The Essential Barbara

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
DRG Records' box set The Essential Barbara contains six discs, including two of Cook's studio albums (Close as Pages in a Book [1993] and All I Ask of You [1999]); two of her live albums (Live from London [1994] and Barbara Cook at the Met [2006]); her home video Mostly Sondheim (2003); and an EP, Give Me the Simple Life, containing four newly recorded songs intended for a future album. Cook's tenure with DRG began with Close as Pages in a Book, a tribute album to Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields, when the singer was already in her mid-sixties and had behind her an extensive career as a star of musical theater, plus a couple of decades of concert work. It has continued...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
DRG Records' box set The Essential Barbara contains six discs, including two of Cook's studio albums (Close as Pages in a Book [1993] and All I Ask of You [1999]); two of her live albums (Live from London [1994] and Barbara Cook at the Met [2006]); her home video Mostly Sondheim (2003); and an EP, Give Me the Simple Life, containing four newly recorded songs intended for a future album. Cook's tenure with DRG began with Close as Pages in a Book, a tribute album to Broadway lyricist Dorothy Fields, when the singer was already in her mid-sixties and had behind her an extensive career as a star of musical theater, plus a couple of decades of concert work. It has continued for more than 15 years, producing, as of 2009, 12 albums. The four included here make for a reasonable sampling of that catalog, in which Cook, usually accompanied by arranger/pianist Wally Harper and other musicians ranging from a small jazz band to a small orchestra, addresses a selection of songs taken mostly from the musical theater and sometimes from her own shows, but also from the Tin Pan Alley of the interwar period and even from contemporary (albeit, non-pop
ock) sources. Thus, on Live from London, she may take on "Beauty and the Beast" from the then-current musical of the same name, and mix it with "Never Never Land" from Peter Pan; try mid-century Harold Arlen/Johnny Mercer songs like "Come Rain or Come Shine" and "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive"; and include newly written songs by younger songwriters such as the poignant "Errol Flynn" by Amanda McBroom and "Sweet Dreams" by John Bucchino. By opting to create a box set that simply repackages existing releases for the most part, DRG almost inevitably repeats songs, as Cook sings some of the same numbers in the studio and in her concerts. Several songs are heard twice, and Stephen Sondheim's "In Buddy's Eyes" and "Losing My Mind," as well as Arlen and Mercer's "I Had Myself a True Love," each turn up three times. The Mostly Sondheim video (which, by the way, is an entirely different performance from the Cook CD of the same name) gives the strongest sense of her as a live performer, including far more between-song remarks to the audience. It also includes a Cook master class in which she instructs students, although the interview that is another of the extras only relates to the master class, not to her career in general. The EP material suggests that, although over 80, she is still in good voice and ready to continue her DRG discography with another fine recording.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/13/2009
  • Label: Drg
  • UPC: 021471250022
  • Catalog Number: 92500
  • Sales rank: 137,279

