Sarah Vaughan After Hours With Sarah Vaughan 180g LP (Mono)
Audiophile 180g Vinyl!
Sarah Vaughan signed for Columbia in 1949 & her chart successes continued with
the charting of "Black Coffee" in the summer of 1949. During her tenure at
Columbia through 1953, Vaughan was steered almost exclusively to commercial pop
ballads, a number of which had chart success.
No matter what she's singing you can't help but notice her amazing control and
range. She's able to float effortlessly from the lowest end of the scale to the
highest without effort. Her singing is as much second nature as breathing is to
most of us.
Listen to Vaughan wrap her voice around a word and you begin to understand what
is meant by the term phrasing. You also realize why you don't hear the term used
very often anymore as very few modern singers have this ability. It refers to a
singer's ability to associate the lyrics of a song with the music. However, it
means more than just being able to carry a tune. It's how you sing the words and
music together. To be fair the music of today doesn't really lend itself to that
style of singing either. However hearing a singer of the quality of Vaughan you
begin to regret its passing. I'm sure there are jazz singers around who have the
ability, but we don't hear them on a regular basis.
Of course it's this ability which allowed her to be equally comfortable with any
style of music she wished to sing. On this LP we hear her sail through a series
of smoothly orchestrated pop tunes. Even the version of Gershwin's "Summertime"
is given the uptempo treatment. This might have been a collection of rather
commercial standards, but she gives them a soulfulness that raises them above
the level of just another pop song. She might not be as emotionally raw as
Billie Holliday, but that doesn't stop her from being able to imbue even the
simplest of songs with the heart necessary to make them soar.
• 180g Vinyl
• Limited Edition
• Re-mastering by Ray Staff at Air Mastering
• Made in the UK
1. After Hours
2. Street Of Dreams
3. You Taught Me To Love Again
4. You're Mine, You
5. My Reverie
1. Black Coffee
2. Thinking Of You
3. I Cried For You
5. Deep Purple
6. Just Friends