$ 75.00 USD $ 86.00 USD
Laura Ainsworth - Necessary Evil Bundle
$ 75.00 USD $ 86.00 USD
Laura Ainsworth - Top Shelf Bundle
$ 12.00 USD
1. Love for Sale
2. An Occasional Man
3. Necessary Evil
4. Just Give Me a Man
5. Hooray for Love
6. That's How I Got My Start
7. Out of This World
8. That's the Kind of Guy I Dream Of
9. Wasting My Love on You
Laura Ainsworth achieved a lifelong dream by finally appearing on the medium of her idols with Top Shelf, a 180-gram, virgin vinyl best-of LP, pressed by Hand Drawn Pressing. MP3 download card is included.
Remastered for vinyl by renowned engineer Kent Stump of Crystal Clear Sound in Dallas, Top Shelf features 10 of Laura’s personal favorites from her first three albums, showcasing a variety of styles.
Tracks include her smoky, after-midnight take on Cole Porter’s “Love For Sale”…the sexy island fantasy of “An Occasional Man,” complete with surf sounds and tropical bird calls…the big band blast of “Necessary Evil”…her exotic, world jazz reimagining of “Out of This World”…the sensuous noir feel of the long-forgotten early Frank Loesser gem, “That’s How I Got My Start”…and five more outstanding cuts from her critically-acclaimed catalog, all in the rich, warm tones of high-quality audiophile vinyl.
$ 12.00 USD
1. That's How I Got My Start
2. I'll Take Romance
3. Where Did The Magic Go?
4. An Occasional Man
5. Wasting My Love On You
7. A Little Jive Is Good For You
8. The Man I Love Is Gone
9. All About You
10. Nothing Can Replace A Man
11. It's A Nuisance Having You Around
12. Long Ago and Far Away and You Stepped Out of a Dream
13. I Once Knew a Fella
Laura Ainsworth’s third album, New Vintage, scored five nominations and an unprecedented triple win of the 2018 Artists Music Guild Heritage Awards, for Album, Video (“That How I Got My Start”) and Female Vocalist of the Year, and a 2019 AMG Best Video award for “Where Did the Magic Go?” It was also honored with three Global Music Awards, the Clousine International Music Magazine Award for best jazz album and five Josie Music Awards nominations. It earned Laura profiles in Downbeat, Cadence, Jazz Japan and other top music publications. She was also featured and interviewed on many lounge/jazz radio shows and podcasts, such as Lounging With Lombardi,” “Everything Old Is New Again” and “Cocktail Nation.” She also became the first contemporary artist ever featured on the “Buddies Lounge” podcast.
Reviews of New Vintage…
“Beautiful voice, expressive and sensitive, accompanied by a group with serious professionalism…An excellent album!” - Serge Warin, Radio Grand Brive, Objat, France
“Laura Ainsworth is breathing new life into the previously staid ‘jazz standards’ album format…As excellent as Laura's first two albums have been, New Vintage looks to be Laura's breakthrough. With New Vintage, Laura creates a rich, intoxicating atmosphere that transports the mind to another place and time. Laura swings and seduces her way into the heart like only the original jazz singers could previously do. ‘They don't make 'em like they used to’ no longer applies, as Laura has rediscovered a large portion of the formula, and uses it liberally on the New Vintage album. Thank you, Laura, for making the Great American Songbook exciting and fun again!” - David Gasten, Producer, This is Vintage Now compilation series
“She has a voice and style that don't belong to this century, let alone this decade. Laura is reaching back in time, and some of the songs contained on this album haven't been recorded for more than fifty years. This is music from the '40s and '50s, with even new songs chosen deliberately that sit within that style. She can gently sway in the bossa nova beat of ‘An Occasional Man’ or slow it right down and be the sultry smooth singer reminiscent of the likes of Julie London. Laura's father was Billy Ainsworth, who played sax in big bands, and the early exposure to soft and classic jazz has obviously had a major impact. Close your eyes, and drift into a different world.” – Kev Rowland, Gonzo Weekly
“Ainsworth’s father played with Sam Butera, so this retro revival thing is in her blood legit and sometimes it just doesn’t pay to fight what you are. With another lounge revival swinging our way, she’s right at the forefront of the revival, unearthing worthy songs that haven’t been recorded in the last 50 years, which culls her from the rest of the diva pack that think it all begins and ends with Cole Porter. Loesser, Mercer, let’s bring them all back…
Streaming like a comet out of Texas, this gal is all gal and proud of it to the tips of her opera length gloves. A must for jazzbo vocal fans.” - Chris Spector, MidwestRecord.com
This is an album that is fun from start to finish, sung with just the right approach by Ainsworth, with support by a hip band led by pianist and arranger Brian Piper. It is a smile-inducing winner!” - Joe Lang, Jersey Jazz
“Laura Ainsworth’s Third Album Sparkles Like Champagne…
When Dallas lounge singer Laura Ainsworth releases an album…you have to sit at home imagining the tinkling of ice cubes in a highball (or, just as legitimately, make a cocktail yourself and create your own ambiance)…Her voice, a satiny ribbon that seems to flow as an uninterrupted river of downbeats, is rich and distinctive, but it’s her sense of humor that catches you note after note…One savvy decision is the selection of a fairly obscure set of standards to tackle here (of the 13 tracks, only three — the lead-off ‘That’s How I Got My Start’ by Frank Loesser, ‘Where Did The Magic Go?’ and a Kern/Gershwin mashup of ‘Long Ago and Far Away” — will be widely familiar). The great advantage of that, of course, is that every song can still surprise you — the lyrics, the licks, the sentiments. New Vintage is an album of reinvention, both feet planted in the present, but forever looking back.” - Arnold Wayne Jones, Dallas Voice
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