Come on-a My House: The Very Best of Rosemary Clooney

Come on-a My House: The Very Best of Rosemary Clooney

by Rosemary Clooney
     
 

One of the positive byproducts of the Sony/BMG merger is that these discs labeled "The Very Best Of" come close to living up to the title. With access to material from the vaults of both Columbia and RCA, the great Ms. Clooney's first two stops as a recording artist, this compilation's producers could deliver her most enduring work. The 14 tracks here are evenly… See more details below

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One of the positive byproducts of the Sony/BMG merger is that these discs labeled "The Very Best Of" come close to living up to the title. With access to material from the vaults of both Columbia and RCA, the great Ms. Clooney's first two stops as a recording artist, this compilation's producers could deliver her most enduring work. The 14 tracks here are evenly divided between the career-launching, Mitch Miller/Al Ham-produced Columbia sides (1952-57) and Clooney's 1958-60 RCA landmarks. Although Miller saddled his young protégée with some featherweight novelties such as her 1952 debut, "Come On-A My House" (which Clooney took to the top of the charts for eight weeks -- other artists would die for such featherweight novelties) and "Botch-A-Me (Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina)" (a No. 2 single for three weeks, also in '52), he also gave her more substantive fare that she turned into some of the dreamiest love songs of all time, such as "Tenderly" and "Hey There." Following Tony Bennett's lead, she also became one of the first pop artists to explore country music's crossover potential with a '52 chart-topping version of Hank Williams's "Half as Much." Moving to RCA, she struck up an intensely personal and professional relationship with arranger Nelson Riddle and became one of the premier romantic female vocalists of her time on the strength of hits such as "How Am I to Know?" and "By Myself." Two stirring duets with Bing Crosby are featured on the disc, as well as Rosie's swaggering take on "Mack the Knife." And oh, those luscious, string-rich Riddle arrangements!

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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A little brief at under 45 minutes, Come on-a My House: The Very Best of Rosemary Clooney includes most of the best of Clooney's Columbia hits (the title track, "This Ole House," "Botch-a-Me [Ba-Ba-Baciami Piccina]"), along with a few excellent album tracks ("Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie," "How Am I to Know?"), but it pales in comparison next to her better retrospectives, including 16 Most Requested Songs, where listeners will find "Mambo Italiano" and "I Could Have Danced All Night."

Product Details

Release Date:
08/01/2006
Label:
Sony Mod - Afw Line
UPC:
0828768027523
catalogNumber:
80275
Rank:
343440

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Percy Faith   Conductor
Bing Crosby   Vocals
Laurindo Almeida   Guitar
Buddy Collette   Saxophone
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Billy May   Conductor
Jimmy Rowles   Piano
Sal Salvador   Guitar
Bud Shank   Saxophone
Pete Candoli   Trumpet
Ronnie Lang   Saxophone
Abe Most   Saxophone
Stan Freeman   Harpsichord
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Buddy Cole   Piano,Leader
Bob Bain   Guitar
Pérez Prado   Conductor
Si Zentner   Trombone
Frank Beach   Trumpet
Milt Bernhart   Trombone
Verlye Mills   Harp
Larry Bunker   Drums
Frank Carroll   Bass
Joe Comfort   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Don Fagerquist   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Milt Holland   Percussion,Drums
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Joe Koch   Saxophone
Eddie Kusby   Trombone
Joe Mondragon   Bass
Murray McEachern   Trombone
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Ralph Pena   Bass
Uan Rasey   Trumpet
Allan Reuss   Guitar
George Roberts   Trombone,Truba
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Shorty Sherock   Trumpet
Lou Singer   Percussion,Drums
Terry Snyder   Drums
Phil Stephens   Tuba
Alvin Stoller   Percussion,Drums
Joe Triscari   Trumpet
Fred Falensby   Saxophone
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Frank Emilio Flynn   Drums
Carroll Lewis   Trumpet
Tommy Pederson   Trombone
Bob Thompson   Conductor
Bill Miller   Piano
Ted Nash   Saxophone

Technical Credits

Marc Blitzstein   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Percy Faith   Arranger
Billy May   Arranger
Mitch Miller   Producer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Bertolt Brecht   Composer
Dorothy Parker   Composer
William Saroyan   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Herman Diaz   Producer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Bones Howe   Engineer
Burton Lane   Composer
Alan Jay Lerner   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Schmitt   Engineer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Jack King   Composer
Frederick Loewe   Composer
Simon Rady   Producer
Ham   Producer
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Richard D. Freed   Composer
Howard Fritzon   Art Direction
Dick Peirce   Producer
Bud Fraker   Cover Photo
Julia Fullerton Batten   Cover Photo

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