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Boomkat Product Review:
Another treasure from the Trunk archive, this time unearthing Leona Anderson's obscure triumph 'Music To Suffer By' from 1957. In the fine tradition of Trunk releases, this is the sort of record you always want to find among the racks of Klaus Wunderlich and 50 Festive Pop Hits that prop up so many corners of British 2nd hand shops. It's essentially an album of and by a woman who knows her singing voice is totally wrong, but she pulls it off with a canny blend of tongue-in-cheek humour and English eccentricity that makes for a compelling listen if you're into kinky old ladies. It would seem that Leona was a born entertainer, appearing alongside her brother Billy Bronco and even Stan Laurel in a handful of early silent movies before moving into singing on radio and in vaudeville shows for a living. 'Music To Suffer By' is the piece de résistance of her career, wandering her batty larynx up, down, over and under the notes of many contemporary hits, but rarely, if ever, hitting the ones intended. This shtick earned her appearances on TV by the 1950s and now her legacy will howl on like a choir of freshly castrated hounds forever. Genius.