Leslie Uggams – 1966 – A Time To Love

I love old Atlantic Records, the quality of the covers, the thickness of the vinyl.

So I picked up A Time To Love when I saw it inexpensively on LP. This album is mostly covers of top hits circa 1966. “We Can Work It Out” by The Beatles, Chris Montez’s “Call Me” and “Lover’s Concerto” by the Toys.

What is interesting here is the adaptions: these are all done in big brassy style. There are even some slight chord alterations in some of these arrangements, some of which take a while to recognize they have been so altered.
Which is fine. I love the big brass and beat of this album, backing up Uggams strong voice.
And this is great in Mono. Those horns just punch out of the speakers. If there is a style to listen to on monophonic vinyl, this is it.

A1 If My Friends Could See Me Now 2:56
A2 We Can Work It Out 3:15
A3 Inka Dinka Doo 2:31
A4 A Lover’s Concerto 2:21
A5 Don’t Take Your Love From Me 3:19
A6 Call Me 2:11
B1 I Want You to Be My Baby 2:36
B2 A Time to Love (A Time to Cry) 2:37
B3 Make the World Go Away 2:37
B4 How Sweet It Is to Be Loved by You 2:37
B5 I Hear a Symphony 3:30
B6 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea 1:53

Leslie Uggams started in showbusiness as a child.
At age 6, she had a recurring role on the television series ‘Beulah’ as the niece of the title character.
She later regularly appeared on the television program “Sing Along with Mitch”, a show starring producer, arranger, musician Mitch Miller and a young male chorale, with Uggams as the guest female voice.

Even at a very young age Uggams displayed a formidable singing talent. Later, as a young woman, Uggams recorded a few albums of showtunes, standards and hymns with production by Mitch Miller. 1966’s A Time To Love was Uggams first shot at recording contemporary material.

It comes off rather well.
She adopts a somehat mannered, Betty Boop-ish approach for “If My Friends Could See Me Now” and “Inka Dinka Doo“. However, she stretches out nicely on Motown classics “I Hear A Symphony” and”How Sweet It Is To Be Loved By You“.

My favorite here is “Call Me“, a 60s staple written by Tony Hatch, the swinging 60s arrangement is perfectly complemented by Uggams’ excited, exuberant voice.