Four Classic Albums

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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"...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/11/2010
  • Label: Avid Records Uk
  • EAN: 5022810197027
  • Catalog Number: 970
  • Sales rank: 162,186

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Want to Be Evil (3:30)
  2. 2 C'est Si Bon (2:56)
  3. 3 Angelitos Negros (3:24)
  4. 4 Avril au Portugal (The Whisp'ring Serenade) (2:51)
  5. 5 Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love) (3:02)
  6. 6 My Heart Belongs to Daddy (3:00)
  7. 7 Uska Dara (A Turkish Tale) (3:06)
  8. 8 African Lullaby (2:52)
  9. 9 Mountain High, Valley Low (2:34)
  10. 10 Lilac Wine (3:42)
  11. 11 Under the Bridges of Paris (2:41)
  12. 12 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (3:02)
  13. 13 I Wantcha Around (2:30)
  14. 14 Do You Remember? (3:32)
  15. 15 Looking for a Boy (3:00)
  16. 16 I've Got That Lovin' Bug Itch (2:23)
  17. 17 Oh John! (Please Don't Kiss Me) (2:46)
  18. 18 Strangers in the Starlight (2:23)
  19. 19 The Day the Circus Left Town (3:16)
  20. 20 Après Moi (2:45)
  21. 21 The Heel (2:45)
  22. 22 Mambo de Paree (2:52)
  23. 23 My Heart's Delight (2:16)
  24. 24 Hey Jacque (2:37)
  25. 25 Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore (2:49)
  26. 26 Somebody Bad Stole de Wedding Bell (Who's Got de Ding Dong?) (2:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Santa Baby (3:25)
  2. 2 Fascinating Man (2:24)
  3. 3 Mademoiselle Kitt (2:29)
  4. 4 Oggere (3:19)
  5. 5 No Importa Si Menti (2:48)
  6. 6 Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon) (2:12)
  7. 7 Just an Old-Fashioned Girl (2:52)
  8. 8 Le Danseur de Charleston (2:33)
  9. 9 Lazy Afternoon (2:20)
  10. 10 Jonny (2:51)
  11. 11 If I Can't Take It with Me When I Go (2:29)
  12. 12 Thursday's Child (3:58)
  13. 13 Lullaby of Birdland (2:52)
  14. 14 St. Louis Blues (2:44)
  15. 15 Beale Street Blues (3:11)
  16. 16 Chantez Les Bas (Sing 'Em Low) (2:51)
  17. 17 Hesitating Blues (3:27)
  18. 18 Steal Away (2:35)
  19. 19 Careless Love (3:13)
  20. 20 Atlanta Blues (Make Me a Pallet on Your Floor) (2:39)
  21. 21 Long Gone (From Bowling Green) (3:44)
  22. 22 Hist the Window, Noah (1:57)
  23. 23 Yellow Dog Blues (2:23)
  24. 24 Friendless Blues (2:48)
  25. 25 The Memphis Blues (3:25)
  26. 26 Put More Wood on the Fire (2:00)
  27. 27 This Year's Santa Baby (3:16)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eartha Kitt Primary Artist, Vocals
Barney Kessel Guitar
Yank Lawson Trumpet
Warren Covington Trombone
Sanford Gold Piano
Johnny Guarnieri Piano
Al Klink Clarinet, Saxophone
Matty Matlock Clarinet
Lou McGarity Trombone
Arnold Ross Piano
Babe Russin Saxophone
Al 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
Al Hendrickson Guitar
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
Al 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 Jr. 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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