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September 2005

Gloria Lynne
I Wish You Love
Empire Music Group

I’ll confess that the particular appeal of Gloria Lynne, who burned bright and hot for a brief while in the mid-’60s, has always eluded me. Yes, she harnessed as much power as Dinah Washington and rivaled Sarah Vaughan’s impressive range. But with a tendency toward shrillness and emotional vacuity, she was never anywhere as interesting as either.

Over the years, Lynne has been widely credited with establishing the title track of this 1965 collection as an A-list standard. Solid as her performance is, it can’t hold a candle to the Keely Smith version recorded eight years earlier or the hard-swingin’ treatment concocted by Sinatra and Count Basie in ’64. Still, I Wish You Love is not without its pleasures, particularly an effectively reflective “You Don’t Know What Love Is” and an oddly enchanting “Indian Love Call.” (A technical footnote: The review copy I received, which seemed to be a finished version of the disc, proved utterly annoying by sequencing the songs in a completely different order than they’re listed on the back of the sleeve. Hopefully, this has been, or will be, fixed in subsequent pressings).

Originally published in September 2005
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