Let's Put Out the Lights
your honey, set the hi-fi at a whisper and get cozy on
the rattan couch before pressing "play" on Jane
Russell's sultry CD, Let's Put Out the Lights,
possibly the best make-out album of the year.
for the first time on compact disc, Let's Put Out the
Lights (Sony Special Products) was originally released
in 1947 on four 78s under the same title. It primarily
consists of lush, familiar ballads, such as "Body
and Soul" and "A Hundred Years from Today,"
and a few nice novelty numbers, like the title track "Let's
Put Out the Lights (And Go To Sleep)." The record
showcases Miss Russell's soft, alluringly feminine vocal
style, which could more than handle ballads and even swing
when necessary. It was a style not all that different
from that of Marilyn Monroe, with whom Jane starred in
Howard Hawks' landmark Gentleman Prefer Blondes
in 1953 and recorded several duets for the film.
also boasts fine arrangements by Lou Bring, Carmen Dragon
and Kay Kyser. In fact, "As Long As I Live,"
which Kyser recorded with Russell as part of his popular
NBC radio show in 1947, ultimately landed Jane her very
own recording contract and is included here as a bonus
CD is a much-deserved reissue of a fine singer's work
that harkens back to a simpler time. If you like the vocal
styles of singers that came after her, such as Julie London,
Tina Louise and Linda Lawson, you are going to love this