STILL A GYPSY

Toni Lamond, vocal,
accompaniment directed by
Ron Creager

Lolly Legs 932617200000
(distribution, ph: +61 2 9391 4942)

TONI Lamond had her first lessons in show business watching her parents perform, and there isn't much she hasn't accomplished in a distinguished career in TV, cabaret and the musical stage. It's taken her all over the world - hence the album title - and she seems to improve with age.

Singing Sisters
Singing sisters: Toni Lamond (left) and Helen Reddy.
The dozen tracks are a splendid example of Lamond's skills at selling a song and an object lesson in diction, timing and making the absolute most of your vocal talents. A real highlight is Breezin' Along With The Breeze, in which she is joined for the first time on disc by half-sister Helen (I Am Woman) Reddy for a jokey, light-hearted duet in which their voices blend marvellously. And a bouncy big-band arrangement of Stomp lets Lamond and Kerrie Biddell unleash the sort of energy that would do credit to someone half Toni's age. Swanee and Old Folks At Home are combined in a gently swinging arrangement and it's nice to hear unfashionable songs such as Ragtime Cowboy Joe and St Louis Blues done with such affection. Santa Fe adds a reflective note, and music theatre is represented by the haunting Lost In The Stars, by Kurt Weill and Maxwell Anderson, and Throw It Away, an amusing song about letting go of the past, a reject from Schmidt and Jones's I Do! I Do! Quality arrangements throughout cap an excellent album.

(From Showbiz Column by Jim Murphy)

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