Back in 1983, the so-called ˝Great American Songbook˝ was largely left on the shelf. Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett and others who could really sing ’em and swing ’em were not as big as they used to be, and a generation of record buyers was growing up without much exposure to The Gershwins, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin and other great writers of the first half of the century.
Then Linda, a country/folk/rock artist, hooked up with elder statesman bandleader and arranger Nelson Riddle for this album of standards.
It sold well, leading to two more collaborations, each of them just about equal to ˝What’s New˝. (In fact, I might like ˝Lush Life’ just a hair better).
The product proved that Riddle still could deliver the quality he became famous for in the ’50’s during collaborations with the greatest singers of that era.
And to me, already a Linda fan, it proved that she, in many ways, could wear the title ˝great singer.˝
These nine tracks are mostly mellow, even melancholy, lyrics about lost love, longing for love, and the loneliness of unrequited love. Well done all around.