I Believe [Bear Family]

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Over a span of about 12 years beginning in 1990, Bear Family reissued a veritable flood of Frankie Laine recordings. Several single-volume compact discs were eventually followed by three massive box sets containing hundreds of examples of his hormonally anchored artistry. I Believe, a 163-track gunboat-sized anthology, was released in 2001, six years prior to his passing in 2007 at the age of 93. Especially in light of his tireless work as a civil rights activist during the 1950s and '60s, it is clear that Laine was a much deeper individual than his presentational veneer might at first imply. Chicago-born Sicilian-American vocalist Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, commonly ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
Over a span of about 12 years beginning in 1990, Bear Family reissued a veritable flood of Frankie Laine recordings. Several single-volume compact discs were eventually followed by three massive box sets containing hundreds of examples of his hormonally anchored artistry. I Believe, a 163-track gunboat-sized anthology, was released in 2001, six years prior to his passing in 2007 at the age of 93. Especially in light of his tireless work as a civil rights activist during the 1950s and '60s, it is clear that Laine was a much deeper individual than his presentational veneer might at first imply. Chicago-born Sicilian-American vocalist Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, commonly known as Frankie Laine, was one of his country's definitive interpreters of popular song during the 1950s. The son of Al Capone's barber and a product of a healthy multicultural environment, he named Vaudeville's Al Jolson, Depression era crooner Gene Austin, operatic archetype Enrico Caruso, and blues empress Bessie Smith as primary influences. Boosted into show business by Hoagy Carmichael, Laine was also heavily inspired by Nat King Cole and the hard hitting dance-inducing style pegged by the recording industry as Rhythm & Blues. Laine's reputation would ultimately be wrapped up in well-hung cowboy & western motifs, which are mingled on this mammoth collection with sentimental hits, jazz standards, gospel-oriented songs a mode he would revisit in 1969 with "Dammit Isn't God's Last Name", and the upbeat topical novelties that perfectly suited his penchant for brusque, vigorous delivery. The mannered, sometimes caricatured intensity of his act was supported by instrumentalists whose collective experience touched upon many decades of stylistic evolution, from early blues, hot dance music and swing to bop, R&B and the rise of rock & roll. Additional vocalists heard on this collection are the Starlighters, the Mellomen, the Four Lads, the Norman Luboff Choir, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. Although he clearly enjoyed putting across romantic melodies, Laine is in his prime element with testosterone-stoked chunks of Americana like "High Noon," "Rawhide," "Bullwhip," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Water," and "Sixteen Tons." He tosses off "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill," "Hawkeye," "Hummingbird," "Moby Dick," "Robin Hood," "Wa-Hoo!," "Ticky Ticky Tick," and "Champion the Wonder Horse" unflinchingly. But it is "How Lovely Cooks the Meat," sung as an episodic duet with Doris Day, that wins the weirdest song award in this or any other Frankie Laine retrospective. Alternating between his galloping-home gavotte and her dreamily dysfunctional housewife vignette, the song tells a story of salivating anticipation and a steak charred into near-inedibility by Doris' heavily sweetened ineptitude. In a bold example of psychosexual subtext recast in high relief, Laine's final chorus exchanges the word "wife" for "meat."
