Songs of Scotland

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Honey-toned vocalist and former Pied Piper Jo Stafford illuminates a dozen Scottish folk and popular lyrics from the pen of 18th century Scots poet Robert Burns with scores by Alton Rinker and backed by her collaborator and husband, Paul Weston. The formidable confab offers up a unique listening experience that should not be missed by Stafford enthusiasts or lovers of Burns' verse. The ornate arrangements are unquestionably a product of the post-big-band era and very much in line with the sort of sound that jazz singers of the early '50s were evolving their performance style around. The collection suitably commences with the warm, endearing, and affective "My Heart's in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Honey-toned vocalist and former Pied Piper Jo Stafford illuminates a dozen Scottish folk and popular lyrics from the pen of 18th century Scots poet Robert Burns with scores by Alton Rinker and backed by her collaborator and husband, Paul Weston. The formidable confab offers up a unique listening experience that should not be missed by Stafford enthusiasts or lovers of Burns' verse. The ornate arrangements are unquestionably a product of the post-big-band era and very much in line with the sort of sound that jazz singers of the early '50s were evolving their performance style around. The collection suitably commences with the warm, endearing, and affective "My Heart's in the Highlands," setting the pace for the remainder of the contents. Overall, the selections could primarily be considered ballads, with the exception of the jaunty "Bonnie Lad That's Far Away." Stafford's remarkably expressive and supple intonations bring to life familiar titles such as the sweet and tuneful "Green Grow the Rashes, O," the stirringly intimate lament "My Jean," and a definitive reading of the classic "Auld Lang Syne." Removed from the pomp and circumstance of New Year's Eve, the song takes on a further sense of longing and melancholy. The palpably yearning sentiment in "John Anderson, My Jo" is the perfect vehicle for Stafford, as is "Comin' Through the Rye," one of only a handful of traditional melodies that Weston and Rinker astutely crafted to Stafford's rich tonality. The latter additionally stands out for the wispy strings that glide through the heart of the achingly beautiful refrain. For inclined parties, it doesn't get better than Jo Stafford, and Songs of Scotland is evidence of her capacious talents and equally impressive interpretive skills.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/22/2005
  • Label: Corinthian Records
  • UPC: 783121112226
  • Catalog Number: 122
  • Sales rank: 5,997

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jo Stafford Primary Artist, Vocals
Robert C. Burns Spoken Word
Technical Credits
Roger Nichols Mastering
Paul Weston Arranger
Tim Weston Reissue Producer
Al Rinker Composer
John Engstead Cover Photo
Lady John Scott Composer
Traditional Composer
Robert Burns Composer
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