Jo Stafford - The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950

Jo Stafford - The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950
Styles: Traditional Pop, Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop
Genre: Vocal
Album: The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950
Release Date: March 24, 2009
Artist: Jo Stafford

Trawling through the obscurities of most '40s/'50s pop vocalists would be a chore, to say the least, but Jo Stafford was not the average pop vocalist of the WWII era. Although she sounded very trad (and very beautiful) on her biggest hits -- "Long Ago and Far Away," "It Could Happen to You," "You Belong to Me" -- she could switch from beguiling balladry to swing rhythm at the drop of a hat. The Capitol Rarities 1943-1950 is an EMI compilation that includes 24 solid obscurities from her early catalog. Discovered by Johnny Mercer, Stafford began contributing as part of the Pied Pipers and drew fame for her sweet voice as well as her ability to swing precisely in a group context. Her solo material here is pretty interesting, although the half-dozen highlights are far better than the balance. At the top of the heap lie "Jolly Jo," "Pagan Love Song," and "Prisoner of Love's Song." The first is the most radical song in Stafford's catalog, a vocalese adventure led by her friend Dave Lambert (later one-third of Lambert, Hendricks & Ross), the second is a delightful Dixieland romp through an old classic, and the third is a revisitation of the cornpone classic "Temptation (Tim-Tay-Shun)" she waxed with the most hilarious hillbilly accent ever heard on record. Elsewhere, the focus is on movie songs, many of them nearly forgotten.

Title/ComposerPerformerTime
Out of This World / Harold Arlen / Johnny MercerJo Stafford3:11
Conversation While Dancing / Johnny Mercer / WestonJo Stafford feat: Johnny Mercer2:55
Alone Together / Dietz / SchwartzJo Stafford3:15
Gee, It's Good to Hold You / Fisher / RobertsJo Stafford2:44
You May Not Love Me / Burke / James Van HeusenJo Stafford3:12
This Time / Brook Benton / WestonJo Stafford3:11
Promise / Carey / FischerJo Stafford3:02
It's as Simple as That / Gary Baker / Richie McDonald / Frank MyersJo Stafford3:05
Through a Thousand Dreams / Leo Robin / SchwartzJo Stafford2:51
Give Me Something to Dream About / David / Hoffman / LivingstonJo Stafford2:57
It's Monday Every Day / Leo RobinJo Stafford2:52
It Was Written in the Stars / Harold Arlen / Leo RobinJo Stafford2:55
Jolly Jo / LambertJo Stafford2:24
If I Ever Love Again / Carlyle / ReynoldsJo Stafford3:17
Open Door, Open Arms / Fryman / Gustaf / KayeJo Stafford3:02
Pagan Love Song / Brown / FreedJo Stafford2:44
Our Very Own / Jack Elliott / Victor YoungJo Stafford3:14
Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend / Leo Robin / Jule StyneJo Stafford2:18
Prisoner of Love's Song / Columbo / Clarence Gaskill / Leo RobinJo Stafford2:58
This Is the Moment / Frederick Hollander / Leo RobinJo Stafford2:47
The Stanley Steamer / Blane / Harry WarrenJo Stafford3:08
Candy / David / Kramer / Joan WhitneyJo Stafford3:11
Tell Me Why / The Alberts / GoldJo Stafford2:33
White Christmas / Irving BerlinJo Stafford3:02

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