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/6/2001
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127163677
  • Catalog Number: 16367
  • Sales rank: 197,026


Disc 1
  1. 1 Jezebel (3:10)
  2. 2 Flamenco (2:12)
  3. 3 Love Is Such a Cheat (2:24)
  4. 4 Rose, Rose, I Love You (2:34)
  5. 5 The Girl in the Wood (3:09)
  6. 6 Wonderful, Wasn't It? (3:09)
  7. 7 Pretty Eyed Baby (2:15)
  8. 8 That's the One for Me (2:59)
  9. 9 In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening (2:37)
  10. 10 That's Good! That's Bad! (2:11)
  11. 11 Gabriella (The Gamblin' Lady) (2:45)
  12. 12 Song of the Islands (Na Lei O Hawaii) (3:05)
  13. 13 Hey, Good Lookin' (2:19)
  14. 14 When It's Sleepy Time Down South (3:32)
  15. 15 She Reminds Me of You (2:44)
  16. 16 One for My Baby (And One More for the Road) (3:39)
  17. 17 Necessary Evil (2:55)
  18. 18 To Be Worthy of You (3:10)
  19. 19 Jealousy (3:13)
  20. 20 Tomorrow Mountain (3:16)
  21. 21 Snow in Lover's Lane (2:51)
  22. 22 That's How It Goes (2:38)
  23. 23 When You're in Love (2:54)
  24. 24 The Gandy Dancer's Ball (2:25)
  25. 25 Ramblin' Man (2:41)
  26. 26 How Lovely Cooks the Meat (2:31)
  27. 27 Sugarbush (1:59)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hambone (2:00)
  2. 2 Let's Have a Party (2:45)
  3. 3 226 (2:26)
  4. 4 She's Funny That Way (3:31)
  5. 5 The Rock of Gibralter (2:42)
  6. 6 High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) (2:39)
  7. 7 The Mermaid (2:56)
  8. 8 Tonight You Belong to Me (2:22)
  9. 9 My Ohio Home (2:49)
  10. 10 Settin' the Woods on Fire (1:51)
  11. 11 Piece-A-Puddin (1:59)
  12. 12 Christmas Roses (2:27)
  13. 13 I'd Give My Life (2:47)
  14. 14 The Ruby and the Pearl (2:35)
  15. 15 Chow, Willy (2:07)
  16. 16 I'm Just a Poor Bachelor (2:33)
  17. 17 The Swan Song (2:56)
  18. 18 The Little Boy and the Old Man - Jimmy Boyd (2:51)
  19. 19 Your Cheatin' Heart (2:27)
  20. 20 I Believe (2:09)
  21. 21 Tell Me a Story - Jimmy Boyd (2:13)
  22. 22 Some Day (2:33)
  23. 23 Lorelei (2:56)
  24. 24 Granada (2:56)
  25. 25 Where the Winds Blow (2:32)
  26. 26 I Let Her Go (2:34)
  27. 27 Te Amo (3:14)
  28. 28 A Bushel and a Peck (1:49)
  29. 29 Let's Go Fishin - Jimmy Boyd (2:45)
  30. 30 Poor Little Piggy Bank - Jimmy Boyd (2:29)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans? (3:32)
  2. 2 Floatin' Down to Cotton Town (2:27)
  3. 3 New Orleans (3:13)
  4. 4 Way Down Yonder in New Orleans (2:59)
  5. 5 Basin Street Blues (3:17)
  6. 6 Someday, Sweetheart (2:30)
  7. 7 Laughing at Life (2:13)
  8. 8 Lullaby in Rhythm (2:45)
  9. 9 After You've Gone - Carl Fischer (2:16)
  10. 10 Sittin in the Sun (Countin' My Money) (2:08)
  11. 11 Willow Weep for Me (3:20)
  12. 12 A Hundred Years from Today (3:16)
  13. 13 Judy (2:40)
  14. 14 Answer Me, O Lord (2:39)
  15. 15 Hey Joe! (2:21)
  16. 16 Goin' Like Wildfire (2:13)
  17. 17 Rollin' Down the Line (2:10)
  18. 18 Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold) (2:37)
  19. 19 The Kid's Last Fight (3:21)
  20. 20 Ace in the Hole (2:50)
  21. 21 The Lord Don't Treat His Chillun That Way (2:59)
  22. 22 Answer Me, My Love (2:26)
  23. 23 Drill Ye Tarriers (2:46)
  24. 24 Long Distance Love (2:34)
  25. 25 Old Shoes (3:00)
  26. 26 There Must Be a Reason (3:11)
  27. 27 Juba-Juba-Jubalee (2:24)
  28. 28 What Would I Do (Without the Lord) (1:50)
Disc 4
  1. 1 God's Gonna Take the Saints to Heaven (3:09)
  2. 2 Ain't It a Pity and a Shame (3:12)
