Doris Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  PID 2165618

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: April 30, 2013
  • Label: RPM Records UK

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Did You Give the World Some Love Today, Baby
  • 2.I Wish I Knew
  • 3.Grey Rain of Sweden
  • 4.Waiting at the Station
  • 5.Don't
  • 6.Daisies
  • 7.You Never Come Closer
  • 8.Whispering Pine
  • 9.I'm Pushing You Out
  • 10.Won't You Take Me to the Theatre
  • 11.Beatmaker
  • 12.Bath

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.Mama Didn't Lie - (featuring Plums)
  • 2.Let the Sunshine in - (featuring Plums)
  • 3.Why Did You Go - (featuring Plums)
  • 4.A Lover's Concerto - (featuring Plums)
  • 5.Benny Law - (featuring Plums)
  • 6.Swanee River - (featuring Plums)
  • 7.The Loco-Motion - (featuring Plums)
  • 8.You Made a Fool of Me
  • 9.One Fine Day - (featuring Plums)
  • 10.Wouldn't That Be Groovy - (featuring Plums)
  • 11.Din Mamma Hon Minns (Your Mother Should Know)
  • 12.Karlekens ABC
  • 13.Aldrig Min Van (Never My Love)
  • 14.Boom Bang-A-Bang
  • 15.Du Som Bara Har Sett Varar
  • 16.Ta Och Tank Efter
  • 17.Go Back to Daddy - (featuring The Dandys)
  • 18.What a Lovely Way - (featuring The Dandys)
  • 19.Don't Let It Rain - (featuring The Dandys)
  • 20.Flowers in the Morning - (featuring The Dandys)

Product Description:

A vintage pop oddity of sorts, but one that's worthwhile for its musical content at least as much as its curiosity value, the lone LP by Swedish chanteuse Doris (n‚e Svensson) is an accomplished and somewhat offbeat collection of lush pop, soul, and light funk. Cut in 1970 with a handful of veteran Swedish jazz and rock musicians who sound completely at home playing in a variety of primarily American idioms, Did You Give the World Some Love Today Baby reveals Doris to be a singer of considerable range with plenty of personality. She's a throaty belter on the funky, country-inflected "Waiting at the Station," the Northern soul-styled groovers "Don't" and "Beatmaker," and the brassy pop-soul title tune (even coming off a bit worryingly unhinged as she exhorts "you've got to love the one you love/and the whole darn world as well") -- but she scales back the fireworks for sweet, if somewhat fey, ballads like "Grey Rain of Sweden" and "Daisies," which call to mind the sophisticated songwriter pop of fellow lost gem Margo Guryan. There's also a heartfelt, tastefully orchestrated rendition of the Band's "Whispering Pines," and -- easily the album's most unusual moment -- the bizarre, unsettling jazz-psychedelia of "You Never Come Close," which sounds like nothing you'd expect to hear on an ostensibly pop record from any era (it evokes something similar to Portishead's enigmatic melancholy, or Candie Payne's tormented retro-pop noir, several decades down the line.) Add in a smattering of upbeat big-band swing tunes -- "I'm Pushing You Out" and the organ-led shuffle "I Wish I Knew" -- the goofy, vaudeville-ish "Won't You Take Me to the Theatre," and a jaunty cover of Harry Nilsson's "Bath," and you've got a true smorgasbord -- a little something for everybody, although it's all still quite listenable as a single entity. The world may not have given Doris much love in her day, but she's certainly comparable in terms of raw vocal ability to would-be peers like Lulu and Petula Clark -- or, as the liner notes suggest, Melanie -- arguably outstripping them in the adventurousness of her musical range (in a single album, no less), and is outfitted here with perfectly decent if not necessarily exceptional material. Worth rediscovering, particularly since several CD reissues have made it readily available. ~ K. Ross Hoffman

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