Capitol Rarities 1943-1950

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… See more details below

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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.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/24/2009
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471151725
catalogNumber:
91517
Rank:
141534

Tracks

  1. Out of This World  - Jo Stafford
  2. Conversation While Dancing  - Johnny Mercer
  3. Alone Together  - Jo Stafford
  4. Gee, It's Good to Hold You  - Jo Stafford
  5. You May Not Love Me  - Jo Stafford
  6. This Time  - Jo Stafford
  7. Promise  - Jo Stafford
  8. It's as Simple as That  - Jo Stafford
  9. Through a Thousand Dreams  - Jo Stafford
  10. Give Me Something to Dream About  - Jo Stafford
  11. It's Monday Every Day  - Jo Stafford
  12. It Was Written in the Stars  - Jo Stafford
  13. Jolly Jo  - Jo Stafford
  14. If I Ever Love Again  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  15. Open Door, Open Arms  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  16. Pagan Love Song  - Jo Stafford
  17. Our Very Own  - Jo Stafford
  18. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  19. Prisoner of Love's Song  -  Red Ingle & the Natural Seven
  20. This Is the Moment  - Jo Stafford
  21. The Stanley Steamer  - Jo Stafford
  22. Candy  - Johnny Mercer
  23. Tell Me Why  - Jo Stafford
  24. White Christmas  - Jo Stafford

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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
Alan Silverman   Mastering
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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