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Stacey Kent Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Pure Pleasure Records EU

Stacey Kent Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire 2LP 180 Gram Vinyl Pure Pleasure Records EU Maximize
Artist: Stacey Kent
Title: Let Yourself Go
Catalog Number: CJS9764
Label: Candid
Reissued by: Pure Pleasure Records
Barcode: 5060149621806
Original release year: 1999
Reissue year: 2013
Number of discs: 2
Revolutions per minute: 33⅓ rpm
Disc size: 12"
Vinyl Weight Grade: 180gr
Limited Edition: Yes
Total Item Weight: 590gr
Pressing country: Germany
For Market Release in: EU
Added to catalog on: March 22, 2016
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Let Yourself Go is an exceptional collection of 13 tunes written by the cream of popular song writers - Berlin, Gershwin Brothers, and others - honoring Fred Astaire's contributions to the vocal art. Kent delivers this selective play list with one of three musical combinations, just piano, with piano plus rhythm, and with a larger aggregation which includes sax and guitar.

 

 

  • Limited Edition
  • Audiophile 180 Gram Vinyl
  • Pressed at Pallas in Germany
  • Mastering by Ray Staff
  • Cut at Air Mastering, London
  • Gatefold Cover

 

 

Let Yourself Go is an exceptional collection of 13 tunes written by the cream of popular song writers -- Berlin, Gershwin Brothers, and others -- honoring Fred Astaire's contributions to the vocal art. With his low key, narrow ranged voice, Astaire probably introduced and/or made popular more songs that were destined to become standard entries in the Great American Songbook than any other artist.

 

Kent delivers this selective play list with one of three musical combinations, just piano, with piano plus rhythm, and with a larger aggregation which includes sax and guitar. Irrespective of the instrumental context, all of the tunes are delivered with Stacey's pleasant nasal twang to help her create the impression that the lyrics she's singing are part of an intimate one on one conversation with each listener. There's nothing over dramatic on this album. No gimmicks, just a voice as engaging as any on the scene conveying the meaning of a melody in the tradition of the person she is honoring, the inestimable Astaire.

 

Kent's pianist, David Newton, is one of the premiere accompanists in the U.K., having worked with such top flight singers as Tina May. He and Kent display their musical attraction to each other on a relaxed, suave rendition of "Isn't This a Lovely Day" and "They Can't Take That Away From Me," where Kent and Newton gently joust as they deliver an elegant rendition of this tune.

 

"Relaxed" is as good a word as any to describe the atmosphere for this session. There's nothing frenetic here. "S'Wonderful," usually performed at a fast pace, gets a languid, medium tempo treatment with Newton's piano, an effortlessly lilting Colin Oxley guitar and Jim Tomlinson's tenor sharing the mike with Kent.

 

"A Fine Romance" is about as upbeat as it gets, with Oxley's cleaned line guitar setting the pace. Newton engages in a bit of Erroll Garner-like humming during his solo on this tune. Tomlinson's romantic tenor is featured on "Let Yourself Go" and "They All Laughed." On "One for My Baby," he brings out his clarinet, using the middle register to help create the proper melancholy mood for this definitive "drowning my sorrows in booze" tune.

 

This is another excellent album by American born, U.K.-based singer Stacey Kent, and is happily recommended. - by Dave Nathan, All Music Guide

 

 

Recorded in Ardingly, England on July 26/27th 1999.

 

Musicians:

 

Stacey Kent, vocals
Jim Tomlinson, tenor & alto saxophone, clarinet
Colin Oxley, guitar
David Newton, piano, keyboards
Simon Thorpe, bass
Steve Brown, drums

 

Track Listing:

 

LP1 Side A
01. Let Yourself Go
02. They Can't Take That Away From Me
03. I Won't Dance

 

LP 1 Side B
04. Isn't This A Lovely Day?
05. They All Laughed
06. He Loves And She Loves

 

LP 2 Side C
07. Shall We Dance?
08. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
09. s' Wonderful

 

LP 2 Side D
10. A Fine Romance
11. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
12. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
13. By Myself

 

Click here to listen to samples on AllMusic.com

 

 

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