The Magic of Diahann Carroll

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
DRG's The Magic of Diahann Carroll is a two-fer CD reissue of the two Carroll LPs that United Artists Records released in 1960, the studio set Diahann Carroll and André Previn UAS-6069 and the live album Diahann Carroll at the Persian Room UAS-6080. Despite being only 24-years-old when these albums were made, Carroll was a show business veteran who had launched her nightclub career in her teens after winning first place on the TV talent show Chance of a Lifetime, then appeared on Broadway House of Flowers and on-screen Carmen Jones before turning 20. Her stint on United Artists which had already included an LP of songs from Porgy and Bess, reflecting her appearance in ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
DRG's The Magic of Diahann Carroll is a two-fer CD reissue of the two Carroll LPs that United Artists Records released in 1960, the studio set Diahann Carroll and André Previn UAS-6069 and the live album Diahann Carroll at the Persian Room UAS-6080. Despite being only 24-years-old when these albums were made, Carroll was a show business veteran who had launched her nightclub career in her teens after winning first place on the TV talent show Chance of a Lifetime, then appeared on Broadway House of Flowers and on-screen Carmen Jones before turning 20. Her stint on United Artists which had already included an LP of songs from Porgy and Bess, reflecting her appearance in the 1959 film version, also featuring Previn followed one on RCA Victor Sings Harold Arlen Songs [1957], Best Beat Forward [1958] and preceded one on Atlantic Fun Life [1961] before she returned to Broadway for a Tony-winning turn in No Strings 1962, did more recording for Disque D'Or 'A' You're Adorable [1965] and Columbia Nobody Sees Me Cry [1967], and, of course, became a sitcom star Julia [1968-71]. The Previn album, which features bassist Red Mitchell and drummer Frank Capp, is full of standards and show tunes by the likes of George Gershwin, Cole Porter, and Richard Rodgers that Carroll handles effectively, leaving room for the rhythm section, particularly Previn on the piano, to solo frequently. It's a low-key, torchy set for the most part, with occasional up-tempo moments, notably "I Should Care." This is in contrast to the live material that follows, recorded at New York's Plaza Hotel on February 4, 1960. Here, Carroll fronts a big band in a varied set, again leaning on standards, and she willingly evokes such predecessors as Ethel Waters and Lena Horne by borrowing their signature songs. You can hear their influence on her, but she often takes a softer approach and brings an actress' training to her interpretations, even to the point of creating a character and telling that character's story as a long introduction to "I Wish I Were in Love Again." Carroll achieved such fame later in her career on TV that it's easy to forget her early successes in other media. This collection helps bring the diversity of her talents into focus.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/25/2005
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471148824
  • Catalog Number: 91488
  • Sales rank: 181,698

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Diahann Carroll Primary Artist
Phil Moore Staging
Peter Matz Conductor
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Erroll Garner Composer
André Previn Arranger
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Matz Arranger
Harold Rome Composer
Jerome Kern Composer
Johnny Burke Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Adolph Green Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jack Lewis Producer, Personal Assistant
Phil Macy Engineer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Axel Stordahl Composer
Jule Styne Composer, Liner Notes
Paul Weston Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Harold Adamson Composer
Arthur Altman Composer
Dan O'Leary Reissue Producer
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