Keely Smith – Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New (1963) {Expanded Edition 2017} [HDTracks FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Keely Smith – Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New (1963) {Expanded Edition 2017}
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz | Time – 40:14 minutes | 860 MB | Genre: Pop
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You can’t get any more popular in American entertainment than Keely Smith was in the early ‘60s. Having blown the doors out in Las Vegas, winning a Grammy, having hit after hit and lighting up television screens playing straight “man” to husband Louis Prima, she’d navigated the tricky waters of a professional and personal divorce, striking out on her own and starting her own record label, Keely Records, in partnership with close friend and mentor Frank Sinatra, under the auspices of his Reprise label. A groundbreaking businesswoman, as well as recording artist, Keely recorded 5 classic albums for Reprise. Because she’d seen enough show business shenanigans to last a lifetime, a generation before it became standard practice to do so, she retained the rights to her masters.

The first side, “Little Girl Blue,” offered such lovelorn fare as “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “Willow Weep for Me, and the title tune, while the second side, “Little Girl New,” was epitomized by the spirit of its closing track, “Blue Skies.” Taken as a whole, Little Girl Blue, Little Girl New is a uniquely powerful listening experience and stands as one of the first concept albums ever recorded by a female artist. We’ve added Keely’s first Reprise single (produced by Don Costa), “When You Cry” and “Going Through the Motions,” (mixed to stereo for the first time ever!) to the original stereo album for this Expanded Edition, which is remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision from original tape sources. Oh, and one more thing…the whole thing is arranged and conducted by the great Nelson Riddle!

Following her split with husband and creative partner Louis Prima, vocalist Keely Smith signed with Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Records for a series of finely curated and well-received albums designed to showcase her voice and relaunch her career. The first of these, 1963’s Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New, featured arrangements by Sinatra’s longtime collaborator, the illustrious Nelson Riddle, and was conceptualized in two parts with Side A, “Little Girl Blue,” featuring ballads and Side B, “Little Girl New,” focusing on more upbeat numbers. The result was a tour de force of an album that presented Smith as the solo star she deserved to be – and which Sinatra had known she could be for many years prior. Thankfully, as per all of Sinatra’s Reprise contracts, the artists kept the rights to the master recordings, which is where they remained until Smith struck her own deal with Real Gone Music for a series of reissues, including this 2017 expanded edition of Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New. Though she had recorded solo albums for Dot during her years with Prima, she had been somewhat overshadowed by the kitschy, flamboyant tone (and Grammy-winning success) of their performances, which often found her playing the cheeky straight man to her trumpeter husband’s swing-era clown. Afforded far greater freedom on Sinatra’s label, she was presented on Little Girl Blue/Little Girl New as an urbanely sophisticated hipster and a clarion diva in the mold of such similarly inclined contemporaries as June Christy, Anita O’Day, and Kay Starr. Cuts like her yearning take on “Here’s That Rainy Day” and her languorously sensual reading of “I’ll Never Be the Same Again” reveal her as a mature and knowing performer in contrast to the lighter, more comedic tone of her work with Prima. That said, she can still knock ’em dead as she does on the latter half of the album, her highly resonant voice slicing through uptempo swinger’s like “I’m Gonna Live ’til I Die” and “I’ve Got a Lot of Livin’ to Do.” Ultimately, listening to Smith and her pointed yet dusky, golden-toned voice pouring out of Riddle’s shimmering, sky-blue arrangements, one can easily see why Sinatra jumped at the chance to work with her.

Tracklist:
01 – Little Girl Blue
02 – Here’s That Rainy Day
03 – Gone with the Wind
04 – Willow Weep for Me
05 – I’ll Never Be the Same
06 – Guess I’ll Hang My Tears Out to Dry
07 – I’m Gonna Live Till I Die
08 – It’s Good to Be Alive
09 – A Lot of Livin’ to Do
10 – Once in a Lifetime
11 – New Sun in the Sky
12 – Blue Skies
13 – When You Cry
14 – Going Through the Motions

The Album Arranged & Conducted by Nelson Riddle.
Remastered by Mike Milchner at SonicVision from original tape sources.

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