Monday, March 21, 2011

The George Sanders Touch (1958)


ABC-Paramount 231

Normally I abhor kitsch in all its forms, but George Sanders is such a compelling figure that, when I saw this LP in the dollar bin of an otherwise unremarkable record store in Austin, Texas, I picked it up.

Sanders is one of my favorite actors (Foreign Correspondent, All About Eve), and on this LP he showed that he had the pleasant voice of someone who might entertain friends at a dinner party (when people had dinner parties and made their own music). The orchestra direction by Don Costa, who was the arranger on Sinatra with Strings (among many others), makes for an enjoyable listening experience.

The LP is in good condition. It is not on CD.

Update: This album is now available as mp3s from Amazon UK.

13 comments:

  1. You picked this up in the dollar bin... you lucky person I paid $100 dolars for mine as it is very rare, so take good care of it. I love Sanders too and wish hed sang and made more LP's his voice was just incredible.

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  2. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

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  3. I've been looking for this one too. A share of the entire album would have made my day. But I also appreciate what you have shared. Thanks mate. :)

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  4. There was some heavy-handed echo applied to some of the tracks - perhaps it was recorded in two different sessions - and these three tracks I felt were the most listenable.

    Glad you liked them, and thanks for the comment.

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  5. Brilliant - I've been hunting this vinyl too, so congratulations - and ta for sharing! I love George Sanders too, and in fact he (and this wax) features in my novel Tobacco-Stained Mountain Goat (the title is also a Sanders line from 'A Certain Feeling'! http://tobaccostainedmountaingoat.weebly.com/

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  6. GEORGE SANDERS possessed of a fine baritone singing voice, often raised at parties, Sanders released an album entitled "The George Sanders Touch: Songs for the Lovely Lady" (ABC-Paramount: 1958), today a much sought-after collector's item..from imdb

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  7. Absolutely exquisite - the epitomy of George Sanders in song. That deep baritone voice is exquisite and quite mesmerising. If you are feeling generous, then I for one would be very grateful if you could share some more songs from this wonderful legacy of George Sanders. If not, then thank you for the songs that you have given us.

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  8. Glad you enjoyed the tracks. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. Kurt, They are wonderful. Thank you. Dare I ask for more?

    John

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  10. Thanks John. I understand your desire for more tracks, but I only post sample tracks here to raise interest in getting these records on CD/mp3. You could look for a copy of the LP!

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    1. I believe it is available in the uk. I can convert the LP to a CD should I get one.

      John

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    2. Thanks for the info, John. This album is now available as mp3s from Amazon UK. I have deleted the sample tracks.

      I have read that only UK residents can buy the mp3s, however. Let me know if you are able to buy it.

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    3. Kurt,
      I now have 13 songs on my HD. I will burn them today. [..] The odd one is "May to Dec."
      John.

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