VIKKI CARR - THE FIRST TIME EVER (I SAW YOUR FACE)
She was born Florencia Bisenta de Casillas Martinez Cardona in El Paso, Texas, but the world would know her better as Vikki Carr, the four-time Grammy-winner whom no less an authority than Dean Martin once called “The best girl singer in the business” and Ethel Merman singled out as being “more impressed with her performance than by any young singer.”
Sentimental, vivacious and stunningly dramatic, the voice of Vikki Carr is one of American pop music’s most versatile, too. During her long, glittering career, she has tackled jazz, pop, blues and country with equal aplomb. In addition to her extraordinary American pop music career of the 1960s and early ‘70s, punctuated by such signature hits as “It Must Be Him,” “The Lesson,” “With Pen in Hand” and “Eternity,” Carr has gone on to become one of the most popular and successful Spanish-language singers in the world, a pioneer predating Linda Ronstadt and an acolyte of Eydie Gorme’s and Connie Francis’ beloved international music tradition.
Real Gone Music have added Vikki to their artist roster with The First Time Ever (I Saw Your Face) (Expanded Edition), a first time ever reissue of her classic 1972 album produced by Snuff Garrett and arranged by Al Capps. The release features no less than eleven bonus tracks (seven singles, two unreleased sides and a pair of holiday favorites) highlighted by Vikki’s long-unavailable hit version of “The Big Hurt” and captivating covers of numerous ‘70s smashes, with notes by David St. Mark drawn from an extensive interview with the artist herself as well as her colleagues. Mastered at Sony’s own Battery Studios in NYC and featuring copious rare photos—one of this year’s big pop vocal finds!
Tracklisting: 1. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face / 2. (Last Night) I Didn't Get To Sleep At All / 3.Theme from Summer of '42 / 4. Gypsies, Tramps and Thieves / 5. Without You / 6. Song Sung Blue / 7. Love Theme from The Godfather / 8. Cabaret / 9. Help Me Make It Through The Night / 10. Brian's Song / 11. The Way of Love / Bonus Tracks:12. Spending All My Time Now Lovin' You (previously unreleased) / 13. I Can't Let My Heaven Walk Away (previously unreleased) / 14. Call My Heart Your Home / 15. The Big Hurt / 16. Let The Band Play On / 17. Reflections / 18. Borrowed Time / 19. Puttin' Myself In Your Hands / 20. I Don't Want A Sometimes Man / 21. What Child Is This / 22. It Came Upon A Midnight Clear
VIKKI CARR - LOVE AGAIN: THE LOST COLUMBIA MASTERS
Love Again—The Lost Columbia Masters, which offers no less than 17 unreleased sides including a complete unissued 1975 album plus scintillating versions of such country-tinged pop tunes as “The Sun Ain’t Gonna Shine Anymore” and “The End of the World” as well as such Spanish-language tunes as “Chicano” and “Che Sara.” The release features notes by David St. Mark drawn from an extensive interview with the artist herself as well as her colleagues. Mastered at Sony’s own Battery Studios in NYC and featuring copious rare photos—one of this year’s big pop vocal finds!
Tracks: 1. Lyin' In My Arms / 2. I Finally Got It Right This Time / 3. Who In The World / 4. A Thing Called Sadness / 5. Prettiest Face / 6. Ain't It Worth The Price You Pay / 7. It's Me and You / 8. I Didn't Get To Stay / 9. The Night Life / 10. Will We Ever Make Love Again / 11. Chicano / 12. Che Sara / 13. I Believe In You / 14. If You Could Only Wait For Me / 15. The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore / 16. Loving In My Soul / 17. The End of the World