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Laura  performed by  Julie London  (1955)
Composed by David Raksin
From: USA
Mood: fragile
Recommended by delicado [profile] on Thursday 12th August 2004

'Laura' has long been my favorite standard. The tune is elegant and haunting, and completely devoid of some of the schmaltzy feel that plagues many popular standards.

Written as an instrumental for the 1944 film of the same name, this was composed as a piano-based number, and so Julie's version is perhaps not the most orthodox recording. However, it's incredibly powerful and atmospheric, and I *think* it's my favorite version.

The entire track lasts just 1 minute and 40 seconds. The first verse is sung as a solo voice without any accompaniment other than the spooky reverberation effect. When the music does come in, it's provided by a small jazz trio led by Barney Kessel. Kessel's delicate jazz chords and picking complement Julie's voice beautifully.

from Julie is her name (Liberty), available on CD (EMI)

Other Versions: another interesting vocal is by Chris Connor. Her version includes an extra verse added at the beginning.
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