Four Classic Albums

Four Classic Albums

by Eartha Kitt
     
 
Eartha Kitt recorded for RCA Victor Records from 1953 to 1957, an association that produced five albums and assorted singles. The bulk of this material is contained on this two-CD set from the British reissue label Avid, which takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to assemble the collection, mastered from old records, without having to

Overview

Eartha Kitt recorded for RCA Victor Records from 1953 to 1957, an association that produced five albums and assorted singles. The bulk of this material is contained on this two-CD set from the British reissue label Avid, which takes advantage of the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe to assemble the collection, mastered from old records, without having to take the trouble to get permission or pay a licensing fee. (Sony BMG continues to claim copyright on the material in the U.S.). The first of the four "classic" albums to be included is what is referred to the as the "American version" of That Bad Eartha. It might be more accurate to describe it as the 12" LP version of That Bad Eartha, which differed considerably from the initial ten-inch LP version. Back in the early 1950s, the ten-inch LP, containing eight tracks, was the industry standard, and RCA released two Kitt albums in that format, RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt and That Bad Eartha, in 1953. By the middle of the decade, however, the 12-inch LP supplanted its shorter cousin, and RCA released an album called That Bad Eartha in 1955 in that format. Confusingly, it actually contained the eight tracks from RCA Victor Presents Eartha Kitt plus only four of the eight tracks from the ten-inch version of That Bad Eartha. That is the "American version" found here. Next come the 12 tracks that made up Kitt's 1955 album, Down to Eartha. After a couple of non-LP singles tracks end the first disc, the second begins with Kitt's biggest hit, "Santa Baby," followed by her 1956 album Thursday's Child and her 1958 album St. Louis Blues, then a couple of more non-LP singles tracks bring the collection to an end. In the material, Kitt establishes herself as an exotic, sophisticated chanteuse, capable of singing in many languages and styles. Several songs exploit her promiscuous gold-digger image. The St. Louis Blues tracks take a different tack, however. The album was recorded to commemorate Kitt's appearance in a film biography of W.C. Handy by the same name, and on it she sang mostly Handy-composed blues songs backed by a Dixieland jazz band. This material is not really her forte, but she handles it capably enough. Kitt did a lot more recording after this, but these are the tracks that established her persona, and her most commercially successful performances are here.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/11/2010
Label:
Avid Records Uk
UPC:
5022810197027
catalogNumber:
970
Rank:
244820

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. I Want to Be Evil
  2. C'est Si Bon
  3. Angelitos Negros
  4. Avril au Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade)
  5. Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)
  6. My Heart Belongs to Daddy
  7. Uska Dara (A Turkish Tale)
  8. African Lullaby
  9. Mountain High, Valley Low
  10. Lilac Wine
  11. Under the Bridges of Paris
  12. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
  13. I Wantcha Around
  14. Do You Remember?
  15. Looking for a Boy
  16. I've Got That Lovin' Bug Itch
  17. Oh John! (Please Don't Kiss Me)
  18. Strangers in the Starlight
  19. The Day the Circus Left Town
  20. Après Moi
  21. The Heel
  22. Mambo de Paree
  23. My Heart's Delight
  24. Hey Jacque
  25. Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
  26. Somebody Bad Stole de Wedding Bell (Who's Got de Ding Dong?)

Disc 2

  1. Santa Baby
  2. Fascinating Man
  3. Mademoiselle Kitt
  4. Oggere
  5. No Importa Si Menti
  6. Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon)
  7. Just an Old-Fashioned Girl
  8. Le Danseur de Charleston
  9. Lazy Afternoon
  10. Jonny
  11. If I Can't Take It with Me When I Go
  12. Thursday's Child
  13. Lullaby of Birdland
  14. St. Louis Blues
  15. Beale Street Blues
  16. Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low)
  17. Hesitating Blues
  18. Steal Away
  19. Careless Love
  20. Atlanta Blues (Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor)
  21. Long Gone (From Bowling Green)
  22. Hist the Window, Noah
  23. Yellow Dog Blues
  24. Friendless Blues
  25. The Memphis Blues
  26. Put More Wood on the Fire
  27. This Year's Santa Baby

