Frances Faye Sings - Russell Garcia Conducts: The Complete Gus Wildi Recordings
Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolino, Milt Bernhart, Gerald Wiggins, Howard Roberts, Red Mitchell, Mel Lewis, Chico Hamilton
Contains the complete Bethlehem albums:
Sings Folk Songs and Im Wild Again
This CD reunites the only two discs recorded by Frances Faye in the mid-fifties accompanied by an orchestra conducted by the imaginative and talented arranger Russell Garcia, and featuring Maynard Ferguson, Don Fagerquist, Herbie Harper, Frank Rosolino, Milt Bernhart, Gerald Wiggins, Howard Roberts, Red Mitchell, Mel Lewis and Chico Hamilton.
Faye, one of the most durable and beloved performers in the history of night clubs and records, earned a reputation as a social revolutionary because she did not shy away from including references to "homosexuality" in her act and for being publicly known as bisexual at a time when few other performers dared to do the same. The program in this disc covers a wide and audacious musical territory that included hard swingers, mellow ballads, novelties, and folk songs such as Frankie and Johnny, Greensleeves, Lonesome Road, Clementine, Hes Funny That Way, Ive Got You Under My Skin, Love For Sale, My Funny Valentine and others.
A marvelous example of Fayes atypical style.
1. Frankie and Johnny
3. Skip to my Lou
4. Lonesome road
5. Medley: Nobody knows the trouble I've seen / Deep river / Goin' home
6. Johnny has gone for a soldier
7. St. James Infirmary
8. Go'way from my window
9. The three ravens
11. Medley: Oif'n Pripitchik / Too-ra-loo-ra-loo-ral / That's an Irish Lullaby / Come back to Sorrento
12. John Henry
14. They Can't Take That Away From Me
15. He's Funny That Way
16. I've Got You Under my Skin
17. All of a Sudden my Heart Sings
18. Somebody Loves Me
19. September in the Rain
20. These Foolish Things
21. Love for Sale
22. Medley: Little Girl Blue / Where or When / Embraceable You / Exactly Like You / I Don't Know Why / My Funny Valentine / Bewitched
23. Clear Out of This World
Recorded in 1955 (13-23) and 1957 (1-12).