  3. 3 Let Me Be Ready, Lord (3:48)
  4. 4 Wa-Hoo! - The Four Lads & Frankie Laine (2:32)
  5. 5 I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long (2:12)
  6. 6 Rain, Rain, Rain (2:54)
  7. 7 My Friend (2:27)
  8. 8 Your Heart, My Heart (Senhsucht) (2:56)
  9. 9 In the Beginning (2:30)
  10. 10 High Society (2:11)
  11. 11 Back Where I Belong (2:20)
  12. 12 I Can't Give You Anything But Love (3:06)
  13. 13 Keepin' Out of Mischief Now (2:30)
  14. 14 Out of Nowhere (3:20)
  15. 15 You Are Too Beautiful (3:48)
  16. 16 Mona Lisa (2:10)
  17. 17 Bubbles (1:59)
  18. 18 Make Me a Child Again (2:25)
  19. 19 Your Love (2:45)
  20. 20 The Tarrier Song (2:46)
  21. 21 Cool Water (2:55)
  22. 22 Walking the Night Away (2:10)
  23. 23 Strange Lady in Town (2:34)
  24. 24 Bring Your Smile Along (2:22)
  25. 25 If Spring Never Comes (2:29)
  26. 26 Never Come Sunday (2:35)
  27. 27 Mama Mia (2:27)
  28. 28 My Little One (2:46)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Ticky Ticky Tick (I'm Gonna Tell on You) (2:23)
  2. 2 The Thief (2:33)
  3. 3 Hummingbird (2:38)
  4. 4 Hummingbird (2:40)
  5. 5 Hawk-Eye (2:40)
  6. 6 A Woman in Love (2:23)
  7. 7 You Can Depend on Me - Frankie Laine & Buck Clayton (5:44)
  8. 8 S'posin' - Buck Clayton (4:01)
  9. 9 Stars Fell on Alabama - Buck Clayton (5:21)
  10. 10 That Old Feeling - Buck Clayton (6:13)
  11. 11 Baby, Baby All the Time - Buck Clayton (4:04)
  12. 12 Roses of Picardy - Buck Clayton (5:28)
  13. 13 If You Were Mine - Buck Clayton (4:30)
  14. 14 Until the Real Thing Comes Along - Buck Clayton (4:21)
  15. 15 Taking a Chance on Love - Buck Clayton (2:48)
  16. 16 Where Can I Go (3:34)
  17. 17 Don't He Moan (2:19)
  18. 18 Remember Me (The Girl in the Wood) (2:45)
  19. 19 I Heard the Angels Singing (2:23)
  20. 20 Robin Hood (2:51)
  21. 21 Moby Dick (2:24)
  22. 22 Champion the Wonder Horse (2:20)
  23. 23 Sixteen Tons (2:52)
Disc 6
  1. 1 On the Sunny Side of the Street (1:35)
  2. 2 I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die (3:07)
  3. 3 I May Be Wrong - Toni Arden (2:25)
  4. 4 On the Sunny Side of the Street - Tony Fontaine (1:33)
  5. 5 Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away) (2:07)
  6. 6 Girl in the Wood (2:44)
  7. 7 Wonderful, Wasn't It? (2:07)
  8. 8 There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder (1:42)
  9. 9 Bring Your Smile Along (1:09)
  10. 10 When a Girl Is Beautiful (1:06)
  11. 11 Bring Your Smile Along (1:50)
  12. 12 If Spring Never Comes (1:32)
  13. 13 Mama Mia - Constance Towers (1:31)
  14. 14 Side by Side (2:58)
  15. 15 Mama Mia (0:37)
  16. 16 The Gnady Dancer's Ball (3:28)
  17. 17 Save Your Sorrows for Tomorrow (1:09)
  18. 18 Danny Boy (1:54)
  19. 19 Danny Boy (1:53)
  20. 20 Hell Hath No Fury (2:44)
  21. 21 Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold) (2:30)
  22. 22 Man Without a Star (A Whale of a Tale) (2:01)
  23. 23 Strange Lady in Town (2:03)
  24. 24 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (2:56)
  25. 25 The 3:10 to Yuma (2:26)
  26. 26 Bullwhip (1:31)
  27. 27 Rawhide (1:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Frankie Laine Primary Artist, Vocals
Doris Day Track Performer
The Four Lads Vocals
Jo Stafford Vocals
Will Bradley Trombone
Buck Clayton Trumpet, Leader
Urbie Green Trombone
Bobby Hackett Trumpet
Dick Hyman Piano
Jo Jones Drums
Barney Kessel Guitar
Mundell Lowe Guitar
Sal Salvador Guitar
