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KIM CARNES TO RELEASE NEW CD

by Mimi Brickmeyer, staff reporter.  [April 23, 2003]

 

 

 

 

[HollywoodInvestigator.com]  Grammy Award winning "Bette Davis Eyes" singer Kim Carnes is quietly producing a new indie CD, the Hollywood Investigator has learned from well-placed Carnes fans.

"She is doing it without a label," said one fan. "No pressure, just doing her own thing, not for the money. A little project, totally personal." 

The fan speculated that Carnes would release the CD herself, for sale via the internet and at her appearances.

As the bombshell news traversed one Carnes fan listserv, another fan enthused: "Good news! It worked for Cher with her NOT.COM.MERCIAL album -- which was released via her website and through Artist Direct. Other artists (Simply Red) have done similar things. This is especially good to allow artists creative control, while not having to concentrate on sales.

"I hope this comes to fruition for Kim (and us)."

Although primarily known for her 1981 hit "Bette Davis Eyes" from her Mistaken Identity album, Carnes was initially an actress, appearing on TV's Patty Duke Show and the 1967 film, C'mon, Let's Live a Little. In the early 1970's Carnes contributed songs to the Sugar Bears cereal lp and the Vanishing Point soundtrack (1971).

Her first album, Rest on Me (1972), established her reputation as a "blue-eyed soul" country crooner, and has been reissued on CD under many titles, including Sweet Love Songs of My Soul. But shockingly, all releases to date are marred by the same defect: "too slow" tracks that distort Carnes's voice into a molasses-like sound. This defect does not appear on the lp.

Carnes's following two albums, Kim Carnes (1975) and Sailin' (1976), were released on a single Master Series CD (sans some songs from the "Kim Carnes" album). Both were issued by Polygram's A&M label.

 

 

Carnes moved from Polygram to EMI, releasing St. Vincent's Court (1979) and Romance Dance (1980), which were reissued on a single CD last February. St. Vincent's Court had briefly been available on CD (long ago, and only in Australia!), but Romance Dance had never before been available on CD! This shocking 23-year gap between Romance Dance's original vinyl release and its CD reissue is stark evidence of the big labels' gross incompetence -- and the reason why so many desperate fans have turned to file-sharing to find the music they love!

Carnes's next hit album, Mistaken Identity (1981), shifted her image from country/soul to pop/dance, and was followed by the harder-edged techno-pop Voyeur (1982). That edge was softened in followups: Café Racer (1983), Barking at Airplanes (1985), and Lighthouse (1986), her final EMI album. The Lighthouse lp was reissued on CD only in Japan, and is currently out of print.

After Lighthouse, Carnes left EMI for MCA, and returned to her earlier country sound with View From the House (1988) -- her final album with entirely new songs. Additional new songs (and reissues) appeared on Checkin' Out the Ghosts (1991, released only in Japan, and now out of print), and Gypsy Honeymoon (1993).

Today Carnes, 57, lives in Nashville with her hubby and two sons. While she considers herself semi-retired, she continues to write songs for other top celebs, and sings at smaller venues, clubs, and charity events. She retains an enthusiastic fan following.

Her fan sites include the Brazilian Kim Carnes Fan Club. She also has an official site.

 

Mimi Brickmeyer is a Los Angeles based entertainment reporter who has extensively investigated Hollywood's biggest celebrities. Read about her adventures in tabloid journalism in Hollywood Witches.

 

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