Julie London – Latin In A Satin Mood (1963/2017)
DSD64 (.dsf) 1 bit/2,8 MHz | Time – 30:33 minutes | 1,2 GB
FLAC (tracks) 24-bit/88,2 kHz | Time – 30:33 minutes | 591 MB
Studio Master, Official Digital Download – Source: AcousticSounds | Artwork: Front Cover
Genre: Jazz | © Analogue Productions
Exotic and Latin albums were big deals in the 1950s and early ’60s, and singers as diverse as Dean Martin, Lena Horne, and Peggy Lee were recording with castanets and bongo drums. Like Peggy Lee, London combines a restrained vocal approach with jazz phrasing and a cool attitude with icy sex appeal on this album of relaxing Latin standards. Julie does look beautiful on the cover, and the backup male “mariachi-esque” serenade ads to the romantic ambiance.
London appeared in nearly two dozen motion pictures during the 1940s and ’50s; she was best known to TV audiences as nurse Dixie McCall on the 1970s hospital drama “Emergency!” She was hired on “Emergency!” by Webb,” her then-former spouse, to co-star with her second husband, jazz musician Bobby Troup. Troup, who composed the iconic musical hit “Route 66” played a doctor on the show and it was he who helped sign Julie to the Liberty record label.
Describing her smoky vocal style, London once said, “It’s only a thimbleful of a voice, and I have to use it close to a microphone. But it is a kind of over-smoked voice, and it automatically sounds intimate.” A style inimitable, in our estimation.
01 – Frenesi
02 – Be Mine Tonight
03 – Yours
04 – Besame Mucho
05 – Adios
06 – Sway
07 – Perfidia
08 – Come Closer to Me
09 – Amor
10 – Magic is the Moonlight
11 – You Belong To My Heart
12 – Vaya con Dios
Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio from the original analog tapes.
DSD files created by Gus Skinas of SuperAudioCenter from the Analogue Productions SACD cutting master.