Come Into My Parlor

Come Into My Parlor

by Janet Klein


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Come Into My Parlor

One of those rare albums that puts forth a specific set of aesthetic criteria and then fulfills them completely, Janet Klein's 1998 debut Come Into My Parlor is a joy. Klein, accompanied by her own ukulele and occasional unobtrusive bits of guitar or accordion, interprets 26 songs from the teens through the '30s. The program includes standards ("You're the Cream in My Coffee," an exquisite version of Rodgers & Hart's "Mountain Greenery"), near-forgotten pop songs (the absolutely adorable, almost Betty Boop-like "What a Night for Spooning" is possibly the album's highest point), and a small handful of racy novelties. Most of these songs now mostly sound as innocent and sweet as once-shocking French postcards from the era look, despite double-entendre titles like "If I Can't Sell It, I'll Keep Sittin' on It" and "Banana in Your Fruit Basket." On the other hand, the purring "Need a Little Sugar in My Bowl" ("I need a little sugar in my bowl/I need a hot dog in my roll") still sounds both downright rude and more than a little sexy. The most impressive thing about Come Into My Parlor is that, unlike most late-'90s exercises in nostalgia, like the thankfully short-lived lounge and swing revivals, this album is completely free of both smarmy hipsterism and attempts to modernize the material. Klein obviously genuinely loves this music, and she sings it with both the historical reverence of the archivist and the unfettered joy of a person doing exactly as she pleases. Contemporary pop albums by the Squirrel Nut Zippers, John Southworth, and Rufus Wainwright incorporated elements of this pre-rock style of pop music, but Come Into My Parlor is an irony-free presentation of this still-delightful music in its purest form.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/10/2002
Label: Coeur De Jeanette
UPC: 0738091260026
catalogNumber: 1
Rank: 180698

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Janet Klein   Primary Artist,Ukulele,Vocals,Voices
Robert Loveless   Harmonica,Mandolin,Accordion,Triangle

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dorothy Fields   Composer
Ray Henderson   Composer
Ralph Rainger   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Todd Vincent   Engineer
Robert Loveless   Producer
Paul Hilton   Engineer
David Lee   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Amy Woodforde-Finden   Composer

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