Sings the Peggy Lee Songbook

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Bette Midler's first songbook album focused on songs popularized by Rosemary Clooney, and it became a surprising hit after being latched onto by vocal fans as well as adult contemporary audiences. Befitting her image, the record wasn't a reverent tribute; Midler and musical partner Barry Manilow modernized the arrangements of Clooney's bigger hits, recasting "Come On-A My House" as a swing-hip-hop number and reimagining "This Ole House" as a bluegrass song. Midler's 2005 tribute to Peggy Lee is a more conservative affair, perhaps due to Lee's larger status in the realm of American song as compared to Clooney. That's not to say it's a disappointment; in fact, it's a talented, ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
Bette Midler's first songbook album focused on songs popularized by Rosemary Clooney, and it became a surprising hit after being latched onto by vocal fans as well as adult contemporary audiences. Befitting her image, the record wasn't a reverent tribute; Midler and musical partner Barry Manilow modernized the arrangements of Clooney's bigger hits, recasting "Come On-A My House" as a swing-hip-hop number and reimagining "This Ole House" as a bluegrass song. Midler's 2005 tribute to Peggy Lee is a more conservative affair, perhaps due to Lee's larger status in the realm of American song as compared to Clooney. That's not to say it's a disappointment; in fact, it's a talented, affectionate record that may not add much to the cause but is a solid tribute. Certainly Lee's image as the bemused, world-wise, sometimes sensual siren fits well with Midler's, and both have exhibited an excellent rhythmic sense. And the material helps Midler flaunt as only she knows how, from "Fever" to "Big Spender" to "I'm a Woman." While all of these contribute nothing more or less than Lee's versions, Midler does noticeably improve "Is That All There Is?," one of the most eccentric songs in Lee's repertoire. Her studied boredom in the verses is good enough, but when she reaches the uninhibited chorus, she reveals a marvel of catlike glee. The arrangements, most of them by Manilow, are very good, although they reveal a close knowledge of the originals that contributes to the reverence on display.
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  • Release Date: 10/25/2005
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 828767750927
  • Catalog Number: 77509

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bette Midler Primary Artist
Robert Hurst Bass
Nick Ariondo Accordion
Ramon Banda Drums
Dave Carpenter Bass
Randy Crenshaw Background Vocals
Joey DeFrancesco Hammond Organ
Kevin Dorsey Background Vocals
Don Sebesky Conductor
Ray Ellis Conductor
Jim Fox Banjo, Guitar
Clydene Jackson Background Vocals
Michael Lang Piano
Ron Pedley Piano
Melanie Taylor Background Vocals
Yvonne Williams Background Vocals
William Ross Conductor
Bob Joyce Background Vocals
Russ McKinnon Drums
Steve Cotter Guitar
Technical Credits
Barry Manilow Arranger, Producer, Concept, Duet
Randy Newman Arranger
Jerry Leiber Composer
Greg Bartheld Engineer
J. Bock Composer
Don Sebesky Arranger
Ray Ellis Arranger
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Garry Kief Executive Producer
Jay Landers Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Doug Sax Mastering
Mike Stoller Composer
John Davenport Composer
David Benson Producer, Engineer, Concept
Eddie Cooley Composer
William Ross Arranger
Andrew Scheps Engineer
Robert W. Richards Illustrations
Gail Marowitz Art Direction
Bette Sussman Vocal Coach
George Shelby Horn Arrangements
Robert Hadley Mastering
C. Duane Coleman Composer
David Keeps Liner Notes
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