First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) [Bonus Tracks]

First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) [Bonus Tracks]

by Vikki Carr
     
 
When adult contemporary artists began competing with each other by copying hit songs of the day, everyone from Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis to Roger Williams and Ferrante & Teicher giving the world their take on popular favorites, much

Overview

When adult contemporary artists began competing with each other by copying hit songs of the day, everyone from Andy Williams and Johnny Mathis to Roger Williams and Ferrante & Teicher giving the world their take on popular favorites, much of what brought them their fame -- their individuality -- got lost in the shuffle. The competition became so fierce the once distinct identities would blur on some covers, Roger Williams sounding like Ferrante & Teicher and vice versa. Rock fans had no use for this "muzak" and when an artist came up with something superlative on one of these "cover" discs, as Vikki Carr does here on The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face), it made little impact. With Cher's team of producer Snuff Garrett and arranger Al Capps the woman who five years prior to this begged God Almighty to "let it please be him" works her vocal stylings on movie themes and the big songs of Harry Nilsson (by way of Badfinger), Neil Diamond, Fifth Dimension, Liza Minnelli, and others. The most interesting moment is in one of Garrett/Capps' two re-creations of their Cher hits from 1971 and early 1972. Cher's Top Ten rendition of Kathy Kirby's brilliant '60s British hit, "The Way of Love," retained the gay double entendre -- "what will you do when he sets you free/just the way that you said good-bye to me." It got by the censors for Cher but either Vikki or her producer wanted none of that here. They change the A. Stillman/J. Dieval lyric to "just the way that he said good-bye to me" leaving nothing to the imagination. "Cabaret" is not as campy as it could be either, and one might make the claim that Carr is homogenizing these pioneering "alternative" tunes the way Pat Boone desecrated Little Richard and Fats Domino, but that wouldn't be fair. Carr has great pipes and lots of heart. She embraces the material and plays it for her audience. The unfortunate thing for the singer is that her hot production team didn't bring her a song to break out of this mix, something she could claim as her own à la "It Must Be Him." The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) is great middle-of-the-road fare with absolutely no risks, and for the talents involved, it is a pity. In fact, had they put a gem like George Harrison's "Isn't It a Pity" on here, perhaps they could have brought Vikki back to the Top 40. A listenable and enjoyable run through familiar music, very good but lacking because with all the talents involved it could have been so much more.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/03/2014
Label:
Real Gone Music
UPC:
0848064002529
catalogNumber:
400252
Rank:
34079

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Tracks

  1. The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face)
  2. (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All
  3. The Summer Knows (Theme From "Summer of '42")
  4. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves
  5. Without You
  6. Song Sung Blue
  7. Speak Softly Love (Love Theme From "The Godfather")
  8. Cabaret
  9. Help Me Make It Through the Night
  10. Brian's Song (The Hands of Time)
  11. The Way of Love
  12. Call My Heart Your Home
  13. The Big Hurt
  14. Let the Band Play On
  15. Reflections
  16. Borrowed Time
  17. Puttin' Myself In Your Hands (Gettin' Rady To Move)
  18. I Don't Want a Sometimes Man
  19. What Child is This?
  20. It Came Upon a Midnight Clear

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Vikki Carr   Primary Artist
Capps   Conductor
Ernie Freeman   Conductor
Larry Muhoberac   Conductor

Technical Credits

Ewan MacColl   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Neil Diamond   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Bob Stone   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Capps   Arranger
Michael d'Abo   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Tom Evans   Composer
Dick Glasser   Composer,Producer
Jack Gold   Producer
Pete Ham   Composer
Jerry Hochman   Engineer
Gary King   Arranger
Eugene McDaniels   Producer
Larry Muhoberac   Arranger
Wayne Shanklin   Composer
Gloria Sklerov   Composer
Stillman   Composer
Steve Binder   Producer
Jim Pierson   Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer
Tony Macaulay   Composer
Joe Weber   Composer
Gordon Anderson   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer
Jack Dieval   Composer
Jeff James   Producer
John Hill   Composer
Joe Marchese   Liner Notes
Larry Kusik   Composer
Snuff Garrett   Producer
Kristofferson   Composer
Spencer Michlin   Composer
Bill Soden   Composer

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