Doris Dayâ€™s success as an actress in the 1960s has often eclipsed her earlier renown as a vocalist, but it was with the big bands of the 1940s that she first became a star. Though her films fell out of step with the social changes of the late 60s, she found renewed success on television, and it was amid this transition that she returned to the studio to record a set of standards, newly orchestrated by Sid Feller. Having just parted ways with her longtime label, Columbia, the independently produced album was shopped around without success, and shelved until the UK Vision label dug it out of the vault in 1994. A 2006 reissued added three bonus tracks recorded in 1970 for a 1971 television special, and itâ€™s that fourteen-track lineup thatâ€™s reproduced here.
Even with rock and pop having been pushed Tin Pan Alley off the radio, itâ€™s hard to imagine there wasnâ€™t a market for these superb performances. Day takes the songs at pensive tempos that highlight her superb control and the sweet tone of her voice. Fellerâ€™s use of a rhythm section, string quartet and woodwind player may have been motivated by economics, but it also created a perfect pocket for the vocals. The sound is full, but doesnâ€™t require Day to compete with the arrangements. Dayâ€™s selections drew heavily from the songs she heard as a child, and the bonus tracks rework two of her catalog icons â€œItâ€™s Magicâ€ and â€œSentimental Journey.â€ Liner notes by Will Friedwald round out a great package. [Â©2016 Hyperbolium]