Al Sears Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers Trumpet
Bobby Donaldson Drums
Ziggy Elman Trumpet
Bob Haggart Bass
Bernie Leighton Piano
Lou McGarity Trombone
Babe Russin Saxophone
Harry Breuer Xylophone
Al Caiola Guitar
George Van Eps Guitar
Stan Freeman Piano
Jack Marshall Guitar
Alvino Rey Guitar
Tony Rizzi Guitar
Buddy Weed Harpsichord
Mitch Miller Leader
Norman Luboff Leader
George Greeley Harpsichord
Felix Slatkin Violin
Paul Nero Violin
Sir Charles Thompson Piano
Eddie Safranski Bass
Ray Copeland Trumpet
Jimmy Abato Saxophone
Ray Alonge French Horn
Don Arnone Guitar
John Barrows French Horn
Bill Bell Tuba
Cy Bernard Cello
Clifton Best Guitar
Harry Bluestone Violin
James Buffington French Horn
Frank Carroll Bass
John Cave Horn
Mac Ceppos Violin
Conrad Gozzo Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford Drums
Bob Cusmano Trumpet
James A. Decker Horn
Richard Dickler Viola
Harold Diner Trombone
Jack Dumont Saxophone
Nick Fatool Drums
Harold Feldman Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin Violin
Chris Griffin Trumpet
Allan Harshman Viola
Julius Held Violin
Skeets Herfurt Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Jules Jacob Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson Trombone
Armand Karpoff Cello
George Kast Violin
Harry Katzman Violin
Jules Kinsler Saxophone
Fred Klein French Horn
Abe Lincoln Trombone
Dan Lube Violin
Dave McRae Bass Saxophone
Harry Melnikoff Violin
Tony Mottola Guitar
George Ockner Violin
Ed Powell Saxophone
Samuel Rand Violin
Paul Robyn Viola
Abe Rosen Harp
Ted Rosen Violin
Mischa Russell Violin
John Ryan Bass
Julius Schachter Violin
Moe Schneider Trombone
George Seaberg Trumpet
Norris "Bunny" Shawker Drums
Alan Shulman Cello
Terry Snyder Drums
Marshall Sosson Violin
Jack Stacey Saxophone
The Starlighters Choir, Chorus
David Sterkin Violin, Viola
Phil Stevens Bass
Ann Mason Stockton Harp
Alvin Stoller Drums
Morris Stonzek Cello
Fred Stulce Saxophone
Nicholas Tagg Organ
Constance Towers Track Performer
Dicky Wells Trombone
Paul Weston Leader
Hy White Guitar
Kai Winding Trombone
Vincent DeRosa Horn
Samuel Cytron Violin
Paul Ricci Saxophone
Julius Brand Violin
Charles Griffard Trumpet
Murray Kellner Violin
Mellomen Choir, Chorus
Thomas Parshley Saxophone
Kurt Reher Cello
Melvin "Red" Solomon Trumpet
Vito Mumolo Guitar
Allen Hanlon Guitar
Edward Miller Saxophone
Larry Alpeter Trombone
Russell Banzer Saxophone
Sidney Brecher Viola
May Hogan Cambern Harp
Samuel Carmell Violin
John d'Agostino Trombone
Bernard Greenhouse Cello
Harry Hoffman Violin
Arthur Kafton Cello
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Milton Lomask Violin
Sam Middleman Violin
Maurice Perlmutter Viola
Jack Satterfield Trombone
Elmer Smithers Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman Viola
William Versaci Saxophone
Wesley Webb West Steel Guitar
Rubin Zarchy Trumpet
Toni Arden Track Performer
D.L. Byron Choir, Chorus
Carl Fischer Piano, Leader
Jimmy Carroll Leader
Tony Gottuso Guitar
Frank Saracco Trombone
Charlie Margulis Trumpet
Frank Brieff Viola
Al Godlis Trombone
James Maxwell Trumpet
Louis Singer Percussion, Xylophone
Adam Pratz Violin
William Schaefer Trombone
Tommy Reo Trombone
William McLeish Smith Saxophone
Allan W. Thompson Trombone
Nicholas "Nick" Posani Violin
John Kelly Guitar
James "Jimmy" Abata Saxophone
Francis L. "Joe" Howard Trombone
Clyde L. Hurley Jr. Trumpet
Fred Fradkin Violin
Arthur S. Ryerson Guitar
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank Saxophone
