The Very Thought of You: Decca Recordings 1951-57

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whether Jeri Southern was a jazz singer or simply a jazz-influenced pop singer has been debated. To be sure, many of her '50s recordings were heavily arranged and devoid of improvisation -- and if you believe that improvisation is a key element of jazz, you have to believe that much of her output was essentially pop. But however you categorize her, Southern was among the finest female singers of her era. This 21-song collection, which came out in 1999, underscores the excellence of her '50s output for Decca. Southern's accompaniment ranges from lush string orchestras to the trio of guitarist Dave Barbour who was best known for his work with Peggy Lee, and on some ...
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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
Whether Jeri Southern was a jazz singer or simply a jazz-influenced pop singer has been debated. To be sure, many of her '50s recordings were heavily arranged and devoid of improvisation -- and if you believe that improvisation is a key element of jazz, you have to believe that much of her output was essentially pop. But however you categorize her, Southern was among the finest female singers of her era. This 21-song collection, which came out in 1999, underscores the excellence of her '50s output for Decca. Southern's accompaniment ranges from lush string orchestras to the trio of guitarist Dave Barbour who was best known for his work with Peggy Lee, and on some selections, she is heard on piano. You could argue that Southern's piano solo on "I Hadn't Anyone Till You" is a jazz solo, but on most of these recordings, pop considerations prevail over jazz considerations. Blessed with a smoky, warm voice, she brings a great deal of charm and vulnerability to "The Very Thought of You," "My Ship," "I Remember You" and other standards. It's such a shame that Southern chose to retire from recording and performing in the early '60s, when she was only 36 -- quite possibly, she could have continued to record first-class pop for another 20 or 25 years. But thankfully, listeners still have fine collections like The Very Thought of You to savor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/9/1999
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 011105067126
  • Catalog Number: 671

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You Better Go Now (3:00)
  2. 2 The Very Thought of You - Dave Barbour Trio (3:04)
  3. 3 It's De-Lovely (2:06)
  4. 4 Dancing On The Ceiling (3:08)
  5. 5 All in Fun - Dave Barbour Trio (2:34)
  6. 6 When I Fall in Love (3:04)
  7. 7 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (2:50)
  8. 8 Remind Me (3:11)
  9. 9 I Don't Know Where To Turn (3:09)
  10. 10 He Was Too Good to Me (3:42)
  11. 11 If I Had You (2:29)
  12. 12 I Remember You (3:26)
  13. 13 Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye - Dave Barbour Trio (3:16)
  14. 14 My Ship (3:55)
  15. 15 An Occasional Man (2:32)
  16. 16 Someone to Watch over Me (3:49)
  17. 17 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (2:37)
  18. 18 Close as Pages in a Book (3:03)
  19. 19 No Moon at All (2:32)
  20. 20 You're Nearer - Dave Barbour Trio (4:06)
  21. 21 Nobody's Heart - Dave Barbour Trio (3:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jeri Southern Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Cliff Hills Bass
Lloyd Morales Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Ralph Burns Director
Gene Lees Liner Notes
Tutti Camarata Director
Sonny Burke Director
Irvin Graham Composer
Orrin Keepnews Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Kathryn King Liner Notes, Reissue Producer
Gus Levene Director
Norman Leyden Director
Victor Young Director
Erick Labson Remastering
Hollis King Artwork
Kerosene Halo Artwork
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Robert Graham Composer
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