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By Special Request


Download links and information about By Special Request. This album was released in 1956 and it belongs to Jazz, Pop genres. It contains 12 tracks with total duration of 33:14 minutes.

Release date: 1956
Genre: Jazz, Pop
Tracks: 12
Duration: 33:14
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No. Title Length
1. Give Me the Simple Life (Carmen McRae) 2:18
2. Sometimes I'm Happy (Carmen McRae) 2:32
3. Love Is Here to Stay (Carmen McRae) 2:39
4. Something to Live For (Carmen McRae) 3:11
5. I Can't Get Started With You (Carmen McRae) 3:17
6. Yardbird Suite (Carmen McRae) 1:57
7. Just One of Those Things (Carmen McRae) 2:39
8. This Will Make You Laugh (Carmen McRae) 3:22
9. My One and Only Love (Carmen McRae) 3:08
10. I'll Remember April (Carmen McRae) 2:37
11. Supper Time (Carmen McRae) 2:59
12. You Took Advantage of Me (Carmen McRae) 2:35



Other than a record for Bethlehem and a few scattered selections, this LP (most of which has been reissued on CD) has Carmen McRae's earliest recordings. Although her voice is higher than it would be and her style is not as recognizable, she was already a top-notch singer at this early stage. Some numbers have McRae joined by the Mat Matthews Quintet (featuring Matthews on accordion and the young Herbie Mann on flute), while others have her joined by pianist Dick Katz, guitarist Mundell Lowe, bassist Wendell Marshall, and her ex-husband Kenny Clarke on drums. McRae plays piano on "Suppertime," and Billy Strayhorn sits in on his own "Something to Live For." Among the other songs that McRae uplifts and swings are "Give Me the Simple Life," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Yardbird Suite," and "This Will Make You Laugh."