Jennifer Warnes.....at the beginning of her career...
Jennifer Warnes has succeeded in a number of nearly unrelated areas of popular music - as a contemporary pop singer, as a country singer, as a singer of movie themes, and as an interpreter of the work of Leonard Cohen. She first came to public notice when she became a regular on the television show The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967, under the name Jennifer Warren or simply Jennifer. In 1968, she was part of the original cast of the Los Angeles production of the musical Hair, and she signed to the Parrot Records subsidiary of London Records, which released her debut album, ...I Can Remember Everything. Her second album, See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me, appeared in 1969. Neither album was a commercial success, and she moved on to the Reprise division of Warner Bros.
1968 - " I Can Remember Everything": I Can Remember Everything the debut album by 21-year-old Jennifer (as she is billed) is a product of the eclectic pop trend of the late '60s, fostered by the Beatles' dabblings in music-hall whimsy and classical music on albums like Revolver and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Producer Martin Cooper favors arrangements beginning with isolated acoustic instruments - a bass or a conga drum or a harpsichord - to underlie Jennifer's alto, with strings or other instruments joining in as the song goes on. The selections include one each from the Bee Gees, Joni Mitchell, the Beatles, and the Rolling Stones, along with a clutch of mediocrities written by Cooper or published by Martin Cooper Music. Actually, though, Jennifer is less interesting on familiar tunes like "Chelsea Morning" and "Here, There and Everywhere," which she tends to over-sing in an affected way. On the forgettable stuff, she is more at ease, and the album demonstrates that she can be an effective, emotive interpreter, sometimes sesting Janis Ian, sometimes Petula Clark. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. Close Another Door 02. Sunny Day Blue 03. Here, There and Everywhere 04. Chelsea Morning 05. I Want To Meander In The Meadow 06. I Am Waiting 07. Places Everyone 08. Tree House Of Gold 09. It's Hard To Love A Poet 10. The Leaves 11. The Park
1969 - "See Me, Feel Me, Touch Me, Heal Me": By the time of the release of her second album, Jennifer (still going by only her first name), in addition to her appearances with the Smothers Brothers, had taken over a prominent role in the L.A. production of Hair, which Parrot Records played up by having her lead off the record with "Let the Sunshine In" (which, unlike the 5th Dimension, who scored a hit with it, she sang with the apocalyptic verses intact) and "Easy to Be Hard" from the musical. Guitarist/comedian Mason Williams, who had jumped to fame on the Smothers Brothers show with his instrumental hit "Classical Gas" (and featured Jennifer on his 1968 LP The Mason Williams Ear Show), turned up here to accompany her on his "Saturday Night at the World" and, of all things, an excerpt from Donizetti's Don Pasacale. Otherwise, producer Al Capps followed the first album formula of having Jennifer cover contemporary material, including songs by the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Jacques Brel, and, as the title indicated, the finale from the Who's new rock opera Tommy. This time, though, the filler that marred the first album was gone, and Jennifer had grown as a singer primarily by learning not to over-sing. By toning down the histrionics, she sounded more involved emotionally, and with arrangements that had more of a rock edge, she even got to do some belting, which demonstrated the power of her voice. Like her first album, her second was not a popular success; unlike her first, it deserved to be. - allmusic.com
TRACKS: 01. Let The Sunshine In 02. Easy To Be Hard 03. Saturday Night At The World 04. Time Is On The Run 05. Old Folks (Les Vieux) 06. We're Not Gonna Take It 07. Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues 08. Back Street Girl 09. Weather's Better 10. Tell Me Again I Love Thee (Torna-Ami A Dir Che M'Ami) 11. Cajun Train
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