|Sings Songs From Valley of the Dolls|
|Anna's last record album to be released...|
Patty Duke Sings Songs From Valley of the Dolls and Other Selections
United Artists Records
A Million Things To Do
I Want Your Love (Unreleased)
What you will hear in this superb collection has been hailed as 'the excited voice of Patty Duke,' which is
not, as it sounds, a misnomer, but which is a deliberate way of suggesting that Patty Duke's lustrous,
range-rich and expressive voice displays the very essence of excitement itself. Of course, Patty is an
exciting singer, but precisely because her voice is excited and emotional and full of action.
The songs themselves are diversified, in keeping with Patty Duke's own wide and considerable talents.
The numbers demonstrate the subtle nuances of character, of mood and of motivation, of deep human
understanding of the troubled soul who sings them. This is the personality of 'Neely O'Hara' in
"Valley Of The Dolls", the destroying and self destructive, self-centered and eruptive singer which
Patty Duke portrays with such power and verisimilitude.
The combination of singer and actress is a rarity in show business, as the long history of the musical stage
has so often attested. Patty Duke combines both talents in a stirring and striking blend of rare
accomplishment. Her achievements as a stage and motion picture actress, crowned with a coveted and
much deserved Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Oscar Award for her unforgettable performance
as young Helen Keller in 'The Miracle Worker' are well known. If it were at all possible, Patty Duke
surpasses herself as Neely O'Hara in "Dolls", and one detects the magic of her talents in the warm
modulations of her voice, in the heart-touching airs, the nostalgic themes, and above all, the deeply moving
arias which come through.
What impresses above all is the diversity and range of Patty Duke's performance. Here gathered together
are different songs which express the gamut of emotions which charge through vibrant and dynamic
Neely O'Hara. And different they are, for they exhibit the changing moods of a woman alternately in
ecstasy and anguish, self-pity and romance, bitter cynicism and bright hope, yielding softness and brassy
harshness. There are few performers who can offer this gamut of human emotions with such clarity and
with such controlled power. Patty Duke has added to her laurels, and added to your entertainment pleasure.
Out of all of Anna's released albums, this is by far one of the best. Not only does the album best
showcase Anna's vocal abilities, but it also has a very diverse track listing ranging from jazz to pop.
The first side of the album contains all of the songs from the motion picture "Valley of the Dolls." Not
only does this side of the album have the songs Neely sang, but also all of the other songs from the film.
Most casual fans of Anna do not know this, but she really was not singing in "Valley of the Dolls." Anna had
a voice double (sounds almost identical to her real singing voice doesn't it?). This therefore gives us fans
the chance to hear Anna's renditions of the songs that Neely O'Hara belted out in the movie.
The second side of the album is more or less a collection of pop songs to take up space on the album, but
Anna does not treat the songs as if they were merely fillers for the album! The have the intensity, if not
more so, of the first five songs and have that late 60's feel to them. To be honest some of my favorites from
Anna's repertoire come from this portion of the album. This is the exciting voice of Patty Duke...
with the film "Valley of the Dolls," this album was meant to display Anna as an