Songs from the Girl Singer: A Musical Autobiography

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Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
It's been a long, and, periodically, strange trip for Rosemary Clooney, the "girl singer" who matured into the premier vocalist of classic American song. The love affairs, career shakeups, and mental breakdowns are detailed in Clooney's GIRL SINGER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. For examples of Clooney's glorious vocal art, turn to GIRL SINGER: SONGS FROM AN AUTOBIORAPHY, a double-CD set that touches on high points from her six-decade career. Not a greatest-hits collection, GIRL SINGER acts more as a well- selected resume mixing Clooney gems ("Tenderly," "Blue Rose" from a collaboration with the Duke Ellington band, "How Will I Remember You"); chart successes ("Come-on-a My ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steve Futterman
It's been a long, and, periodically, strange trip for Rosemary Clooney, the "girl singer" who matured into the premier vocalist of classic American song. The love affairs, career shakeups, and mental breakdowns are detailed in Clooney's GIRL SINGER: AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. For examples of Clooney's glorious vocal art, turn to GIRL SINGER: SONGS FROM AN AUTOBIORAPHY, a double-CD set that touches on high points from her six-decade career. Not a greatest-hits collection, GIRL SINGER acts more as a well- selected resume mixing Clooney gems ("Tenderly," "Blue Rose" from a collaboration with the Duke Ellington band, "How Will I Remember You"); chart successes ("Come-on-a My House," "Hey There,"); rare material ("Ya Got Class," a radio duet with Bob Hope; an unreleased "Count Your Blessings Instead of Sheep"); and duets with Frank Sinatra, Bing Crosby, sister Betty Clooney, and her hilariously vocally impaired ex-husband, Jose Ferrer. On Disc Two, there are various stellar performances from the 1970s through the 90s, when Clooney took a more jazz-oriented route ("Route 66" with its spirited round of solos from Scott Hamilton, Warren Vache and Bucky Pizzarelli," "Do You Miss New York," "Love Is Here to Stay," "Fools Rush In"). The joy of GIRL SINGER is the privileged look we get at an artist maturing gracefully, suiting her vocal abilities to a song, taking in the full measure of a lyric. Clooney sounds lovely on the 1946 performance of "Sooner or Later" -- on the 1998 "Secret of Life" she sounds lovely and wise.
All Music Guide - Richard S. Ginell
Rather than rely solely upon its back catalog as usual, Concord has gone the extra mile to make this Clooney career survey a must-buy, raiding the archives of various labels and the singer's own collection for a really valuable two-CD retrospective. Virtually all of the early stuff, where she emerges as a major pop hitmaker from Mitch Miller's Columbia stable, is on the first disc, while the second wraps up her latter-day resurrection as a jazz-tinged diva. Obviously, disc one carries the most fascination; besides being loaded with naive mid-century charm, it shows just how big Clooney was in the 1950s. There are duets with Bing Crosby, Bob Hope, and Frank Sinatra, and appearances with the orchestras of Duke Ellington singing a vocalise on "Blue Rose", Nelson Riddle, and Percy Faith. Yes, there is also the totally atypical 1951 "Come on-a My House" set against Stan Freeman's jangly harpsichord that broke Clooney into stardom. Concord picks up the thread in 1977-1980, surrounding her with jazz musicians; her voice gets a bit richer, losing some of the hard brassiness of youth, picking up some jazz inflections, yet she never quite becomes a "jazz" singer per se. When the set leaps into the '90s skipping the '80s almost entirely, her timbre darkens more and develops an affecting quaver. The choice of material from this period, though, has strong autobiographical content the set was released in conjunction with her 1999 autobiography; hence, the probable reason for giving short shrift to the '80s -- the material may not have been there. And after hearing a final, affectionately sung capsule of philosophy, "Secret of Life," at the end of disc two, you realize you've been through a remarkable emotional journey.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/26/1999
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431487029
  • Catalog Number: 4870
  • Sales rank: 277,081

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Bing Crosby Track Performer
Keith Carradine Track Performer
Bob Hope Track Performer
José Ferrer Track Performer
Nelson Riddle Track Performer
Betty Clooney Track Performer
Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Track Performer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra Track Performer
Percy Faith & His Orchestra Track Performer
Tony Pastor & His Orchestra Track Performer
The Orchestra Track Performer
Technical Credits
Roy Acuff Composer
Michael Feinstein Contributor
John Burk Producer
Ron Davis Mastering
Dick Smith Composer
Alton Delmore Composer
Glen Barros Executive Producer
Louis Alter Composer
Albert Treskin Art Direction
Arthur Smith Composer
Herman Hupfeld Composer
Jack Mason Composer
Joseph Davis Composer
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