Odd Couples: What Were They Thinking?

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Odd Couples: What Were They Thinking? is a successor of sorts to the Golden Throats series of the '90s, compilations perfect for letting bemused hipsters laugh at the gyrations of various vocalists and performers coming to terms with (or enthusiastically jumping onboard) the Age of Aquarius. The big difference is that few of the performers here were slumming, or even embarrassed by the results of their rather odd combinations. Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of the kings of unlikely duets, and he's represented well here with the Dinning Sisters, Helen O'Connell, Kay Starr, and Ella Mae Morse all taking turns. (The compilers actually missed a great opportunity: Ford's duet with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Odd Couples: What Were They Thinking? is a successor of sorts to the Golden Throats series of the '90s, compilations perfect for letting bemused hipsters laugh at the gyrations of various vocalists and performers coming to terms with (or enthusiastically jumping onboard) the Age of Aquarius. The big difference is that few of the performers here were slumming, or even embarrassed by the results of their rather odd combinations. Tennessee Ernie Ford was one of the kings of unlikely duets, and he's represented well here with the Dinning Sisters, Helen O'Connell, Kay Starr, and Ella Mae Morse all taking turns. (The compilers actually missed a great opportunity: Ford's duet with Betty Hutton on "This Must Be the Place" is a hilarious, uproarious performance.) The other major difference is that -- unlike hearing William Shatner perform "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" -- most of these don't prompt the question, "What were they thinking?" With a few major exceptions, these aritsts, whether country or R&B or blues or jazz, blended well, and many of the teamings are joyful and exciting (file the following under that heading: Red Foley with Cecil Gant, Rosemary Clooney with George Morgan, even Lotte Lenya and Louis Armstrong on "Mack the Knife"). The worst offender, and the only real contender for a future Golden Throats volume, is Italian basso Ezio Pinza's collaboration with the Sons of the Pioneers on "The Little Ol' State of Texas," a song which has never (and will never) lend itself well to an opera singer. If Bear Family had called this Intriguing Couples instead of Odd Couples, most listeners never would've batted an eye. Of course, for those expecting a Golden Throats-type of collection, they'll find music more passable than laughable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2011
  • Label: Imports
  • EAN: 4000127163974
  • Catalog Number: 2716397
  • Sales rank: 211,149

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Night Train to Memphis - Roberta Lee (2:45)
  2. 2 Don't Start Courtin' in a Hot Rod - Molly Bee (2:35)
  3. 3 Paging Mister Jackson - Cecil Gant (2:44)
  4. 4 Cattle Call - Eddy Arnold (2:33)
  5. 5 Idle Rumors - Evelyn Knight (2:31)
  6. 6 I'm Hog-Tied Over You - Ella Mae Morse (2:35)
  7. 7 You're the Only One for Me - Rosemary Clooney (2:23)
  8. 8 Someone to Watch Over Me - Esquivel (2:30)
  9. 9 Tumbling Tumbleweeds - Perry Como (3:16)
  10. 10 Oceans of Tears - Kay Starr (2:40)
  11. 11 My Adobe Hacienda - Los ├Źndios Tabajaras (2:26)
  12. 12 I Can't Tell My Heart That - Los ├Źndios Tabajaras (2:08)
  13. 13 The Little Ol' State of Texas - Ezio Pinza (2:38)
  14. 14 Rock City Boogie - The Dinning Sisters (2:13)
  15. 15 The Shoe Is on the Other Foot Tonight - Dinah Shore (1:55)
  16. 16 Hey Good Lookin' - Helen O'Connell (2:04)
  17. 17 Have a Little Talk with Jesus - Sister Rosetta Tharpe (2:01)
  18. 18 The Handsome Stranger - The Fontane Sisters (3:05)
  19. 19 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong (9:06)
  20. 20 Mack the Knife - Louis Armstrong (3:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Eddy Arnold Vocals
Chet Atkins Guitar
Red Foley Vocals
Tennessee Ernie Ford Vocals
Don Gibson Guitar, Leader, Vocals
