The Audience with Betty Carter
|The Audience with Betty Carter|
|Live album by Betty Carter|
|Recorded||December 6 - 8, 1979, San Francisco|
|Label||Betcar, Verve (reissue)|
|Betty Carter chronology|
The Audience with Betty Carter is a 1979 (see 1979 in music) live double album by the American jazz singer Betty Carter. It is considered by some critics to be the finest jazz vocal performance ever recorded.
The album's first track, "Sounds (Movin' On)", is 25 minutes in length and features an epic scat solo. "The Trolley Song" is a nod to the city of San Francisco, where the album was recorded. The second half of the album features several songs written by Carter. The penultimate track is a fresh take on Rodgers and Hammerstein's "My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music, echoing the revolutionary rendition by John Coltrane on his 1960 album of the same name. The set ends with the plaintive "Open the Door," Carter's signature tune.
Billboard magazine gave the album received a lukewarm review on its release in 1980, saying that "She won't please all jazz fans - some of her affections are annoying. But overall, it's a strong package."  The Audience with Betty Carter was later included in an appendix to 1000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die.
- "Sounds" (Movin' On) (Betty Carter) – 25:20
- "I Think I Got It Now" (Carter) – 3:33
- "Caribbean Sun" (Carlos Garnett) – 4:17
- "The Trolley Song" (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 3:37
- "Everything I Have Is Yours" (Harold Adamson, Burton Lane) – 6:16
- "I'll Buy You a Star" (Dorothy Fields, Arthur Schwartz) – 2:12
- "I Could Write a Book" (Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers) – 3:41
- "Can't We Talk It Over"/"Either It's Love or It Isn't" (Doris Fisher, Allan Roberts)/(Ned Washington, Victor Young) – 7:26
- "Deep Night" (Charles Henderson, Rudy Vallée) – 2:45
- "Spring Can Really Hang You up the Most" (Fran Landesman, Tommy Wolf) – 7:22
- "Tight" (Carter) – 3:44
- "Fake" (Carter) – 4:16
- "So..." (Carter) – 7:03
- "My Favorite Things" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Rodgers) – 4:39
- "Open the Door" (Carter) – 5:09
- Chadbourne, Eugene. The Audience with Betty Carter at AllMusic
- Nielsen Business Media, Inc. (16 August 1980). Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. pp. 77–. ISSN 00062510.
- Tom Moon (28 August 2008). 1,000 Recordings to Hear Before You Die. Workman Publishing Company. pp. 949–. ISBN 978-0-7611-5385-6.