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Second Hand Heart for Sale
     

Second Hand Heart for Sale

by Joe McMahon Jr.
 
Although he had been dreaming since an early age about being a writer of popular songs in the manner of the great American song smiths, especially Cole Porter, it wasn't until late in life before he got any of his compositions published. McMahon had set his dream aside for a corporate career. He finally has an album which captures the best of his material sung by a

Overview

Although he had been dreaming since an early age about being a writer of popular songs in the manner of the great American song smiths, especially Cole Porter, it wasn't until late in life before he got any of his compositions published. McMahon had set his dream aside for a corporate career. He finally has an album which captures the best of his material sung by a very sympathetic and talented quintet of veteran cabaret performers, plus one tune sung by composer McMahon. Most of the songs here were written more than 60 years ago, gems waiting to be mined. These tunes, for the most part, express that sophisticated savoir faire attitude toward life and love that characterized Porter's lyrics. "It Just Ain't Sensible" expresses a rational, suave approach to how one acts when a love affair goes bad. The lovely ballad "Out of Sight out of Mind"despairs of the memories of lost love. In addition to the heartfelt vocalizing by Andrea Rohlehr, there is some fine sax work by Sue Terry on this track. McMahon had a way with upbeat tunes as well. "I Ain't Got Love," again with Rohlehr singing, is a swinging statement of intelligent reaction to a failed romance. There's no hand wringing, tear reddened eyes, fingernails bitten to the quick sentimentality in McMahon's ditties. They represent a grownup's viewpoint on what to do when things go wrong -- no recriminations, stay friends but a certain wistfulness in reminiscing about what might have been. Hearing these tunes one can imagine Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing to them. For those who dote on Cole Porter like material, this album is a must. Recommended.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/24/2000
Label:
SHARLA RECORDS
UPC:
0676211191624
catalogNumber:
1916

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Performance Credits

Joe McMahon   Primary Artist,Vocals,Track Performer
Paul Evans   Vocals,Track Performer
Jimmy Wisner   Piano,Reeds,Keyboards,Multi Instruments,Overdubs
Jack Cavari   Guitar,Papoose
Joe Cocuzzo   Drums
Burt Collins   Trumpet
Jay Leonhart   Bass,Upright Bass
Beth Ravin   Percussion,Vibes
Annette Sanders   Vocals,Track Performer
James Rohlehr   Vocals
Andrea Rohlehr   Vocals,Track Performer
Dora Maxine Ruben   Vocals,Track Performer
Sweet Sue Terry   Clarinet,Soprano,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone

Technical Credits

Jimmy Wisner   Arranger,Producer,Executive Producer
Jim Czak   Engineer
Tom Spahn   Engineer
Ann Ruckert   Producer,Executive Producer
Joe McMahon   Composer
Phil Kilm   Engineer
Ann Johns Ruckert   Producer

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