Sings I Believe in You + The Look of Love, The Sound of Soul (2 LP on 1 CD) Digipack
  • Vee-Jay VJS-1094 Vee-Jay VJS-1094
  • Vault SLP-116 Vault SLP-116

Sam Fletcher

Sings I Believe in You + The Look of Love, The Sound of Soul (2 LP on 1 CD) Digipack

Blue Moon 800 Series

Personnel:
Sam Fletcher (vcl), Bill Finegan, Harry Betts (dir), Harry Edison, Bobby Bryant (tp), Lloyd Ulyate (tb), Ronny Lang, Ted Nash, Ed Rosa, Jules Jacob (reeds), Gerald Wiggins (p), Emil Richards (vib, perc), Barney Kessel, Tom Tedesco (g), Jimmy Bond (b), Jackie Mills (d)

Reference: BMCD 892

Bar code: 8427328008921

· Collector's Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit


Though Sam Fletcher (1933-1984) began singing as a child in the churches of his native Memphis, Tennessee, it was only in 1959 that he made his recording debut with two singles for M-G-M’s subsidiary, Metro. His big baritone voice found favour with critics and audiences and led to several more singles, first for Cub—another M-G-M brand—and then RCA Victor, and Warner Bros. Signing for Vee-Jay Records in 1964, he made his classic LP “Sam Fletcher Sings, I Believe in You.” By then, Sam and his family had moved to Los Angeles, and in 1967 he recorded his second and last album, “The Look of Love—The Sound of Soul,” for Vault Records. An eclectic collection of standards and pop tunes arranged and conducted by Harry Betts, it was dramatic verification of Sam’s versatility which included a new version of I Believe in You—his signature song recorded for RCA in 1961.

But in late 1967 he was arrested for heroin possession, and though he eventually cleaned up his act, his career was effectively over. His biggest fans included some of history’s greatest vocalists, among them Nat King Cole, Aretha Franklin and Nancy Wilson, and he left behind a legacy of music and performing that recalls a bygone era of class and sophistication.


Tracklisting:
01. I Believe in You (Frank Loesser) 2:13
02. Somewhere Along the Way (Kurtz-Gallop) 3:14
03. Sophisticated Lady (Ellington-Parish-Mills) 4:12
04. Make Me A Present of You (Joe Greene) 2:26
05. Sleeping Bee (Arlen-Capote) 3:50
06. Moon River (Mancini-Mercer) 2:28
07 That Sunday, That Summer (Weiss-Sherman) 2:53
08. Taste of Honey (Scott-Marlow) 3:34
09. I Won’t To Cry Anymore (Frisch-Wise) 3:36
10. More (Ortolani-Newell) 3:24
11. Can’t Buy Me Love (Lennon-McCartney) 2:55
12. I Could Have Told You So (Van Heusen-Sigman) 2:54
13. Don’t Let Me Lose This Dream (Aretha Franklin) 2:25
14. What’ll I Do (Irving Berlin) 2:47
15. Please Send Me Someone To Love (Percy Mayfield) 3:37
16. Theme from “Hotel” (Johnny Keating) 3:05
17. Watch What Happens (Legrand-Gimbel) 2:13
18. God Only Knows (Wilson-Asher) 2:51
19. I Believe in You (Frank Loesser) 3:09
20. The Look of Love (Bacharach-David) 3:22
21. Release Me (Miller-Williams-Young) 2:54
22. You’d Better Come Come (Hatch) 2:21
23. More Today Than Yesterday (Pat Upton) 3:16

Sources:
Tracks #1-12, from the album “Sings I Believe in You” (Vee-Jay VJS-1094)
Tracks #13-22, from the album “The Look of Love, The Sound of Soul” (Vault SLP-116)
Track #23, from the Vault sessions but not included on the LP
(only issued on the single No. 502)

Sam Fletcher, vocals

Personnel on "Sings I Belive in You":
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Bill Finegan
Collective personnel includes: Harry Edison, Bobby Bryant (tp), Lloyd Ulyate (tb), Ronny Lang, Ted Nash, Ed Rosa, Jules Jacob (reeds), Gerald Wiggins (p), Emil Richards (vib, perc), Barney Kessel, Tom Tedesco (g), Jimmy Bond (b), Jackie Mills (d)
Recorded at United Recorders, Hollywood, July 3-18, 1964

Personnel on "The Look of Love":
Orchestra Arranged and Conducted by Harry Betts (Unidentified personnel)
Recorded at Contemporary Studios, Los Angeles, June 1967

Liner notes: Jordi Pujol, George Hocutt
Vault design: Ralph Kaffel. Photo: Ray Avery
Original recordings produced by Lee Young (#1-12) and Jack Lewerke, Jackie Mills,
Gene Simmons & Wednesday’s Child Prod. (#13-23)
This compilation produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · 24-Bit Digitally Remastered
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$11.87  (tax incl.)

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