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CAROLE BAYER SAGER/Carole Bayer Sager-...Too-Sometimes Late at Night: Sager is one of the greatest commercial songwriters of our age. Her material lasts because she has a knack for finding that sweet spot between art and commerce making her songs feel right when they are in the moment and again years later. On the other hand, her recording career, while valued by the cognoscenti, has been met with a general meh by the general public. With a voice that sounds like what you would expect from Kim Carnes' sister if said sister was Raggedy Ann, it's actually a voice that's more charming and endearing that such a statement would lead you to believe. In any case, Raven has rounded up Sager's entire recording career on this twofer package, leading off with her debut album which has only been released on a grey market Japanese release, the never digitized second album and her third album, which has seen limited cd release and is a masterwork of white quiet storm. Where she could have very easily drifted through a bunch of Ďand then I wrote' recordings, with a few exceptions, Sager took pains to forge a career with her own voice. No matter how you slice it, there's no baloney here. Veering between Broadway/vaudeville stylings, AM pop, FM cool and more, it's impossible to find something here you don't like. The Raven treatment gives these hidden treasures the proper release they have so long deserved. The newest recording is 30 years old but you can hit the play button anywhere you like without missing a step. It's nicer if you go in order because it sounds like these albums were intended to be complete statements. All told, these were albums from an era when a hit album didn't have to have a hit single and chances were willing to be taken. There's nothing but A list talent lending a hand on both sides of the studio glass and the result is a knock out that can easily catch you unawares even today. Do yourself a favor and find out what you've been missing.

Volume 35/Number 327
September 12, 2012
830 W. Route 22 #144
Lake Zurich, IL., 60047
CHRIS SPECTOR, Editor and Publisher
Copyright 2012 Midwest Record

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