Stacey Kent - Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire - 180g 2LP


Stacey Kent - Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire - 180g 2LP

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Stacey Kent - Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire - 180g 2LP
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Pure Pleasure  / Candid CJS9761 - 180 Gram Virgin Vinyl - AAA 100% Analogue6

Pure Analogue Audiophile Mastering by Ray Staff  at Air Mastering London

Limited Edition - Pressed  at Pallas Germany - Two Disc

AAA 100% Analogue This LP was Remastered using Pure Analogue Components Only, from the Master Tapes through to the Cutting Head

A loving and highly entertaining homage to the incomparable Fred Astaire, this somewhat spare and deceptively simple recording, should be a traditional audiophile's wet dream, but it seems largely unknown or ignored in the US, which is truly tragic. Positive Feedback

This vinyl re-mastering  is a perfect vehicle for Kent and her silky voice. Despite the higher pitch, there is great richness and texture. The guitars (both acoustic and electric) have a fuller resonance and complexity. As usual, the glossy packaging and gatefold cover are first-rate. - 5/5  Audiophile Audtion

"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.

This vinyl re-mastering  is a perfect vehicle for Kent and her silky voice. Despite the higher pitch, there is great richness and texture. The guitars (both acoustic and electric) have a fuller resonance and complexity. As usual, the glossy packaging and gatefold cover are first-rate. - AUDAUD

Musicians:

  • Stacey Kent (vocal)
  • Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone, alto saxophone, clarinet)
  • Colin Oxley (guitar)
  • David Newton (piano, keyboards)
  • Simon Thorpe (bass)
  • Steve Brown (drums)
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  • Track Listing:
    LP 1
    1. Let Yourself Go
    2. They Can't Take That Away From Me
    3. I Won't Dance
    4. Isn't This A Lovely Day?
    5. They All Laughed
    6. He Loves And She Loves
    LP 2
    1. Shall We Dance?
    2. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
    3. S' Wonderful
    4. A Fine Romance
    5. I Guess I'll Have To Change My Plan
    6. I'm Putting All My Eggs In One Basket
    7. By Myself

 

Stacey Kent - Let Yourself Go Celebrating Fred Astaire - 180g 2LP

 

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