Miss Bette Davis

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bette Davis is not usually thought of as a singer, but her long career included several exceptions to that impression. In particular, in 1943 she gave a credible rendition of the comic war-related song "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" in the all-star World War II extravaganza movie Thank Your Lucky Stars, and in 1952 she starred in the Broadway musical "Two's Company." In the mid-'70s, Davis, who was approaching her late sixties, accepted an invitation to cut an album for EMI Records at Abbey Road Studios in London. Producer Norman Newell and arranger/conductor Roger Webb obviously were students of her work and had an appreciation for the strengths and limitations...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Bette Davis is not usually thought of as a singer, but her long career included several exceptions to that impression. In particular, in 1943 she gave a credible rendition of the comic war-related song "They're Either Too Young or Too Old" in the all-star World War II extravaganza movie Thank Your Lucky Stars, and in 1952 she starred in the Broadway musical "Two's Company." In the mid-'70s, Davis, who was approaching her late sixties, accepted an invitation to cut an album for EMI Records at Abbey Road Studios in London. Producer Norman Newell and arranger/conductor Roger Webb obviously were students of her work and had an appreciation for the strengths and limitations of her voice. Not surprisingly, the album is in essence a musical précis of Davis' career. It includes a new recording of "They're Either Too Young or Too Old"; re-recordings of the two sides of her 1965 Bell Records single "Life Is a Lonely Thing"/"Mother of the Bride"; performances of songs from her films "It Can't Be Wrong" from Now, Voyager, "I've Written a Letter to Daddy" from Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?, and the title song from Hush… Hush, Sweet Charlotte; and a re-created dialogue excerpt from the movie classic All About Eve. The other songs have a mature, philosophical tone appropriate to the singer's age, particularly "Growing Older, Feeling Younger," contributed by Newell and Webb. Davis was not a great singer, by any means, but she could carry a tune as well as, say, Marlene Dietrich, if not better, and like Dietrich she had a distinctive, identifiable voice that allowed her to inject a heavy dose of acting into her singing. The result was a perfectly respectable recording to be treasured by her fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471905823
  • Catalog Number: 19058
  • Sales rank: 79,141

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Davis Primary Artist
Roger Webb Conductor
Technical Credits
Buffy Sainte-Marie Composer
Charles Trénet Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Kenny Ascher Composer
Peter Bown Engineer
Kim Gannon Composer
Norman Newell Producer
Alan Silverman Mastering
Max Steiner Composer
Paul Williams Composer
Albert Beach Composer
Roger Webb Arranger
Dan O'Leary Producer, Reissue
Michael Jarrett Engineer
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