I haven’t done one of the From the Stacks posts in a while; haven’t been that inspired by much. Happily, I pulled the amazing Martinis & Bikinis record from an old hard drive into my excellent AppleTV streaming set up (basically, the AppleTV acting as a server).
It’s such an extraordinary record, and Ms. Phillips is truly a great artist: wonderful voice, inventive (but not overly “clever”) arrangements, evocative lyrics.
She has a wealth of fine records in her catalog, but Martinis & Bikinis is the one I always recommend to people who are wondering where to start.
If forced, I suppose, I’d pick the elegiac “Strawberry Road” as the song to listen to first. Here ya go: