Julie London * Julie is her name Vol II [200g vinyl]
Julie London * Julie is her name Vol II
Analogue Productions, USA 2014
Media: Mint, 200g Vinyl Record LP Album
Sleeve: Mint Factory Sealed
"The year is now 1958, but London's satiny voice is still as earthy and seductive. ... Pressed at QRP, the surfaces are wonderous. But this album is all about London, a pitch perfect and understated talent who understood that less is more." — Neil Gader, The Absolute Sound, September 2015
"A few bars into the opening track, 'Blue Moon', and there is little doubt why Analogue Productions chose to reissue this LP. London's breathy phrasing is captured perfectly, and few records present a more compelling facsimile of a singer, guitar and bass player performing in your listening room. This excellent Kevin Gray mastering is matched with a first class foldout cover, filled with sex kitten shots of London. Fabulous sound and music worth savoring." Recording = 10/10; Music = 8/10 – Dennis D. Davis, Hi-Fi+, Issue 122
She was the sultry film starlet-turned-torch singer-come-TV actress whose dusky alto captivated a generation. Julie London was "discovered" while running a department store elevator in Hollywood.
Just three years earlier the bountiful 15 year old, born Julie Peck to her parents, a song-and-dance duo of the vaudeville era, was singing on her parents' radio show. When she started working in the movies in the 1940s, she changed her name to London. During the course of a celebrated career in acting and music, she made more than 30 albums.
The sultry-voiced actress, who was once married to "Dragnet" producer-star Jack Webb, had a hit record with the 1950s single "Cry Me a River." The single debuted in 1955, sold three million copies and remained in demand into the 1960s.
Analogue Productions has brought back Julie Is Her Name Volume 2, making it an undeniable classic in every sense of the word. Remastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearent Audio, and plated and pressed on 200-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings, the result is a memory-stirring masterpiece.
Julie Is Her Name — Volume Two, has all the sincerity and warmth of her professional album debut, the best-selling Julie Is Her Name, from Liberty. An untested singer with uncompromising musical faith, an unknown record company, sophisticated, tastefully presented standards presented simply backed by just a bass and guitar — Julie Is Her Name faced long odds of success. Yet it soared to become a best-selling hit. Julie London rose to the Top 10 of every list of female vocalists.