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Yvonne De Carlo Sings is a studio album by Canadian-American actress and singer Yvonne De Carlo, released in 1957 by the Remington subsidiary label Masterseal Records. It features an orchestra conducted by film composer John Williams, who was credited as John Towner.

Yvonne De Carlo Sings
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Studio album by
Released1957
Genre
LabelMasterseal (Remington)

BackgroundEdit

In June 1957, Billboard announced that Remington Records would release film star Yvonne De Carlo's first LP record, an album of blues songs.[1] Although it was her first album, this was not her first commercial recording. In 1951, Columbia Records released a 78 rpm single with her two songs from Hotel Sahara, "I Love a Man" and "Say Goodbye".[2] In 1955, she sang "Take It or Leave It" in Flame of the Islands, which was arranger Nelson Riddle's first film work.[3] Riddle encouraged her to become a recording artist and made sure Capitol Records recorded the song,[3] which was released as a 45 rpm single with "Three Little Stars" on the B-side.[4]

Recording and releaseEdit

According to the liner notes, De Carlo chose the songs. She had finished her role in Band of Angels (1957)[1] and was pregnant with her second child by the time she recorded the album. "I had some difficulty breathing properly, being eight months pregnant, but it wasn't noticeable on the recording," she remembered in her autobiography.[5] She was pleased with the results and later wrote that the album "turned out very well."[5]

The album's release was planned to coincide with the release of her film Band of Angels,[1] which was mentioned in the liner notes.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic     [6]

Bruce Eder of AllMusic described the album as "decidedly uneven, though ultimately not unpleasant".[7] He thought that "End of a Love Affair", "In the Blue of Evening", and "I Got It Bad" showcase Williams' arrangements more effectively than De Carlo's voice.[7] However, he raved about her performance on the other tracks. With "Am I Blue?", he wrote, De Carlo "comes to life as a singer".[7] He also admired her "finely nuanced singing" on "Little Girl Blue" and "Blue Moon" and believed that she "finds even greater inspiration" in "But Not for Me" and "Mood Indigo".[7] Impressed with her "absolutely fresh" version of "My Blue Heaven", Eder noticed her "hard, dark performance" on "One for My Baby", which was "matched perfectly by Williams' understated accompaniment."[7]

Track listingEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "De Carlo on Remington". Billboard: 18. June 24, 1957. ISSN 0006-2510.
  2. ^ "Yvonne De Carlo - I Love a Man / Say Goodbye". 45worlds. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  3. ^ a b De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: An Autobiography. St. Martin's Press. p. 189. ISBN 9780312002176.
  4. ^ "Yvonne De Carlo With Nelson Riddle And His Orchestra – Take It Or Leave It". Discogs. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  5. ^ a b De Carlo, Yvonne; Warren, Doug (1987). Yvonne: An Autobiography. St. Martin's Press. p. 198. ISBN 9780312002176.
  6. ^ "Yvonne De Carlo - Album Discography". AllMusic. Retrieved December 25, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Yvonne De Carlo Sings - AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder". Retrieved December 25, 2018.

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