WORLD EXCLUSIVE: Track listing revealed for “MY HEART” (Doris Day’s new album of original material)June 1, 2011 29 Comments
The British division of the recording giant Sony Music has today unveiled to this site the full release details for Doris Day’s new album of original song material.
The stunning new collection of songs is entitled “MY HEART” and will be released in the United Kingdom on Compact Disc format on the 5 September 2011. A digital-download edition will also be available in the UK only. Fans are encouraged to support its release now by placing an advance order for the album via amazon.co.uk.
In June 2010, we reported how Ms Day’s new album will feature “previously unreleased” songs which she cut after a brief return to the recording studio during the mid-1980s. Day’s late son Terry Melcher – who is best known internationally as the producer and songwriter for folk-rock pioneers The Byrds (“Mr. Tambourine Man”) – convinced his dear Mom to undertake these recording sessions under his guise. Six of the new songs contained on “MY HEART” originate from these very sessions. Although a few of these recordings were aired on Ms. Day’s eighties chat show for cable television, “Doris Day’s Best Friends“, the majority were left in an “unfinished” state until they were polished and perfected by an all-new production team.
Ms. Day was fully involved in the music selections for her new release which is notably her first for over 17 years to actually feature new studio recordings (the last being “The Love Album“). As well as the eighties recordings which we know you are going to absolutely adore there is also a studio recording which was cut for one of Day’s 1970s US TV specials plus a trio of other DD classics from the vaults at Columbia.
The album’s full track listing is now exclusively revealed below. As you will see five of the new songs were co-written by Terry and Beach Boys member Bruce Johnston: these include the dreamy title track ‘My Heart’, the romantic ‘Way I Dreamed It, the Beach Boy hit ‘Disney Girls’, the haunting ‘Happy Endings’ – sung by Terry (with a newly recorded spoken-word introduction by Day for her fans) – and the catchy ‘Heaven Tonight’ which we understand from Sony Music will be Day’s lead single for British radio (no physical or download release is planned!).
Also on the set list are three classic rock-era favourites: the Lovin’ Spoonful’s joyful 1966 hit ‘Daydream’, The Beach Boys’ nostalgic ‘Disney Girls’ (written by Bruce Johnston, who co-produced various recordings on “MY HEART”) and what is for us the absolute highlight of this entire project Day’s outstanding rendition of Joe Cocker’s ballad ‘You Are So Beautiful’. The other gem to receive its first official music release is Day’s delightful rendition of Streisand’s ‘Hurry!, It’s Lovely Up Here’ (from the musical ‘On A Clear Day You Can See Forever’) – Day’s version was recorded especially for her 1971 TV special “The Doris Mary Anne Kappelhoff Special”.
Doris remarks about her new songs:
“I had to sing some modern songs…because I had already done all the old ones.”
Now we have to admit we did hope for more of the long-lost eighties recordings but thankfully there are enough present to make the wait very, very worthwhile. We must say though we were a wee bit surprised to see some old classics creeping into the track list of what is primarily an album of new material. These additions were however hand-picked by Ms. Day for sentimental reasons and boy does she pick some good tunes from her back catalogue, these include ‘Ohio’ (from the 1960 LP “Show Time“), ‘Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries’ (from the 1994 LP “The Love Album“), ‘My One And Only Love’ (from the 1962 LP “Duet” with Andre Previn) and ‘My Buddy’ (from the 1951 LP “I’ll See You In My Dreams“) – the latter track Ms. Day included as a dedication to her beloved son Terry, who died of melanoma in 2004.
No sleeve artwork has yet been released as this is still awaiting final approval. Also as yet there is still NO American release confirmed for this album. We can only therefore encourage fans overseas to offer their FULL support to the British release which we fully believe deserves a place in the British ‘Top 20’ chart.
Remember every purchase you make of the CD at amazon.co.uk helps make it a UK hit!
Label: Sony Music UK
Release Date: 5 September 2011
Order the CD from amazon.co.uk
- Hurry, It’s Lovely Up Here (Written by Alan Jay Lerner & Burton Lane) +
- Daydream (Written by John Sebastian) +
- Way I Dreamed It (Written by Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher) +
- Heaven Tonight (Written by Bruce Johnston) +
- My One & Only Love (Written by Robert Mellin & Guy Wood)
- My Heart (Written by Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher) +
- You Are So Beautiful (Written by Billy Preston & Bruce Fisher) +
- Life Is Just A Bowl of Cherries (Written by Ray Henderson & Les Brown)
- Disney Girls (Written by Bruce Johnston) +
- My Buddy (Written by Walter Donaldson & Gus Kahn)
- Happy Endings (Bruce Johnston & Terry Melcher) +
[Sung by Terry with introduction by Doris Day]
- Ohio (Betty Comden, Adolph Green & Leonard Bernstein)
+ Previously Unreleased SongTags: Beach Boys, Bruce Johnston, Disney Girls, Doris Day, Doris Day's Best Friends, Heaven Tonight, Joe Cocker, Lovin’ Spoonful, My Heart, Sony Music, Ted Carfrae, Terry Melcher, The Byrds, You Are So BeautifulMusic, New Releases, News