NANCY WILSON BUT BEAUTIFUL 180g LP
Re-mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
A highly successful and respected jazz and soul singer, Nancy Wilson bridges the
gap between the classic pop vocal era of Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and Ella
Fitzgerald and the belting R&B divas of today. Though Nancy Wilson has always
cited the emotionally naked, androgynous vocal style of Jimmy Scott as her
primary influence, her voice carries definite echoes of Dinah Washington and
Sarah Vaughan. Yet Wilson also has always had a strong feeling for post-Sam
Cooke soul and the tartness of her delivery carries more than an echo of the
sometimes-icy Lena Horne.
Young and heart-stoppingly beautiful, Wilson was discovered singing in a N.Y.C.
jazz club in the late 1950s by Cannonball Adderley, who told his management at
Capitol Records that they needed to scoop her up before another label did.
Wilson was immediately signed and started recording for Capitol, the premier
vocal label of the 1950s and '60s. She released a couple of very respectable LPs
with star arranger Billy May but actually crossed over to radio and the pop
charts with two small group jazz platters with her bestselling label mates (one
with George Shearing (The Swinging's Mutual) and the other with Cannonball
Adderley). Catapulted to the pop stratosphere, Wilson was the bestselling artist
on Capitol Records' roster (beating out everyone from Nat King Cole to the Beach
Boys) until the Beatles crossed the pond and eclipsed everything and everybody
in their culture-changing wake.
A fine album from this '60s period, But Beautiful, a jazz ballad set led by
pianist Hank Jones. In the '70s and '80s, Nancy Wilson slowly made the
transition from pop star to adult contemporary soul singer. From the 1990s to
the present day, Wilson returned to alternating jazz standards, quiet storm and
adult contemporary ballads, while putting on a sensational jazz show in concert.
The longevity of Wilson's career and the continuing strength of her voice are
almost unheard of in modern pop music, though her career -- and her affinity
with jazz, blues and soul -- shares many parallels with one-time Capitol label
mate Lou Rawls.
• 180g Vinyl
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Re-mastered by Steve Hoffman & Kevin Gray
• Produced by David Cavanaugh
• Recorded in New York City on November 4-6, 1969
Nancy Wilson, vocals
Hank Jones, piano
Ron Carter, bass
Grady Tate, drums
Gino Bertachini, guitar
1. Happiness is a Thing Called Joe
2. Oh! Look At Me Now
3. Glad To Be Unhappy
4. Do It Again
5. But Beautiful
6. Easy Living*
7. Prelude To a Kiss
8. I Thought About You
9. For Heaven's Sake
10. Supper Time
11. I'll Walk Alone
12. Darn That Dream*
13. In a Sentimental Mood*
* First time on vinyl - not on original issue