Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Liner Notes: Cybill Shepherd got her first taste of Memphis music singing folk songs for her High School Assembly. When she won Model of the Year and left Memphis, she had a "perfect little southern voice". Filming the ... more »
Liner Notes: Cybill Shepherd got her first taste of Memphis music singing folk songs for her High School Assembly. When she won Model of the Year and left Memphis, she had a "perfect little southern voice". Filming the Last Picture Show, Eileen Brennan encouraged her to sing and suggested a teacher. Cybill studied opera and learned discipline. After Cybill finished filming Special Delivery and Silver Bears, her brother Bill came to Bel Air to visit. "One afternoon when we were all alone he showed me a film he produced of the Beale Street Musical Festival. I was flabbergasted by the whole sound of Memphis music and I knew I had to go home and connect with it". Orson Welles advised her to forget her singing lessons and go learn from doing it. August, 1978, Memphis, Tennessee, Sam Phillips Studio: Fred Ford, the man who howled like a dog on Willie Mae "big mama" Thorton's classic record "You Ain't Nothin' But A Hound Dog," is there to produce Cybill's homecoming. He is surrounded by his Beale Street USA Orchestra, usually 20 pieces but "mortified down to 12 for the date." One of the main production goals for this album is to record live with no overdubbing. "Anything But Love" is the first song cut. Jamil Nasser's bass becomes the hub of the wheel playing straight ahead (up top, Charlie Freeman would have said). Fred does an 8 bar alto solo and Cybill takes command of the last verse. Then move over, here comes "Infinity at the Keyboard" playing like "Patta-whiskey," dominating the moment with his incredible piano, Phineas Newborn, Jr. Afterward, everybody flipped. Cybill pulled the arrangement for "My Ship" out of her music case. Phineas said, "I don't play this much," which might mean he hadn't played it for thirty years. Fred said, "You can do it." They turned on the tape and that's what it is. The last cut "Foggy Day In London Town" goes so far beyond the classic Frank Sinatra version it reaches a frenzy. The horn solos alternate at 4 bar intervals with Fred Ford on alto, William "no key" Taylor on trumpet, and Irvin Reason (teacher of Charles Llyod and Frank Strozier) on alto. That's not a train rollin at the fade - that's Cybill Shepherd and the rocking Memphis underground. Cybill is "Fortune's favorite child" come home. Delta painter Walter Anderson wrote, "When the proper relation of two things produces a third which is completely satisfactory - that third thing is a miracle." This miracle will move you. Lay back and let the music do the rest.
Fill up the bathtub with Mazola oil!
Missy Sausage | Seattle, WA | 03/24/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Mizz Shepherds warm vibrato made my spine tingle almost as muchas the cold February night. mmm smores. It all started when Iplopped in the CD and "Ain't Misbehavin'" came on and it totally kicked the trip into high gear. Time stood still with Cybill, hovering above the good ol' VW bus. Moonlighting was my favorite musical of the 80's, I do believe it was a conspiracy to cancel it.Nothing makes me feel summer in my vanes like the hit title track "Vanilla." Especially when she lists off all of the ice cream flavors and her silly predicament with the ice cream man. I have found that a particular note in the song "Vanilla" contains one of the single most unsustained musical notes ever performed by a television actress/diva performer in the history. 'nuff said........go by it now!"
"What Can I Say?'
Dr. L | New York City, NY United States | 06/30/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Heard Ms. Shepherd beltout most of these songs in 1979 in a small Greenwich Village night spot! She had the audience in the palm of her hand as she sang in an evening gown and SNEAKERS! Get lost in "Vanilla"! A very seductive and classy CD!"
Swingy , Sassy & Red Hot
Dr. L | 05/27/1999
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD dates back from 1979...with a nice band accompaniment you hear a young Cybill belt out some jazzy laid back versions of classic songs from days gone by ! Relax and chill out to Cybill is exactly what you'll wanna do with this softly playing in the background."