Latin For Lovers Album

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Since June I have played this album almost every day, especially during dinner. I have fallen completely in love with each song. It is an extraordinary album with special songs with fantastic melodies. It was recorded in November 1964 covering ten hours over three days. Doris displays an exceptional talent and versatility on this album. She was initially cautious about recording the album but now says it is one of her favourites.

Quiet Night and Quiet Stars leaves the listener as it says in the lyrics : We will live eternally in a mood of reverie.
Fly Me To The Moon has the has the line: Let me play among the stars. Doris' voice and the music take the listener to the stars.
Meditation is a song written by Antonio Jobim and it leaves the listener in a similar state.
Dansero is also a Jobim song that lifts the listener to an upbeat mood.

Summer Has Gone is a masterpiece. I was so moved by this song I posted the all the lyrics on this site last summer. I have played it over and over. There is a line that captures the essence of this song and it is: Empty Lovers lanes are Lonely- I wish Doris had recorded this song in one of her films..

How Insensitive is another song that Doris has made a masterpiece. I wish she had sang this song in one of her films, There is a melancholy about a broken love affair. I love the line: icy silence... What can you say when a love affair is over? It is such a powerful song with emotional depth in the way that Doris sings it.

Slightly Out of Tune asks what good is a heart slightly out of tune but the song ends on a note of hope.

Our Day Will Come speaks to sharing the joy of falling in love. It is a perfect song fo4r a new romance.

Be True To Me begs the question to what Doris may have been thinking when she recorded this song, having experienced so much betrayal in her relationships. There is the lyric -If You Mean The Things You Say that is significant in the song.

Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps - the lyric is - I Don't Want To End Up Parting Broken Hearted - So If You really Love Me Say Yes.

Be Mine Tonight - I love the lyric -Give Your Kisses in Sweet Surrender - and it ends with -You'll Tell Me That You Care- it has an incredible melod.y

Por Favor is the last song on the album and asks - Dance With Me - that is how I felt listening to
Doris singing this song.

I don't think I will ever tire of listening to this exceptional album. It is an absolute treasure that will endure. It is part of an incredible and beautiful legacy for Doris Day music fans.
Johnny

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Hi Johnny,

Latin For Lovers is my altime favorite album by Doris, I think it surley fits in with some of the music now is popular. It has a very fresh sound and the most loveliest songs ever sung by Doris. There are times that I listen constantly to this album. One of my all time favorite songs is Be True To Me... Love the Spanish part... (Not that I understand a word of it...) Sexy and great album from start to finsih.

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Peter - Be true to me - is my fav on this outstanding album.

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I love this album too and agree with Peter that it really has a fresh sound to it. Doris has a feel for Latin music and I consider her version of Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps the definitive one. Fly Me To The Moon, Meditation, Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars, Our Day Will Come and Summer Has Gone are the other standouts for me.

I never grow tired of this album.

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I love this album, I love these rhythms, Doris voice sounds wonderfully sensual
I did once a few clips here is one of them.

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Terrific video, Ania, thank you so much.

You are so creative!

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The video is a real joy.

Thank you so much Ania! It made my day.
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My first post here on this sad day had to be in this thread. This is a truly spectacular vocal performance. I think the recent Cherry Red mono release is my favorite version. It will be played tonight!

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Welcome to the DD Forum. I hope you enjoy every minute visiting here.

Latin For Lovers is a magnificent album.

Summer Has Gone has a special significance today.

There has never been a more authentic silken singing voice than Doris Day's. What a beautiful gift she has given us all.
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These passages are from Comforting Doris Day by Tom Santopietro describe Doris' album Latin for Lover:

"Working once again with Mort Garson, recorded Latin for Lovers in November of 1964. Nearing the end of her career, she was still functioning at an extremely high level and succeeded in recording this A-list album in the amazingly short time of ten hours, spread over three days. This album stands as yet another example of Day's overlooked versatility, and it is worth noting that she was here exploring Latin music three years before Sinatra's seminal recording of Francis Albert and Antonia Carlos Jobim and thirty years before Rosemary Clooney's Brazil album.

The album is extremely sensual , filled with beautiful melodies complimented by lyrics replete with romantic imagery. Ironically, while the finished recording often proved to be brilliant, Day was not at all certain of the undertaking: "When they first had a meeting and called me in to see if I wanted to do a boss nova album I said 'oh no. I don't think that's for me at all!...Well it turned out to be one of my favourite albums and I'm glad the fans really enjoy what I enjoy doing".

The reason this album holds up so beautifully forty years after its' initial release is that not only are the songs of an extremely high calibre but also this quiet gently sensual music plays directly to Doris strenght as a singer. This is intimate music with a bedrock structure of soft jazz rhythms. The Jobim tunes "Desafinado", and "Quiet Nights and Quiet Stars" receive beautiful readings , as does his "Meditation", a cut featuring the hushed plucking of the backing guitar. Accompanied by a flute overlay and the quiet sweep of the strings , Day murmurs, "I will wait for you, meditating how sweet life will be when you come back to me". Sexy, constant in her attention , and downright erotic at times, Midwestern Doris Day appears to be right at home with the Latin rhythms she had never attempted. Talent such as hers, shines through no matter the setting or provenance, and far from breaking when tested, becomes enriched.

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On this last of her concept masterpieces, two cuts longer on the listeners memory. The first is "Summer Has Gone" a somewhat unknown gem of a song by Frank Comstock and Gene Di Novi. Day is singing with great depth of feeling here,
exploring broken romance with a rawness not usually associated with her. Without ever becoming overwrought , she mines every possible emotion from the highly evocative lyrics:

Seagull cries on rainswept beaches
Year washed eyes and pain love teaches

No cheerful optism here. This is love gone wrong, and Doris gets it. Big time.


The second standout cut , Jobim's "How Insensitive" ( written with Norman Gimbel and Vinicius de Moraes ) is handled with such melancholy understatement that by the end of the track it is clear Day's version can stand side by side with Sinatra's master full take on the same song. Doris Day knows how to sing not just to one person , but crucially , as if you the listener , are the only person who matters to her; in this tale of a broken love affair, she delivers the vocal equivalent of a full-blown existential drama, vocally shrugging her shoulders and she murmurs what else " can one do when a love affair is over". Doris Day --- existential? You bet.

How he must of asked
Could I just turn and stare in my silence

This is so far from stereotypical sunshiny Doris Day -- that is so far from her stereotyped screen image of Doris Dsy.-; that it's never Doris Day one sees in the evocative setting painted by the lyric; instead it's Jeanne Moreau , puffing a cigarette in her world- weary seen-it -all fashion , as she walks a fog - shrouded beach ....Day was nearing the end of her recording career , but she here saved one of her very best for last."

Latin for Lovers is an album I play frequently, especially on a Sunday. Summer Has Gone and How Insensitive are extraordinary treasures I never tire of hearing. It is a gift that keeps on giving.
Johnny

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This is indeed a superb album. Doris's rendition of several of the songs it contains reminds me of a comment Don Genson made. (He was executive producer for one season of Doris's TV show, as well as having a hand in some of her recordings prior to that.) Although his comment pertained to her final album, I think it could be applied to this one. He said that her singing was so touching that he wondered what she was thinking as she was singing. I have often wondered that, too.

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Hi Musiclover,

Great question!

I have always believed that in Doris' films and especially her romantic songs she was totally emotionally and authentically present in the moment.

Doris had both good technical musical intelligence and emotional intelligence that allowed her to intimately connect with her audience.
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