Doris Day

Blue Skies

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The intention of this 20-track British compilation seemed to be to establish Doris Day as a singer of standards, since the selection eschewed her hits in favor of titles like "Stardust," "Singin' in the Rain," and the title song, as well as compositions by Fields and McHugh, the Gershwins, Rodgers & Hart, and Whiting and Donaldson. (There was a recording of her breakthrough hit with Les Brown, "Sentimental Journey," but it was not the hit version.) The point was well-made; relieved of the duty to be cute and coy on the kind of forgettable pop she usually recorded, Day responded, turning in smart interpretations of these much-performed tunes over spare arrangements. (Confusingly enough, 18 of the tracks found here are also featured, in different sequence, on the similarly titled 22-track British compilation Blue Skies: Doris Day at Her Best issued the same year on Castle Communications' Kaz label.)

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