Although she is probably best remembered for "Angel on My Shoulder" and a highly affective take of Vince Guaraldi's "Cast Your Fate to the Wind," Shelby Flint recorded a trio of long-players during the 1960s for the burgeoning Valiant Records label. This double-disc anthology gathers together her debut, Shelby Flint (1961), Shelby Flint Sings Folk (1963), and Cast Your Fate to the Wind (1966); all are offered on CD for the first time here. Armed with a decidedly mature voice, her earliest effort sounds like a cross between Joni James and the less dramatic Joan Baez. Her first outing is marked by the addition of the aforementioned Top 30 hit "Angel on My Shoulder," as well as 11 other well-chosen covers and adaptations of standards, including Lerner & Loewe's "Heather on a Hill," a heartfelt "Danny Boy," and "Joey," a ballad of youthful unreciprocated affection. Shelby Flint Sings Folk (1963) sustained her interest in traditional music; her readings of "Sinner Man," "House of the Rising Sun," "The Cuckoo," and "Tell Old Bill" are among the finest borne of the female folk balladeer genre. Flint's final LP, Cast Your Fate to the Wind (1966), contains sides bathed in a slightly baroque sensibility. This permeates the Addrisi Brothers' "Bluebird," the Beatles' "Yesterday," and the title track, which became a minor hit. "Softly as I Leave You" presents Flint with a more adult contemporary persona than her previous pair of LPs. This is a double-edged sword, as the youth market -- to whom she was targeted -- were not biting, and the better-suited and older pop audience probably did not get another chance to hear Flint. Sadly, she all but dropped out of the biz after being rejected by Warner Bros. when they took over Valiant Records in the late 1960s. In 2003, this 33-song anthology was issued by Collectors' Choice Music, restoring these classics in their entirety and effectively reintroducing Flint to generations of new listeners.
AllMusic Review by Lindsay Planer
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