George Morgan Guitar, Vocals
Rosemary Clooney Vocals
Perry Como Vocals
Ella Mae Morse Vocals
Dinah Shore Vocals
Kay Starr Vocals
Barrett Deems Drums
Edmond Hall Clarinet
Al Klink Saxophone
Warren Smith Trombone
Marvin Ash Piano
Mel Davis Trumpet
George Van Eps Guitar
Helen O'Connell Vocals
Lotte Lenya Vocals
Cecil Gant Piano
Noel Boggs Steel Guitar
Ken Curtis Vocals
Cliffie Stone Bass, Leader
Billy Strange Guitar
Speedy West Steel Guitar
Molly Bee Vocals
Trummy Young Trombone
George Duvivier Bass
Robert Alexander Trombone
Louis Armstrong Leader, Vocals
Mitchell Ayres Leader
Owen Bradley Piano
Sid Cooper Saxophone
Harold Feldman Saxophone
Harry Glickman Violin
Roy Harte Drums
Hugo Winterhalter Leader
Billy Kyle Piano
Thomas Mitchell Trombone
Ernie Newton Bass
David Novales Violin
Abraham Richman Saxophone
Bobby Rosengarden Drums
John Rossi French Horn
Sol Schlinger Saxophone
Lucien Schmit Cello
Arvell Shaw Bass
Sylvan Shulman Violin
Lou Singer Drums
Sister Rosetta Tharpe Vocals
Larry Breen Bass
Jerry Byrd Steel Guitar
Farris Coursey Drums
Felix Orlewitz Violin
Darol Rice Clarinet
Jack Shook Guitar
Lois Winter Choir, Chorus
Lillian Clark Choir, Chorus
Maurice Hershaft Violin
Bernard Kaufman Saxophone
Howard Kay Violin
Seymour Miroff Violin
Henry Ross Saxophone
The Dinning Sisters Vocals
Tommy Doss Vocals
Evelyn Knight Vocals
Roberta Lee Vocals
Natalicio Moreyra Lima Guitar, Leader
Lloyd Perryman Vocals
Paul Sells Organ
Elise Bretton Choir, Chorus
Dottie Dillard Choir, Chorus
Marvin H. Hughes Piano, Leader
Alcyone Beasley Choir, Chorus
Ivy J. "Jimmy" Bryant Guitar
Hilbert C. Decker Guitar
John W. Greubel Drums
William Edward "Billy" Liebert Piano
Samuel Persoff Viola
Eugene Steck Choir, Chorus
Maurice Wilk Violin
Evelyn Wilson Choir, Chorus
Donald Slayman Fiddle
"Papa" John Gordy Piano
Dewey Bergman Leader
Milton Curtis "Muddy" Berry Drums
The Fontane Sisters Vocals
Jack Brown Choir, Chorus
James O. "Jimmy" Wyble Electric Guitar
Roland L. Lane Guitar
Hugh Farr Fiddle
Karl Farr Guitar
Richard Farrell Morris Marimbas
Peggy Powers Choir, Chorus
Martin Lake Cello
Junior Huskey Bass
Donald S. Davis Steel Guitar
Arthur Marotti Drums
Robert Spiro Choir, Chorus
George Brown Viola
Arthur Berv French Horn
Maurice Golodner Violin
John Guarniori Piano
Clifford Leeman Drums
Walden Wilber French Horn
Thomas Grady Martin Guitar
Carl Severinson Trumpet
Ben Gill Fiddle, Leader
Sam Hollingsworth Bass
Milton Prinz Cello
Marilyn Palmer Choir, Chorus
Irving Finkstein Violin
David Vogel Choir, Chorus
Edward M. "Eddie" Kirk Guitar
Monty Matthews Choir, Chorus
Juan Esquivel Piano, Leader
Hank "Sugarfoot" Crawford Electric Guitar
James Nottingham Trumpet
The Beasley Singers Choir, Chorus
Murrey M. "Buddy" Harman Jr. Drums
Anthony Mottola Guitar
William D. "Buddy" Killen Bass
Mathias Santiesteben Saxophone
Cecil Bailey Choir, Chorus
Bernard Glow Trumpet
Antenor Lima Guitar
Ernie Ardie Guitar
Derry Duane Choir, Chorus
Curloy Holt Choir, Chorus
Ed Lindstrom Choir, Chorus
Lee Erwin Piano
Urban Green Trombone
Technical Credits
Marc Blitzstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Kurt Weill Composer
Tennessee Ernie Ford Composer
Larry Wilcox Arranger
Anita Kerr Composer
Tommy Edwards Composer
Bertolt Brecht Composer
Buddy Ebsen Composer
Johnnie Wright Composer
Joe Allison Composer
Chester B. Atkins Producer
George Avakian Producer
Owen Bradley Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Herman Diaz Jr. Producer
Colin Escott Illustrations
Ernest J. Ford Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bonnie Lake Composer
Don Law Producer
Billy Vera Liner Notes
Hank Williams Composer
Tex Owens Composer
Jack Anglin Composer
Marvin Hughes Composer
Stephen H. Sholes Producer
Bob Nolan Composer
Michael Ochs Illustrations
R.A. Andreas Illustrations
Richard Weize Reissue Producer
Earl Brent Composer
Vic McAlpin Composer
Jack Toombs Composer
Christian Zwarg Mastering
John Sellards Artwork, Photo Restoration
Dave Franklin Composer
Andreas Merck Photo Scanning
Beasley Smith Composer
Paul Cohen Producer
Charles R. Grean Producer
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