Essential Rosemary Clooney

The Essential Rosemary Clooney

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by Rosemary Clooney
     
 
The rub concerning Rosemary Clooney is that, like Kay Starr, she was an excellent jazz singer who was unfortunately chained to novelty material that, equally unfortunately, became popular and branded her as such in the eyes of the listening public. Given the chance, she excelled at any role given her: a big-band singer initially, a pop

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The rub concerning Rosemary Clooney is that, like Kay Starr, she was an excellent jazz singer who was unfortunately chained to novelty material that, equally unfortunately, became popular and branded her as such in the eyes of the listening public. Given the chance, she excelled at any role given her: a big-band singer initially, a pop industry flag-bearer, and finally, a jazz vocalist with impeccable chops and great taste. The Essential Rosemary Clooney, though it focuses on the hits, does allow for the occasional glimpse of Clooney the artist during the late '50s. The hits "Come On-A My House," "Hey There," "Half As Much," and "This Ole House" don't inevitably lead to sound-alikes and inferior material; they lead to a collaboration with Duke Ellington (on "Blue Rose") and sharp readings of standards ("The Lady Is a Tramp," "From This Moment On"). Giving listeners only 16 tracks to hear what made Clooney special is definitely short shrift, but The Essential Rosemary Clooney does allow them to hear the many facets of an excellent artist without paying much for it.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/31/2004
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0827969086124
catalogNumber:
90861

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Percy Faith   Conductor
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Paul Gonsalves   Saxophone
Johnny Hodges   Saxophone
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Ray Nance   Trumpet
Sal Salvador   Guitar
Willie Cook   Trumpet
Jimmy Woode   Bass
Stan Freeman   Harpsichord
Buddy Cole   Conductor
Russell Procope   Saxophone
Quentin Jackson   Trombone
Britt Woodman   Trombone
Harry Carney   Saxophone
Frank Carroll   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Frank Comstock   Conductor
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Duke Ellington   Piano
Jimmy Hamilton   Saxophone
Norman Leyden   Conductor
John Sanders   Trombone
Terry Snyder   Drums
Billy Strayhorn   Piano
Sam Woodyard   Drums

Technical Credits

Percy Faith   Arranger
Irving Berlin   Composer
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Oscar Levant   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer,Audio Production
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Stuart Hamblen   Composer
Josef Myrow   Composer
William Saroyan   Composer
Jerry Ross   Composer
Richard Adler   Composer
Ross Bagdasarian   Composer
Frank Comstock   Arranger
Didier C. Deutsch   Liner Notes
Duke Ellington   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Norman Leyden   Arranger
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Curley Williams   Composer
Bob Merrill   Composer
Ham   Producer,Audio Production
Jimmy Carroll   Arranger
Rinker   Composer
Mike Kull   Tape Research
Sid Wayne   Composer
Eddie Stanley   Composer
Lily Lew   Packaging Manager
Dale Libby   Composer
Floyd Huddleston   Composer
E. Y. Stanley   Adaptation
Luigi Astore   Composer
Ricardo Morbelli   Composer

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The Essential Rosemary Clooney 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I know what you're thinking: "Rosemary Clooney? Give me a break!" No, seriously, it's good stuff. Other than my title track, "Come On-A My House" (a smart little pop diddy, recently used for Kmart commercials--and, according to my mother, quite the "scandalous!" song at its time (read between the lyrics), the album reminds me of the dapper tunes from Nat King Cole's "Stepping Out of A Dream." The brushed snare, the horns, the rythym--what could possibly be better? Clooney shines on a marvelous arrangement of "The Lady Is A Tramp," even giving Frank Sinatra a run for his money (although for him she'll gladly "whistle and stamp" (that's why the lady is a tramp!). Complete your trip with "Mangos" and you've got quite the fun album. The album only lags in its few cheesy (and forgettable) tracks like "Bocha-(whatever)" and "This Old House." Hence my 4 out of 5 stars. All in all, it's a tour-de-force for the extremely talented Clooney, who I'm sure most of you still remember from "White Christmas." But, if you want to get past the semi-campy screen image, pick up this album. Not only will you find a deeper appreciation for the lovely Ms. C, but you'll have a lovely time doing so.