Nancy Holloway "Hello Dolly" Concert Hall, 1969
Because it contains her incredible cover of the Soul classic "Hurt so bad", this record is on the "want list" of quite a lot of people, but the fact is that few ever heard it entirely.
Born in the U.S.A. Nancy Holloway became famous in France in the mid sixties with her cover of the Bacharach classic "Don't make me over" renamed "T'en va pas comme ça" for the french market, she then began to perform on stage in France and abroad. she surely met Daniel Janin at the legendary "Olympia" of Paris, he was in charge of the orchestra there from 1961 to 1964.
In 1969 (or early1970, the exact date of recording remains unknown), both of them went to the german town of Cologne to record what you're about to hear.
One look at Nancy's discography tells us that this "Hello Dolly" LP is something special. It marks the end of her "Ye Ye" period.
I can't help but think of an other LP when i listen to it, Shirley Bassey's "Something", the album Johnny Harris produced and arranged. I think Daniel Janin succeeded where Johnny Harris failed. While the later push the strings section up in the mix, Daniel Janin put the Bass in front and this Bass has one of the most beautiful sound i've ever heard. Big, fat and groovy...
For more info and sound about Daniel Janin and Nancy Holloway, i greatly recommend the "Mélodie en Soul sol" compilation that the label Kif released in 2002.
...See you soon !
The zip file contains high resolution cover scans and tracks encoded at 192 kbps.