Anita Ellis achieved fame "ghost singing" for Rita Hayworth on the silver screen, but severe stage fright prevented her from becoming better known than she is. In the early '50s, years before her Epic and Elektra albums, she recorded transcriptions for the Standard Transcription service, two dozen of which are resurrected on Out in Front. The material consists mostly of standards and show tunes, along with remakes of the songs Ellis dubbed for Hayworth in the film Gilda. No information exists pertaining to the musicians and arrangers on these recordings, but the performances are exemplary of the near-perfection of Ellis' vocal technique, which garnered ecstatic critical accolades but produced no hit records. Ellis was a classic pop vocalist who came of age in the decade of rock & roll, and that, coupled with her discomfort as a stage performer, has made her more of a cult legend than a top-rank artist in the eyes of history, despite her prodigious talent.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Adams