Brenda, That's All/All Alone Am I

Brenda, That's All/All Alone Am I

by Brenda Lee
     
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/21/2006
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667016025
catalogNumber:
1083
Rank:
74327

Tracks

  1. I'm Sitting on Top of the World
  2. Fool No. 1
  3. White Silver Sands
  4. Just out of Reach
  5. Sweethearts on Parade
  6. It's a Lonesome Old Town (When You're Not Around)
  7. Organ Grinder's Swing
  8. Gonna Find Me a Bluebird
  9. Why Me?
  10. Valley of Tears
  11. Someday You'll Want Me to Want You
  12. You Can Depend on Me
  13. All Alone Am I
  14. By Myself
  15. (I Left My Heart) In San Francisco
  16. It's All Right with Me
  17. My Colouring Book
  18. My Prayer
  19. Lover
  20. All by Myself
  21. What Kind of Fool Am I
  22. Come Rain or Come Shine
  23. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
  24. Fly Me to the Moon

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
John 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
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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