Title - 'Songs From The Swinger & Other Swingin' Songs'
Artist - Ann-Margret
For those not in the know, Ann-Margret is a Swedish-American actress, singer, and dancer. As an actress, she is best known for her roles in Bye Bye Birdie (1963), Viva Las Vegas (1964), The Cincinnati Kid (1965), Carnal Knowledge (1971), Tommy (1975), Grumpy Old Men (1993), and Grumpier Old Men (1995).
She has won five Golden Globe Awards and been nominated for two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and six Emmy Awards. In 2010, she won her first Emmy Award for her guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit.
Indeed, her singing and acting careers span five decades, starting in 1961; initially, she was billed as a female version of Elvis Presley. She had a minor hit in 1961 and a charting album in 1964, and scored a disco hit in 1979. In 2001, she recorded a critically acclaimed gospel album, and an album of Christmas songs from 2004 continues to be available.
Just released via Cherry Red Records (UK), we now have the luxury of listening to Songs from The Swinger and Other Swingin' Songs and taking in, once more, those warm singing tones of the wonderful Ann-Margret. 'The Swinger' and 'The Pleasure Seekers', films featuring the charismatic Swedish actress Ann-Margret are quintessential 1960s Hollywood pop cinema; light and frothy, flawed, but full of period bric-a-brac and stylish music.
Indeed, the title song of 'The Swinger' was written by André and Dory Previn and the score composed by Marty Paich with additional arrangements by Johnny Williams and Quincy Jones. The score of 'The Pleasure Seekers' was created by Lionel Newman and Alexander Courage (the latter destined to compose Star Trek's iconic music) and features four selections written by the Sammy Cahn - Jimmy Van Heusen song-writing team, each performed by Ann-Margret.
1. The Swinger
2. By Myself
3. I Just Want to Make Love to You
4. Swinger's Holiday
7. You Came a Long Way from St. Louis
8. The Good Life
9. After the Lights Go Down Low
10. I Wanna Be Loved
11. Kelly's Dance
12. That Old Black Magic
13. Madrid / the Pleasure Seekers
14. Blue Moon Cha-Cha
15. Next Time
16. Romantic Bossa Nova
17. Tender Moment
18. The Pleasure Seekers Bossa Nova
21. Something to Think About
22. The Terrace
23. Costa Del Sol
24. Everything Makes Music When You're in Love
25. Prado Museum
26. End Title (the Pleasure Seekers)
We kick off in fine Ann-Margret swingin' style with "The Swinger (From the Paramount Picture "The Swinger")", a track that should have you up and movin' your hips in seconds of the needle hittin' the wax. Ok, well, in this case the laser hitting the CD, I guess. Anyhoo, you get the point and so next up is the mid-tempo ballad Ann-Margret "By Myself" and that's backed by her raunchy take on "I Just Want to Make Love to You". The frenetic "Swinger's Holiday (From the Paramount Picture "The Swinger") by Marty Paich is next and that's backed by Ann-Margret back on the sultry "More (Theme from "Mondo Cane")".
Next up she brings us what turns out to be one of my own personal favorites on this collection, "Pure" and she then backs that with the guitar and trumpet roller coaster vibe of "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis". She puts her vocals to fine use on the beautiful "The Good Life (From the Paramount Movie "The Swinger"), before the fun "After the Lights Go Down Low" comes forth.
Next up is the low down and sultry smooth plea sung within "I Wanna Be Loved (Sung in the Paramount Picture "The Swinger")", before the new collection rounds out with the frenetic Latin-inspired "Kelly's Dance (From the Paramount Picture "The Swinger")" and then finally Ann-Margret's (to my mind) mumbled-at-times, but yet still mesmerizing) "That Old Black Magic (Sung in the Paramount Picture "The Swinger")".
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