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Eartha's forgotten years
on 25 August 2006
Eartha Kitt was a household name in the 1950's and made album after album. The 1960's brought big changes to the music world and RCA Victor released Eartha Kitt from her recording contract around the same time that they found a new young singer called Elvis.
Miss Kitt did move with the times and re-recorded all of her hits in 1960 for the independant lable KAPP did a one album stint at MGM and later moved on to the British based EMI Columbia lable in the early 1960's.
Her first offering 'The Romantic Earth' was relesed in 1962, produced by Norman Newell and orchestrated by Tony Osborne the second album 'Love For Sale', which repeated the team from the previous album, in 1965. These two albums are the 24 tracks on this release from EMI and sees all 24 re-issued together for the first time. Surprisingly not in the order original designated on the original LPs, what the point of this is I do not understand. To play the albums in the original order play tracks: 12,16,13,6,18,22,20,19,7,17,21, and 11 for 'The Romanic Eartha' and 2,5,4,14,23,9,3,10,24,1,15 and 8 for 'Love For Sale'. There is also a sound problem on the opening track which completely ruins this release, the opening harp strings are missing giving the impression that the track was started a fraction of a second to late.
Also the artwork does not use anything from the original albums but relies heavily on photographs from Eartha's earlier career at RCA. The 1970's were a deep point for Miss Kitt's carrer with only one album being recorded and released in 1970.
The 80's saw Eartha return with a huge bang and reinvent herself as a dance diva. Miss Kitt who is around 80 years young, is still performing in New York and releases a live album later this year.
This CD has been witdrawn from sale and replaced by EMI. The new version, which I worked on for EMI, has corrected all the above faults.