Serenade – O Mio Babbino Caro.
Strictly speaking I should not include this album as I think of it as part of my classical music collection, but there are some non-classical tracks, so maybe it just sneaks in.
This track by Puccini is a wonderful illustration of the female voice at its best and Katherine is a great singer. Something different for those following my list of favourite music!
Gold Collection – Yesterday Once More.
When The Carpenters were at their peak, I thought they were too “middle of the road” and I never bought any albums by them. Of course, they have become classic of their style and I have to admit I was wrong and That Karen Carpenter’s voice is one of the best. They produce a lot of different styles of music and were really quite talented, which is well illustrated on this collection. It is interesting how Karen’s drumming skills, something well recognised at the time, has been diluted and lost by the passage of time.
This track is an absolute classic and wonderfully illustrates her voice as well as the musical ability of the duo. The song was often performed in a more rock and roll style, but this more ballad version is the best.
Corinne Bailey Rae – Put Your Records On.
I first heard Corinne on a Jools Holland show and was instantly taken by her voice, if you listen to the album you will see what I mean – a gentle almost innocent sound.
This track became a well-known hit for her and is somewhat different to many of the more gentle soul full tracks on the album, but I really like its cheerful rhythm. This is an album to listen to when feeling relaxed and wanting to chill out with a glass of wine (lol).