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The Very Best Of CAROL KIDD

LINN Records




This album is a composite of tracks from Carol Kiddís previous albums Crazy for Gershwin, Iím Glad we Met, Nice Work, Debut, All My Tomorrows and The Night We Called it a Day. The backings vary from solo guitar, solo piano, jazz trio, medium sized jazz combo to orchestra with strings unfortunately no details are given on the sleeve notes,
  1. I Got Plenty of Nothing
  2. Georgia on My Mind
  3. Sing for Your Supper
  4. Then Iíll Be Tired of You
  5. I Wish Iíd Met You.
  6. Iím Shadowing You
  7. Havenít We Met
  8. The Night We Called it a Day
  9. Autumn In New York / My Funny Valentine
  10. Youíre Cheating Yourself
  11. Where or When
  12. How Little we Know
  13. Weíll Be Together Again
  14. Donít Worry About Me
  15. Never Let Me Go
  16. Iíll Take Romance
  17. Lean Baby
  18. Donít Take Your love from Me
  19. Nice Work If You Can Get It

  1. New York on Sunday
  2. When I Dream
  3. Sometimes (Not Often)
  4. Iím all Smiles
  5. Bad Bad Leroy Brown
  6. Ainít Necessarily So
  7. I Could Have Told You So
  8. Iím a Fool to Want You
  9. Starting Tomorrow
  10. I Guess Iíll Have to Change My Plan
  11. I Fall in Love Too easily
  12. Round Midnight
  13. It Isnít So Bad
  14. Donít Go to Strangers
  15. Where are You
  16. The More I See You / Iíve Grown Accustomed to Your Face
  17. Trouble is a Man
  18. Bidiní My Time
  19. Dat Dere
  20. Please Donít Talk About Me When Iím Gone

Carol Kidd is one of the finest female vocalists I have ever heard, of those who are still living, she may well be the best. She has perfect relative pitch, perfect diction and the ability to tell a story with every song she sings. She also has a natural ability to swing and to sound good in any setting. It is amazing that such a fine singer is so undervalued in the UK, when did you last see her on television or hear her records on BBC radio?

This compilation by LINN records from their earlier releases is a delight, from the lists above it is easy to see that this is a first class selection of songs. Her artistry is exemplified by the fact that I enjoyed the songs that were unknown to me as much as the familiar ones at a first hearing. It normally takes a couple of hearings for me to get into a new song, but not when the singer is Carol Kidd. This album is pure quality all the way, since I received it, it has been constantly on my CD player.

It is most unusual to find an album where every track is superb, it rarely happens to me anyway, but this one is the exception. Not only are all the vocals of equal quality, but the various backings are equally good through out.

Having heard Carol live on a few occasions, I can tell you that like Ella & Sarah before her, her performance before a live audience is even better. How about a Carol Kidd Live Album LINN records!

Some records I ponder whether I should recommend to purchasers, this one is definitely a BUY.

Don Mather

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