Thursday, 19 December 2013
Yummy, Yummy, Yummy - Julie London
So how did Julie 'Cry Me a River' London fare during this period? On this 1969 album, and her final for Liberty, we can find out. The thing is, Julie didn't really do 'fast'. She was pretty much stuck on the 'slow and sultry' setting. At best, she could work her way up to 'moderate'. So here, everything is slower than you're used to. This is fine on something like 'Light My Fire' as that's always being bloody slowed down, but 'The Mighty Quinn' is practically soporific, and seeing as it is the most inherently un-sexy composition this side of the Frog Song, 'sultry' isn't much use here. The bubblegum title track is taken to somewhere that lies beyond ideas of 'good' and 'bad', while 'Louie Louie' has never rocked less, and having such a gloriously stupid song sung as if it means something can only end badly. The version of 'Hushabye Mountain' here, however, is definitive.