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I Wish I Was Eighteen Again

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
George Burns' charming personality cut through the dreadful film soundtrack to 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when he performed "Fixing a Hole," followed on that record by Alice Cooper's equally exotic rendition of "Because." Two years later Burns almost landed in the Top 40 with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again," a sequel of sorts to Alice Cooper's debut hit, "I'm 18." Is he country or comedy? As stated above, George Burns is personality. In a cloud of cigar smoke on the front and back covers of this LP the singer is un-p.c. and flagrantly not giving a damn about the hazards of tobacco -- his long life a threat to the accuracy of the Surgeon General reports. And...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
George Burns' charming personality cut through the dreadful film soundtrack to 1978's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band when he performed "Fixing a Hole," followed on that record by Alice Cooper's equally exotic rendition of "Because." Two years later Burns almost landed in the Top 40 with "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again," a sequel of sorts to Alice Cooper's debut hit, "I'm 18." Is he country or comedy? As stated above, George Burns is personality. In a cloud of cigar smoke on the front and back covers of this LP the singer is un-p.c. and flagrantly not giving a damn about the hazards of tobacco -- his long life a threat to the accuracy of the Surgeon General reports. And the music inside is a reflection of the fascinating cover photos, the lament of the title track a perfect fit for the television icon. Burns sings on key, though the voice makes up in enthusiasm what it lacks in power. Taking on country material like Tom T. Hall's "One of the Mysteries of Life" as well as "Old Dogs, Children and Watermelon Wine" continues the retrospective theme initiated by "I Wish I Was Eighteen Again." There's a host of musicians backing Burns on this Jerry Kennedy production, classy-sounding country music with a humorous edge. He borrows from Dean Martin for "Old Bones," while "A Real Good Cigar" is a song about his love for women, Glenn Sutton's composition yet another potential signature tune for Burns' spoken word singing. There's a lot of advice from the wise old sage, Dolly Parton's twang of "Nickels and Dimes" blending perfectly with Tim Rice and Marvin Hamlisch's show tune swing of "The Only Way to Go." Delightful is the best description for the star of the Oh, God! films, proof here of the staying power of an old pro.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/26/2007
  • Label: Jmg / Jewish Music
  • UPC: 857764001657
  • Catalog Number: 18065

Album Credits

Performance Credits
George Burns Primary Artist, Vocals
Donna McElroy Background Vocals
Bill Justis Conductor
Byron Bach Musician
Harold Bradley Musician
Thomas Brannon Background Vocals
John Catchings Musician
Marvin Chantry Musician
Chip Young Musician
Roy Christensen Musician
Virginia Christensen Musician
Shane Keister Musician
Ray Edenton Musician
Philip Forest Background Vocals
Phil Forrest Background Vocals
Carl Gorodetzky Musician
Lennie Haight Musician
Buddy Harman Musician
Yvonne Hodges Background Vocals
Jerry Kennedy Musician
Sheldon Kurland Musician
Dennis Molchan Musician
Farrell Morris Musician
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals
Steve Pippin Background Vocals
Hargus "Pig" Robbins Musician
Chris Teal Musician
Diane Tidwell Background Vocals
Gary VanOsdale Musician
D. Bergen White Background Vocals
Trish Williams Background Vocals
Gil Wright Background Vocals
Rodger Morris Musician
Bob Moore & His Orchestra Musician
Stephanie Woolf Musician
Salvatore Terranova Musician
Dennis Wilson Quintet Background Vocals
Dennis Wilson Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Tom T. Hall Composer
Dolly Parton Composer
Max D. Barnes Composer
Bill Justis Arranger
Marvin Hamlisch Composer
Martin Katahn Contributor
Bob Morrison Composer
Carla Fredricks Engineer
John Hadley Composer
Jerry Kennedy Producer
Brent King Engineer
Wilfred Lehmann Contributor
Craig Nelson Contributor
MC Rather Mastering
Glenn Sutton Composer
Samuel Terranova Contributor
Sonny Throckmorton Composer
Pete Wade Contributor
Tim Rice Composer
Charlie McCoy Contributor
Bob Moore Contributor
Hal Lifson Liner Notes
Harlan Sanders Composer
Bill Zerface Composer
Jim Zerface Composer
Charles Fach Executive Producer
Martha Jacobs Rehearsal Accompanist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    If you're OLD, you'll like this!

    My father had this cd and used to play it a lot. When he passed away and I accumulated some of his special things, I kept his cd. They have come out with this version of it and I purchased it for a friend because she heard mine and wanted to get it immediately. The songs appeal to everyone and it's so soothing to listen to. I love George Burn's voice. Kind of old fashioned but that's not bad. Nostalgic. I would recommend it to anyone who is getting older and wants to hear someone sing songs that address some of the problems associated with aging. It's funny.
    You also get some of the old songs that were popular way back when.
    SGR

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