Genre Traditional Pop or Jazz Vocal
Dream with Dean by Dean Martin
Dream with Dean by Dean Martin
You might try Easy Listening or MOR, Middle of the Road. Yeah, they're kind of demeaning names for a genre but they might get you some decent artists to try. I gotta tell you, too, that I inherited a lot of MOR, Sinatra-style LPs from my parents. Both mono and early stereo. Some of them sound truly superb. I love 'em.
"One for my baby"
Ella Fitzgerald did a cover on her 1960 Verve release "Let No Man Write My Epitaph"It is fabulous. I have 3 period copies. Verve Stereo/Mono and a British "His Masters Voice"
Ella does a wonderful selection of American Songbook cuts.
It’s the soundtrack from the movie.
Also recommended if you’re into classics. Made during the period when Shelly Winters was attractive. Also the subject matter is quite racy for the time.
Difficult to find a clean copy but worth it, if you’re a period snob, as myself. I eschew reissues, and give in ONLY, if it something is unobtanium.
Here’s the 45 https://store.acousticsounds.com/d/67244/Ella_Fitzgerald-Let_No_Man_Write_My_Epitaph-45_RPM_Vinyl_Re...
It’s a particularly beautiful sounding album, because it’s pure.Just Ella and piano. Very few singers can get away with that. No voice is even close. Ella is known for her gift of diction, when singing. Today’s singers can’t approach her level.
Nothing against any current performers like Diana Krall, but she sounds like an amateur hour contestant when comparing the two.
I always get sucked into this album, no matter how many times it’s been played.
Definitely an album that reveals if your system is up to the task. Ella will be in the room, when it’s right.
I take this album to shows, to hear it on an uber system. Always catches everyone’s attention.
Since I veered of course with the Ella suggestion-
Here’s the one to get https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/It_Might_as_Well_Be_Swing
Definitely a swingin album. Makes you want to have a martini and cigarette in hand, wearing your sharkskin suit.
Might be easier to find an original. I have both the stereo and mono, and prefer the mono, for some reason.
Linda Ronstadt recorded three albums of standards with Nelson Riddle and his orchestra. Performed straight up classic, no schmaltzy flourishes, superbly recorded and mastered, more than homage they are pure yet somehow manage to sound new at the same. Another great is Harry Nilsson, A Little Touch of Schmilsson In The Night. In fact now you made me think of it thanks, its going on in a minute. If you don't love it I will eat my hat. And its a big hat. Has to be. I have a big head. Just ask anybody.
Here's a REC per my old post.
Not much info on these, but they used to come up on Ebay years ago...
Oh, and they are MONO,
If you ever run across box sets of Jazz vocalists by The Easton Press check them out.
They were produced in the mid 1980's and the boxes are a dull Gray/Silver.
I have Ethel Waters, Mildred Baily, Sarah Vaughan, Harry Belafonte, Lena Horne and Fred Astaire.
The Astaire box is my favorite.
You might want to check out some of the YouTube videos presenting recordings by the late British singer Matt Monro, who was sometimes referred to as the British Frank Sinatra. And also as "the man with the golden voice." And for that matter I have read that he was one of Sinatra’s favorite singers.
Although he was active for several decades, his best known recordings were done during the 1960s.