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Although best known as an actress, having made her film debut before the age of 16, Diana Dors made several attempts at a recording career. Her first recordings were made in 1951 for HMV, followed nine years later by the only album she ever made, Swingin Dors. By then a major celebrity, Swingin Dors was, as the title might imply, a swing album featuring an orchestra conducted by Wally Stott. Whilst not a chart success the album has become something of a collectors item in ensuing years

1. The Point Of No Return 2. That's How It Is 3. Let There Be Love 4. Namely You 5. Imagination 6. Roller Coaster Blues 7. The Gentleman Is A Dope 8. April Heart 9. In Love For The Very First Time 10. Crazy He Calls Me 11. Come By Sunday 12. Tired Of Love

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  • Audio CD (November 19, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hallmark
  • ASIN: B009VIDH02
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #780,227 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Overall, a really nice sound.
J. Hovey
Her singing is polished and stylistically as perfect as Sinatra or Tony Bennett.
Matt-Man
Curious, I bought a copy... ...and have been quite pleasantly surprised.
Robert C. Hufford

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Philip Smith on January 6, 2009
Format: Audio CD
I had no idea Diana Dors was a great song stylist. I thought this was going to be a camp item, but it turned out to be a very fine jazz album. Dors proves herself to be superb singer.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Matt Callaway on March 2, 2008
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I was delighted to discover that this album had been re-released, and snapped it right up, despite the lack of adequate description, even though I own the original LP in Mint condition. I was interested in the additional cover poses by Miss Dors, and hoped that the original cover would be reproduced inside (it's not). If you're after this CD for the cover art, save your money. The manufacturers inexplicably put a big disc sticker on the cover to seal shut the "doors" despite the fact that the whole thing is shrink wrapped. It is impossible to remove the sticker without damaging the cover. The CD and sound quality are fine, so it IS a good (if overpriced) way to hear the complete album.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Byron Kolln HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 13, 2010
Format: Audio CD
What a thrill it is to find Diana Dors' only full-length album, the imaginatively titled SWINGIN' DORS, on CD for the very first time. Budget UK label Castle has gone above and beyond with their job of reproducing the original 1960 album, right down to the cover's cardboard "doors" which open to reveal a lovely B&W portrait of Diana.

Mainly regarded as England's answer to Marilyn Monroe, the blonde and shapely Diana Dors was far from a flash in the pan, although her acting career sadly never really moved passed one-note romantic comedy roles (one startling exception was her performance as murderess Mary Price Hilton in 1956's "Yield to the Night"). Instead, audiences were just happy to lap her up in sunny musicals like "An Alligator Named Daisy".

Dors' career as a recording artist really--quite disappointingly--began and concluded with SWINGIN' DORS. In a collection of mostly upbeat popular favourites arranged and conducted by Wally Stott, Dors reveals a charming, solid singing voice, certainly on a par with most of the female singers from the period (her timbre and overall phrasing is quite similar to Doris Day). Even if you aren't at all familiar with Dors, you'll be instantly charmed by this album and eager to discover more of Dors' material. A rare treat for old fans and new! Recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robert C. Hufford on June 22, 2011
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I knew of Diana Dors, of course, but thought she was merely a girl who looked good minimally attired until I rewrote her bio for Find a Grave and ran across this album in the course of my research. Curious, I bought a copy...

...and have been quite pleasantly surprised. This collection of old standards is Cadillac music and if Diana's voice wasn't a Cadillac it was a very good Buick with plenty of strength and perfect diction. Some tracks are better known than others and I particularly like "That's How It Is" and "Namely You". My favorite, however, is "Crazy He Calls Me" though I confess that when I listen to it in my mind I hear it in Eileen Farrel's voice...that's a most unfair comparison; to use the car analogy, Eileen was an absolutely exquisite Rolls Royce.

All in all, a quite good album with some really hot photos in the booklet...kind of short at about 33' and the other reviewer's complaint about the sticker is true and it took me awhile to get it off without damage. If Diana was no Ella (or Eileen) she was plenty good.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Brando on February 11, 2011
Format: Audio CD
As a new fan of the UK's greatest export, Diana Dors, I couldn't wait to get my hands on what I thought would be 12 over-the-top, campy, sexy blonde character driven tunes. Boy was I in for a surprise! Diana really can sing!! Well, I already knew that from seeing her in some of her movies, but instead of taking the easy way out here and going for kitsch, she took the talented route and gave us class! Twelve swinging, jazzy, smooth as velvet tunes give this album an endless life with an unlimited amount of listens, instead of the once in a while curio it could have been. I have always been in awe of Diana's flawless, inimitable dictation in her movies - she has a really perfect speaking voice - and it is well-at-hand here in "Swingin Dors", so you KNOW you are listening to the one and only Diana Dors, even if she isn't completely vamping it up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood Hack on December 12, 2008
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The perfect album for jazz buffs to unwind to with outstanding orchestrations by Wally Stott. Best numbers are: Let There Be Love, Imagination, and In Love for the Very First Time. Diana's vocals are outstandingly good and a surprise for me, since I don't believe I've ever heard her sing before. If anybody's ever heard this music on the radio it must've been on a different planet. That's really sad because her songs really could have made Top Ten charts and Grammy awards if they had recieved the airplay and attention that they deserved. It's also true the cover flap "doors" won't fold open, but who would want the CD to fall out, anyway?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bramble on February 19, 2013
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What a shame Diana Dors was limited to playing bleached, blonde bimbos.
She could act when given the chance and she could obviously sing commercial
jazz and a touch of the blues. Pleasant voice to listen to, very nice interpretation
on standards and lesser-known pieces. Too bad she only put out one album,
but this one is to be treasured.
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