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Capitol Rarities 1943-1950
     

The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950

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by Jo Stafford
 
Trawling through the obscurities of most '40s/'50s pop vocalists would be a chore, to say the least, but Jo Stafford was not the average pop vocalist of the WWII era. Although she sounded very trad (and very beautiful) on her biggest hits -- "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Could Happen to You," "You Belong to Me" -- she could switch from beguiling balladry to swing

Overview

Trawling through the obscurities of most '40s/'50s pop vocalists would be a chore, to say the least, but Jo Stafford was not the average pop vocalist of the WWII era. Although she sounded very trad (and very beautiful) on her biggest hits -- "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Could Happen to You," "You Belong to Me" -- she could switch from beguiling balladry to swing rhythm at the drop of a hat. The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950 is an EMI compilation that includes 24 solid obscurities from her early catalog. Discovered by Johnny Mercer, Stafford began contributing as part of the Pied Pipers and drew fame for her sweet voice as well as her ability to swing precisely in a group context. Her solo material here is pretty interesting, although the half-dozen highlights are far better than the balance. At the top of the heap lie "Jolly Jo," "Pagan Love Song," and "Prisoner of Love's Song." The first is the most radical song in Stafford's catalog, a vocalese adventure led by her friend Dave Lambert (later one-third of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), the second is a delightful Dixieland romp through an old classic, and the third is a revisitation of the cornpone classic "Temptation (Tim-Tay-Shun)" she waxed with the most hilarious hillbilly accent ever heard on record. Elsewhere, the focus is on movie songs, many of them nearly forgotten.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471151725
catalogNumber:
91517

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Stafford   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Kramer   Composer
Gary Baker   Composer
Hugh Fordin   Reissue Producer
Will Friedwald   Liner Notes
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Jack Elliott   Composer
Weston   Composer
Alberts   Composer
Lambert   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Frederick Hollander   Composer
Richie McDonald   Composer
Fisher   Composer
Columbo   Composer
Andrew Kelley   Art Direction
Kaye   Composer
Gustaf   Composer
Fryman   Composer
Freed   Composer
David   Composer
Carey   Composer
Brown   Composer
Blane   Composer
Burke   Composer
Gold   Composer
Carlyle   Composer
Schwartz   Composer
Whitney   Composer
Reynolds   Composer
Roberts   Composer
Livingston   Composer
Dietz   Composer
Fischer   Composer
Frank Myers   Composer
Hoffman   Composer

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The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
agaydude More than 1 year ago
This is a great little collection of rare Jo Stafford tracks that anyone with any interest in 40's/50's vocal music would appreciate.