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ANN-MARGRET'S HOT, HEAVY AND SULTRY INTRODUCTION TO THE WORLD OF VINYL.
on 20 June 2014
The versatile actress/singer/dancer Ann-Margret made ripples during the early Sixties playing sex kittens in numerous movies so it was no surprise her RCA albums would enjoy a similar measure of success with her later move into Las Vegas and television Specials keeping her name on the billboards.
This triple-treat of albums is certainly welcome with AND HERE SHE IS (1961) her winning introduction to the world of vinyl, and with excellent arrangements the singer brings sex appeal to bear on those home hi-fi systems. From the opening BABY WON'T YOU PLEASE COME HOME? through to LOVIE JOE, it's hard to resist oldies PLEASE BE KIND, MORE THAN YOU KNOW and I SHOULD CARE as sultry ballads whilst CHICAGO and BYE BYE BLUES are easy swingers with KANSAS CITY and TEACH ME TONIGHT sliced with bluesy elements.
ON THE WAY UP (1962) delivers a more rhythm and blues selection to the fore with Ann-Margret and an authentic Nashville sound having fun on such favourites as OH LONESOME ME, FEVER, HEARTBREAK HOTEL and I JUST DON`T UNDERSTAND - the latter hitting the Billboard Charts when released as a single.
THE VIVACIOUS ONE (1962) offers a playful and varied pop-styled diet, with standards THERE'LL BE SOME CHANGES MADE, PLEASE DON'T TALK ABOUT ME WHEN I'M GONE, BEGIN THE BEGUINE and even INKA DINKA DOO but all revised for a more contemporaneous thrusting treatment; sharing track space with THE ROCK AND ROLL WALTZ, THIRTEEN MEN and jazz classic SENOR BLUES, with JIM DANDY enjoying some lower-chart success when released as a single.
Adding the singer's non-LP extracted singles is welcome as are the chosen triple-treat Ann-Margret featured songs from the movie remake of STATE FAIR (1962)and even better four songs including HOW LOVELY TO BE A WOMAN and THE BEST IS YET TO COME extracted from a rare album she shared with Della Reese and Kitty Kallen.
Without doubt, Ann-Margret proved to be a vocal force to be reckoned with and with excellent sound, notes and attractive presentation, this welcome release will satisfy her reputed cult following as well as those who collect recordings by girl vocalists.