RELEASE
March 24, 2009
LABEL
DRG
GENRES
Vocal Music, Traditional Pop, Vocal Pop, Vocal Jazz

Album Review

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.
John Bush, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. Out of This Worldhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  2. Conversation While Dancinghttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  3. Alone Togetherhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  4. Gee, It's Good to Hold Youhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  5. You May Not Love Mehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  6. This Timehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  7. Promisehttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  8. It's as Simple as Thathttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  9. Through a Thousand Dreamshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  10. Give Me Something to Dream Abouthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  11. It's Monday Every Dayhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  12. It Was Written in the Starshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  13. Jolly Johttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  14. If I Ever Love Againhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  15. Open Door, Open Armshttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  16. Pagan Love Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  17. Our Very Ownhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  18. Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friendhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  19. Prisoner of Love's Songhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  20. This Is the Momenthttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  21. The Stanley Steamerhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  22. Candyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  23. Tell Me Whyhttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
  24. White Christmashttps://itunes.apple.com/us/album/capitol-rarities-1943-1950/id715805833?uo=5&at=11l9vR
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