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Marlene Dietrich, Falling In Love Again



The inimitable charms of the immortal Marlene Dietrich are superbly captured in this collection of the screen legend’s finest recordings

Marlene Dietrich, Falling In Love Again


"Take a lady with a mysterious past, an exotic accent, Slavic beauty, and an androgynous voice. Mix it up and what have you got? Marlene Dietrich! She served a long apprenticeship before her "discovery" by Josef von Sternberg in 1930. This was a time when there was a link between the British and German film industry. Films were shot in both languages, and her Berlin recordings of songs from "The Blue Angel" appear here in English (Blonde Women) and German (Falling in Love Again & I am the Naughty Lola). These earlier recordings, in which she sings to a jazz band accompaniment, are quite raw, and are followed by two of the six songs she recorded in Paris in 1933. Her transformation into an international star dates from her arrival in Hollywood, but unaccountably she did not make another commercial record until December 1939, when she cut six songs with Victor Young, all of which are included (the English version of "Falling in Love Again" is the closer). Marlene Dietrich made some songs her own, and "Lili Marlene" falls in that category, although she wasn't the first to record it. Another favourite is "See What the Boys in the Back Room Will Have" where Victor Young's studio orchestra cuts loose. In November 1951 she made a series of recordings of well-known songs in both English and German, accompanied by Jimmy Carroll & his Orchestra, and the latter versions are included. The penultimate track is a duet with Rosemary Clooney on "Too Old to Cut the Mustard" in which she disproved that contention - and continued to do so." - Barry McCanna