FROM THE ARCHIVE 258 -1962-

trkl009dBassey’s fourth EMI/Columbia album is regarded as the magnum opus of her pre-Goldfinger career, bringing her together with conductor/arranger Nelson Riddle. (Ironically, it was Riddle’s still being under contract to Capitol Records, which prevented him from working with Sinatra on Reprise at the time, that made this record possible). Riddle approached this album from the standpoint that less is more, providing elegant and subdued accompaniment that emphasized the strings. Bassey’s voice comes across with a delicacy of nuance that is startling to hear, achieving new levels of subtlety on this album. One may disagree with the order of the songs -this reviewer finds the moodily expressive “I Should Care,” reminiscent of Judy Garland at her best, to be the ideal opener – but not with the overall content of this album. Throughout Let’s Face The Music, one gets almost a sense of Bassey slipping inside of these songs, becoming part of them and they her, rather than merely performing them. The interpretations are fresh in other respects as well, with works such as “Let’s Fall In Love” or “The Second Time Around” given unexpectedly slow tempos that work beautifully. Riddle is so careful and measured in his every orchestral nuance of this record, that he leaves us open to surprises at many points, perhaps most startlingly the sudden appearance of a harp glissando on “Spring Is Here,” after we’ve been lulled into the expectation that no part of this orchestra will play full out. Re-released in the late 1990’s as part of EMI’s anniversary reissue series, remastered in 24-bit sound.

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All of me 1

All of me 2

Cover front

Lyrics:

All of me

Why not take all of me
Can’t you see
I’m no good without you

Take my lips
I want to loose them
Take my arms
I’ll never use them

Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on, dear, without you

You took the part
That once was my heart
So why not take all of me

Your goodbye
Left me with eyes that cry
How can I go on, dear, without you

You took the part
That once was my heart
So why not take all of me

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