Esther Ofarim - Is it really me! - LP 1965, mono and stereo available,
The UK version contains "Away from you" instead of "Is it really me"
(earlier titel of the LP should only be "earthquake", see info below)
see article of "The Detroit Jewish News"
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2. Somewhere lyrics
3. Old devil moon lyrics
4. Is it really me lyrics
5. Here I'll stay lyrics
6. Night and day lyrics
7. Speak low lyrics
8. Somebody somewhere lyrics
9. To the ends of the earth lyrics
10. I have dreamed lyrics
11. A taste of honey lyrics
12. By myself lyrics
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notes by Bobby Scott (arranger and producer of the album)
was the last time you were knocked over by an impossibly great and new
talent? If you can remember how you dusted your pants off and
straightened your tie, then prepare yourself once again for that
particular kind of rare moment, for Esther Ofarim has a way of bowling
first time I saw and heard her I was astonished. Her voice is an amazing
instrument. She can run the gamut from folk songs to sophisticated
ballads. In fact, her voice is literally an extension of her body.
she performs it is as if
her whole body were a reed. The fact that she is petite does not
in any way hinder the quality or intensity of her voice.
is young and she is beautiful. She was born in Israel and has traveled
throughout Europe and the United States. She speaks, to my knowledge,
French, Hebrew, German and English. She is also a gifted actress. She
appeared in the Otto Preminger movie “Exodus”.
all of these gifts that she possesses, the one that I have not
mentioned, and which may be the most valuable one of all, is her special
brand of believability that she seems to put into every song she sings.
You only need to listen to Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” from
West Side Story, to see what I mean.
To arrange for Esther is to know no limitations. No matter how strongly the arrangement would drive her she was as good – and better – on every occasion. I wish I could say that about every artist I have worked with. She can belt when she has to – she can understate – she can be rare or simple.
Esther is that one in a million combination of all the right ingredients that make for stardom, and when I say stardom, I don’t mean it in the loose sense. What I mean is, she will sit eventually on one of the highest peaks of the entertainment industry’s Olympus.
title for the album is “Earthquake”. When you hear the album you
will know why we used the title.
Scott, liner notes of the LP