Portrait

Portrait

by Lynda Carter
     
 

It's easy to discount crossover albums by Hollywood stars as either a publicity stunt or the indulgence of a celebrity at the peak of their popularity. Following the second season of her wildly successful turn as the star of CBS's Wonder Woman television series, actress Lynda Carter crossed over into the pop world with her recording debut Portrait.See more details below

Overview

It's easy to discount crossover albums by Hollywood stars as either a publicity stunt or the indulgence of a celebrity at the peak of their popularity. Following the second season of her wildly successful turn as the star of CBS's Wonder Woman television series, actress Lynda Carter crossed over into the pop world with her recording debut Portrait. Fortunately, hers was an indulgence worth taking. As it turns out, long before she wielded the lasso of truth or flew an invisible jet, Carter had sung in bands as an Arizona teenager, even dropping out of college to pursue a short-lived music career in San Francisco. She eventually landed in L.A. and in 1975 earned the acting role which made her an icon, but music had been a major part of her life and she now had the power and connections to pick up that thread. Dripping with the production gloss of the late '70s, Portrait is a collection of light pop ballads and occasional uptempo numbers, three of which were co-written by Carter. Two of the tracks, "All Night Song" and the Carter-penned "Toto (Don't It Feel Like Paradise)," were issued as promotional singles with "Toto" (alongside another Carter original) even being written into a 1978 episode of Wonder Woman. Her voice is tuneful and pleasantly husky and the material is delivered with confidence. The most recognizable of the tracks is a cover of Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman," but by and large, there just isn't enough stand-out material to distinguish Portrait as a pop success. Carter proves she has fine chops and the album is well-played, but perhaps with a stronger set of songs it might not have taken her another 30 years to record her follow-up. As it is, Portrait is a friendly and unassuming late-'70s pop vocal album and a curiosity for Carter's admirers.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/14/2014
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140530829
catalogNumber:
5308

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lynda Carter   Primary Artist
Faragher Brothers   Background Vocals
Colin Cameron   Bass
Bill Cuomo   Keyboards
Don Dunn   Background Vocals
Wendy Haas   Background Vocals
Brie Howard   Background Vocals
Ralph Humphrey   Drums
Jeanie Arnold Saviano   Background Vocals
Bob Siller   Background Vocals
Chuck Smith   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Billy Joel   Composer
Lynda Carter   Composer
Joe Bellamy   Engineer
Lenny Castro   Percussion Overdubs
Bill Cuomo   Composer
Don Dunn   Composer
Barry Fasman   String Arrangements,String Conductor
Ron Hitchcock   Mastering
Art Munson   Composer
Doris Payne   Composer
David Pomeranz   Composer
Vini Poncia   Producer
Tom Saviano   Horn Arrangements
Bob Schaper   Engineer
Bob Siller   Composer
Corey Bailey   Engineer
Raffaello Mazza   Engineer
Gregory Carroll   Composer
Candy Siller   Composer
Charles Clinton Smith   Composer

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