Over the years, Christopher Lee has become a legend in the world of acting. But aficionados of the great man's films will know that he is also a great singer. Over the years we have had tantalising hints of this, such as his rendition of `Tinker of Rye' in the Wicker Man, and his appearance in the musical comedy `The Return of Captain Invincible'. In these he has revealed a rich, deep voice well suited to a variety of styles.
At last Mr. Lee has been prevailed upon to cut an album of material that appeals to him. This is interesting for two reasons, firstly, the chance to hear him singing peoperly, secondly the chance to see what sort of music he likes.
When the album was recorded Mr. Lee was 84, so it would be unfair to expect too much of his voice. But even without allowing for his age, he is an exceptionally good singer. He covers an eclectic mix of styles, from opera to musicals, with one heavy metal track. The selection is eccentric, and seems to centre around a theme of following your dreams and the importance of romance.
Stand out tracks are his rendition of `Oh! What a beautiful Morning' (the thought of cinema's greatest vampire welcoming the new day is one I find amusing!), `My Way', which seems to sum up Christopher Lee's approach both to life in general and recording this record in particular, and `Name Your Poison' a real crowd pleasing favourite lifted from the sound track of `Return of Captain Invincible' and not available on CD anywhere else.
There is a lengthy and interesting interview with Lee at the end of the disc, which really adds to it.
This is an interesting album made by a man who still seems to have much to give. Idiosyncratic at times, but entertaining. Any chance of a follow up?