The complete album title, ‘London Calling: A Toast To Julie London’, shows what this release is all about, which is Stanley taking songs recorded by Julie London (plus a couple she feels she would have if she had still been musically active when they were written) and providing her own tribute. The production is superb, with great space and ambience, and there is certainly a live feel to the album. Stanley also hasn’t been afraid to bring in Latin influences where she feels that would add to the arrangements as she is strong that this is a tribute as opposed to her attempting to re-record note for note what Julie had already achieved.

The booklet contains very good notes on the history of each song, as well as who played what, plus a new photo of Stanley on each page. So overall the release has been incredibly well handled. That Stanley has a wonderful voice is never in doubt but given this is a style of music I just don’t listen to for pleasure I feel woefully inadequate for saying what I think about it. That I know I will never play it again has far less to do with the end result than it has with my own personal tastes. However, if you are a fan of this style of music then this would definitely be worth seeking out.

Rating: 6/10


Track list:
1. Goody Goody
2. I’ve Got a Crush on You
3. Call Me Irresponsible
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
5. Sway
6. Light My Fire
7. Blue Moon
8. As Time Goes By
9. It’s Impossible
10.Cry Me a River
11.You The Night and the Music
13.Go Slow/Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast
14.Heard It Through the Grapevine
15.How About Me?
16.Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye



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