Betcha Bottom Dollar

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Poised somewhere between the Andrews Sisters and Nouvelle Vague, the Puppini Sisters modernize vocal harmony pop while keeping its "so traditional, it's hip" appeal. On their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar, the Sisters' style is their substance; it's not a coincidence that the founding Puppini, Marcella, worked for fashion icon Vivienne Westwood before forming the group. Fortunately, the trio's style -- vintage '40s outfits, cheeky covers of new wave and post-punk classics and all -- manages to stay on the likeable, not grating, side of kitsch. Taken individually, the trio's voices aren't spectacular, but they blend together nicely enough to create a convincing homage to the...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
Poised somewhere between the Andrews Sisters and Nouvelle Vague, the Puppini Sisters modernize vocal harmony pop while keeping its "so traditional, it's hip" appeal. On their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar, the Sisters' style is their substance; it's not a coincidence that the founding Puppini, Marcella, worked for fashion icon Vivienne Westwood before forming the group. Fortunately, the trio's style -- vintage '40s outfits, cheeky covers of new wave and post-punk classics and all -- manages to stay on the likeable, not grating, side of kitsch. Taken individually, the trio's voices aren't spectacular, but they blend together nicely enough to create a convincing homage to the heyday of vocal harmony pop in the '30s and '40s. A very pleasant "Mr. Sandman," a pretty, languid "Java Jive" and "Sway" are among the best vocal pop standards on Betcha Bottom Dollar, but interestingly enough, the Puppini Sisters often sound less campy on the songs they remake than on the classics. Not surprisingly, the original versions of the tracks they've chosen to give three-part harmony makeovers have strong melodies and distinctive singers, so it's not really all that surprising that Kate Bush's "Wuthering Heights" sounds lovely with three-part harmonies, or that their version of Blondie's "Heart of Glass" fits right in with "Mr. Sandman." There are times on Betcha Bottom Dollar that things feel a little too knowing and ironic, as on the chirpy cover of the Smiths' "Panic," and the album might be a little too long for the mood it's trying to sustain. On the whole, however, the genuine affection for the styles the Puppini Sisters adopt and adapt saves Betcha Bottom Dollar from being insufferably cutesy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/1/2007
  • Label: Verve Forecast
  • UPC: 602498461709
  • Catalog Number: 000840902
  • Sales rank: 2,716

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sisters (3:06)
  2. 2 Mr. Sandman (2:37)
  3. 3 Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy (From Company C) (2:29)
  4. 4 Java Jive (3:36)
  5. 5 Bei Mir Bist du Schön (2:19)
  6. 6 Wuthering Heights (3:37)
  7. 7 Jeepers Creepers (2:35)
  8. 8 I Will Survive (4:04)
  9. 9 Tu Vuo Fa l'Americano (2:37)
  10. 10 Heart of Glass (2:56)
  11. 11 Sway (3:09)
  12. 12 Panic (2:16)
  13. 13 Heebie Jeebies (2:57)
  14. 14 In the Mood (3:11)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Puppini Sisters Primary Artist
Roger Walls Trumpet, Bugle
André Leroux Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone
Alain Labrosse Percussion
David Rand Martin Tuba
Benoît Charest Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Bottle, Finger Snapping, Foot Stomping
John Sadowy Piano
Pascale Gagnon Violin
François Pilon Violin
Nicolas Letarte Saw
Marcella Puppini Accordion, Vocals, Group Member
Kate Mullins Vocals, Melodica, Group Member
Technical Credits
Irving Berlin Composer
Kate Bush Composer
Debbie Harry Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Boyd Atkins Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Dino Fekaris Composer
Joe Garland Composer
Norman Gimbel Composer
Jacob Jacobs Composer
Sammy Kahn Composer
Johnny Marr Composer
Freddie Perren Composer
Don Raye Composer
Chris Stein Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Renato Carosone Composer
Ray Staff Mastering
Ben Oakland Composer
Pat Ballard Composer
Milton Drake Composer
Benoît Charest Producer, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Tuba Arrangement
Andrew Rugg Engineer
Marcella Puppini Arranger
Kate Mullins Arranger
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    It was excellent

    While taking a Jazz class in college I started to get involved more with jazz and the seems strange that I saw this CD and decided to buy it and it was great they make feel like the music of the andrews sisters.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    If you're into retro music with a little twist, this is perfect. With perfect harmony and catchy beats, this is a CD that'll make you move and take you back, whether you were really in that era or not. It's awesome!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Don't You Wish There Was More Dots? 100+

    I am flabbergasted!! This album is too too great. I stumbled upon The Puppini Sisters by accident this past weekend driving out on Long Island listening to the great WHLI that plays this type of music. With the windows down, you hear some, but not all. While exiting the Expressway, I heard the harmonies, so thought, "Oh, Andrews Sisters." I stopped at the light and realized they were singing Gloria Gaynor's "I Will Survive". Boing!! I got in touch with the DJ and he pointed me in the right direction. After doing Music Sampler here, it was a must have! It brings back a bit of the past, but something we definitely need in this day and age. Mixing the old songs with newer songs done in the old fashioned way makes a great way to show off the girls' talents. The harmonies are brilliant. I'm sure the Andrews Sisters are smiling down from where they are. The best thing is "you understand all the words". Compared to a lot of the garbage that comes out these days, there is something to be said for absolute quality. This is it. Wunderbar!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Puts a smile on your face!

    If you have a lots of hard work to accomplish, put on the Puppini Sisters and go to it! They will keep you moving and doing all the dance steps you would love to try on the dance floor!

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