Gloria Lynne

I Can't Give You Anything But Love

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Collectables Records has already mined the 1959-1964 Gloria Lynne Everest Records catalog for a series of twofers, a couple of hits compilations, and a box set. Here, the reissue label takes a different tack in assembling a compilation, turning to the kind of selection other record companies often title "Love Songs." The concept is, of course, something of a conceit when it comes to a singer like Lynne, who sings practically nothing but love songs, but it does provide a means of putting together her takes on various standards, including two of her own chart hits, "I Wish You Love" and "Don't Take Your Love From Me." She is not always at her best interpreting show music, although her arrangers sometimes introduce novel elements, such as the organ that plays prominently in her version of "I Can't Give You Anything but Love." She does best when the material is more down to earth, seemingly having no idea how to handle a song like Lerner & Loewe's "Wouldn't It Be Loverly" from My Fair Lady (she re-orders some of the words, which doesn't help) or "Indian Love Call," but responding well to the emotional text of "Make the Man Love Me" and "You Don't Know What Love Is."

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