The often-overlooked vocalist Gloria Lynne made a series of bold, luscious recordings in the early 1960s.
Her music, full of pop pageantry and soulful drama, was a fitting soundtrack to the times.
Eighteen of those songs, including her signature number "I Wish You Love," have been assembled in "Gloria Lynne: The Greatest Hits." The new collection features songs culled from the singer’s prolific years with the Everest label.
The Harlem-born Lynne sang as a teen-ager at the famed Apollo and recorded with Everest early in her career. Although an outstanding singer, Lynne would eventually slip into obscurity. Her up-and-down career featured a comeback in the 1990s. Her Everest recordings, however, remain her defining music.
The new CD serves to remind us about Lynne’s power and versatility. Her skillful touch with a ballad can be heard on "Serenade in Blue," and her ability to groove on a soul tune is demonstrated on "Tower of Strength." Other notable selections on the disc include "June Night," "I Should Care," "I’m Glad There is You," and "Try a Little Tenderness."
Fans of Lynne’s silky voice, which is showcased by big productions, will no doubt enjoy the disc. The CD is also a good introduction to those who are not familiar with Lynne.