Something Wonderful (Nancy Wilson album)

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Something Wonderful
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Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 1960
RecordedMay 1960[1]
VenueLos Angeles
StudioCapitol
GenreVocal jazz
Length29:57
LabelCapitol
ProducerDave Cavanaugh, Tom Morgan
Nancy Wilson chronology
Like in Love
(1959)
Something Wonderful
(1960)
The Swingin's Mutual!
(1961)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[2]
The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz4/5 stars[3]

Something Wonderful was the second album by the American vocalist Nancy Wilson, it was released in October 1960 by Capitol Records, and arranged by Billy May. [4]

As with her debut album on the label, Like in Love, she was teamed up with Billy May, one of its star arrangers, who had come to prominence through his outstanding work with such singers as Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra.

The album spawned one of Wilson's all-time signature songs, "Guess Who I Saw Today". Another highlight was "What a Little Moonlight Can Do", which was, as critic Pete Welding wrote in his liner notes to the 1996 three-CD set Ballads, Blues & Big Bands: The Best of Nancy Wilson, "a song so closely associated with the sublime Billie Holiday (that) few would even have attempted it, let alone brought it off so well, with just the right blend of lightheartedness and sincerity."

In 2003, the UK label EMI Gold re-issued Something Wonderful on a 2-for-1 CD, coupled with its natural companion, Like in Love.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Teach Me Tonight" (Gene de Paul, Sammy Cahn) – 2:51
  2. "This Time the Dream's on Me" (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) – 2:19
  3. "I'm Gonna Laugh You Out of My Life" (Cy Coleman, Joseph Allen McCarthy) – 2:40
  4. "I Wish You Love" (Léo Chauliac, Charles Trenet) – 2:00
  5. "Guess Who I Saw Today" (Murray Grand, Elisse Boyd) – 3:27
  6. "If Dreams Come True" (Edgar Sampson, Benny Goodman) – 1:49
  7. "What a Little Moonlight Can Do" (Harry M. Woods) – 2:27
  8. "The Great City" (Curtis Lewis) – 2:43
  9. "He's My Guy" (Gene de Paul, Don Raye) – 2:28
  10. "Something Happens to Me" (Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal) – 1:58
  11. "Call It Stormy Monday (But Tuesday Is Just as Bad)" (T-Bone Walker) – 2:28
  12. "Something Wonderful Happens" (Del Guerico, Gamse, Thorn) – 2:47

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Mirtle, Jack (1998). The music of Billy May: a discography. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press. ISBN 0313307393. OCLC 39533915.
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2004). "Nancy Wilson". The Virgin Encyclopedia of Jazz (Rev Upd ed.). Virgin Books. p. 941. ISBN 1852271833.
  4. ^ Something Wonderful at AllMusic