Hand picked records important to the history of Soul Strut.
Blossom Dearie has that cutesy, jazzy thing going on with her voice that make Japanese collectors take notice. It was a toss up between her independently released 1973 LP Blossom Dearie Sings vs. this one as to which to add to the archive. While Blossom Dearie Sings got that warm Rhodes vibe going for it (check the cut "I'm Shadowing You"), 1970s That's Just The Way I Want To Be has got one of the hardest cuts in existence sung by someone with such soft vocals! The lead off cut "I Like London in the Rain" could be right off a Cypress Hill record until the silky smooth vox of Blossom Dearie pipes in about her fondness for precipitation in the UK's epicenter of activity. The rest of the album is OK if you like vocal jazz, but good golly this track is an all time banger and deserves to be filed.