Multiple styles displayed on Holly Cole´s 1993 sophomore album
Mastered by Bernie Grundman from the original master tapes
Plating and 180-gram vinyl pressing by Quality Record Pressings!
Old-style gatefold tip-on jacket by Stoughton Printing
Holly Cole brings her own dimension to the tradition of cabaret, a strong voice that´s still capable of nuance, an ear for quirky repertoire, and a light touch that keeps some of these performances floating just at the edge of irony.
On her second album, 1993´s Don´t Smoke in Bed, Cole explores varied musical styles, adding pop, blues, country and a French ballad to her standard, low-key jazz. It´s a favorite of ours, which is why for this Analogue Productions reissue we´ve given it the reissue treatment it deserves. Bernie Grundman did the mastering, from the original analog tapes, at his Los Angeles studio, giving this release a spectacular foundation. Plating and pressing on 200-gram heavyweight vinyl was done by Gary Salstrom and crew at Quality Record Pressings, makers of the world´s finest-sounding LPs. Lastly we wrapped up the whole package in a premium gatefold tip-on jacket from Stoughton Printing. There´s nothing but aces in this smokin´ hot reissue and the quality shines through.
Holly´s delivery of more traditional fare shines on Cole Porter´s witty "Get Out of Town" and Kurt Weill´s torchy "Je Ne T´aime Pas," while she brings clarity, power, and anthemic passion to the surprising treatment of Johnny Nash´s "I Can See Clearly Now." She´s generally well supported in this intimate set by pianist Aaron Davis and bassist Davd Piltch, while there´s sparing and effective use of strings. There are fine guest spots by tenor saxophonist Joe Henderson, on "Everyday Will Be Like a Holiday," and David Lindley, whose steel guitar contributes to the strange country music of "Don´t Let the Teardrops Rust Your Shining Heart."