Cleo Laine Very Best of Cleo Laine (2-CD)

Very Best of Cleo Laine (2-CD)
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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  RCAV 43215
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CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: May 20, 1997
  • Originally Released: 1997
  • Label: RCA Victor

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.He Was Beautiful
  • 2.I Loves You Porgy
  • 3.No One Is Alone
  • 4.Birdsong
  • 5.Solitude
  • 6.Streets Of London
  • 7.I Don't Know Why
  • 8.Send In The Clowns
  • 9.Dreamsville
  • 10.Gonna Get Through
  • 11.Skylark
  • 12.Creole Love Call
  • 13.What'll I Do
  • 14.It Don't Mean A Thing
  • 15.You Must Believe In Spring
  • 16.Wish You Were Here (I Do Miss You)
  • 17.Bill

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Lies Of Handsome Men
  • 2.Play It Again Sam
  • 3.I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
  • 4.If
  • 5.Thieving Boy
  • 6.Won't You Tell Me Why
  • 7.I Remember
  • 8.Just A-Sittin' And A-Rockin'
  • 9.Woman Talk
  • 10.Sophisticated Lady
  • 11.Music
  • 12.Bess You Is My Woman
  • 13.My Man's Gone Now
  • 14.I'm Beginning To See The Light
  • 15.A Time For Farewell
  • 16.Turkish Delight
  • 17.Born On A Friday

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Cleo Laine (vocals); John Williams, Dudley Moore, James Galway, Ray Charles, Joe Williams, John Dankworth, Jacqui Dankworth.
Personnel: Cleo Laine (vocals).
This two-CD set may be titled The Very Best of Cleo Laine: 34 Classic Hits but it is actually a lesser reissue. Drawing its material from Laine's RCA recordings of 1974-1996, the set is pretty light on jazz despite cameos from Clark Terry, Gerry Mulligan, Toots Thielemans and Joe Williams. While the occasional jazz tracks give one a feeling of relief, most of the reissue finds Laine backed by an orchestra, sounding like a Broadway or cabaret singer, occasionally going over the top with sentiment. While Laine has always had a beautiful voice and a wide range, she was never much of an improviser and her choice of material has been erratic through the years. So, next to swinging numbers such as "Just A-Sittin' and A-Rockin'" and "It Don't Mean a Thing," are forgettable show tunes and throwaway songs. Nearly all of the performances are overarranged with little of value occurring outside of the sound of Cleo Laine's voice. ~ Scott Yanow

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  • UPC: 743214321522
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
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