Frankie Laine

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Frankie Laine would later become associated with both showy, commercial pop, and cowboy tunes like "Rawhide" and "High Noon," but in his early years he was a versatile voiced singer of jazzy melodies. The rhythm accompaniment on these tunes accentuates the free, swinging jazz ambience of these nine tracks. Laine's voice is a combination of the powerful blues-derived belting so evident in such contemporaries as Kay Starr, and the seductive crooning of rhythmic romancers like Nat Cole.

These qualities of blues and balladry are delightfully evident in "Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams," where his singing is sometimes forceful, and sometimes tender. The swing is in full force on "Coquette," and "I May Be Wrong." Even "I'm in the Mood for Love," normally a staid ballad, is transformed by Laine's infectious timing.

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