Beautiful Girl: The Essential Barbara Cook On Disc

By Ben Rimalower
09 Nov 2013

"Close as Pages in a Book"

An excellent studio album for Barbara Cook was her 1993 Dorothy Fields songbook, "Close As Pages In A Book." Again, Wally Harper surrounds her with the perfect orchestrations, starting again with thrilling opening number that builds from an intimate croon to a joyous extravaganza in "It's Not Where You Start." The rest of the album lives right up to that high standard with world-class worthy versions of chestnuts like "I'm In The Mood For Love" and unforgettable rare gems like "April Snow." Yet another album of our best at her best, through and through.