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"It's A Lovely Day"
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Year of Release: 1994
It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow
Blues In The Night
(All Of A Sudden)My Heart Sings
Seems Like Old Times
When Day Is Done
I Don't Want To WalkWithout You
A Nightingale SangIn Berkeley Square
If I Had My Way
(There'll Be BluebirdsOver) The White CliffsOf Dover
The Star-Spangled Banner
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"It's A Lovely Day"
Kate Smith, the woman who made "God Bless America famous. It's
A Lovely Day is a small sample of her music of songs that were recorded,
yet none of these songs are really considered a "best of." The main recording
found in this collection, is her version of The Star-Spangled Banner,
which was featured as a 45 rpm B-side to her most famous hit, God Bless America.
It's A Lovely Day Tomorrow has the typical big-band sound, where
Blues In The Night is a song most famous recorded by black artists in
the 1930s-1940s ("My Mama Then Told Me...") Compared to the remaining songs
on this album, Blues In The Night is unusual of Kate Smith's musical
(All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings is a smooth-sounding ballad
with a touch of the big-band sound, as if it was a romantic Frank Sinatra or
Bing Crosby tune. Seems Like Old Times is another big-band tune, in
the style of The Mills Brothers and/or The Ink Spots. The gentle musical
arrangement is definitely of the big-band sound. When Day Is Done is
more of an opera-styled song, with some very beautiful string arrangements.
The standard I Don't Want To Walk Without You is here, as her
version is just as good as the regular artists who recorded it before Kate
Smith and after. A Nightingale Sang In Berkeley Square is another smooth
crooner, as My Heart Sings and I Don't Want To Walk Without You.
If I Had My Way is also another crooner, with a well-done big-band
arrangement. Another standard, (There'll Be Bluebirds Over) The White Cliffs
Of Dover is another great big-band arrangement song.
And ending this small 10-song compilation, is The Star-Spangled Banner,
for the American patriot in all of us, as it reminds us of how great this song
is, and with Kate Smith's God Bless America also in mind.
For the big-band favorite, this compilation is for you. (By the way,
I'll give credit where credit-is-due: the band orchestration was under the
direction of Jack Miller for this album.) Each song is in the style of soft,
crooning, and romantic. Other female artists in comparison
here are Doris Day, Dinah Shore and Judy Garland. As any performer,
Kate Smith was unique in her own style of singing, and after listening to
this album, we all agree that Kate Smith is what made America great in her
rendition of political anthems like The Star-Spangled Banner, and
especially God Bless America, (which is NOT included in this
album). But even for the 1940s big-band fan, It's A Lovely Day is
still enjoyable in capturing the sound that once dominated the world back in
the World War II days; in the late 1990s, big-band music is beginning to
make a comeback. Big-band music may be a thing of the past, but it's always
great to jump back in time, listen to it and enjoy it once again.
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