June Christie : The Cool School

June Christie : The Cool School


June Christie (vocals) with the Joe Castro Quartet : Joe Castro (piano, celeste), Howard Roberts (guitar), Leroy Vinnegar (bass), Larry Bunker (drums, vibraphone, bongos)

recorded in 1960

Capitol 1398

Pure Pleasure Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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A1 - Give A Little Whistle
A2 - The Magic Window
A3 - Baby's Birthday Party
A4 - When You Wish Upon A Star
A5 - Baubles, Bangles And Beads
A6 - Aren't You Glad You're You
B1 - Kee-Mo Ky-Mo
B2 - Scarlet Ribbons
B3 - Looking For a Boy
B4 - Small Fry
B5 - Ding Dong! The Witch Is Dead
B6 - Swinging On A Star

The Cool School remains the most complex and contradictory album in the June Christy catalog: a collection of children's music crafted without sentimentality or saccharine, it brilliantly articulates the confusion, isolation, and yearning that form the core of childhood experience. 

Equally surprising, the arrangements are the most direct and unadorned of Christy's career, eschewing horns and cotton-candy fluff to focus squarely on her crisp, nimble vocals and the Joe Castro Quartet's driving rhythms. Familiar songs like "Swinging on a Star" and "Looking for a Boy" are stripped of artifice to recapture their innate power and mystery. In short, The Cool School celebrates the intelligence of children, and refuses to pander to audiences of any age.                                                                                              Jason Ankeny/AMG