Monica Mancini

I've Loved These Days - Concord Records 7230745

Revisiting favourite old songs, the late great composer’s singer daughter has the luxury of Phil Ramone as producer, as well as some special guest stars. Stevie Wonder does a fabulous harmonica obbligato on ‘Blame It On The Sun’, while Brian Wilson and Take 6 vocalize amazingly behind her on ‘God Only Knows’. One of the best realisations, if not a jazzy one, is the opener ‘These Days’, with the unmistakeable liquid voice and soft guitar of composer Jackson Browne. This isn’t to be confused with the title track, the Billy Joel song, more wistful than ironic in Mancini’s hands. She is great on ‘I’ll Follow The Sun’, in a relatively spare setting that slyly hints at ‘Blackbird’ too. Classy and memorable. 

Sound Quality: 90%