This song is a little more....soulful.. than lots of the stuff I listen to. I find it utterly charming though. Dusty was a goddess, and singing this lovely, simple Goffin/King song she completely slays me. It's a slow arrangement in which Dusty is accompanied by piano, light, gospel-style backing vocals and unobtrusive strings. There's nothing complex or especially clever here; just beautifully executed and perfectly distilled pop.
from the single Some of your lovin' available on CD - Silver Collection (Philips)
02 Feb 02 ·Mike: Nice pun on "slays" and "executed" there. 07 Dec 05 ·Swinging London: Dusty said that this was the only song she sang that she actually took home after recording it and played it over & over.
A classic 60s girl pop vocal, produced by the legendary Joe Meek. It's a heartbreaking tale of infidelity with a typical 60s pop-orchestral backing. Apparently this song never even charted, which is astonishing in view of how catchy and generally wonderful it is.
from the single Something I've Got To Tell You (Pye) available on CD - It's hard to believe it - The Amazing World Of Joe Meek (Razor & Tie)
20 Feb 04 ·jeanette: One of the most astonishing records ever, simply took my heart when I first heard it. 29 Mar 06 ·leonthedog: An anthem - I love the backing vocals, and listen for the cameo by the horn section! Google for the old WFMU program that will let you hear the whole thing. My 6-year-old daughter loves to dance to this one.
A very cool and swinging jazzy pop vocal. Michel's range is quite remarkable, and there are some cool backing vocals too. About halfway through of the song, some completely over the top scat vocals kick in, and two different vocal Michels carry out a nonsensical scat 'conversation' until the end. Definitely an unusual way to complete a song, but it works fantastically.
available on CD - Le Meilleur de Michel Legrand (Philips France)
Although it's simple and rather well known, I never seem to tire of hearing this track. The blend of percussion, vocals and instrumentation is so delicious that people always stop to listen when I put it on. It's also a perfect distillation of what I think Latin Jazz should be - the horns, percussion and vocals are relentless and full of energy, but always tasteful.
from Spanish Grease (Verve V 8631) available on CD - Uno, Dos, Tres/Spanish Grease (Verve)
This is a simple but rather bitter pop song, although on the surface it sounds quite sweet. If I recall correctly, it was written about the singer that Twinkle was seeing at the time. The gentle arrangement features acoustic guitar and some brass. It's not hard to hear why Morrissey liked this song enough to cover it with The Smiths.
Twinkle has a lovely clear voice, and much as I respect Moz, this version towers above the one done by The Smiths, which suffers from a strange mix of production styles. That said, I have a strange mix of emotions on hearing the song, since I heard the Smiths version at 14, but only got into this one in the last few years.
from the single Golden Lights available on CD - Twinkle (RPM)