Classic fifties torch singing
Peter Durward Harris | Leicester England | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Gogi emerged in the mid-fifties as one of the finest torch singers of her generation. Unfortunately for Gogi, popular taste was switching to rock'n'roll so Gogi's career was somewhat curtailed. During her brief recording career, Gogi recorded some great music that, just possibly, is better appreciated now than when originally released.
This is a straight re-issue of the original 1958 album and features a selection of songs from the Great American Songbook. Among the more famous songs are The more I see you, Love letters (two American hits for Dick Haymes in the forties, later revived in the sixties - the first by Chris Montez, the second by Ketty Lester), But beautiful (a 1948 song that wasn't a very big hit for anybody, but is an outstanding song and has been covered by many top singers) and Love walked in (from Goldwyn follies, this was an American number one for Sammy Kaye in 1938).
There are plenty of obscure songs, too, including So do I (one of Bing Crosby's many lesser hits that are largely forgotten now) and If I should lose you (a superb 1936 song from Rose of the Rancho).
If you appreciate lush, romantic music at its best, you'll love this album."
Jim Andrews | Chicago, Illinois USA | 01/19/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Gogi Grant returned to RCA after scoring big hits on Era, the Victor people gave her the best arrangers, the best musicians, the best packaging. The albums she did for the label are models of great taste, splendid production, top recording quality and a singer who has greatness in abudance: a rich, vibrant voice; great dramatic powers in interpreting lyrics; impeccable musicianship; and a sense of importance. She made a lot of money for RCA and her four albums for the label are all splendid."