Rosie Solves the Swingin' Riddle! [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Vocalist Rosemary Clooney again teams up with arranger Nelson Riddle on this 1960 release. Although they had worked on Clooney's radio show a decade earlier, Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle! 1960 is only one of two full-length studio outings the pair embarked upon. As the singer would later disclose, she and Riddle were dancing to a tune of their own, and their affair ultimately dissolved both marriages. All the more interesting are Riddle's comments on the back of the LP jacket that in part proclaim "Rosie and I are not exactly strangers" and the postscript that reads "Rosie, you are not the first to solve Riddle...my wife and kids did it years ago!" That said, in the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
Vocalist Rosemary Clooney again teams up with arranger Nelson Riddle on this 1960 release. Although they had worked on Clooney's radio show a decade earlier, Rosie Solves the Swinging Riddle! 1960 is only one of two full-length studio outings the pair embarked upon. As the singer would later disclose, she and Riddle were dancing to a tune of their own, and their affair ultimately dissolved both marriages. All the more interesting are Riddle's comments on the back of the LP jacket that in part proclaim "Rosie and I are not exactly strangers" and the postscript that reads "Rosie, you are not the first to solve Riddle...my wife and kids did it years ago!" That said, in the early '90s Clooney revealed that Riddle remained "the love of [her] life." Their respective affections definitely rubbed off within these grooves and the results are uniformly excellent on the dozen strong interpretations of familiar pop standards gleaned from the songbooks of Lerner & Loewe "Get Me to the Church On Time", Rodgers & Hart "You Took Advantage of Me", Hoagy Carmichael "I Get Along Without You Very Well", and others. The Vernon Duke co-compositions "April in Paris" and "Cabin in the Sky" are exemplary examples of the dynamic duo at its peak. Both are driven at a pulse-quickening tempo, as is the spirited "I Ain't Got Nobody," which is earmarked by Riddle's compact horn score and Clooney's freewheeling lead. In 2004 the title was reissued in Bluebird Jazz's First Editions series and the contents were extended with the 1961 non-LP Clooney/Riddle single coupling Cole Porter's "Without Love" b/w "The Wonderful Season of Love Theme from Return to Peyton Place." The latter was ironically derived from a motion picture directed by Clooney's then-hubby, José Ferrer. Within the 16 pages of liner notes is an essay penned by Riddle biographer Peter J. Levinson, and the text surrounds a handful of rarely published snapshots taken during the creation of the long-player.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/8/2004
  • Label: Sony Mod - Afw Line
  • UPC: 828766009927
  • Catalog Number: 60099
  • Sales rank: 96,192

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Vocals
Plas Johnson Saxophone
Pete Candoli Trumpet
Abe Most Saxophone
Bob Bain Guitar
Joe Comfort Bass, Bass Guitar
Don Fagerquist Trumpet
Al Hendrickson Guitar
Harry Klee Saxophone
Joe Koch Saxophone
Nelson Riddle Conductor
George Roberts Trombone
Wilbur Schwartz Saxophone
Alvin Stoller Drums
Richard L. Noel Trombone
Frank Emilio Flynn Drums
Carroll Lewis Trumpet
Tommy Pederson Trombone
Bill Miller Piano
Pete Condoli Trumpet
Frank Lynn Drums
Technical Credits
Franz Waxman Composer
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Dorothy Parker Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
Peter Cho Remastering
Howard Dietz Composer
Barry Feldman Reissue Producer
Roger Graham Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Alan Jay Lerner Composer
Peter Levinson Liner Notes
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Cole Porter Composer
Al Schmitt Engineer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Jack King Composer
Frederick Loewe Composer
Nora Bayes Composer
Jack Norworth Composer
Jules Cassard Composer
Dudley Mecum Composer
Philip Braham Composer
Douglas Furber Composer
Henry Brunies Composer
Dick Peirce Producer, Audio Production
Dave Peyton Composer
Peter Levinson Liner Notes
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