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Posted October 1, 2010
Great Songs Including the Rare Ones!
What convinced me to buy this CD is its inclusion of "rare songs" by this composer. I was actually hesitant at first since I already have the 2 volumes of "Hoagy's Children" - again, a tribute album by the same interpreters composed of the aptly titled sibling trinity of Barbara Lea, Bob Dorough and Jim Ferguson. I thought this was culled as something of the "Best of..." from those albums but it was entirely new and different. Different it was and honestly a more beloved treatment, a more intimate one.
Hoagy's unofficial anthem, "Stardust," is almost given a seven-minute treatment. I would say this is the one of the best interpretations of this sacrosanct selection from the Great American Popular Songs pantheon with the 3 singers doing it separately and with Dan Levison's silky sax joining in. It is utterly sublime listening to it!
Now it makes sense to me the song "Can't Get Indiana off My Mind" not only with the literature inserted explaining Hoagy's nostalgic yearning of his childhood memories in Bloomington, Indiana after that Stalinist-like exodus to Montana by his father of a sudden rush to move for his family's economic survival. Barbara's rendition makes it more haunting as the title suggest.
And yes, the rare songs were sung in a manner that can really raised them to a "standards" level and I wont be surprised if a number of crooners will be including it in their repertoire much like the proliferation of songs like "You're Nearer" and "Young and Foolish" quite recently. I hope "Moonburn" would be sung more often since it deserves to be among his best.
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