Doris Day's career has gone through so many stages that the starlet's movie fans might be surprised to discover her many jazz and pop sides at the local record shop. Not really a jazz singer in the Sarah Vaughn and Ella Fitzgerald sense, Day made her vocalizing name as a perpetually fresh-scrubbed singer of intimate ballads and pep rally swingers -- not to mention a good share of marginalia. Her flexibility and command always came through, though, whether her voice was awash in a slow, sentimental string arrangements or buoyed along by lively horn charts. After hitting the big time singing with Les Brown's orchestra and starting a successful acting career in the '40s, Day spent most of the '50s releasing novelty sides and standards collections like this one. Featuring mostly strings and some vocal backdrops, Day Dreams goes heavy on the hazy balladry and "girl alone" fare Day excelled at. Highlights include "You're My Thrill," "Bewitched," and "Imagination."
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AllMusic Review by Stephen Cook