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The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1 (Remastered)


Download links and information about The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1 (Remastered) by Jo Stafford. This album was released in 2004 and it belongs to Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 25 tracks with total duration of 01:08:20 minutes.

Artist: Jo Stafford
Release date: 2004
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 25
Duration: 01:08:20
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No. Title Length
1. Blackout the Moon 2:17
2. Love Is Here to Stay 3:39
3. Handsome Strangers 2:26
4. Someone's Been Readin' My Mail 2:25
5. Suddenly 2:33
6. Smoking My Sad Cigarette 3:11
7. The Dixieland Band 2:56
8. A Perfect Love 2:46
9. Indoor Sport 2:36
10. Use Your Imagination 2:40
11. Lovely Is the Evening 2:33
12. How Can We Say Goodbye 2:34
13. Big D 2:09
14. Once to Every Heart 2:56
15. I'll Be There 3:04
16. Wouldn't It Be Loverly 2:52
17. Along the Colorado Trail 2:48
18. I Got a Sweetie 2:49
19. Goodnight Pillow 2:56
20. Hawaiian War Chant 2:07
21. Just Another Polka 2:16
22. Bells Are Ringing 2:25
23. All Yours 2:59
24. It's Never Quite the Same 2:55
25. I'm In the Mood for Love 3:28



Singles collections from postwar vocal artists aren't usually stocked with A-list material, since after the advent of the LP, the singles format increasingly became a venue for either stylistic experimentation or light novelties aimed at the charts. Jo Stafford was an exception to the rule, however, not only because she was a consummate artist but also because she worked closely with her husband, arranger/conductor Paul Weston, and exercised a large amount of quality control. The Columbia Singles Collection, Vol. 1, released by the family-founded Corinthian label (Tim Weston, the son of Paul and Jo, produced the record), reissues 25 tracks from obscure singles releases recorded by Stafford and Weston during the '50s. (Her biggest hits of the era, including "You Belong to Me" and "Make Love to Me," obviously were released as singles, but don't appear here because they're widely available elsewhere.) Stafford had matured greatly as a vocalist, after her success during the big-band era. Listening to her performance of the Gershwin classic "Love Is Here to Stay," it's clear she retained the sweetness and warmth of her youth but exerted greater control over her voice. Many of the performances are standards, and even the few novelties are imbued with an energy that speaks to the great care they took with her material — the delightfully risqué yet slightly innocent "Indoor Sport" and the great-hearted "Big D" are among the best here, but also interesting are a sound-alike of "You Belong to Me" titled "I'll Be There," and Stafford's brush with rock & roll, a cover of the Ray Charles standard (alternately titled "I Got a Sweetie").