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Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys | Janet Klein's Scandals" or "Living In Sin

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Janet Klein's Scandals" or "Living In Sin

by Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys

Hot Jazz, robust dance, obscure and dreamy romance songs of the 1910's, 20's & 30's. There’s plenty of variety with obscure movie tunes, a load of sassy Dixie mania, novelties & jazz age tales of bad behavior all mixed with a yummy plate of down home fun.
Genre: Jazz: Swing/Big Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hollywood Party
2:40 $0.99
2. Good Little Bad Little You
2:48 $0.99
3. Living In Sin
3:32 $0.99
4. How Could Little Red Riding Hood?
2:11 $0.99
5. My Blue Bird's Singing The Blues
3:30 $0.99
6. Don't Take That Black Bottom Away
3:34 $0.99
7. Ce Disque Vous Dira
2:33 $0.99
8. Baby O' Mine
3:18 $0.99
9. I Love My Baby
3:02 $0.99
10. Jersey Walk
2:55 $0.99
11. If You Do What You Do
3:17 $0.99
12. Ballin' The Jack
2:19 $0.99
13. Big Time Woman
4:02 $0.99
14. The Sheik Of Ave B
2:52 $0.99
15. Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You
3:20 $0.99
16. True Blue Lou
3:04 $0.99
17. Everyone Says I Love You
1:44 $0.99
18. Unrequited
3:16 $0.99
19. Night Wind
3:09 $0.99
20. Jacksonville Blues
2:57 $0.99
21. Sunday
3:03 $0.99
22. Sing Me A Baby Song
3:27 $0.99
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Album Notes


Ukulele chanteuse Janet Klein's 2004 most hotsy totsy CD release entitled
"JANET KLEIN'S SCANDALS" vivaciously evokes the mischievous music of 1910-30s nightclubs, clip joints and dance halls with a simmering selection of early jazz tunes. Most of these 22 songs are originally from burlesque, Vitaphone short films, dance hall and movie musicals of the 1920s and 30s, many of which originally not intended for radio or records. In the vein of naughty comedy singers like Sophie Tucker, Eddie Cantor, Fannie Brice and Chico Marx, Janet renders these clever tunes with a loving flare like no other sweet spunky gal can. The captivating Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys have a knack for bringing to life great forgotten music, in a fresh and irresistible way.

The title and evocative cover of the CD is a play on images and words from the original 1930's George White Scandals variety show and follies. They ably represent the CD's saucy thematic contents as the band delivers their own musical follies show complete with naughty comic tunes, Burlesque patter, hot dance hall numbers and some sweet and soulful songs to round things out. The first six titles can give you an idea of what's going on here: "Hollywood Party, Good Little Bad Little You, You Keep Me Living in Sin, How Could Red Riding Hood? My Bluebirds Are Singing The Blues, Don't Take That Blackbottom Away."

The CD features inspired performances by Parlor Boy notables: Ian
Whitcomb (of 1960's pop fame), Tom Marion and Robert Armstrong (of Robert Crumb's Cheap Suit Serenaders), 91 year old Bob Mitchell (of Bob Mitchell's Boys Choir, featured in over 110 movies) and Dan Levinson horn player for Leon Redbone. It's produced by Robert Loveless of the innovative groups: Scenic, 17 Pygmies and Savage Republic.

"Janet Klein's Scandals" opens with "Hollywood Party" taken from the title tune to a 1932 flick starring Jimmy Durante, vaudevillian Polly Moran and Laurel and Hardy. In the movie a bevy of dancing switchboard operators kick off this number sung by Broadway's Queen of Jazz Francis Williams. Gossip tells of a swell party in town, "Bring along your girl, go home with someone else's, forget about your girl, she's gonna do all right... Get up get out get in it, Hollywood Party oh, nobody sleeps tonight."

The charming Ms Klein performs four duets with three different Parlor Boys, one of which was the first song to be banned from the radio, "How Could Red Riding Hood?" Janet delivers an oy-vey rendition of Yiddish tune called "Sheik Of Avenue B" accompanied by the legendary Bob Mitchell on the mighty Wurlitzer. You'll also find the tune "Everyone Says, I Love You" rendered in the style of Chico and Groucho Marx's "Horse Feathers" movie performance. And in the same comic vein there's an impassioned plea with a telephone operator in the song "Baby O Mine," and dietary warnings in the cautionary ditty "Some Little Bug Is Going To Find You," that ring as true today as it did in 1915.

This is Janet's 4th CD release and as in her former releases, great care has been taken to produce a quality package with exquisite design well representative of its red-hot jazz musical contents.

Please visit Janet's lovely and unique web site at; http://www.janetklein.com

26 songs/Janet the Ukulele Chanteuse performs mostly solo with some light accompaniment.

23 songs/Janet Klein is joined with her band The Parlor Boys plus special guests.

22 songs/Janet Klein and Her Parlor Boys plus special guests.



to write a review

Steve C

Wow! This music is great!
Janet is a terrific artist! I just learned about her from her friend and mine, Rick W., and found her music to be refreshing, totally new, at least to me, and a joy to hear. Great stuff.


Makes me want to be naughty 20s style
Just as I was getting bored of my current listening choices, I was saved by stumbling across "Living in Sin". Janet and "Parlor Boys" wonderful renditions of old-time tunes make them feel classic and timeless at the same time

The music is first-rate, jazzy, light and a joy to listento. Ms. Klien's voice is perfect; complimenting the style without feeling forced or gimicky. The song choices are wonderful throughout.

If this is "Living in Sin", I don't wanna live any other way! :)

Alyssa Boyle

Naughty Good Fun
I saw Janet in concert years ago at the Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles and had a blast. A friend of mine was planning a 1920's-themed murder mystery party for her 40th birthday, so I ordered this CD for her to play at the party. It really added to the atmosphere. Everyone had a wonderful time and my friend was so touched.

Tim Hatcher

I'm addicted to Living in Sin!
I had not heard of Janet Klein, but since I'll be attending the Sweet & Hot Jazz Festival in L.A. in September, at which she'll be performing, my research on her led me to purchase "Living in Sin". Actually, it was the CD's incredible art direction that first got my attention, but the performances it delivers make it a worthwhile investment. The songs are fun and infectious, and the artists do a wonderful job of making them fresh. In addition to the title cut, standouts are "Night Wind" and "My Bluebird's Singing the Blues". I can't wait to see her live in September.

Mike Stanton

Janet Klein continues to prove that she is one of the most unique and brilliant female vocalists in the world today!Another stellar cd and equally magnificent musicianship.Great songs and great fun!

Lucien Desar

Utter bliss!
Janet Klein is the cat's meow! If you want to feel like you are walking down a city street at 3:00AM in NYC in 1931. This is the album to get...

Roy Anthony

Great old tunes
What a pleasurable new sound. Janet and her band really capture the essence of the 20's and 30's.

Nan & Jack

Wonderful tunes, great artists, especially Janet, of course
Love everything Janet does and this is one of her best. Great instrumentals, too.


Another Great CD!
Janet and the Parlor Boys again bring you tunes you may have never heard before ... but you will never forget after this! You can't be anything but happy after listening to this.

Naturally Curlie

FUN! FUN! FUN! Change your mood and smile.
A real hum alonger and a toe tapper!
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