Slightly Baroque

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After the platter full of instrumentals featured on And Now the Anita Kerr Orchestra (1966), the multi-talented first lady of the Nashville studio scene returned to scoring songs for and contributing to the Anita Kerr Singers. Although Slightly Baroque (1966) could have referred to her financial situation after the less than enthusiastic sales of And Now, instead it alludes to the style in which the dozen pop selections on the album are arranged. As noted music journalist Colin Escott mentions in his liner notes to the 2007 Collectors' Choice Music CD reissue of Slightly Baroque, it had only been a year earlier that The Baroque Beatles Book (1965) was released, which ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
After the platter full of instrumentals featured on And Now the Anita Kerr Orchestra (1966), the multi-talented first lady of the Nashville studio scene returned to scoring songs for and contributing to the Anita Kerr Singers. Although Slightly Baroque (1966) could have referred to her financial situation after the less than enthusiastic sales of And Now, instead it alludes to the style in which the dozen pop selections on the album are arranged. As noted music journalist Colin Escott mentions in his liner notes to the 2007 Collectors' Choice Music CD reissue of Slightly Baroque, it had only been a year earlier that The Baroque Beatles Book (1965) was released, which took then-current hits from the Fab Four and turned them into classically tinged masterworks. Here, Kerr has primarily chosen more seasoned pop standards to give her unique "Baroque" treatment. But in reality, the somewhat pompous verbiage more or less speaks to harpsichord-laden breaks and minor chord changes for the vocalists. Speaking of which, the Anita Kerr Singers are: Kerr (soprano), who is joined by Gene Merlino (tenor), B.J. Baker (alto) and Bob Tebow (bass). Even pre-rock era material -- most notably the opener "Mona Lisa" and "Answer Me My Love" -- take on a fresh air of mod sophistication as Kerr and company weave their airtight harmonies around the familiar yet noticeably altered melody. "My Prayer" embodies a cryptically aching somber tone, even more so than either of its better-known predecessors from Glenn Miller or the Platters. The comparatively contemporary titles, such as Tom Jones' "It's Not Unusual" and the Tony Hatch-penned "My Love" -- which Petula Clark turned into a Pop Singles chart topper -- are suitably retro-fitted. Perhaps it was too soon to overhaul these current cuts as both teeter the fine line that could easily cross into the realm of insipid elevator music. However, that is not to suggest all the recent tunes fall short, as "Cast Your Fate to the Wind" is touching and poignant, while "One Note Samba" offers up the Anita Kerr Singers as the '60s forerunner to the Manhattan Transfer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/9/2007
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742081220
  • Catalog Number: 8122

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Anita Kerr Primary Artist, Soprano (Vocal)
Dick Marx Conductor
Gene Merlino Tenor (Vocal)
B.J. Baker Alto, Alto (Vocal)
Bob Tebow Bass (Vocal), Bass Guitar
Technical Credits
Anita Kerr Arranger, Orchestration, Vocal Arrangements, Orchestral Arrangements
Eddie Brackett Engineer
Bob Fisher Mastering
Dick Glasser Producer, Audio Production
Stan Cornyn Liner Notes
Ed Thrasher Art Direction
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Creative arrangements of familiar tunes.

    Have enjoyed AKS for years, from early LP's to current CD's. Always great harmonies and wonderful arrangements. Excellent compliment to groups such as Ray Coniff, Norman Luboff, et.al. This CD selection gives a slight twist to typical AKS offerings, with added harpsichord. It adds even more depth to the included songs, but still retains that well noted AKS sound. Any lover of group-singer, pop standards music will definitely relax to this selection.

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