Like 3 O'Clock in the Morning/After Hours

Like 3 O'Clock in the Morning/After Hours

by Joni James


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Like 3 O'Clock in the Morning/After Hours

This title features Joni James on a dozen sides scored by renowned conductor/arranger Jimmie Haskell. Like 3 O'Clock in the Morning (1962) spotlights the jazzier side of James' immeasurable talents with a generous helping from the songbooks of key American composers, such as the mid-tempo reading of Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen's "Second Time Around," or the sublime serenity of "You Go to My Head" from the legendary Tin Pan Alley team of J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie. With the often verbose string section held in check, James' warm and inviting intonations swaddle and swing on Johnny Mercer and Sadie Vimmerstadt's "I Wanna Be Around," to which her soulful rendering is equally suited. "No, Not Much" is perhaps best remembered as the Four Lads' second-tier hit. Here, it is one of the more memorable inclusions thanks in part to Haskell's sophisticated approach, as it takes James' to an undeniable zenith with an emotive, if not slightly revealing, lead. Other standouts include "As Long As He Needs Me," from Lionel Bart's Oliver (1962), and the intimate "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning," an appropriate opener as it sets the tenor for the entire affair. Like 3 O'Clock... was coupled with After Hours (1962) and issued on Like 3 O'Clock in the Morning/After Hours (2003) as part of Collectors' Choice Music's complete reassessment of James' classic MGM recordings, many of which have been out of print for over three decades.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/08/2003
Label: Collector's Choice
UPC: 0617742034424
catalogNumber: 344

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Joni James   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Erroll Garner   Composer
David Mann   Composer
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Robert Allen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
Jimmy Kennedy   Composer
Lionel Bart   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Alan Brandt   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
J. Fred Coots   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Kim Gannon   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Haven Gillespie   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Don Raye   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Stillman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Sadie Vimmerstadt   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Arthur Altman   Composer
Sylvia Dee   Composer
Bob Haymes   Composer
Patricia Johnston   Composer
Arthur Kent   Composer
Hugh Williams   Composer

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