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10 RECOMMENDED ORIGINAL ALBUMS*
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Request, Decca, 1955. (Reissued on CD, Here To Stay)
This, her first for Decca, brought Carmen
Book of Ballads, Kapp, recorded in 1958.
Reissued on CD.
Another example of Carmen singing straight and pure. Twelve classic
standards such as "When I Fall In Love" and "My Romance."
Live at Sugar Hill, TIME, 1963. issued by Mainstream under the
title n Person (Reissued on CD
under the title Live at Sugar Hill.)
Said to be the first recording to replicate Carmen's "live"
singing personality and style.
Woman Talk, Live at the Village Gate, 1966. Another live recording
with Carmen giving a relaxed but sassy performance.
The Sound of Silence, Atlantic, 1968. (Reissued on Rhino, 2001
A collection of standards and contemporary songs, chosen with impeccable
The Great American Songbook, Live at Donteís, Atlantic, 1972,
A collection of 18 wonderful songs from "Satin Doll" to "The Ballad of
For Once in My Life,
Atlantic, 1967, with orchestra
Jazz police - put your handcuffs away!
Carmen takes contemporary songs, such as the Beatlesí
"Got To Get You Into
My Life" and Buffy St. Marieís
"Until Itís Time for You To Go,"
them sound like standards.
Live at the Great American Music Hall,
Blue Note, 1976. (Reissued on two CDs by Toshiba EMI of Japan, 1994.)
Recorded live at the San Francisco club in a double bill with
Dizzy Gillespie (who appears
on some tracks,) these two albums presents the compleat
Carmen. Not available for some
reason. Ask a friend for a copy. This is a MUST for
Carmen fans. If you had to have only ONE
Carmen album, this would be it.
Iím Coming Home Again,
double album. Buddah, 1981. (Reissued on CD by Unidisc in
1994, reissued under the title Ms. Magic by DCC.)
With an all star cast of musicians including Hank Crawford, Freddie Hubbard,
and Grover Washington Jr, Carmen transforms 13 contemporary songs into mini
works of art.
Heat Wave, with Cal Tjader, Concord, 1982.
"touches of cha-cha, mamba and other rhythmic subdivisions that come under
the heading of Latin
Americana...a wide-ranging choice of songs, - from unfamiliar melodies to
old standards and new
material gleaned from Latin, pop, jazz and rock sources." liner notes,
From "Besame Mucho" to Stevie Wonder's "All in Love Is Fair."
"For the Love of Carmen" by Theodore
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