Offered for sale is a Japanese pressing of Positively the Most by Joanie Sommers, including the original obi.
This copy has been autographed by Ms. Sommers – “Much Love Always, Joanie Sommers.” We acquired this album from an autograph collector who obtained the autograph in person.
About this copy: This copy of Positively the Most is a 1972 Japanese pressing of an album that was originally released in 1960.
The cover is M-, with a small corner dent but no wear. The obi is M-. The insert is M-. Two tiny stickers resembling flowers have been attached to the front cover; we believe they were put there by Ms. Sommers when she signed the LP.
The disc is M- and has a single spindle mark on one label. It’s likely been played once. While the disc has stock green Warner Brothers labels, there is a faint promo stamp on the side one label.
A nice example of a terrific record.
Background: Released in 1960, Positively the Most was the debut album by then-teenaged singer Joanie Sommers. Rather than market her as a “teen singer,” Warner Brothers paired her up with experienced jazz musicians and tailored her material to more adult audiences.
That led to albums that got great reviews, but today, she’s best remembered for two things – her hit “Johnny Get Angry,” which reached #7 on the U.S. singles charts in 1962, and her 1965 non-hit, “Don’t Pity Me,” which sold poorly but which now sells for up to $1000 to collectors of Northern Soul.
Joanie Sommers was not so modestly heralded on the front album jacket as “the greatest discovery in singing…in the last fifteen years,” and her debut did reveal a vivacious vocalist exhibiting a tremendous amount of depth for someone still in her teens. Released in 1960, Positively the Most consists of a dozen Great American Songbook entries with distinct arrangements by the top-shelf talents of Tommy Oliver and Marty Paich. Rather than attempting to market Sommers as an old-style balladeer, the smart jazz and pop scores not only update the familiar titles, but likewise provide the perfect point of departure for the singer and her audience alike.
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|Country of origin:||Japan|
|Record Label:||Warner Brothers|
|Year of Release:||1972|