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Fresh Flavor

Jane Morgan's New Approach to the Big Hits.

In every life there are seminal moments when things become clear and the future changes forever. For me, one of those moments came in 1986 when I bought this record for a quarter in Port Jefferson, NY. I had long since given up on popular music (my last favorite band, ABBA, hadn't had an album in years), and I was ready for my musical tastes to mature. When I popped on this record and heard Jane's swinging version of "Good Lovin'", an entire new world of music opened up for me. And I've been collecting records like this one ever since.

Jane Morgan was some sort of big-band singer in the 40's and 50's. I know because I found some old Jane Morgan albums at a thrift store once. Here, we find her applying that big-band style to the Big Hits of the day (I can't find a date on the album, but it looks late-60ish). This seems to have been a big thing among record executives for a number of years -- find some pre-Rock and Roll performer who's not quite pulling in the crowds anymore, and have them record their New Approach to that year's Top 10. Even Tony Bennett fell for it (see his "Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today" elsewhere on this site).

According to the liner notes on this album, "Every once in a while, even the most hardened control room crew lights up like a teenager meeting his or her idol for the first time. It happened quite recently in our studios when Jane Morgan sang a collection of contemporary hits, in her own very special style, for this new Epic album". Well, I have to admit that I lit up when I heard this record, too, though my motivations were somewhat different.

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Songs:

Good Lovin' (MP3) What all music might have been like if they had never invented Rock and Roll.
These Boots Are Made for Walkin' A classic tune, delivered in any even more classic style. So good it hurts.

See Also: Mrs. Miller's Greatest Hits, Tony Sings the Great Hits of Today

Your Comments:

Howie Clements (billysheerz@yahoo.com) says:
Is Ron (the guy below me) kidding? (04-25-2002)

Ron Harmon (ronaldharmon@att.net) says:
I have always been a huge fan of Jane. I also so her in St. Louis several times and have all of her vinyl recrods and now a couple of CD's. I just bought on VHS her appearence on the Hollywood Palace. She sings Funny World on that and a International Melody. Great fun!!!!! I have always been a fan too. (01-23-2002)

myeck says:
OK, someone else noticed that Jane's version of "Sounds of Silence" sounds like "Sixteen Tons" - I'm not imagining things! This is one of those classic "what were they thinking?" records from the 60s. Almost every arrangement is just plain wrong, wrong, wrong - in fact, the first time I heard her "Good Lovin'", during the second verse I actually *couldn't remember* what song she was singing! Crazy. (01-13-2002)

Tim (greeneyedfella@hotmail.com) says:
Has anyone mentioned that this Album is available on CD? It's combined with Jane's 1965 Album "In My Style..." on Collectables Records CD COL-CD-6639. "In My Style..." has Jane singing "older songs" (like "My Coloring Book" & "Till I Waltz Again With You") and a couple of "new" ones (like "Downtown" and "People") in her "style". You have not TRULY LIVED until you have heard her "We'll Sing in the Sunshine" with it's rolling harpsicord backup.
From "Fresh Flavor" the standout cut (in my opinion) is her version of "Sounds of Silence" which for some reason seems to be sung to the tune of Tennesse Ernie Ford's "16 Tons"...strange, but wonderful! (01-11-2002)

G-man says:
This record came out in 1966 (12-01-2001)

Ron Burns (rjburns@spectranet.ca) says:
I have this album. I am willing to sell to best offerer. I have just about all the albums listed on this site. My contact information is included. It's the way I do business: Ron Burns 550 CHILDS DR MILTON,ONTARIO,CANADA L9T 3P3 1-(905)-876-3245 (08-06-2001)

Roman Pativ says:
Good hair, nice limegreen jacket, and classic lounge vocals. What's not to like? Rock & roll is so over-rated anyway. (06-29-2001)

The Lone Beatnik (cujoe76@yahoo.com) says:
Bad jazz! Bad singing! Bad songs, this record has it all. (06-14-2001)

Jonathan Kranz (jonkranz@mediaone.net) says:
Amen to Bill Beckett. Jane buries the Dead! (06-08-2001)

David Piercy (piercydavid@hotmail.com) says:
Since I first 'discovered' FRANK'S VINYL, companies have been releasing Jane's early songs left and right on cd. I have yet to see anything from the RCA archives on cd...and the hit song by Jane is "A Girl Named Johnny Cash." Jane used those strong classically trained vocal cords to do country and she did it just right! Has anyone heard Jane sing "Hey, Jude" or "I Started A Joke"? What a treat. NOW ALL WE NEED IS A
N E W cd by Jane. (05-23-2001)

Bill Beckett (wjbeckett@snet.net) says:
I'd rather hear Jane sing Good Lovin' than those retards from the Grateful Dead. Jane Rocks! (05-20-2001)

John Bargas (jtbargas@cs.com) says:
What a beautiful arrangement of Good Lovin!! (I would've added the third exclamation point, but it fell into my martini and I couldn't grasp it to pull it out to post here. Maybe another time....) Jane's playful version of These Boots doesn't do BabyNancy's famous version justice, but I guess it's easier to cover the Rascals than it is the fille Sinatra, who seems better built for signification than tribute... (07-14-2000)

Mister B (mrblumeany@hotmail.com) says:
It's kind of sad these ballad singers got swept away by the times. She was good. But I guess, like hair bands in the 80's, everyone gets tired of hearing the same old thing for too long. (06-02-2000)

SueBri says:
Hmmmm..am I missing something here?..there are some real Jane fans it seems...ahhhh..now I know what I am missing...gotta get new shoes...no soul left..kinda like this LP.. (05-11-2000)

robert says:
ohh! that is soooo cool! (04-26-2000)

David Piercy (piercydavid@hotmail.com) says:
Wonder if anyone is aware that Jane recorded a French ep with these songs on it ( sung in French)...ELUSIVE BUTTERFLY, GOOD LOVIN', 1-2-3, and, A LOVER'S CONCERTO... Would love to see more of Jane's EPIC material on cd. Other fans invited to e.mail me...(piercydavid@hotmail.com) Thanks (04-25-2000)

David Piercy (piercydavid@hotmail.com) says:
P.S. Marginal Records in Belgium released a fine cd of JANE MORGAN's songs...a great sampling from the masters of all the record companies she recorded for...the title is "TIME" and is still available. The catalog number is MAR 061. There is only one error with the song labeling...a certain Spanish song is listed when in fact another one is on the cd. The cover of the cd is like that of the '50's lp, "Jane Morgan Time" and the back is the picture from the Kapp lp, "Jane In Spain." The cd is great for her long-time fans or for the newer ones. Also, Jane is planning the reissue of more Kapp material. Two of the cuts are, "Granada" and "Kisses Sweeter Than Wine." Thanks... (04-09-2000)

David Piercy (piercydavid@hotmail.com) says:
Jane Morgan is one of the truly fine singers with class and never in the tabloids. Jane is doing well and lives in Malibu, Ca. with her husband, film producer, Jerry Weintraub. I love the way Jane sings, "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" and SO many other great ones. I have all of Jane's lp's, several radio shows, a Christmas special, a civil defense ad and a huge scrapbook...and pics I took of Jane at her home. She is a super woman as well as the best singer around. (04-07-2000)

Flava Flave says:
Chuck D. and I will see yo ass in court Jane Morgan!!! (02-20-1999)

"Ruffy" says:
Not about Fresh Flavor as much as the artist ... was a fan when I was a kid in the 60's and have 18 of her albums (2 autographed) ... saw her in person twice and recall that her shows were good. She was a frequent guest on Ed Sullivan and the Tonight Show. I've always wondered what became of her. (01-17-1999)






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