For his second seasonal collection, recorded in 1969 (following 1964's ), took a more eclectic, contemporary approach, including spiritual (if not specifically holiday) songs like the socially conscious (which posited a multi-racial Christ child) and the recent hit was also given a gospel arrangement, while was rendered a cappella with chorus.
A beautiful and deeply felt tribute to the legendary French chanson , captures at the nadir of his fame and the zenith of his talent, eschewing glitz and glamour to create the most mature and focused album of his career. 's maudlin, theatrical approach fits like a glove, and with the invaluable assistance of arranger , he fully inhabits the songs' world-weary romanticism.
In 1999, released , which contained two complete albums - (1963, originally released on ) and (1965, originally released on ) - by on one compact disc.
The match-up of neo-pop crooner with composer is a felicitous one, especially given that this album was recorded in Paris with arranging and conducting. The result is that the treatment of familiar songs such as and is less gimmicky than usual: and slow down, and treat in a more melancholy-than-usual manner.
This double-disc from Universal gathers 34 tracks by including and Casual listeners will be satisfied with the track selection, while longtime fans will undoubtedly already own this material.
At 49, continued to try to make records that balanced the classic pop he had begun singing in the early 1960s with the contemporary pop/rock that had swamped him soon thereafter. This independent-label release managed a good mix of standards like and and recent, complementary material such as 's and 's
If you are familiar with the theme, you know the bell-toned baritone of . His clarity in rendering a ballad is well applied in this album of standards. These 1992 recordings sound remarkably fresh, even though the tunes are 60-70 years old and have been recorded countless times. simultaneously presents them as cabaret performances and as art songs.
Featuring 18 songs, including "The Impossible Dream", "Call Me Irresponsible", and "Lollipops and Roses", Greatest Hits is the definitive Jack Jones collection.