More accurately, here is
- A killer recording of female vocal with guitar: Triple Plus (A+++) on the first side, seriously good Double Plus (A++) on the second
- Julie is in the room with you – intimate, breathy and Tubey Magical like practically nothing you’ve ever heard
- For late night listening this is surely one of the best Sultry Female Vocal recordings ever made – you won’t believe how real the sound is
- “Lone guitarist Al Viola plays gentle Spanish-tinged acoustic behind the hushed vocalist, and it suits London perfectly. While the singer was often chided for her beauty and lack of range, she deftly navigates these ballads without any rhythmic underpinnings to fall back on. London’s intense focus on phrasing and lyrics recalls Chet Baker’s equally telescopic approach.”
After hearing this amazing copy in our shootout we felt that it might be a bit too noisy to list, but another scrub cleaned it up nicely and now it’s about typical for an exceptionally clean copy of the album. No marks play — the noise one hears is mostly just the vinyl of the day.
I bought this very record in 1998. It took me close to twenty years to be able to clean it and play it right!
This side had breathy resolution that was hard to believe, along with size and immediacy that no other side of any copy could touch. It’s much richer and tubier than any other we played. Phenomenal.
Not quite the equal of side one. Take some time to listen for the differences between the two sides and we’re sure you’ll hear what we heard. It is however exceptionally dynamic, always a nice quality to have. (more…)