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Collection  - The Kings Singers - 1972
Label: EMI One-Up OU 2118 (UK)
Format: LP
From: UK
My rating: 5/10

Entered: 07/20/2002
Last updated: 05/03/2003

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This is quite an entertaining record. The Kings singers are an incredibly unhip singing group, founded by choral scholars at King's College, Cambridge in the late 60s. The group is actually still going today, although with new members. I bought this record solely on the basis of the version of 'Apres un Reve', which is a beautiful Faure tune that I used to play (badly) on the 'cello. The rest of the LP is pop tunes, performed with a mixture of lead and wordless vocals.

Although hardly my favorite record of all time, this has its moments. There are a couple of Michel Legrand-penned tracks, the better of which is 'watch me', which has a breezy feel to it that is reminiscent of Free Design and Roger Nichols (although the really goofy passage at the end kind of ruins it for me). However, the real vocal group influence for this group seems to be the Swingle Singers.

I wish the sound was jazzy, but it's an interesting hybrid all the same. In particular, the weird version of 'A taste of honey' is interesting, with its heavy drums and bizarre-sounding low vocals.

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