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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Folk-Type Swinger by Jeannie Hoffman (LP, 1964)

Jeannie Hoffman
"The Folk-Type Swinger"
Capitol ST 2021, stereo [1964]

After downloading, listening to, and getting hooked on Jeannie Hoffman's song "Sing Hallelujah" (included as a sample Space Age Pop track on the biggest genre website), I successfully tracked down a copy of this album on eBay. It felt great to finally own it, and I've spun it several times since I bought it, but, overall, it's not the greatest record I've heard in the past three months or so. Part of that is that it doesn't quite fit with my general mood. That is, the album sounds like it would be right at home as a nightclub act in a smoke-filled cigar bar on a Thursday night in California (vivid enough for ya?), while I'm more interested in big and lively sounds. Speaking in terms of the arrangements and the general sound, though, it's great. Jeannie's voice has a very sensual, torchy feel to it and her piano style swings nicely. Believe me, I've heard a lot worse (and more boring) coming out of that era.

All in all, this is more of an album to relax by, possibly even to listen to before bed, so use it wisely. Recommended if you like this style of music.

Stars: 3 out of 5

2 comments:

  1. This is a good record. I had it I also had a funny open-ended interview record with her on Capitol, where it had a script and she answers on record. I think Mrs. Miller had one too. Would love to find THAT one...

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    1. Yeah, Capitol released a lot of records like this back then, and very few of them are still well-known today. Those interview records sound awesome, never heard about them but they'd be hard to ignore if I ever ran across 'em.. Thanks!

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