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Stars in Our Eyes/The Swingers

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
These two long-players are available on a single CD two-fer from Collectors' Choice Music. Both Stars in Our Eyes and The Swingers were originally issued in 1962 and represent the 15th and 16th studio releases by the vocal quartet during their eight-year -- and counting -- association with Capitol Records. Each title individually contains a dozen tracks that fit into the respective album's concept or motif. Stars in Our Eyes allows the Four Freshmen an opportunity to pay homage to their influences, as well as peers, while The Swingers is a reference to the swing-era jazz numbers included on the album. Although a seemingly obvious idea, the indescribably singular vocal ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
These two long-players are available on a single CD two-fer from Collectors' Choice Music. Both Stars in Our Eyes and The Swingers were originally issued in 1962 and represent the 15th and 16th studio releases by the vocal quartet during their eight-year -- and counting -- association with Capitol Records. Each title individually contains a dozen tracks that fit into the respective album's concept or motif. Stars in Our Eyes allows the Four Freshmen an opportunity to pay homage to their influences, as well as peers, while The Swingers is a reference to the swing-era jazz numbers included on the album. Although a seemingly obvious idea, the indescribably singular vocal resonance produced by the Four Freshmen -- when coupled with pop standards that have already been hit records in their own right -- is indeed a sure-fire winning combination. Several of the reworkings, especially "Tom Dooley" and "Standing on the Corner," contain highly unique arrangements courtesy of their longtime collaborator, Dick Reynolds. His instinctual knowledge of their vocal blend brings new facets to many of the pop, folk, and jazz standards. Seeing as vocal jazz is the Four Freshmen's niche, The Swingers is an aptly compiled aggregate highlighting many facets of swing-era jazz. These range from the sublimely upscale cover of Duke Ellington's "Satin Doll" to the comparatively silly reworking of Sir Duke's co-collaboration with Peggy Lee on "I'm Gonna Go Fishin'." Additionally, this version contains specifically penned lyrics by none other than Miss Lee herself. Other highlights include the workout given to the Art Pepper/Stan Kenton composition "Dynaflow" and the quartet's definitive reading of George Shearing's "Lullaby of Birdland." The pairing of these two recordings fits comfortably and both are vital installments in any enthusiast's appreciation of the Four Freshmen. Here's hoping that Collectors' Choice Music will reissue their entire seminal '50s and '60s catalog.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/14/2000
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • UPC: 617742014327
  • Catalog Number: 143

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Four Freshmen Primary Artist
Bill Holman Conductor
Dick Reynolds Conductor
Technical Credits
Bill Holman Arranger
Stan Kenton Composer
Art Pepper Composer
Neal Hefti Composer
Irving Mills Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Gene Austin Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Gene DePaul Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Dick Reynolds Arranger, Vocal Arrangements
Ken Albers Vocal Arrangements
Neville Fleeson Composer
Albert Von Tilzer Composer
Gordon Anderson Executive Producer
Jimmy Cassin Composer
Jim Morehead Composer
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