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Brenda, That's All/All Alone Am I

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Brenda That's All/All Alone Am I, one of Ace's numerous two-for-one packages of early Brenda Lee material, combines her 1962 album Brenda, That's All and her 1963 album All Alone Am I onto one CD, adding historical liner notes. Like almost all of her early albums, Brenda, That's All was a mix of material that seemed designed to highlight her versatility. Pop music was at the center, but there were various shades of country, R&B, and the adult contemporary market. It's not a scintillating record, but it's pretty good, in part because it avoids the overemphasis on adult pop standards that hurt some of her LPs from the period. "Fool #1" and "You Can Depend on Me" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
Brenda That's All/All Alone Am I, one of Ace's numerous two-for-one packages of early Brenda Lee material, combines her 1962 album Brenda, That's All and her 1963 album All Alone Am I onto one CD, adding historical liner notes. Like almost all of her early albums, Brenda, That's All was a mix of material that seemed designed to highlight her versatility. Pop music was at the center, but there were various shades of country, R&B, and the adult contemporary market. It's not a scintillating record, but it's pretty good, in part because it avoids the overemphasis on adult pop standards that hurt some of her LPs from the period. "Fool #1" and "You Can Depend on Me" which had actually been released as singles the year before most of the sessions for Brenda, That's All took place are the only hits, but there are some good tracks here, whether the buoyant "I'm Sitting on Top of the World," the bluesily arranged "White Silver Sands," the orchestrated country-pop of "Just Out of Reach," or the mildly swinging "Why Me?" co-written by Brook Benton. "Someday You'll Want Me to Want You" is the kind of classy, impeccably produced pop ballad in which she specialized in the early 1960s, and sounds like it could have had a chance of being a hit single on its own steam. The whole album is impressively sung and immaculately produced, in fact, in common with much of what Lee recorded under Owen Bradley's direction. Although the less impressive All Alone Am I features a classic 1962 hit single as its title track, it was unduly weighted toward adult pop standards. This LP alone had "I Left My Heart In San Francisco," "Lover," "What Kind of Fool Am I," "Come Rain or Come Shine," and "Fly Me to the Moon," reinforcing the impression that her album market was viewed as being a more mature audience than the more youthful one responsible for buying a high percentage of her smash 45s. The cover of Fats Domino's "All by Myself" is, aside from "All Alone Am I," about the only nod to the more vigorous segment of the pop market that had made her a star in the first place. The bulk of the record, it should be emphasized, is well done, both due to Lee's always-committed singing, and to Owen Bradley's unfailingly lush production. It even swings, just a bit, on "By Myself," "Lover," and Cole Porter's "It's All Right with Me." But it's on the sedate side, and is one of the less imaginative and interesting of her early albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/21/2006
  • Label: Ace Records Uk
  • UPC: 029667016025
  • Catalog Number: 1083
  • Sales rank: 106,734

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Brenda Lee Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Brook Benton Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Dave Bartholomew Composer
Marvin Rainwater Composer
Jimmy Kennedy Composer
Kander Composer
Owen Bradley Producer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Fats Domino Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Belford Hendricks Composer
Will Hudson Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Anthony Newley Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Adam Skeaping Mastering
V.F. Stewart Composer
Manos Hadjidakis Composer
Sam M. Lewis Composer
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Joseph Young Composer
Rob Finnis Artwork, Memorabilia, Annotation
Fred Ebb Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Harry Tobias Composer
Georges Boulanger Composer
George Cory Composer
Douglass Cross Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Charles Newman Composer
Ian Dove Liner Notes
Ronald Mack Composer
James Hodges Composer
Kathryn R. Fulton Composer
Charles Kisco Composer
Charles Matthews Composer
Chris Hutchins Liner Notes
Bart Howard Composer
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