KEELY SMITH The Intimate Keely Smith (EXPANDED EDITION) CD
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  • Keely Smith Was One of the World’s Most Popular Female Entertainers in the Early ‘60s

  • Her Act Playing Straight “Man” to Husband Louis Prima Was the Hottest Ticket on the Las Vegas Strip
    and Also Propelled Her to Television Stardom

  • However, Smith Divorced Prima and Started Her Own Record Label, Keely Records, in Partnership with
    Close Friend Frank Sinatra’s Reprise Label

  • Wise to the Ways of Show Business, Smith Retained the Rights to the Five Albums She Recorded for Reprise

  • Those Albums Have Never Legitimately Come Out on CD

  • Now, Real Gone Music, in Concert with Keely and Her Family, Are Going to Reissue on CD All of Keely’s Reprise Albums in Expanded Editions Featuring Rare Bonus Tracks

  • Liner Notes by Steve Hochman

  • Remastering by Mike Milchner at SonicVision

  • The Intimate Keely Smith Is a Sexy, Swinging Affair and the Quintessential Album from Her Reprise Period

  • Produced by Husband-to-Be Jimmy Bowen

  • Expanded Edition Includes a Duet with Frank Sinatra, “Twin Soliloquies,” from The Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific Album

  • Also Includes the Rare Non-LP Single of the King-Goffin-Spector Track
    “No One Ever Tells You,” Arranged by Jack Nitzsche 

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    Keely Smith: The Intimate Keely Smith (Expanded Edition). CD

    You can’t get any more popular in American entertainment than Keely Smith was in the early ‘60s. Having blown the doors out in Las Vegas, winning a Grammy, having hit after hit and lighting up television screens playing straight “man” to husband Louis Prima, she’d navigated the tricky waters of a professional and personal divorce, striking out on her own and starting her own record label, Keely Records, in partnership with close friend and mentor Frank Sinatra, under the auspices of his Reprise label. A groundbreaking businesswoman, as well as recording artist, Keely recorded 5 classic albums for Reprise. Because she’d seen enough show business shenanigans to last a lifetime, a generation before it became standard practice to do so, she retained the rights to her masters. Those albums have NEVER come out legitimately on CD anywhere in the world. Now, Real Gone Music, in concert with Keely & her family, is very proud to announce that the label is going to answer the pleas of pop fans worldwide and release ALL of Keely’s Reprise albums on CD for the first time in deluxe packages featuring bonus tracks, rare photos, and new liner notes by Steve Hochman. Produced by Keely’s husband-to-be & Reprise hitmaker Jimmy Bowen, 1964’s The Intimate Keely Smith is, as the steamy cover and saucy title suggest, a sexy, swinging affair and the quintessential Keely Smith recording from her Reprise period. A concept album, the project was the long form representation of her legendary “mood spot” concert segment, a staple of Keely’s live shows. Key album tracks include a rendition of Sinatra’s “Time After Time” and a version of Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child”…this album presents Keely really taking wing as an artist. And the bonus tracks? Well, Keely’s strong rapport and long history with Frank Sinatra are well known. As one of the foundational artists at Reprise, which was at full creative flower, Keely was part of some really great projects outside of her own releases. With the blessing of Frank Sinatra Enterprises, we’ve included her duet with Frank, “Twin Soliloquies,” from the The Reprise Musical Repertory Theatre Presents South Pacific album, plus rare the non-LP single of the King-Goffin-Spector track “No One Ever Tells You,” arranged by Jack Nitszche and also produced by Bowen.

    1. Somebody Loves Me
    2. As Long As He Needs Me
    3. Blame It on My Youth
    4. He Needs Me
    5. Sinner or Saint
    6. It Had to Be You
    7. Time After Time
    8. Nancy/You Are My Sunshine (medley)
    9. God Bless the Child
    10. You'll Never Know
    11. The Whippoorwill
    12. No One Ever Tells You
    13. Twin Soliloquies

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