Friday, December 3, 2010
Spiced With Brasil - Nancy Ames
Epic LN 24238
This album is available on CD. This is the original Epic cover. Ames was first signed to Liberty and made a 7 inch titled Bonsoir Cher/Cu Cu Rru Cu Cu La Paloma and then an album titled The Incredible Nancy Ames before going to Epic (and then later, back to Liberty). It looks like Ames made about eight albums with this one falling in the middle of the pack.
If you listen to a lot of music, especially small label vanity and private press you get an idea of just how hard it is to carry a tune. And how rare it is hear a voice that has so much control, yet sounds so natural. It is amazing what Ames does with her voice, how she works every note to create atmosphere. Even her cover of a somewhat rocking tune, Reach Out I'll Be There, is very cool. I don't know how she pulled that song off, but along with the great arrangement, she does.
This is a fabulous album with a groovy 60s vibe. Highly recommended.