This CD features two albums, THIS IS THE LIFE and HERE'S TO THE LADY, by the pop vocalst Matt Monro.
Audio Remasterer: Terry Burch.
This Is the Life pairs crooner Matt Monro with arranger Sid Feller for a collection of standards and ballads that incorporate elements of contemporary pop and jazz but never does so at the expense of its sophistication or hard-fought maturity. The cover -- with Monro sandwiched between a pair of fabulous babes -- sets the tone for the music inside: this is effervescent, celebratory pop for and by adults. Feller's ripe arrangements beautifully complement the restrained drama of Monro's vocals, and the songs -- "Strangers in the Night," "Sweet Lorraine," and "Merci Cherie" among them -- are perfectly calibrated to his almost-effortless interpretive brilliance. ~ Jason Ankeny