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JANE MORGAN SINGS POPULAR FAVOURITES (SEPIA 1126)

JANE MORGAN Sings POPULAR FAVOURITES - SEPIA 1126

1. AROUND THE WORLD
2. IT'S NOT FOR ME TO SAY
LISTEN
3. AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER
4. MY HEART REMINDS ME
5. APRIL LOVE LISTEN
6. ALL THE WAY
7. YOUNG AT HEART
8. JUST A-WEARYIN' FOR YOU
9. MELODIE D'AMOUR LISTEN
10. TILL THE END OF TIME
11. TILL
12. TAMMY
13. WHERE THE BLUE OF THE NIGHT MEETS THE GOLD OF DAY
14. CATCH A FALLING STAR
15. ANNA LISTEN
16. WHO'S SORRY NOW?
17. SPEAK TO ME OF LOVE
18. THE DAY THE RAINS CAME LISTEN
19. IT'S ALL IN THE GAME
20. VOLARE
21. ALMOST IN YOUR ARMS
22. COME CLOSER TO ME
23. EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER LISTEN
24. BAMBINO
25. MAYBE YOU'LL BE THERE
26. WRAP YOUR TROUBLE IN DREAMS
27. LE JOUR OU LA PLUIE VIENDRA (The Day The Rains Came)

Title: Jane Morgan sings Popular Favourites
Artist: Jane Morgan
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1126
Barcode: 5055122111269
Release Date: 2 March 2009

Sepia's third collection of recordings by Jane Morgan in stereo finds the 
eminent vocalist at something of a crossroads. Between September 1957 and 
October 1958 she recorded a series of performances that show the wide 
variety of styles she was capable of singing. Together they represent what 
we might call 'The Art of Jane Morgan'.

Sometimes we see her as a great interpreter of classic American song, 
reworking a repertoire that had already been made famous by Frank Sinatra 
(Young at Heart) and Doris Day (Everybody Loves a Lover) and making it  entirely her own. 'It's Not for Me to Say' is one of her most subtle performances, the vocal line lying low in the register where Morgan is at 
her most velveteen, while the clever arrangement of 'My Heart Reminds Me' 
allows Morgan to float her voice in the middle of the thick orchestral 
textures.

Morgan's ability to spin out a melody is shown in 'Just A-Wearyin' For You', 
'Till', 'Tammy' and particularly 'Till the End of Time'. In the latter, the voice is doubled by violins for much of the song, yet Morgan manages to 
match the energy of the instruments thanks to her breath control. Yet she 
could also transfer it to a more 'poppy', upbeat style of song, as evinced 
by her cheeky rendition of 'Catch a Falling Star', with its pizzicato string 
accompaniment, or 'Melodie d'Amour', the latter showing off Morgan's feel 
for the French language.

In 'The Day the Rains Came', we have a timely reminder of Jane Morgan as an 
all-out pop singer, reaching the top spot in the UK singles chart in January 
1959. In the French version, she has a slightly grittier attack, using a 
quasi-Piaf fast vibrato to centre her performance in the style of the French 
nightclubs where she made her name. Together, these two tracks epitomise 
Jane Morgan's ability to tailor her performance to the material she was 
singing, a rare quality which is apparent throughout this 27 track  collection and another good reason why the work of this overlooked singer deserves to be revaluated.

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