Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back

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Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back
Studio album by Brent Spiner
Released June 11, 1991
Genre Traditional pop music
Length 34:11
Label Bay Cities, Inc.
Producer Wendy Neuss,
Dennis McCarthy,
Brent Spiner

Ol' Yellow Eyes Is Back is an album by Brent Spiner, best known for his role as Data in the American television series Star Trek: The Next Generation, first released in June 1991. The title is a parodic reference both to Frank Sinatra's Ol' Blue Eyes Is Back and the Data character, whose eyes are golden yellow. On the album, Spiner is backed by the orchestra from that series as he sings a number of old pop standards, mostly from the 1930s and 1940s. In the liner notes, he writes of Sinatra's "You Make Me Feel So Young":

Sinatra at his awesome best. This song and dozens of others accompanied every dinner I ate between the ages of five and thirteen. My stepfather, an amateur saxophone player and a hell of a mambo dancer, had put together one of the all time great collections of popular music recordings anywhere. So, to my good fortune, we dined each night with the likes of Ol' Blue Eyes, Judy Garland, Nat "King" Cole, Rosemary Clooney, Louis Prima and Keely Smith and every other singer that ever performed on Capitol, Decca or R.C.A. records.

Spiner had help from a number of his colleagues from Star Trek: TNG. Wendy Neuss, associate producer for the series, and Dennis McCarthy, who scored the music for many of the episodes, co-produced the album with Spiner. Several fellow cast members even joined him to sing "It's a Sin (To Tell a Lie)," sportingly appearing under the group name of "The Sunspots", a word play on The Ink Spots, the first group to perform this song.[1]

According to Spiner, the album was released in Europe against his wishes after he had rejected attempts by the record company to renegotiate his contract.[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Time After Time" (w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne)
  2. "The Very Thought of You" (w.m. Ray Noble)
  3. "More Than You Know" (w. Edward Eliscu & Billy Rose m. Vincent Youmans)
  4. "Toot Toot Tootsie" (w.m. Ted Fio Rito, Robert A. King, Gus Kahn & Ernie Erdman)
  5. "Embraceable You" (w. Ira Gershwin m. George Gershwin)
  6. "It's a Sin (To Tell a Lie)" (w.m. Billy Mayhew)
  7. "Long, Long Time" (w. Sammy Cahn m. Jule Styne)
  8. "Carolina in the Morning" (w. Gus Kahn m. Walter Donaldson)
  9. "Marie" (Randy Newman)
  10. "Zing! Went the Strings of My Heart" (w.m. James F. Hanley)
  11. "When I Fall in Love" (w. Edward Heyman m. Victor Young)
  12. "Goodnight, Sweetheart" (w.m. Ray Noble, Jimmy Campbell, Reg Connelly, adapted by Rudy Vallee)

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bornfield, Steve (1991) "This and That", Albany Times Union, June 4, 1991, retrieved 2012-04-21 via Highbeam Research (subscription required)
  2. ^ Millar, John (1996) "You'd never get me up in one of those things", Daily Record, 5 December 1996, retrieved 2012-04-21 via Highbeam Research (subscription required)