Nancy Wilson – 1968 – Welcome to My Love
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In Her Loving Memory
Most of Nancy Wilson’s late ’60s releases contained four or five good tunes and the rest would be filler from the day’s batch of B-grade pop material. Her 1967 date Welcome to My Love, though, is an exception. It offers a consistent selection of high-quality standards and strong contemporary material impressively set off by Oliver Nelson’s soulfully urbane arrangements. On the subdued end there are straightahead ballads like “May I Come In” and “It Never Entered My Mind” as well as more soul-tinged numbers such as “Welcome to My Love” and “Let’s Make the Most of a Beautiful Thing“. Wilson’s smoky, whispered voice imparts just the right amount of tender drama here while Nelson’s dark and restrained string charts keep things from getting syrupy. Balancing out the set are a series of bluesy big band numbers including “In the Heat of the Night“, “I’m Always Drunk in SF” and an amazing version of “Ode to Billy Joe“. This classic Bobbie Gentry tune gets a funked up, backwoods treatment à la Etta James with Wilson in full swagger. Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis effectively echoes the intensity with his back in the mix, burning tenor solo while drummer Shelly Manne and bassist Buster Williams anchor the proceedings with driving intensity. The set is rounded out by fine renditions of “For Once in Life” and the classic Ray Charles hit “You Don’t Know Me“. On Welcome to My Love, Wilson successfully straddled the jazz/soul divide and in the process produced one of her best albums of the 60’s.
A1 In The Heat Of The Night 2:32
A2 May I Come In? 2:35
A3 Angel Eyes 2:48
A4 It Never Entered My Mind 2:50
A5 I’m Always Drunk In San Francisco (And I Don’t Drink At All) 2:29
A6 Them From “Hotel” 2:36
B1 For Once In My Life 3:05
B2 You Don’t Know Me 2:27
B3 Why Try To Change Me Now 3:14
B4 Welcome To My Love 2:35
B5 Ode To Billie Joe 5:18
Nancy Wilson is a legendary singing wonder who came completely in to her own back in the great musical sixties with release of “Welcome To My Love“, smoldering masterpiece filled with wondrous performances arranged & performed to perfection is a rarity in the world of music at any given time…classic set of songs show Nancy Wilson reached a lofty new level of maturity enabling her to match no less than Sinatra with her masterful performance of “Angel Eyes“, dark moody vocal becomes a timeless stellar performance of tremendous emotional range & glorious vocal beauty. Performance after remarkable performance show a gifted singer among the chosen few over the past fifty years, happily the iconic great lady is still performing on occasion to lucky audiences.
Arranged and conducted brilliantly by legendary master Oliver Nelson, savor and enjoy this classic as music at this amazing level of greatness is certain not to happen again…sadly long out of print, availability will drive price of this rare collection to soaring heights like the great singers voice as word of mouth spread how great this fantastic collection is, simpily get it now or pay big-time later! Bluesy “I’m Always Drunk In San Franscisco” richly intoxicating, motion picture theme “Hotel” hauntingly dark & atmospheric creating a moody masterpiece, ditto edgy “In The Heat Of The Night” equalling Ray Charles original.
Magnificent torchy take on “For Once In My Life” is stunning while edgy wildly funky “Ode To Billy Joe” tour-de-force weaves enchantment through this unique story song in a totally captivating way…every song so fascinating they could easily each be discussed in detail, truly a vocal masterpiece collection of the highest order, lovers of great singers this is the satisfying collection to have! Closing bonus “Let’s Make The Most Of A Beautiful Thing” a spellbinding addition to original release where the glorious vocal flies to mesmerizing heights, beautifully ends a magical & wondrous musical experience in a compelling way while making the lucky listener want more…Bravo Nancy Wilson, your artistry is awesome!
Nancy Wilson – 1967 – Just For Now
Nancy Wilson sings just for now, but in that way that could make any of her late 60s Capitol sessions a timeless classic, a record that has a lot more staying power than you’d guess from the title! Wilson’s a genius at this point in her career – trained in jazz, with phrasing that’s impeccable and at a level that brings a whole new sophistication to the music – but also able to open up with a groove, too, even on the gentler numbers – as open to soulful 60s currents in her music as Lou Rawls was with his – which is why both artists’ Capitol sides are so incomparable! Arrangements are great – well-suited to Nancy’s voice, and handled by Billy May, Oliver Nelson, and Sid Feller with a strong current of jazz.