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The Essential Eartha Kitt

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Monotonous [From New Faces of 1952]
    2. Bal Petit Bal [From New Faces of 1952]
    3. Annie Doesn't Live Here Anymore
    4. Two Lovers
    5. I Want to Be Evil
    6. C'est Si Bon [It's So Good]
    7. Uska Dara: A Turkish Tale
    8. Angelitos Negros
    9. Santa Baby
    10. Under the Bridges of Paris
    11. Let's Do It [From In Paris]
    12. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes [From Roberta]
    13. My Heart Belongs to Daddy [From Leave It to Me]
    14. Lovin' Spree
    15. Somebody Bad Stole de Wedding Bell (Who's Got de Ding Dong)
    16. Looking for a Boy
    17. If I Was a Boy [From Mrs. Patterson]
    18. My Daddy Is a Dandy [From Mrs. Patterson]
    19. Hey Jacque
    20. Heel [L'homme], The
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Day the Circus Left Town, The
    2. Mambo de Paree
    3. Dinner for One Please, James
    4. Sweet and Gentle (Me Lo Dijo Adela)
    5. Je Cherche Un Homme [I Want a Man]
    6. Just an Old Fashioned Girl
    7. Mademoiselle Kitt
    8. Lazy Afternoon [From the Golden Apple]
    9. Lisbon Antigua
    10. Lullaby of Birdland
    11. Honolulu Rock and Roll
    12. I'm a Funny Dame [From Happy Hunting]
    13. Woman Wouldn't Be a Woman [From Shinbone Alley], A
    14. Toujours Gai [From Shinbone Alley]
    15. Take My Love, Take My Love
    16. Careless Love
    17. Memphis Blues, The
    18. Chantez Les Bas [Sing 'Em Low]
    19. St. Louis Blues
    20. Steal Away
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 83419

  • Credits
    ProducerDidier C. Deutsch (Compilation)

    Liner Note Author: Michael Hill.
    Recording information: 01/03/1955; 01/13/1953; 01/20/1955; 03/07/1956; 03/12/1953; 03/13/1953; 03/15/1953; 04/04/1956; 04/05/1956; 05/02/1955; 05/06/1957; 06/15/1952; 07/18/1957; 09/12/1954; 10/05/1953; 10/12/1953; 10/17/1956; 10/19/1954; 10/20/1955; 12/02/1955; 12/06/1957; 12/09/1957; 12/10/1957; 12/29/1953.
    With her slinky, alluring stage presence and her wink-in-the-eye purr of a voice, Eartha Kitt was a one-of-a-kind artist and act in the 1950s, an icon who, had she been a young star when the era hit in the '80s, would have made the song video her own: she instinctively understood that the visual and the song go hand in hand in the modern pop world. This two-disc, 40-track set collects the best of her recordings for RCA Victor between 1952 and 1957, including 1952's sultry "Monotonous," 1953's "Santa Baby," "My Heart Belongs to Daddy" and "I Want to Be Evil," the haunting "The Day the Circus Left Town," and the weary, resigned "Dinner for One Please, James" both from 1955, and 1957's "St. Louis Blues," drawn from the motion picture of the same name that hit movie screens in 1958. Kitt went on to more movie, stage, club, and television work, but the heart of her recorded legacy as a singer is collected here. ~ Steve Leggett

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