Dionne Warwick In Paris, Scepter SM-534, 1966
The run that Dionne Warwick had with producers Bert Bacharach and Hal David on Scepter Records is one of the great pop success stories. How this teeny New Jersey record company pulled this feat off is another one. You don’t need a psychic friend to find these records either, they sold in the millions.
Miss Warwick also released 2-3 albums a year in the 60s. Doing a five week residence in January 1966 at the Olympia Theater in Paris was not only long enough to justify a custom neon marquee sign, but it would have cut into that schedule. A live album made perfect sense to keep the product coming and increase Dionne’s profile with the public. After all, it doesn’t get much classier than a Paris engagement. Scepter obviously agreed enough to spring for a rare color back cover.
The songs are classy too, with French classics La Vie En Rose and C’est Si Bon along with Cole Porter’s I Love Paris. This album also marks the debut of the smash Message To Michael which was recorded in Paris originally as a test vocal for her co-host and French star Sacha Distel.
It also came with a fantastic Scepter inner sleeve, something I’ve never seen before. I’m really enjoying my French tribute week and this record will get a few spins a year from me. I’m also glad that not too many people treasure records like this.
Cost: $2, $909 Remaining