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The Beginning 1975

  • 1. I Won't Dance
    2. Easy Come, Easy Go
    3. Lady Must Live, A
    4. Felicidade
    5. Losing Hand
    6. Says My Heart
    7. Baby Don't You Quit Now
    8. Guess I'll Go Back Home (This Summer)
    9. Men Are Like Street Cars
    10. Second Time Around, The
    11. Trouble With Me Is You, The
    12. Bim Bom
    13. By Myself
    14. Sweet and Low Down
    15. Other Woman, The
    16. 42nd Street
    17. Don't Smoke in Bed
    18. Why Try to Change Me Now?
    19. This Funny World
    20. I Love a Film Clich
    21. As Time Goes By
    22. Something's Gotta Give
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 73233

  • Credits
    ProducerChris Ellis

    Personnel includes: Susannah McCorkle (vocals); Keith Ingham (piano).
    Recorded in London, England in 1975.
    Liner Note Authors: Chris Ellis; Keith Ingham.
    Recording information: London, England (1975).
    Primarily a collection of early demos, The Beginning 1975 takes listeners back to a time when Susannah McCorkle had yet to become well-known or record for Inner City, Pausa, or Concord Jazz. In fact, these recordings came a year before the jazz/cabaret singer's debut album, The Music of Harry Warren. McCorkle was in her late twenties in 1975, and although she wasn't nearly as well-known as she would be in the '80s and '90s, she had some very enthusiastic supporters in England -- namely, producer Chris Ellis and pianist Keith Ingham. Both of them help McCorkle out on these demos; with Ellis serving as producer and Ingham accompanying her on piano, McCorkle comes across as a singer who has some growing and developing to do but still has considerable potential. In 1975, McCorkle had a major Billie Holiday obsession and, at times, she goes out of her way to emulate Lady Day's '30s recordings (which is a mistake because it's best to be yourself). But more often than not, McCorkle is wise enough to let her own personality shine through, and one really hears her potential on material that ranges from "This Funny World," "As Times Goes By," and "42nd Street" to the Brazilian song "Felicidade" (which demonstrates that even in 1975, McCorkle was capable of singing in Portuguese). Meanwhile, McCorkle's version of "I Love a Film Clich" is too campy for its own good; this is the sort of performance that gives certain types of cabaret a bad name. Again, McCorkle still had some growing and developing to do in 1975, but excellence was just around the corner -- and Ellis was among the people who helped her achieve it. Although inconsistent and not recommended to casual listeners, The Beginning 1975 is a disc that McCorkle's hardcore fans will find fascinating. ~ Alex Henderson

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