Jane Morgan - Jane In Spain (Sepia)
JANE MORGAN - JANE IN SPAIN (SEPIA 1147)
1. THE MOON WAS YELLOW
3. PERHAPS, PERHAPS, PERHAPS
5. YOU BELONG TO MY HEART
8. I GET IDEAS
9. BE MINE TONIGHT
10. WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MADE
11. LET ME LOVE YOU TONIGHT
12. MAGIC IS THE MOONLIGHT
13. HAPPY ANNIVERSARY
14. C’EST LA VIE, C’EST L’AMOUR
15. THE SOUND OF MUSIC
16. I’M IN LOVE
17. I’M NEW AT THE GAME
18. LOVE IS LIKE CHAMPAGNE
19. WITH OPEN ARMS
20. CLIMB EVERY MOUNTAIN
21. WAS IT DAY, WAS IT NIGHT?
22. MY FOOLISH HEART
23. IT’S BEEN A LONG, LONG TIME
24. IF ONLY I COULD LIVE MY LIFE AGAIN
Title: Jane In Spain
Artists: Jane Morgan
Catalogue No.: SEPIA 1147
Release Date: 11 May 2010
On this album we get a glimpse of Jane Morgan’s exotic side. The bulk of Jane in Spain consists of Latin music, recorded in a mixture of the original Spanish lyrics and English translations. Throughout the collection, she truly engages with the Latin style of the music, as well as showing her versatility as an interpreter.
Some of the tunes here will be familiar to British and American audiences under different English-language titles. For instance, ‘Quizas, Quizas, Quizas’ became a hit for both Doris Day and Nat King Cole as ‘Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps’, and ‘Solamente Una Vez’ is better known as ‘You Belong to My Heart’, which became the basis for a chart hit for Bing Crosby in 1945, while Lara’s famous ‘Granada’ has been sung by everyone from Frank Sinatra to The Three Tenors. And yet, with her unmistakeable timbre and fine musicianship, Jane Morgan makes all these songs absolutely her own.
She also revels in the seductive ‘The Moon Was Yellow’, and romances her way through ‘Perfidia’. Dance rhythms are central to this collection. ‘What a Difference A Day Made’ is a bolero and ‘I Get Ideas’ is a tango from 1927, with music by the Argentinian composer Julio Cesar Sanders.
Four further classics complete the Latin portion of the CD. The highly rhythmic ‘Adios’ finds Morgan in a laid-back mood, while ‘Be Mine Tonight’, begins with a dramatic declamatory passage against tremolo guitars and is impressive for Morgan’s expressive use of vibrato to add to the sultry atmosphere. ‘Let Me Love You Tonight’ is given the seductive touch by Morgan, while ‘Magic is the Moonlight’ begins as one of the most restrained performances on the album, eventually building via a strong modulation to a rousing finish.
After this bevy of hot Latin music, we’re treated to a selection of records, many of which find Morgan back on the home territory of American songbook classics.