Something for the Boys/I'm Your Girl

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The dozen tracks on this long-player are thematically linked to Joni James' vocals undying support for American troops serving overseas in the early '60s. In fact, Something for the Boys 1963 was initially conceived as a souvenir of sorts recalling the literally hundreds of performances that she had given to GIs during her visits to Korea, Japan, Germany, and more. She had become the darling of the State Department for her willingness and enthusiasm for making the often-arduous tours of various military bases and posts throughout the globe -- this, despite James' somewhat debilitating bouts of motion sickness. This disc contains a dozen sides which James personally ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
The dozen tracks on this long-player are thematically linked to Joni James' vocals undying support for American troops serving overseas in the early '60s. In fact, Something for the Boys 1963 was initially conceived as a souvenir of sorts recalling the literally hundreds of performances that she had given to GIs during her visits to Korea, Japan, Germany, and more. She had become the darling of the State Department for her willingness and enthusiasm for making the often-arduous tours of various military bases and posts throughout the globe -- this, despite James' somewhat debilitating bouts of motion sickness. This disc contains a dozen sides which James personally selected from her most requested numbers. Even the album's opener -- a freewheelin' spin of Hank Williams' "Hey Good Lookin'" -- was specifically chosen, as it was also her standard show-opener. The remainder of the effort follows a similar pattern as the majority of her previous and subsequent albums with a variety of tunes ranging from the folky and lilting World War II-era classic "Lili Marlene" to James' breezy take on more concurrent pop balladry such as "Venus" and the moody and dreamlike "Make Someone Happy." While Jimmie Haskell's instrumental arrangements range from the slightly Spanish-flavored "Never on a Sunday" to the introspective "What Kind of Fool Am I," the modern listener may find the Jack Halloran Singers' choral accompaniment dated. Their occasional verbosity, which is specifically notable during the introduction to "Love Letters in the Sand," all but negates James' comparatively sumptuous solo vocals. This isn't the case across the board, as the ensemble lightly augments as well as provides affective co-leads on "Don't Cry Joe." Other highlights include a soaring interpretation of "Moon River" as well as "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart," which bests Vera Lynn's 1952 hit version. I'm Your Girl 1962 is a response to James' loyal enthusiasts who requested that the enormously versatile vocalist record a long-player of jazz-styled standards. Along with her husband and musical director, Anthony Acquaviva, James selected a dozen familiar pop melodies for a songbook of freshly arranged classics. She abandoned the immense orchestration found on her series of "100 Strings" releases for a smaller, yet equally effective backing combo under the direction of conductor and arranger Jimmie Haskell. His scores provide the vocalist with a light and airy instrumentation that perfectly complements James' rich and sensuous tonality. In many ways, I'm Your Girl is an apt companion to her collections that highlight the work of specific composers, such as Joni James Sings the Gershwins 1964 or My Favorite Things 1964, which focuses on the melodies and lyrics of Rodgers & Hammerstein. In fact, a quarter of the material on this platter comes from the Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart camp. Her beautifully empathetic voice quite literally caresses and illuminates "Heart and Soul," "Dream a Little Dream of Me," "I'll Walk Alone," as well as a few lesser-known sides such as "I Love You Much Too Much" and the project's title composition, "You're My Girl."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742034523
  • Catalog Number: 345

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joni James Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Henry Mancini Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Joe Marsala Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Gonzalo Roig Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Fabian André Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Stephanie Davis Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Charles F. Kenny Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Don Raye Composer
Wilbur Schwandt Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Robbie Van Leeuwen Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Stevie Wonder Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Norbert Schultze Composer
Ed Marshall Composer
Irving Gordon Composer
Hans Leip Composer
John Sexton Composer
Jack Sherr Composer
Chaim Towber Composer
Billy Towne Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Albert Gamse Composer
Nick Kenny Composer
Martin David Composer
Alexander Olshey Composer
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