Jeannie Carson

The Girl With S.Q.

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The "S.Q." in the rather inscrutable title of British stage actress Jeannie Carson's lone LP signifies "star quality," and while Carson's wattage wasn't enough to guarantee a recording career past this 1968 LP, it's nevertheless an appealingly anachronistic throwback to the golden era of postwar British pop. Paired with arranger Harry Robinson, Carson hopscotches her way through a series of styles spanning from cabaret to music hall to jazz, with few if any concessions to contemporary pop demands. All told, it's a charming if forgettable effort, recommended primarily to show tune aficionados. [Dutton Vocalion's remastered 2004 reissue adds a pair of bonus tracks: "I Don't Know the Words" and "Another Love."]

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