Picks and Pans Review: Thoroughly Modern Julie: the Best of Julie Andrews

updated 05/06/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 05/06/1996 AT 01:00 AM EDT

Julie Andrews

It's unfortunate if many think Andrews's best work has to do with raindrops on roses, whiskers on kittens, and anthems sung with the Alps in the background. Yes, this is the place to hear the title song (and the truly tedious "My Favorite Things") from the hit The Sound of Music, along with numbers from Andrews's Oscar-winner Mary Poppins and her Broadway triumphs My Fair Lady and Camelot. But the chief pleasures of this CD are lesser-known offerings like "O the Days of the Kerry Dancing," "This Is New" and "Baubles, Bangles and Beads"—all sung with the signature Andrews purity and crystalline diction. It's also fun to hear her jaunty rendition of Frank Loesser's "Big 'D' " (in a duet with Carol Burnett). But pay particular attention, please, to Andrews's wistful take on Noël Coward's classic "If Love Were All." It's haunting. (Rhino)

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