Mrs. Miller

Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits

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Hollywood suburban housewife and a founder of the Foothill Drama and Choral Society, Elva Miller "graced" the world for a few years with her operatic, warbling voice. Depending on your mood and taste in music, you might find Miller either a major annoyance or a novelty act worth hearing. She sang many styles of popular music, as evidenced on this album, including her remake of "Downtown"; she also delves into show tunes and other contemporary pop music. She often speeds ahead of the instrumental accompaniment (e.g., "My Love"), extends the life of a syllable past its original intent (e.g., "Let's Hang On") or sings enthusiastically louder than necessary (e.g., "Chim Chim Cher-ee"). "The Shadow of Your Smile" adds another touch of novelty as it begins with an organ passage sounding as though it came straight from a funeral home. The liner notes of the album inform the reader that Miller's theoretical use of ice to achieve "utmost pitch" when whistling is being used at "several midwestern schools," and that this record would be a "most interesting voice for your record collection." That's a decision each listener will have to make.

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