Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1

Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1

by Jo Stafford
     
 

Singles collections from postwar vocal artists aren't usually stocked with A-list material, since after the advent of the LP, the singles format increasingly became a venue for either stylistic experimentation or light novelties aimed at the charts. Jo Stafford was an exception to the rule, however, not only because she was a consummate artist but also because she… See more details below

Overview

Singles collections from postwar vocal artists aren't usually stocked with A-list material, since after the advent of the LP, the singles format increasingly became a venue for either stylistic experimentation or light novelties aimed at the charts. Jo Stafford was an exception to the rule, however, not only because she was a consummate artist but also because she worked closely with her husband, arranger/conductor Paul Weston, and exercised a large amount of quality control. The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1, released by the family-founded Corinthian label (Tim Weston, the son of Paul and Jo, produced the record), reissues 25 tracks from obscure singles releases recorded by Stafford and Weston during the '50s. (Her biggest hits of the era, including "You Belong to Me" and "Make Love to Me," obviously were released as singles, but don't appear here because they're widely available elsewhere.) Stafford had matured greatly as a vocalist, after her success during the big-band era. Listening to her performance of the Gershwin classic "Love Is Here to Stay," it's clear she retained the sweetness and warmth of her youth but exerted greater control over her voice. Many of the performances are standards, and even the few novelties are imbued with an energy that speaks to the great care they took with her material -- the delightfully risqué yet slightly innocent "Indoor Sport" and the great-hearted "Big D" are among the best here, but also interesting are a sound-alike of "You Belong to Me" titled "I'll Be There," and Stafford's brush with rock & roll, a cover of the Ray Charles standard (alternately titled "I Got a Sweetie").

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/17/2004
Label:
Corinthian Records
UPC:
0783121112028
catalogNumber:
120
Rank:
196383

Tracks

  1. Blackout the Moon  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  2. Love Is Here to Stay  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  3. Handsome Stranger  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  4. Someone's Been Readin My Mail  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  5. Suddenly  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  6. Smoking My Sad Cigarette  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  7. The Dixieland Band  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  8. A Perfect Love  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  9. Indoor Sport  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  10. Use Your Imagination  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  11. Lovely Is the Evening  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  12. How Can We Say Goodbye  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  13. Big D  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  14. Once to Every Heart  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  15. I'll Be There  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  16. Wouldn't It Be Loverly  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  17. Along the Colorado Trail  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  18. I Got a Sweetie  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  19. Goodnight Pillow  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  20. Hawaiian War Chant  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  21. Just Another Polka  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  22. Bells Are Ringing  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  23. All Yours  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  24. It's Never Quite the Same  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra
  25. I'm in the Mood for Love  -  Paul Weston & His Orchestra

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jo Stafford   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Carl Sandburg   Composer
Matt Dennis   Composer
Ray Noble   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Dave Burgess   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Michael Delugg   Composer
Ray Evans   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Lee Hays   Composer
Bonnie Lake   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Roger Nichols   Digital Editing
Cole Porter   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Tim Weston   Reissue Producer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
David Stoner   Composer
William Engvick   Composer
David Hamberger   Composer
Don George   Composer
Ralph Freed   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Bee Walker   Composer
Michael Flynn   Liner Notes
Walter Malgoni   Composer
Prince Leleiohaku   Composer

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