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New Faces Of 1956 and selections from Mrs. Patterson

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New Faces Of 1956 and selections from Mrs. Patterson album cover
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Opening / Tell Her / And He Flipped / Boy Most Likely To Succeed
Artist: T.C. Jones & Co.
11:07
 
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Talent / Mustapha
Artist: Virginia Martin
7:26
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The Greatest Invention
Artist: Billie Hayes
2:11
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Isn't She Lovely
Artist: T.C. Jones & Co.
7:45
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The White Witch Of Jamaica
Artist: John Reardon
4:07
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Don't Wait 'Til It's Too Late To See Paris / April In Fairbranks
Artist: Suzanne Bernard
6:30
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Hurry
Artist: Amru Sani
2:30
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One Perfect Moment / La Ronde
Artist: Maggie Smith
9:57
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Scratch My Back
Artist: Tiger Haynes
5:00
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Mrs. Patterson (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
3:16
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If I Was A Boy (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
2:44
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I Wish I Was A Bumble Bee (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Helen Dowdy
3:10
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Be Good, Be Good, Be Good (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
3:03
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Tea In Chicago (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
3:43
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My Daddy Is A Dandy (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
2:31
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Finale (Selections from Mrs. Patterson)
Artist: Eartha Kitt
0:44
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Album Information

Total Tracks: 16   Total Length: 75:44

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They Say All Music Guide

The 1956 edition of Leonard Sillman’s musical revue New Faces, peopled, as usual, by Broadway newcomers, was dominated (to the extent that a show with a cast of 19 could be dominated) by female impersonator T.C. Jones, who pretended to be Tallulah Bankhead, Katharine Hepburn, and Bette Davis over the course of the evening. Jones served as a sort of mistress of ceremonies, as well as horning in on the skits and songs. Only songs appear on the cast album, but Jones is a constant presence here, too, and perhaps not as welcome a one as he is on-stage. Deliberately off-key singing, for example, is easier to take in a theater than on a record. Otherwise, the score, written by many hands with the team of June Carroll and Arthur Siegel most prominent, is a miscellany seemingly constructed of cast-offs from possible book musicals. There are sincere love songs (“Tell Her”) and broad parodies (“April in Fairbanks”) and some topical material, but nothing really impressive. The most impressive voice is possessed by John Reardon, who shows off a big baritone. In terms of both material and performers, this New Faces is not a patch on its 1952 predecessor. [The 15 songs that appeared on the LP in 1956 were not all the music heard in the show or actually recorded. After the album appeared, a gray-market release called Forgotten Broadway issued some of the other numbers, but it was not until the 2009 CD reissue by Masterworks Broadway that this material was given legitimate release on an expanded and re-sequenced version of the cast album. Among the six previously unreleased songs, "I Could Love Him" is funny in the promiscuous tradition of "I Cain't Say No," effectively sung by Billie Hayes, and Tiger Haynes does a good job with the satirical "The Washingtons Are Doin' Okay." But New Faces of '56 still doesn't come off as a great show.] – William Ruhlmann

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