The Best of Julie London

CD Review

Perhaps because I have been reading James Gavin's new
biography of Chet Baker, the late Julie London strikes me more and more as the distaff face of 1950s cool. Like Baker, London was no extrovert, and her voice was never the most expressive instrument; yet there is a curiously haunting quality to her pop-jazz ballads. For all the cheesecake photography on her original album covers - pitched somewhere between Jayne Mansfield and Diana Dors - her recordings often evoke a sense of reserve rather than unbridled passion. Other singers possessed more vitality and a greater capacity to swing; few spoke as softly in the twilight hours.

The Sunday Times

July 7, 2002

By Clive Davis