These two LPs are naturals for the two-fer treatment, since both are special features: the first for Doris Day backed by a children's chorus on fun singalong songs, the second a rare gospel session. Day's voice, usually clear as crystal and warm as a summer sunrise, doesn't disappoint anywhere here, and although the material could be termed ...Read MoreThese two LPs are naturals for the two-fer treatment, since both are special features: the first for Doris Day backed by a children's chorus on fun singalong songs, the second a rare gospel session. Day's voice, usually clear as crystal and warm as a summer sunrise, doesn't disappoint anywhere here, and although the material could be termed substandard, it is perfect for her -- especially on the children's record. A&R on the date makes for some well-chosen songs, including "High Hopes" and "The Inch-Worm." The gospel record is surprisingly devout, with around half the songs (usually the hymns) backed only by an organ, while the slightly less religious, more inspirational material (like "You'll Never Walk Alone") gets good treatment as well. ~ John Bush, RoviRead Less
This is a very unique Doris Day album. Sony Music has chosen to rerelease some of Doris's LP's in a 2 for 1 album on CD and this is one of them. The first album is "With a Smile and a Song". I call this 'the children's album', but it is by no means just for children. In 1964 Doris went into the studio combined with a very sweet sounding group of children and recorded this album "live". In other words, Doris recorded singing with the children recording in real time, as compared to singing to prerecorded tracks onto which she sang the vocal as she started doing on her records circa 1961. This record is a thoroughly enjoyable album and one of my favorites of Doris.
The second half of this CD is Doris's turn at singing inspirational songs. I call this Doris's 'religious album' , but it is more than just religious songs for it is a combination of both religious and other secular inspirational songs. Doris has chosen on this 1962 album to sing in a totally different style than she ever had before. Technically she begins her vibrato, (the style of pitch variations when holding a music tone), as soon as she sings the note; giving it a more classical sound. This is the only record in Doris's career on which she sings in this very appropriate music style and she does it beautifully.
If you decide to purchase this double album CD you are sure to be entranced by the wonderfully intimate voice of the ever popular songstress Miss Doris Day. Enjoy! Gary R. Brown