2 LPs on 1 CD.
This remastering combines two albums from 1950s jazz and pop stylist Julie London, JULIE AT HOME and AROUND MIDNIGHT, for 24 songs highlighted by "Lonesome Road," "Let There Be Love," and "Party's Over"
Personnel: Julie London (vocals); Al Viola (guitar); Emil Richards (vibraphone); Earl Palmer (drums).
Audio Remasterer: Bob Norberg.
Liner Note Author: Jimmy Rowles.
Recording information: 1960.
Arranger: Dick Reynolds.
Julie London released nearly 25 albums for the successful label Liberty Records from 1955 to 1965, the best of which are represented on the CD two-fer Julie...At Home/Around Midnight. The success of her 1955 hit "Cry Me a River" put Liberty into overdrive and London responded by making some of the strongest records of her career. Her ability to interpret a song was at its strongest in the late '50s and early '60s, as is evidenced on 1959's intimate Julie...At Home and the sophisticated 1960 album Around Midnight. The two albums have a decidedly different feel (one late evening, the other being after hours). The first half (actually recorded in London's living room) is a warm and relaxed evening of romance and longing, beginning with her other signature song, "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." The latter half is decidedly cooler, both in mood and instrumentation, evoking a much darker and more nocturnal feel. The drowsy "Black Coffee" and lazy "Lush Life" typify the late-night feel of the album, leading right into "The Wee Small Hours of the Morning." This underrated collection of standards was re-released through EMI in 1996, and could stand alongside any of Johnny Hartman's romantic ballads and Chet Baker's cool recordings of the same era. ~ Zac Johnson