No wonder Phil Spector had a crush on Priscilla Paris when he first met the Paris Sisters in the early sixties to produce them: she had a fascinating personality, fragile and powerful at once it seems. Later Jack Nitzsche would struggle to make her record exactly what he wanted (for the Paris Sisters LP "Sings everything under the sun", an excellent album nonetheless). More than any other girl Spector produced, Priscilla had that soft voice that sounded like flowing from high or deep silvery dreams. We can't recommend The Complete Phil Spector Sessions (from Varese Sarabande) enough. But she didn't only have that soft voice: she also could almost bell out with the same fragility, and that's what her first solo LP, released in 1967, reveals to us. That reissue may be THE reissue of the year, thanks to Ace records, as Priscilla Paris deserves to be rediscovered as a captivating artist - and not only a fashionable singer - in her own right. When we listen to this wonderful collection, we realize in retrospect that if the early recordings with Spector work so well, it may be due to Priscilla as much to Phil, as she was injecting in her singing some mystery that even Phil himself, the man in control, must have been trying to understand. This CD is one of my best surprises in the latest years. The late Priscilla Paris will make you fall in love with her ghost. She was lost, she was moving, she was great, she was beautiful.
PRISCILLA SINGS HERSELF IS A GREAT COLLECTION OF SONGS SHE WROTE HERSELF AND IS A GEM.PRISCILLA LOVES BILLY IS A TRIBUTE TO THE HOLY GRAIL OF SINGERS LADY DAY.BILLE WAS SUCH A GREAT INFLUENCE ON MANY SINGERS AND THE LOVE PRISCILLA HAS FOR THE ICON OF SINGERS IS CLEAR .A VG CD INDEED
“Love Priscilla: Her 1960s solo recordings” by Priscilla Paris, the lead singer of the Paris Sisters, released by Ace Records from UK in 2012, contains 27 songs. I have compiled a detailed song listing (including album and singles label & number, year of release, plus personal comments):
LP “PRISCILLA SINGS HERSELF” (York 4005)(1967)*stereo: 01 He Noticed Me (York 405)(uncharted a-side, June 1967) 02 Make Believe World 03 Stone is Very, Very Cold 04 Help Me (York 405)(b-side, June 1967) 05 I’m Home 06 Wandering 07 He Owns The World 08 My Window 09 I Can’t Complain 10 Look What You Have Done To Me UNRELEASED TRACKS: 11 By The Time I Get To Phoenix*mono 12 Some Little Lovin’ Lie (Happy Tiger)(2012)*stereo 13 The Dark Side of Lovin’ You (Happy Tiger)(2012)*stereo 14 Twelve Twenty Nine (Happy Tiger)(2012)*stereo 15 I Can’t Understand (Happy Tiger)(2012)*stereo LP “PRISCILLA LOVES BILLY” (Happy Tiger HT 1002)(1969)*stereo: 16 Just Friends 17 He’s Funny That Way 18 Do Nothing ‘Till You Hear From Me 19 There is No Greater Love 20 I Love You Porgy 21 Stars Fell on Alabama 22 Tenderly 23 My Man 24 Moonglow 25 Crazy He Calls Me 26 In My Solitude 27 Girls Were Made To Take Care of Boys
1 The two beautiful and fragile solo albums by the lead voice of the Paris Sisters are released on CD for the first time, along with a non-LP single and four recently discovered rare gems. Rejoice! 2 The sound is well remastered. All the tracks except one are in stereo. 3 There is a wonderful 24-page booklet, with an informative essay by Alec Palao. The original liner notes are included, together with the two front album covers each occupying an entire page plus rare pictures and single label. Great job!!
1 The single by Priscilla Paris, “I Love How You Love Me” (RAK 184)(uncharted UK a-side, September 1974) and “Over You” (RAK 184)(UK b-side, September 1974), should have been included. Fortunately, they are readily available online.
Priscilla Paris was a maverick, a one-of-a-kind talent who shone brightly when she chose to, but was never truly able to capitalize on her abilities and the gift she had with a song. Sadly, Priscilla died on March 5, 2004 from a fall in Paris, France (no pun intended). What remains, however, in the work of the Paris Sisters and her solo recordings collected here, is a legacy that resonates deeply with anyone who hears it. No singer could ask for a more fitting tribute than that. If you like the Paris Sisters, this set is also a Must-Own!