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On her third studio album which followed her second by 18 years, 49-year-old Broadway and nightclub veteran Barbara Cook turned to what annotator Rex Reed called "the new music," contemporary songs by young songwriters like Marsha Malamet, Jim Ricketts, and the team of Gayle Barnhill and Jo Anne Thain, in some cases combining these often plaintive songs in medleys with Irving Berlin standards like "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" and "What'll I Do," a practice that did the second-rate new material no favors. The only current songwriter who really held up to the test was Janis Ian, as Cook made a mini-play out of the marathon song "Stars" and closed As of Today with "Candlelight." Cook was in typically wonderful voice, ...
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Editorial Reviews

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On her third studio album which followed her second by 18 years, 49-year-old Broadway and nightclub veteran Barbara Cook turned to what annotator Rex Reed called "the new music," contemporary songs by young songwriters like Marsha Malamet, Jim Ricketts, and the team of Gayle Barnhill and Jo Anne Thain, in some cases combining these often plaintive songs in medleys with Irving Berlin standards like "Let Me Sing and I'm Happy" and "What'll I Do," a practice that did the second-rate new material no favors. The only current songwriter who really held up to the test was Janis Ian, as Cook made a mini-play out of the marathon song "Stars" and closed As of Today with "Candlelight." Cook was in typically wonderful voice, making the most of the emotional qualities of the songs, and, when the album was released, her decision to sing new songs seemed brave and forward-looking. In retrospect, one might have wished for more of Irving Berlin and less of the also-rans.~ William Ruhlmann
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/22/1999
  • Label: Koch Records
  • UPC: 099923800323
  • Catalog Number: 8003
  • Sales rank: 248,078

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbara Cook Primary Artist, Vocals
Amanuel Vardi Violin
John Beal Bass
Sal DiTroia Guitar
Ron Frangipane Conductor
Vincent Bell Guitar
Jeff Layton Guitar
Barry Lazarowitz Drums
Jesse Levy Cello
Gene Orloff Conductor, Concert Master
Romeo Penque Woodwind
The Manny Vardi Strings Violin
Stu Woods Bass
Artie Kaplan Woodwind
John Beale Upright Bass
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Ron Frangipane Producer, Orchestration
Arthur Kaplan Contributor
Romeo Penque Contributor
Ed Sprigg Engineer
Rex Reed Liner Notes
Wally Harper Arranger, Composer
Paul Zakzewski Composer
Dave Nives Reissue Producer
Stanley Tonkel Engineer
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