Get Happy

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All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With a title like Get Happy, Pink Martini's fifth album could very well be filled with perky vocal pop, but the group offers something a little more nuanced here. This collection is more eclectic in mood and sound than 2009's Splendor in the Grass, which was fittingly romantic but focused more on the light pop aspect of their sound. During the time between that album and this one, Pink Martini pursued some more wide-ranging projects, including 1969, where they interpreted some of that year's biggest songs with Japanese vocalist Saori Yuki. That eclectic spirit seems to have rubbed off on Get Happy, which gives equal time to their tender and playful sides -- and sometimes...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Heather Phares
With a title like Get Happy, Pink Martini's fifth album could very well be filled with perky vocal pop, but the group offers something a little more nuanced here. This collection is more eclectic in mood and sound than 2009's Splendor in the Grass, which was fittingly romantic but focused more on the light pop aspect of their sound. During the time between that album and this one, Pink Martini pursued some more wide-ranging projects, including 1969, where they interpreted some of that year's biggest songs with Japanese vocalist Saori Yuki. That eclectic spirit seems to have rubbed off on Get Happy, which gives equal time to their tender and playful sides -- and sometimes both at once: "Zundoko-bushi" sounds like the theme to a Japanese spy movie from the '60s, but a glance at the liner notes reveals it's about a lovelorn man remembering a woman who writes love letters with her tears. As it turns out, Get Happy's title isn't so much a command as it is a wish; most of these songs are more about needing happiness than having it. As always, the group's collaborations are preeminent. This time, their guest stars include Rufus Wainwright, who turns in a touching version of his aunt Anna McGarrigle's "Kitty Come Home" and a Broadway-esque rendition of the title track; Meow Meow, who delivers a fittingly kittenish cover of "I'm Waiting for You," a song originally recorded by Chinese actress/singer Bai Guang in 1947; and Phyllis Diller, whose poignant version of "Smile" closes the album and was also one of her final recordings before her death in 2012. Get Happy also marks the recording debut of new Pink Martini vocalist Storm Large, whose smoky tones make an elegant contrast to longtime singer China Forbes' sparkling vocals. Large sounds particularly alluring on "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas" and "Sway," while Forbes shines on "Je Ne T'Aime Plus," a breezy duet with Philippe Katerine, as well as a simple, and simply lovely, version of "What'll I Do?" All in all, Get Happy is the best example of everything Pink Martini can do since Hey! Eugene; even though it isn't quite as well-rounded as that album, the depth the group shows here is a welcome return to form.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Heinz Records
  • UPC: 723721728656
  • Catalog Number: 13
  • Sales rank: 6,230

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Pink Martini Primary Artist
Phyllis Diller Vocals
Phil Baker Electric Bass, Sitar, Upright Bass
Nancy Ives Cello
Anthony Jones Cymbals, Drums, Tambourine
Norman Leyden Clarinet
Charles Reneau Bass Trombone
Rufus Wainwright Vocals
China Forbes Tambourine, Vocals
Michael Roberts Flexatones
Philippe Katerine Guitar, Vocals
Dan Faehnle Guitar
Gavin Bondy Trumpet, Cornet, Flugelhorn, Vocals
Thomas Lauderdale Piano
David Gerow Mandolin
Steve Bass Clarinet
Tim Jensen Clarinet, Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Brian Davis Percussion, Bongos, Conga, Drums, Tambourine, Timbales, Triangle, Shaker, Doumbek
Heather Blackburn Cello
Julie Coleman Violin
Maureen Love Harp
Timothy Nishimoto Percussion, Tambourine, Vocals, Shaker, Guiro
Charles Noble Violin, Viola
Derek Rieth Percussion, Bongos, Conga, finger cymbals
Masumi Timson Koto
Storm Large Vocals
Nicholas Crosa Violin, Soloist
Joy Fabos Violin
Don Henson-Blankenship Percussion, Glockenspiel, Marimbas
Trevor Fitzpatrick Cello
Keiko Araki Violin
Karen Wagner Oboe
Sarah Kwak Violin
Vali Phillips Violin
Philip Baker Upright Bass
Greg Ewer Violin
Robert Taylor Trombone, Vocals
Pansy Chang Cello
The Harvey Rosencrantz Orchestra Performing Ensemble, Guest Appearance
Chris Forbes Vocals
Jennifer Arnold Violin, Viola
Ari Shapiro Vocals
Marilyn de Oliveira Cello
Ja'tik Clark Tuba
Hossein Salehi Santoor
Bobak Salehi Sitar, Tar
August Von Trapp Background Vocals
Yoshio Oda Background Vocals
Verne Naito Background Vocals
Torao Nishimoto Background Vocals
Sho Dozono Background Vocals
Micah Wilkinson Trumpet
Max Tatabe Background Vocals
Mark Yatabe Background Vocals
Kyle Mustain English Horn
Technical Credits
Ernesto Lecuona Composer, Lyricist
Irving Berlin Composer, Lyricist
Scott Joplin Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Pablo Beltrán Ruiz Composer, Lyricist
Milton Ager Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Osvaldo Farrés Composer, Lyricist
Dave Friedlander Producer, Engineer
Norman Gimbel Composer, Lyricist
Bernie Grundman Mastering
Lorenz Hart Composer, Lyricist
Anna McGarrigle Composer, Lyricist
Jack Yellen Composer, Lyricist
China Forbes Composer, Lyricist
Mike King Layout
Philippe Katerine Composer, Lyricist
Ted Koehler Composer, Lyricist
Thomas Lauderdale Producer
Traditional Composer
Lotar Olias Composer, Lyricist
Max Kolpé Composer, Lyricist
Yan Kuan Composer, Lyricist
Robert Taylor Producer
Stephen Taylor Orchestration
John Turner Composer, Lyricist
Makoto Kawaguchi Arranger
Nuri Halil Poyraz Composer, Lyricist
Geoffrey Parson Composer, Lyricist
Karl Vibach Composer, Lyricist
Chen Ruizhen Composer
Adam Levey Cover Photo
Muzaffer Sarýsözen Composer, Lyricist
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