Stacey Kent - Dreamsville
Stacey Kent - Dreamsville
Stacey Kent - Dreamsville
Stacey Kent - Dreamsville

Stacey Kent - Dreamsville

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Jim Tomlinson (tenor saxophone, clarinet, flute), Colin Oxley (guitar), David Newton (piano), Simon Thorpe (bass), Jasper Kviberg (drums)

1 LP, standard sleeve

Original analog Master tape : YES

Heavy Press : 180g

Record color : black

Speed : 33 RPM

Size : 12'’



Record Press : Pallas

Label : Pure Pleasure Records

Original Label : Candid

Recorded at Curtis Schwartz Studios, Ardingly, England 19th to 21st June 2000 by Curtis Schwartz

Produced by Jim Tomlinson

Remasterd by Ray Staff at Alchemy Studios, Soho, London U.K

Originally released in 2000

Reissued in May 2007

Tracks :

Side A :

1. I've Got A Crush On You
2. When Your Lover Has Gone
3. Isn't It A Pity?
4. You Are There
5. Under A Blanket Of Blue
6. Dreamsville

Side B :

1. Polka Dots And Moonbeams
2. Hushabye Mountain
3. Little Girl Blue
4. You're Looking At Me
5. Violets For Your Furs
6. Thanks For The Memory


« Vocalist Stacey Kent may or may not be "the greatest ballad singer in half a century," as her PR claims, but her straightforward renditions of these by-request ballads are not at all generic. What makes them consistently delightful is her unique sound and delivery. There's a certain brassiness, a trumpet-like pointedness, in her voice, as well as a host of endearing idiosyncrasies. Listen to her pronounce the word "idea" in George and Ira Gershwin's "Isn't It a Pity?" Or deliver these remarkable lyrics from the same song: "What joys untasted!/You, reading Heine/Me, somewhere in China." And later, "My nights were sour, spent with Schopenhauer." Kent knows how to make every tune fit her own musical persona. Dreamsville includes a number of seldom-heard gems, particularly "You Are There" by Johnny Mandel and Dave Frishberg, "You're Looking at Me" by Bobby Troup, and the ever-stunning title track by Henry Mancini. She also presents perennial favorites like "Polka Dots and Moonbeams" and "Thanks for the Memory" (the latter not exactly a ballad). And although this is Kent's hour all the way, her band provides expert backing and more than a few surprises. The singer's husband, Jim Tomlinson, takes a break from tenor sax to play a sumptuous clarinet solo on "Polka Dots." And in the midst of Rodgers & Hart's "Little Girl Blue," pianist David Newton, bassist Simon Thorpe, and drummer Jasper Kviberg fall away, entering again only after Tomlinson and Colin Oxley perform a hushed tenor/guitar duet chorus. » AllMusic Review by David R. Adler 


AllMusic : 3 / 5 , Discogs : 4.35 / 5 , 

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