First Time Ever I (Saw Your Face) (Expanded Edition) Extra tracks
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Her great 1972 album produced by the legendary Tommy "Snuff" Garrett and arranged by Al Capps, with eleven bonus tracks (seven singles, two unreleased sides and a pair of holiday favourites) featuring Vikki's long-unavailable hit version of the "The Big Hurt" and captivating covers of numerous '70s smashes.
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There are some surprising renditions of other people's work on this album though, I wasn't expecting 'Without you' to be taken so leisurely before kicking in with Vikki's typical 'cabaret' style belt (wonderful!). And of cause their is 'Cabaret', equally as good as Lisa Minnelli's original version. But I'm not sure that covering such classic songs by an equally strong vocalist is always a good idea. Here I am referring to 'Gypsies, tramps and thieves' and 'The way of love'. Cher's versions were so definitive, not that Vikki's are bad, but they don't compare favourably. It doesn't help when the same producer is used for those recordings. 'The first time I ever saw your face', 'Summer of '42' & 'Speak softly love' are all wonderful, delivered in a typical Vikki Carr style. 'Didn't get to sleep at all' would have made an excellent single. I don't know why Columbia didn't release any from the album except for 'The big hurt' which was on the UK version of the album.
The bonus single tracks, although all welcome, don't really fit into the over all theme of the album. The singles really did have a different 'sound' or 'production', and sound a little out of place here.Read more ›
Foremost, were two songs which were hits for Cher - the upbeat GYPSIES TRAMPS AND THIEVES and the powerful ballad THE WAY OF LOVE - plus Neil Diamond’s SONG SUNG BLUE (under which title this album was released in the UK), Kris Kristofferson’s HELP ME MAKE IT THROUGH THE NIGHT and Ewan MacColl’s album emotional title number were ideal choices. Broadway and Hollywood provided Vikki with a rumbustious CABARET to coincide with the release of the film adaptation and the opportunity to offer full-out dramatic renderings of THE SUMMER KNOWS (THEME FROM “THE SUMMER OF ‘42‘”), SPEAK SOFTLY LOVE (LOVE THEME FROM “THE GODFATHER“) plus BRIAN’S SONG (title of a popular television movie); the latter song replaced on the UK album release by THE BIG HURT which coincidentally is included among the nine bonus songs which represent selected singles released during the period 1970-1975. Included are two Christmas songs - WHAT CHILD IS THIS? to the tune of GREENSLEEVES and traditional hymn, IT CAME UPON A MIDNIGHT CLEAR. REFLECTIONS was from the Burt Bacharach/ Hal David score of the flop movie LOST HORIZON and LET THE BAND PLAY ON is one of those songs in the mode of the Peggy Lee classic IS THAT ALL THERE IS?Read more ›
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I have always been a fan of Vicki Carr and had this on vinyl years ago. Now sounds just as good as I remember it. Class act!Published 15 months ago by eric b
What can I say? I used to have most of the songs on vinyl, but Vikki Carr has always been one of my many favourites.
Album arrived on time, I am very happy