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For Once In My Life

Carmen McRae

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In the late '60s Carmen McRae signed up with Atlantic Records and turned the creative reins over to producer Joel Dorn for 1967's For Once in My Life. The record is made up mostly of contemporary songs by Bacharach/David, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, and at first glance one might think that the record is just a callow attempt to jump on the pop bandwagon. One would be wrong because the record is a success whatever the intentions. McRae's voice is not as sweet as it once was but she is as incredible an interpreter of songs as ever. With Dorn mostly providing restrained and sometimes groovy backings, she turns in some wonderful performances. The two Beach Boys songs are heartbreaking; "Don't Talk" is one of the better covers of a Wilson song you are liable to hear. "Come Live With Me" is a swinging number that sounds like something Sammy Davis, Jr. would have torn up around this time. Leiber & Stoller's "Flying" is another light and smooth that works very well. The only song that falls flat is the Vegas-style take on the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life," where Dorn lays on the glitz and Carmen sounds lost. While there isn't a whole lot of jazz to be found here, fans of McRae shouldn't be scared off by the songs or the era as this is actually one of the better albums she recorded in the second half of her career. [The album was reissued as part of a two-disc set (The Art of Carmen McRae/For Once in My Life) with a collection of McRae's Atlantic-era recordings making up the other disc.]
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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1
For Once in My Life (Live)
00:02:46

Ronald Miller, Writer - Orlando Murden, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

2
Don't Talk (LP Version)
00:02:56

Tony Asher, Writer - Brian Wilson, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

3
Until It's Time for You to Go (LP Version)
00:03:02

Buffy St. Marie, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

4
Got to Get You into My Life (LP Version)
00:02:37

John Lennon, Writer - Paul Mccartney, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

5
Our Song (LP Version)
00:03:08

Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist - Tony Clarke, Writer - V. Bindi, Writer - Nisa Califano, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

6
Come Live with Me (LP Version)
00:02:10

John Worth, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist - Johnny Keating, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

7
The Look of Love (Live)
00:03:10

Burt Bacharach, Composer, Writer - Hal David, Lyricist, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

8
It's Not Going That Way (LP Version)
00:03:00

John Worth, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist - Johnny Keating, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

9
I Just Wasn't Made for These (LP Version)
00:02:56

Tony Asher, Writer - Brian Wilson, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

10
Worlds of Time (LP Version)
00:02:35

Iller Pattacini, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist - GEORGE DAVID WEISS, Writer - Mogol, Writer

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

11
Flying (LP Version)
00:02:36

Jerry Leiber, Writer - Mike Stoller, Writer - Carmen McRae, Vocals, MainArtist

© 2005 Atlantic Recording Corp. Manufactured & Marketed by Warner Strategic Marketing. ℗ 1967 Atlantic Recording Corp for the US and WEA International for the rest of the world outside the US.

Album Description

In the late '60s Carmen McRae signed up with Atlantic Records and turned the creative reins over to producer Joel Dorn for 1967's For Once in My Life. The record is made up mostly of contemporary songs by Bacharach/David, Brian Wilson, the Beatles, and Buffy Sainte-Marie, and at first glance one might think that the record is just a callow attempt to jump on the pop bandwagon. One would be wrong because the record is a success whatever the intentions. McRae's voice is not as sweet as it once was but she is as incredible an interpreter of songs as ever. With Dorn mostly providing restrained and sometimes groovy backings, she turns in some wonderful performances. The two Beach Boys songs are heartbreaking; "Don't Talk" is one of the better covers of a Wilson song you are liable to hear. "Come Live With Me" is a swinging number that sounds like something Sammy Davis, Jr. would have torn up around this time. Leiber & Stoller's "Flying" is another light and smooth that works very well. The only song that falls flat is the Vegas-style take on the Beatles' "Got to Get You Into My Life," where Dorn lays on the glitz and Carmen sounds lost. While there isn't a whole lot of jazz to be found here, fans of McRae shouldn't be scared off by the songs or the era as this is actually one of the better albums she recorded in the second half of her career. [The album was reissued as part of a two-disc set (The Art of Carmen McRae/For Once in My Life) with a collection of McRae's Atlantic-era recordings making up the other disc.]
© Tim Sendra /TiVo

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