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eartha Kitt   Primary Artist,Vocals
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Yank Lawson   Trumpet
Warren Covington   Trombone
Sanford Gold   Piano
Johnny Guarnieri   Piano
Klink   Clarinet,Saxophone
Matty Matlock   Clarinet
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Arnold Ross   Piano
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Caiola   Guitar
Marni Nixon   Choir, Chorus
Bob Bain   Guitar
Noel Boggs   Guitar
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Eddie Cano   Piano
Art Van Damme   Accordion
Shorty Rogers   Trumpet
George Duvivier   Bass
Robert Byrne   Trombone
Robert Alexander   Trombone
Dale Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Israel Baker   Violin
Earl Backus   Guitar
Alfred Barr   Viola
George Berg   Saxophone
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Cy Bernard   Cello
Harry Bluestone   Violin
Ralph Brewster   Choir, Chorus
James Buffington   French Horn
Frederick Buldrini   Violin
Larry Bunker   Drums
Red Callender   Bass
Mac Ceppos   Marimbas
Morty Corb   Bass
Irving Cottler   Drums
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Cutty Cutshall   Trombone
Richard Dickler   Viola
Kurt Dieterle   Violin
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Sidney Edwards   Cello
Nick Fatool   Drums
Harold Feldman   Oboe
David Frisina   Violin
Benny Gill   Violin
Harry Glickman   Violin
Bernie Glow   Trumpet
Frank Grillo   Jawbone
Julius Held   Violin
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Milt Holland   Conga
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
George Kast   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Tom Kenny   Choir, Chorus
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Fred Klein   French Horn
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Phil Kraus   Drums
Cliff Leeman   Drums
Jack Lesberg   Bass
Dan Lube   Violin
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Erno Neufeld   Violin
George Ockner   Violin
Romeo Penque   Clarinet,Saxophone
Danny Perri   Guitar
Jack Pleis   Piano
Edward B. Powell   Flute
Carl A. Racine   Viola
Lou Raderman   Violin
Thurl Ravenscroft   Background Vocals
Joe Reisman   Performing Ensemble
Abraham Richman   Saxophone
Mischa Russell   Violin
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Tosha Samaroff   Violin
William Schaffer   Trombone
Hymie Schertzer   Clarinet,Saxophone
Lucien Schmit   Cello
Moe Schneider   Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Harvey Shapiro   Violin
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Percussion,Drums
Mock Shopnick   Bass
Alan Shulman   Cello
Paul Shure   Violin
Lou Singer   Percussion,Drums,Marimbas
M. Smith   Background Vocals
Terry Snyder   Drums
Phil Stephens   Bass
David Sterkin   Viola
Ann Mason Stockton   Harp
Alvin Stoller   Bongos
Melvin Tax   Saxophone
Lloyd Ulyate   Trombone
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Stanley Wrightsman   Piano
Hubert Anderson   Percussion,Drums
Eleanor Slatkin   Cello
Anthony Terran   Trumpet
Julius Brand   Violin
Murray Kellner   Violin
Pullman Pederson   Trombone
Jack Saunders   Percussion,Drums
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Fred T. Tavares   Steel Guitar
Stanley Webb   Saxophone
Ray Romero   Conga
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Eugene Orloff   Violin
Russell Banzer   Bassoon,Saxophone
Sidney Brecher   Viola
John d'Agostino   Trombone
Ottavio de Rosa   French Horn
Bernard Greenhouse   Cello
Maurice Hershaft   Violin
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Charles Magnante   Accordion
Seymour Miroff   Violin
Ramon Rivera   Bongos
Henry Ross   Saxophone
Elise Bretton   Choir, Chorus
Arnold Fishkind   Bass
Frank Guerrero   Drums
Francisco Pozo   Bongos
Frank Saracco   Trombone
Tony Reyes   Bass
Steve Steck   Choir, Chorus
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Julius Schacter   Violin
Eddie Rosa   Clarinet
Jerry Duane   Choir, Chorus
Salvator Franzella   Saxophone
Harold Furmansky   Viola
Lee Gotch   Choir, Chorus
William Guy   Trumpet
Ivan Lopes   Bongos
Eugene Lowell   Choir, Chorus
Ray McKinstry   Saxophone
Sebastian Mure   Guitar
Mike Pagone   Timbales
Henry Rowland   Piano
Max Tarr   Violin
Max Tartasky   Violin
James "Jim Bob" Wheatley   Choir, Chorus
Miriam Workman   Choir, Chorus
William Rodriguez   Drums
Manuel Stevens   Trumpet
Betty Allen   Choir, Chorus
James Maxwell   Trumpet
Charles Schroeder   Choir, Chorus
Florence Cadrez   Choir, Chorus
Howard   Saxophone
Ada Beth Lee   Choir, Chorus
Dale Issenhuth   Saxophone
Betty Noyes   Choir, Chorus
Margaret Hairston   Choir, Chorus
Robert Harter   Choir, Chorus
Howard Hudson   Choir, Chorus
Joseph G. Joe Comfort   Bass
Paul "Scooby" Smith   Piano,Celeste
John McClanian Best   Trumpet
Stanley F. Kraft   Violin
Albert Muenzer   Violin
Guillermo Pérez   Claves
Harry Bruer   Drums
Oscar Chasow   Violin
George Comfort   Choir, Chorus
Rubin Davis   Violin
Aldo Del Missler   Saxophone
Roland Dupont   Trombone
Edwin Cole   Organ
F.L. Howard   Clarinet
Raymond Hunoz   Percussion,Drums
Floy Lassiter   Choir, Chorus
Arno Levitch   Violin
Edwin Lindstrom   Choir, Chorus
Perry Botkin and His Orchestra   Guitar
Mile Mangus   Saxophone
Henry Hill   Violin
Fay Miller   Choir, Chorus
Bob Moody   Choir, Chorus
Bob Parish   Choir, Chorus
Victor Piemonte   Calliope
Bertha Powell   Choir, Chorus
Peggy Powers   Choir, Chorus
Joe Pryor   Choir, Chorus
Ralph Ransell   Marimbas
Alfonso Sanchez   Flute
Sam Shamper   Violin
Sal Spinelli   Violin
R. Stevens   Background Vocals
Arthur Tabachnick   Violin
Rae Whitney   Choir, Chorus
Ramon "Mongo" Santamaria   Conga
Wild Bill Thompson   Choir, Chorus
Henri René & His Orchestra and Chorus   Performing Ensemble
Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra And Chorus   Performing Ensemble
Louis Oles   Trumpet
Armand Kaproff   Cello
Tommy Romersa   Drums
Vincent Terri   Guitar
Roger White   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

André Hornez   Composer
Jerome Moross   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
Hugh Palmer   Liner Notes
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Baz Tabarez   Composer
Traditional   Composer
John Mazlish   Composer
Joan Javits   Composer

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