Review from Record Collectors magazine (Japan) November 2007
The lone album of Carole Creveling, a so-called "one shot wonder" singer who was carried away by the undertow of rock and roll in the late 50s and early 60s, has been bartered in the rare record market at very high prices. Further, interest in her has been accelerated greatly due to the fact that there isn't much information concerning her. That mystery is written about both interestingly and amusingly by Bill Reed in his liner notes which detail his struggles to research her.
Here, Carole sings mainly standards with the background of a quartet that includes guitarist Jimmy Wyble.
Just like the picture on the jacket in which she appears to be emerging from the ocean, her voice sounds as if the salt air has brought a slight huskiness to it. And a quite fascinating voice it is. Also, we are blessed with two sides of an extremely rare single added as bonus tracks. The best added cut, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea, also happens to be the only one on which pianist Lou Levy is heard.
This Week's Reporter's Choice is This! A Reprinted CD of an Extremely Rare Phantom Singer by Hiroshi Kawasaki, Mainichi Shinbun 9/10/07 Tokyo Evening Edition (translated from the Japanese by J.)
People not into jazz can't even begin to grasp certain aspects of that world. They might understand the ordinary collector who tracks down and collects objects in which they're interested, but the jazz fan's pursuit is very different in both quality and volume. It is very common for these people to possess many recordings, with intense studying of the musicians involved and the labels being a part of the process. Also it's not rare for these people to own audio equipment costing many thousands of dollars. Among this group, it is a very usual practice to seek out rare albums and/or first issue or first printings of albums. They may even make a trip to the U.S. in search of such records. Among those rare albums, fans have especially targeted “Here Comes Carole Creveling,” which has just been released on CD by the Sinatra Society of Japan and has quickly become the talk of the town.
The recording was originally released in the U.S. on the minor label, Euterpean. The original album consisted of twelve songs. The CD also contains one single that Creveling recorded. How phantom she is (or was) can be illustrated by the fact that the only known information about her is that she hails from Louisiana [sic]*. Beyond that, there is no information, not even whether she is dead or alive.
Creveling sings in a modern, mid-fifties West Coast style that is very likeable. Despite this CD release, are music maniacs still trying to find that original LP? I wonder.
* This was incorrectly remembered by one of the surviving musicians on the singer's record date. Also, since the 9/10/07 publication of this article, Carole Creveling has at last surfaced and is no long the phantom singer that she once was. (see below)
update: For a limited time only, the Dusty Groove site now has copies of "Here Comes" in stock AND at a reasonable price.