Smoky Illusion

The Age – Melbourne, Australia

October 5, 1967 – Thursday

From the Rack

Selected Records Reviewed in Brief

By Forester


Her close-ups now look as though they have been taken from a distance; there is a kindly blurred fuzz around the outline, but torchy singer Julie London still has the voice to lull the beast in tired company executives.

Almost doing for disc what Granny Dietrich has done for public appearance and film. Julie London’s recent release Nice Girls Don’t Stay For Breakfast (Liberty, stereo SLYL---932.458) is a throaty commentary of brittle songs about unrequited love.

Songs of the ‘twenties and ‘thirties. When I Grow Too Old To Dream, I’ve Got A Crush On You, Baby Won’t You Please Come Home, I Didn’t Know What Time It Was, You Go To My Head, Everything I Have is Yours --- to name a few. These are interpolated with sax, organ, trumpet, guitar and bass, interwoven with the gliding purrs of Miss London herself.

A fascinating, quizzical inclusion, is Mouseketeer’s song, Mickey Mouse --- steamed, marinated, smoked and highly seasoned.