Steve Conway (born Walter James Groom in the working-class East London neighborhood of Bethnal Green) was the new Al Bowlly to British audiences of the '40s, a smooth crooner who straddled that thin line between big-band jazz balladry and the more straight-laced world of "light orchestral" easy listening. However, Conway fell much more into the latter category than Bowlly, thanks to the Mantovani-like swelling orchestral backing of songs like "Mona Lisa" (which Conway recorded long before Nat King Cole did) and "Autumn Leaves," but he had a similarly light vocal touch. Conway never sounds mannered or precious on these 24 tracks, even when the arrangements behind him descend into easy listening mush. Conway, who died of heart failure in 1952 at the age of 31, recorded fewer than 50 sides during his brief career, and all of his best songs, including his signature hit, "My Foolish Heart," are collected here.
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AllMusic Review by Stewart Mason
feat: Peter Yorke