Returning to 1870's London after finishing at boarding school, Fanny witnesses the death of her father in a fight with Lord Manderstoke. She then finds that her family has for many years been running a bordello next door to their home. When her mother dies shortly after, she next discovers that her real father is in fact a well-respected politician. Meeting him and then falling in love with his young advisor Harry Somerford leads to a life of ups and downs and conflict between the classes. Periodically the scoundrel of a Lord crosses her path, always to tragic effect.
This release contains, FOR THE FIRST TIME EVER ON CD, Shirley Horn's ultra rare 1961 live performance at the Gaslight Square, in Saint Louis (wrongly presented on a long out of print LP as having been taped at the Village Vanguard). In addition to her vocals, she is also featured here on piano backed only by bass and drums. As a bonus, Horn's complete 1962 album Loads of Love (Mercury SR-60761), boasting such stars as Gerry Mulligan, Al Cohn, Hank Jones and Kenny Burrell, plus three tunes featuring Shirley on vocals from a long session she made with violinist Stuff Smith in 1959.
Twenty years ago, old Mrs. Barlow was killed in her home at 12, Pimlico Square for her priceless rubies. The murderer searched the whole house without finding them, then disappeared. The house has been empty since then, but now Paul and Bella Mallen move into the apartment. Bella Mallen suffers from forgetfulness and nervousness - at least that is what her husband tells her. An elderly horse wrangler, B.G. Rough worked as a policeman twenty years ago and still remembers the unsolved case. He notices that Mr. Mallen looks just like Louis Barre, Mrs. Barlow's nephew. And why does Mr. Malle