Door Records issued Dee's unreleased 1970 studio album in
2008. The 11 track set was recorded by
Shipman in October 1970 at London's Chappell Studio,
produced by the legendary Norman Newell and featuring
sumptuous orchestrations by Roger Webb.
album was digitally remastered from the original master
tapes and features an impressive selection of songs from
films and musical theatre.
Dee's debut as a recording in 1965 for Decca, Dee returned to the recording studio in 1970 to record eleven
songs produced by Norman Newell. The recording sessions
featured musical direction and orchestrations by Roger Webb
and resulted in a highly successful song writing partnership
between Roger and Dee that would last until his sudden death
album concludes with 'She Isn't Me', a new recording from
the unfinished Dee Shipman / Roger Webb musical 'Emma' based
on the life of Lady Emma Hamilton.
YOU'RE GONNA HEAR FROM ME
(from 'Inside Daisy Clover') 3:07
02. WHAT ARE YOU DOING THE REST OF YOUR LIFE (from 'The
Happy Ending') 3:04
03. WATCH WHAT HAPPENS
(from 'The Umbrellas Of Cherbourg') 3:49
04. DINDI 3:55
05. WHAT IS A YOUTH
(from Zeffirelli's 'Romeo & Juliet') 2:41
06. THE BEST IS YET TO COME 3:00
07. THE WAY YOU LOOK TONIGHT
(from 'Swing Time') 5:07
08. LOVE WITH ALL THE TRIMMINGS (from 'On A Clear Day You
Can See Forever') 4:13
09. MY LIFE BELONGS ONLY TO YOU
(from 'The Dancing Years') 3:46
10. WHAT DID I HAVE I DON'T HAVE NOW (from 'On A Clear
Day You Can See Forever') 3:28
11. ONE HAND, ONE HEART
(from 'West Side Story') 3:19
12. SHE ISN'T ME - with Sadie Nine
(from 'Emma') 4:48
recording with Norman Newell and Roger Webb at Chappell
Studios, October 1970
Shipman is perhaps best known as a lyricist and her collaborations
with Charles Aznavour (Lautrec) and Petula Clark (Someone Like
In fact she began her career with her feet very much on the stage
and in 1970 she created 'She Isn't Me' produced by the legendary
Norman Newell, only to remain unreleased. Whilst this oversight is
never really explained - Shipman herself refers to this CD release
as a resurrection rather than a release - this is much to value in
the quality of this recording.
There are some lush, even idiosyncratic arrangements that ooze a
seventies louche glamour, particularly 'The Way You Look Tonight'
and a Cy Coleman standard 'The Best Is Yet To Come', that would
not seem out of place in an Austin Powers movie.
Shipman gives a particularly touching rendition of 'One Hand, One
Heart', the Bernstein / Sondheim standard
that here retains the childlike innocence intended by the
composer. 'What Is A Youth' is something of a surprise, perhaps
best known as the theme song for Simon Bates' Our Tune, it is
originally from Zeffirelli's 'Romeo And Juliet' with poignant
poetic lyrics by Eugene Walter.
The title of the album comes from a taster of Shipman's latest
work, a duet with Sadie Nine called 'She Isn't Me' and taken from
the musical 'Emma', a collaboration with Roger Webb, based on the
life of Emma Hamilton. As a bonus track it does little to enhance
the album and only serves to highlight the clarity, texture and
sheer magic of Newell's earlier recordings.
Best known today for her work as a lyricist with Charles Aznavour and Petula Clark, Dee Shipman began her career as a film and TV actress, singer, radio presenter, and pop columnist. This previously unreleased album, recorded in London in October 1970, and now digitally remastered from the original master tapes, gives us the opportunity to explore Shipman as a song stylist, here in tandem for the first time with another long-time collaborator, Roger Webb.
It's a lifetime ago for Shipman, who confesses in the liner notes,
"a collection of tracks I'd recorded over 30 years ago, at first seemed more like a reincarnation than a release!" It must be eerie to be offered the opportunity to revisit one's earlier life. This blast from the past is an idiosyncratic journey in a time machine, both in repertoire and orchestrations. This is definitely a curio, but it's always interesting to listen to a songwriter perform.
Produced by Norman Newell (legendary record producer, long-time A&R manager for EMI, and a lyricist himself), the 11-track set features an intriguing mixture of pop standards and evergreens, in luscious period arrangements by Roger Webb which are now unmistakeably 1960s. Highlights are André and Dory Previn's
"You're Gonna Hear from Me", from the film Inside Daisy Clover (a great opener); Cy Coleman's swinging
"The Best Is Yet to Come"; Lerner and Lane's lament "What Did I Have I Don't Have Now"; and a touchingly simple
"One Hand, One Heart" (West Side Story). However, we're distinctly in time-warp territory in
"What Is a Youth" from Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet, and Michel Legrand's
"What Are You Doing for the Rest of Your Life" and "Watch What Happens" (The Umbrellas of Cherbourg). The most surprising track is
"My Life Belongs Only to You", from Ivor Novello's The Dancing Years, which is done completely straight.
The prize for one of the oddest interpretations ever must go to "The Way You Look Tonight", which is completely deconstructed. It's bold and adventurous, but what Jerome Kern and Dorothy Fields think?
The album concludes with a bonus track bringing us up to date, with a new recording by Shipman and Sadie Nine of the duet
"She Isn't Me", from the unfinished Dee Shipman-Roger Webb musical Emma, based on the life of Lady Emma Hamilton.
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