That's Just the Way I Want to Be

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That's Just the Way I Want to Be
Blossom dearie that's just the way i want to be.jpg
Studio album by Blossom Dearie
Released 1970
Recorded 1970
Genre Jazz
Label Fontana
Producer Pete King for Ronnie Scott Directions Ltd.
Blossom Dearie chronology
Soon It's Gonna Rain
That's Just the Way I Want to Be
Blossom Dearie Sings
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]

That's Just the Way I Want to Be is a 1970 (see 1970 in music) album by Blossom Dearie. It is noteworthy among her recordings in that, for the first time, the focus is on Dearie as a songwriter with her co-writing nine of the album's 12 tracks). She took the opportunity to pay tribute to some of her well-known contemporaries: John Lennon (the object of her praise in "Hey John"), Georgie Fame and Dusty Springfield. The last song, "I Like London In The Rain", contains an opening breakbeat that has been sampled by hip hop producers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "That's Just the Way I Want to Be" – 3:48
  2. "Long Daddy Green" (Blossom Dearie, Dave Frishberg) – 3:23
  3. "Sweet Surprise" – 3:18
  4. "Hey John" – 3:31
  5. "Sweet Georgie Fame" (Dearie, Sandra Harris) – 3:24
  6. "Both Sides Now" (Joni Mitchell) – 3.19
  7. "Dusty Springfield" (Dearie, Jim Council, Norma Tanega) – 1.55
  8. "Will There Really Be a Morning" (John Wallowitc, Emily Dickinson) – 3.07
  9. "I Know the Moon" – 3:28
  10. "Inside a Silent Tear" (Dearie, Peter King) – 2:16
  11. "Yesterday When I Was Young" (Charles Aznavour, Herbert Kretzmer) – 5:11
  12. "I Like London in the Rain" – 2:39

All songs by Blossom Dearie and Jim Council, except as indicated.