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Polka in Paradise

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All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Over the course of his many previous albums, Jimmy Sturr and his big band have managed to win new converts to the polka fold by adapting vintage pop material to the polka genre, thus reducing significantly the number of people who think the words "polka" and "paradise" should never be found in the same sentence. If you remain among that segment of the population, then you have no business whatsoever listening to his 27th release, Polka in Paradise, on which he returns to a more roots-oriented sound. Guest vocalists include the Jordanaires (who provide backing vocals throughout the disc) and the legendary Bobby Vinton, and the album features a nice mix of old-fashioned ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Rick Anderson
Over the course of his many previous albums, Jimmy Sturr and his big band have managed to win new converts to the polka fold by adapting vintage pop material to the polka genre, thus reducing significantly the number of people who think the words "polka" and "paradise" should never be found in the same sentence. If you remain among that segment of the population, then you have no business whatsoever listening to his 27th release, Polka in Paradise, on which he returns to a more roots-oriented sound. Guest vocalists include the Jordanaires (who provide backing vocals throughout the disc) and the legendary Bobby Vinton, and the album features a nice mix of old-fashioned novelty numbers ("Give Me a Kiss (Daj Mi Buzi)," "Roll Out the Barrel One More Time"), and zippy instrumentals ("Accordions on Fire," "Monopol"). There are even some hints of Sturr's famous musical eclecticism: note the distinctly Western swing-flavored "Miss Molly" and the subtle mariachi inflections on "Wake Me Up Early in the Morning." At times things do get idiomatic to the point of insufferability, as on the hopelessly gloppy wedding waltz "Sweet Memories of Yesterday," and even die-hard fans may have a hard time getting excited about such generic fare as "Put a Light in the Window" and "Roll Out the Barrel One More Time." But overall, while it won't do much to win over the unconverted, this is an album that's sure to please fans of the genre.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/11/2006
  • Label: Rounder Select
  • UPC: 011661611528
  • Catalog Number: 6115

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jimmy Sturr Primary Artist, Vocals
Bobby Vinton Vocals, Guest Appearance
The Jordanaires Background Vocals
Mickey Raphael Harmonica, Guest Appearance
Ray Barno Orchestra Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone
Dennis Coyman Drums
Nick Devito Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Allen Henson Background Vocals, Group Member
Johnny Karas Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Joe Magnuszewski Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Louis Dean Nunley Background Vocals, Group Member
Eric Parks Trumpet
Frank Urbanovitch Fiddle, Vocals
Curtis Young Background Vocals, Group Member
Keith Slattery Piano
Al Piatkowski Accordion
Steve "Rocky" Swiader Accordion
Kevin Krauth Trumpet
Rich Pavasaris Bass, Electric Bass
Kenny Harbus Trumpet
Gennarose Vocals
Technical Credits
Cindy Walker Composer
Mark Capps Engineer
Ray DeBrown Arranger
Ken Irwin Producer
Phil Martin Composer
Toby Mountain Mastering
Tom Pick Composer, Producer, Engineer
Henry Will Arranger
Bobby Lord Composer
Terry Kitchen Liner Notes
Rhoda Roberts Composer
Lance Wing Composer
Joe Donofrio Producer
R. Henry Composer
Kenny Jacobson Composer
Phil Benenati Cover Design
Nancy Seibert Composer
Uno Bloom Composer
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