The Cat's Meow

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Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
For his period film focusing on Hollywood high society in the 1920s, director Peter Bogdanovich stocked his soundtrack with good old good ones. Calling on contemporary musical re-creations from Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys for the vast majority of the performances, The Cat's Meow also draws on a few vintage tracks: “Avalon” and “California Here I Come,” spotlighting the great Al Jolson; “Charleston” from superstar bandleader Paul Whitman; and “Wild Cat Blues” and “Everybody Loves My Baby” from Clarence Williams’s Blue Five, featuring jazz pioneers saxophonist Sidney Bechet and trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Whitcomb and his idiomatic ensemble acquit themselves well ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - William Pearl
For his period film focusing on Hollywood high society in the 1920s, director Peter Bogdanovich stocked his soundtrack with good old good ones. Calling on contemporary musical re-creations from Ian Whitcomb and his Bungalow Boys for the vast majority of the performances, The Cat's Meow also draws on a few vintage tracks: “Avalon” and “California Here I Come,” spotlighting the great Al Jolson; “Charleston” from superstar bandleader Paul Whitman; and “Wild Cat Blues” and “Everybody Loves My Baby” from Clarence Williams’s Blue Five, featuring jazz pioneers saxophonist Sidney Bechet and trumpeter Louis Armstrong. Whitcomb and his idiomatic ensemble acquit themselves well on all manner of timeless material, including “April Showers,” “Whispering,” “How Ya Gonna Keep ‘em Down on the Farm,” and "Ain’t We Got Fun.” The film’s star, Kirsten Dunst, even gets in on the musical act with “After You’ve Gone,” on which she supplies a jaunty vocal.
All Music Guide - Evan Cater
Set on William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924, The Cat's Meow is a story about a party gone terribly awry. The dramatic shifts in mood from goofy Charleston dancing and wild drunken orgies to murderous jealousies and desperately empty lives are the greatest strengths of Peter Bogdanovich's well-crafted film. But the original soundtrack album produced by Ian Whitcomb scores the party almost exclusively with only small glimpses of the deep pathos that lies underneath. The CD consists entirely of frothy pop tunes from the "gay '20s." There are two old Al Jolson tunes "Avalon" and "California Here I Come" and two catchy songs by Clarence Williams' Blue Five "Wild Cat Blues" and "Everybody Loves My Baby". The rest of the tracks are new recordings of classic '20s numbers performed by Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys. It's all great fun, and it's very appealingly arranged and presented. But without the darker and deeper tones used in the film, the jolly music -- and Whitcomb's idiosyncratic vocals -- begin to wear thin by the end of the 40-minute disc. Where, for instance, is the powerful opera piece that was used so effectively in the film? The soundtrack achieves stylistic unity at the cost of emotional variety. Only Irving Berlin's "When I Lost You" and the melancholy end credit song, "After You've Gone," offer a break from the gaiety. The latter is performed impressively by the film's magnetic female lead, Kirsten Dunst. The track comes near the end of the soundtrack and it comes as a great relief to be allowed to feel the blues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/9/2002
  • Label: Rca
  • UPC: 090266382224
  • Catalog Number: 63822

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Avalon - Al Jolson (2:13)
  2. 2 Wild Cat Blues - Clarence Williams' Blue Five (3:01)
  3. 3 Stumbling - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:22)
  4. 4 Whispering - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:39)
  5. 5 Everybody Loves My Baby - Clarence Williams' Blue Five (2:34)
  6. 6 Hesitation Blues - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:04)
  7. 7 How Ya Gonna Keep 'Em Down on the Farm? - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:34)
  8. 8 Ain't We Got Fun? - Chiara Schoras (2:04)
  9. 9 April Showers - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:44)
  10. 10 Charleston - Paul Whiteman (2:43)
  11. 11 Breeze - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:51)
  12. 12 A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:20)
  13. 13 If You Were the Only Girl in the World - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:07)
  14. 14 When I Lost You - Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys (2:46)
  15. 15 After You've Gone - Kirstin Dunst (2:41)
  16. 16 California, Here I Come - Al Jolson (3:08)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Al Jolson Track Performer
Paul Whiteman Track Performer
Ian Whitcomb Vocals
Louis Armstrong Track Performer
Eva Taylor Vocals
Clarence Williams Track Performer
Ian Whitcomb & His Bungalow Boys Track Performer
Clarence Williams' Blue Five Track Performer
Technical Credits
Al Jolson Composer
Ian Whitcomb Arranger, Producer
Buddy DeSylva Composer
Joe Goodwin Composer
Joe Hanley Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Joseph Meyer Composer
Traditional Composer
Joel C. High Producer
Peter Bogdanovich Director
Nat D. Ayer Composer
Geyer Werke Engineer
Robert Jager Engineer
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