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 It's Not Where You Start (3:12)
  2. 2 Close as Pages in a Book (3:54)
  3. 3 I Can't Give You Anything But Love [from the Broadway Show Blackbirds o (2:50)
  4. 4 Make the Man Love Me (3:58)
  5. 5 Exactly Like You (4:04)
  6. 6 April Snow (3:10)
  7. 7 Don't Blame Me (3:02)
  8. 8 I'm in the Mood for Love (4:14)
  9. 9 On the Sunny Side of the Street [from the Broadway Show International R (3:33)
  10. 10 The Way You Look Tonight (3:53)
  11. 11 Bojangles of Harlem (2:41)
  12. 12 I Must Have That Man! (3:33)
  13. 13 April Fooled Me/I'm Way Ahead (2:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Sing a Song with Me/Let Me Sing and I'm Happy (4:30)
  2. 2 Beauty and the Best/Never Never Land (4:18)
  3. 3 Can You Read My Mind (3:22)
  4. 4 Come Rain or Come Shine (3:21)
  5. 5 Ship in a Bottle (3:45)
  6. 6 Sweet Dreams (4:41)
  7. 7 I See Your Face Before Me (4:40)
  8. 8 I'm Beginning to See the Light (2:51)
  9. 9 I Had Myself a True Love (4:18)
  10. 10 Sweet Georgia Brown (4:57)
  11. 11 Errol Flynn (4:04)
  12. 12 Love Don't Need a Reason (3:40)
  13. 13 He Was Too Good to Me/Losing My Mind (6:14)
  14. 14 Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive (4:00)
  15. 15 Why Did I Choose You (2:41)
  16. 16 In Between Goodbyes (5:15)
Disc 3
  1. 1 All I Ask of You (4:34)
  2. 2 New Sun in the Sky /On a Clear Day You Can See Fore (3:07)
  3. 3 A Wonderful Guy (3:53)
  4. 4 The Very Next Man (3:06)
  5. 5 In Buddy's Eyes (3:16)
  6. 6 I Wonder What Became of Me? (3:39)
  7. 7 You're an Builder-Upper (2:49)
  8. 8 Glad Rag Doll (4:07)
  9. 9 He Loves Me (3:20)
  10. 10 Medley: Dear Friend/Will He Like Me?/Tonight Aat Eight/Ice Cream [From (11:44)
  11. 11 Somewhere (2:58)
  12. 12 We'll Be Together Again (2:59)
Disc 4
  1. 1 If They Could See Me Now (2:16)
  2. 2 It's Not Where You Start (3:04)
  3. 3 It Might as Well Be Spring (4:19)
  4. 4 A Wonderful Guy (3:56)
  5. 5 I Had Myself a True Love (4:06)
  6. 6 Another Hundred People/So Many People (2:46)
  7. 7 The Gentleman Is a Dope (4:55)
  8. 8 Them There Eyes (3:33)
  9. 9 Sweet Dreams (4:43)
  10. 10 Errol Flynn (3:58)
  11. 11 Introductions of Audra McDonald (0:50)
  12. 12 When Did I Fall in Love? (3:20)
  13. 13 Blue Skies (3:55)
  14. 14 Last Night When We Were in Buddy's Eyes Young (3:54)
  15. 15 In Buddy's Eyes (3:18)
  16. 16 Nashville Nightingale (2:39)
  17. 17 Introduction of Josh Groban (1:20)
  18. 18 Not While I'm Around (2:56)
  19. 19 Move On (5:11)
  20. 20 This Nearly Was Mine (4:47)
  21. 21 Not a Day Foes By/Losing My Mind (6:30)
  22. 22 We'll Be Together Again (3:03)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Everybody Says Don't
  2. 2 Buds Won't Bud
  3. 3 I Wonder What Became of Me
  4. 4 The Eagle and Me
  5. 5 I Had Myself a True Love
  6. 6 Another Hundred People /So Many People [From Saturday Nig
  7. 7 In Buddy's Eyes
  8. 8 I Got Lost in His Arms
  9. 9 You Can't Get a Man With a Gun [Multime
  10. 10 Medley:Hard Hearted Hannah/Waiting for the Robert E. Le/San Francisco [
  11. 11 When in Rome (I Do as the Romas Do)
  12. 12 Happiness
  13. 13 Loving You
  14. 14 You Could Drive a Person Crazy
  15. 15 Send in the Clowns
  16. 16 Ice Cream
  17. 17 Not a Day Goes By /Losing My Mind [From Fol
  18. 18 The Trolley Song
  19. 19 Anyone Can Whistle
Disc 6
  1. 1 Give Me the Simple Life (3:30)
  2. 2 It Was Written in the Stars (2:52)
  3. 3 I've Got You Under My Skin (3:39)
  4. 4 I'f Rather Be Blue (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barbara Cook Primary Artist
William Galison Harmonica
Jay Berliner Banjo, Guitar
David Nadien Violin
Martin Agee Violin
Dennis Anderson Clarinet, English Horn, Oboe, Tenor Saxophone
John Barclay Trumpet
Jon Burr Bass
Ronald Carbone Viola
Roger Clark French Horn
Harvey Estrin Clarinet, Flute, Piccolo, Saxophone
Lawrence Feldman Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Woodwind
Barry Finclair Viola
John Frosk Trumpet
Jack Gale Trombone
Jill Jaffe Viola
Susan Jolles Harp
Regis Landiorio Violin
Chris Laurence Bass
Larry Lunetta Trumpet
Charles McCracken Cello
Bob Millikan Trumpet
Sharon Moe French Horn
Brian O'Flaherty Trumpet
Jim Pugh Trombone
John Redsecker Drums
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Russ Rizner-French French Horn
Roger Rosenberg Saxophone
Ralph Salmins Drums
Jim Saporito Percussion, Drums
Jack Schatz Bass Trombone
Richard Sortomme Violin
Hugh Webb Harp
Masako Yanagita Violin
Frederick Zlotkin Cello
Emanuel Vardi Viola
Maura Giannini Violin
Michael Kosarin Piano
Ashley Horne Violin
Peter Donovan Bass
Jonathan Barritt Viola
Mike Eaves Guitar
Richard Sarpola Bass
Anne Callahan Cello
James Saporito Percussion
David Bargeron Trombone
Julian Barber Viola
Lanny Paykin Cello
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
Sigmund Romberg Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Michael Callen Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Barbara Cook Liner Notes
Amanda McBroom Composer
Cy Coleman Composer
Johnny Hodges Composer
Harry James Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Peter Allen Composer
Peter Matz Arranger
Sheridan Morley Liner Notes
John Bucchino Composer
Sheldon Harnick Composer, Liner Notes
Jerome Kern Composer
Howard Ashman Composer
Ben Bernie Composer
Leslie Bricusse Composer
Billy Byers Arranger
Howard Dietz Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer, Lyricist
Hugh Fordin Producer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Gordon Hunt Composer
Michael Leonard Composer
Alan Menken Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
David Zippel Composer
Cynthia Daniels Producer, Engineer, Remixing
Michael Kosarin Arranger
Wally Harper Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Don George Composer
Marsha Malamet Composer
Herbert Martin Composer
Anthony Tommasini Liner Notes
Walter Jurmann Composer
Mack Schlefer Arranger
Schwartz Composer
Michael Gibson Arranger
Jurmann Composer
Lerner Composer
Fischer Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    The Essential and Outstanding Barbara Cook

    There is only one word necessary to describe the singing and showmanship of Barbara Cook. The word is OUTSTANDING. Ms Cook does not merely use her still supple voice to caress the song; she interprets the words and creates a dramatic inner life to each selection. The listener can understand every word. Her personal touch in dialogue is charming. The addition of a DVD of one of her stage performances is a very important extra benefit allowing the listener to see and bask in the stage magic that is Barbara Cook.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Streisand without the posturing.

    I first heard Barbara Cook as Marian the Librarian in "The Music Man" on Broadway in the mid-1960's. I have heard her a number of times since, though never again in person. Her voice is stronger and richer than ever, her choice of material impeccable, and every song is informed by her intelligence and the honesty of her delivery.

    One one disc only, for whatever reason, a number of her high notes had some rough edges. I don't know if this was the result of hard use or questionable engineering, but it did detract.

    My only other caveat is that one of the discs in the collection was faulty and would not play at all, Summary: buy the collection.

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