This best-of collection from Julie London features 18 of her biggest hits.
The three-disc box set Cry Me a River is a budget-line collection including 42 songs, about half from Julie London's prime between 1955 and 1958 and half from her later period between 1963 and1965. Since most of London's songs were at or under the two-minute mark, Disky could almost have fit every track on one CD. Still, there are plenty of coquettish favorites here, including "My Heart Belongs to Daddy," "'S Wonderful," "Love for Sale," "Days of Wine and Roses," "June in January," and the title track. The set also includes many songs rarely seen on Julie London compilations, including her versions of the standards "Wives and Lovers," "I Left My Heart in San Francisco," "Laura," "Our Day Will Come," "In the Still of the Night," and "Why Don't You Do Right." Though it's much too broad for inquisitive beginners, Cry Me a River isn't a bad value for collectors or those wishing to expand their collections a bit more. [The three volumes are also available separately.] ~ John Bush