versions of "Easy Street", "Gone With the Wind", and "Say It Isn't So" sounded so wonderful. Mastered by Bernie Grundman on an all-tube mastering system, "Julie Is Her Name" will take you back to a time of legendary performances and classic sounds.
For music fans who were swinging in the '50s or any high-fidelity music lover, "Julie Is Her Name" is not to be missed. This 45 RPM 180g 2-LP set is extremely limited in number and extremely stunning in sound.
Boxstar's 45-RPM 2LP set is mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original full-track master on his all-tube disc cutting system. The LP is pressed by R.T.I. on silent HQ-180 vinyl!
"I defy you to find a better sounding recording of a female voice" - Michael Fremer
45 rpm 180g Vinyl Double LP
Numbered, Limited Edition
Original Mono Edition
Mastered by Bernie Grundman
Mastered from the original full-track tapes on an all-tube disc cutting system
Pressed by R.T.I.
Includes notes by multi-Grammy award winner Stan Cornyn
Julie London, vocals
Barney Kessel, guitar
Ray Leatherwood, bass
LP1 - Side 1:
1. Cry Me a River
2. I Should Care
3. I'm in the Mood For Love
LP1 - Side 2:
1. I'm Glad There Is You
2. Can't Help Lovin' That Man
3. I Love You
LP2 - Side 3:
1. Say It Isn't So
2. It Never Entered My Mind
3. Easy Street
LP2 - Side 4:
1. 'S Wonderful
2. No Moon At All
4. Gone With the Wind