Robert F. Bain Guitar
David Frisna Violin
Harry Lawson Saxophone
William M. III Byers Trombone
Henry J. "Heinie" Beau Saxophone
Edwin Lamar "Buddy" Cole Piano
P. Cuscillo Trumpet
Robert Enevoldson Bass
Nathaniel C. Farber Piano
Frank Joseph Flynn Xylophone
Emanuel "Mannie" Green Violin
Ralph S. Hansel Percussion
Leonard "Lenny" Harman Saxophone
Leonard "Lenny" Hartman Saxophone
Albert J. "Budd" Sr. Johnson Tenor Saxophone
Ted Klages Violin
Edward "Eddie Kusby" Kuczborski Trombone
Albert Lerner Piano
Vito N. "Micky" Mangano Trumpet
Joe Marshall Drums
Julian C. "Matty" Matlock Saxophone
Sebastian "Billy" Mure Guitar
Theodore M. "Ted" Nash Saxophone
George Walker Nicholas Tenor Saxophone
Allen J. Reuss Guitar
Louis "Lou" Stein Piano, Harpsichord
Charles E. Teagarden Trombone
Emanuel Weinstock Trumpet
Norman Luboff Choir Choir, Chorus
Vincent Terri Guitar
Roy Ross Organ
Technical Credits
Dimitri Tiomkin Composer
Percy Faith Composer
Frankie Laine Composer, Illustrations
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Benny Goodman Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Fred Katz Composer
Edgar Sampson Composer
Mitch Miller Producer
Norman Luboff Composer
Terry Gilkyson Composer
Mary Lou Williams Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Agustín Lara Composer
Lew Brown Composer
Boudleaux Bryant Composer
Irving Caesar Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Todd Everett Biographical Information
Sammy Fain Composer
Tom Gilkyson Composer
Walter Gross Composer
William Johnson Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
John Latouche Composer
John A. Lomax Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Ted Murray Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Nat Shapiro Composer
Carl Sigman Composer
Bob Todd Composer
Ned Washington Composer
Ben Weisman Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Fred Wise Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Bob Nolan Composer
Bernard Toorish Composer
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer, Tape Research
Jurgen Crasser Mastering
Fred Karger Composer
Holger Von Bargen Art Direction
Walter Melrose Composer
Gerald Marks Composer
Louis Alter Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Walter Hirsch Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes Composer
Sammy Lerner Composer
Harry Ruskin Composer
John Spikes Composer
Porter Steele Composer
Henry Sullivan Composer
Gerhard Winkler Composer
Clarence Profit Composer
Nicholas Brodszky Composer
Dorcas Cochran Composer
Anthony Cooper Reissue Producer, Illustrations
Dorothy Dodd Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Georgia Turner Composer
Kay Twomey Composer
Hayden Wood Composer
Achim Elsner Mastering
Dieter Machon Illustrations
Traditional Composer
David Lee Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Fred Rauch Composer
Andreas Merck Contributor
Ted Mossman Composer
P.L. Cramer Illustrations
Heinz Gründel Illustrations
F. Henri Klickmann Composer
Manfred Weissleder Composer
Leo Moseley Composer
George "Speedy" Krise Composer
Bill Anson Composer
Irma Hollander Composer
Neal Stuart Composer
Robert Jerome Composer
Nell Western Composer
Jay McConologue Composer
Marilyn Keith Composer
Frederick Herbert Composer
Arnold Hughes Composer
Robert M. Christ Illustrations
Achim Senkler Illustrations
Frederick Edward Weatherly Composer
Charles E. King Composer
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