POLLY BERGEN - ALL ALONE BY THE TELEPHONE (1959) MP3/Flac

alt1. All Alone
2. Something Wonderful
3. Glad to Be Unhappy
4. Too Late Now
5. He Didn't Call
6. Spring Is Here
7. By Myself
8. When the Wind Was Green
9. It's Easy to Remember
10. Not Like Me
11. I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
12. I'm Glad There Is You

All Alone by the Telephone pairs Polly Bergen with arranger Luther Henderson to create a deeply melancholy song cycle that explores romantic estrangement and isolation from a refreshingly adult perspective. Bergen's dusky, world-weary vocals never resort to histrionics, finding their mode of expression in restraint, not release -- her thoughtful interpretations of material like "Glad to Be Unhappy," "Too Late Now," and "By Myself" strip the songs to their core, articulating their themes of loss with hard-fought maturity. Henderson's sympathetic, meticulous arrangements are no less essential to the album's uncommon sophistication. ~ Jason Ankeny, All Music Guide

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