Lonely Girl

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All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Liberty Records was pleasantly surprised when Julie London's debut album was such a big hit. Julie Is Her Name did contain the hit single "Cry Me a River," but each featured mellow jazz guitar and bass backing -- which was considered commercial suicide in 1955. So, instead of changing direction and recording the follow-up Lonely Girl with a full orchestra, Liberty wisely allowed London to strip the accompaniment down even more on the album by dropping the backing down to one instrument. Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Nick Dedina
Liberty Records was pleasantly surprised when Julie London's debut album was such a big hit. Julie Is Her Name did contain the hit single "Cry Me a River," but each featured mellow jazz guitar and bass backing -- which was considered commercial suicide in 1955. So, instead of changing direction and recording the follow-up Lonely Girl with a full orchestra, Liberty wisely allowed London to strip the accompaniment down even more on the album by dropping the backing down to one instrument. Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London's intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker's equally telescopic approach. So while most of the album contains the usual midnight standards, London sings them in her own way. The title track is the one unfamiliar tune here, and it's a real gem, penned by Bobby Troup he was London's producer, paramour, and future husband. The low-key Lonely Girl beat the sophomore slump and initially did almost as well in the charts as Julie Is Her Name. Instead of stripping away the guitar in order to make London's next release be the first a cappella torch album, Troup crafted Calendar Girl, a big-budget orchestral affair that was more in keeping with the thematic pop albums released at the time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/3/2007
  • Label: Rev-Ola
  • EAN: 5013929449725
  • Catalog Number: 197

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Julie London Primary Artist, Vocals
Al Viola Guitar
Technical Credits
Norman Blake Recreation
Irving Berlin Composer
Bobby Troup Composer, Producer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Fred E. Ahlert Composer
Rube Bloom Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Burton Lane Composer
John Lange Composer
Jerry Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
John Neal Engineer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Bob Norberg Remastering
Leon René Composer
Marty Symes Composer
Roy Turk Composer
Joe Foster Producer, Recreation
Henry Nemo Composer
Einar A. Swan Composer
Andy Morten Producer, Artwork
Chris Ingham Liner Notes
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I have been waiting for this to come out on cd for years!

    The critics of her time weren't very fond of her style but she's proven to be a timeless performer beyond their comments! I am a music educator and after a hectic day, this is just the sound to calm down to. Great mood setter!

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