Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo

The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo

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by The Puppini Sisters
     
 

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The Puppini Sisters continue their retro-chic ways on The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo, offering a follow-up to their surprise hit Betcha Bottom Dollar that looks back to classic 1940s vocal harmony as it embraces up-to-date material. Rise & Fall features original songs written by the trio ("I Can't Believe I'm Not

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The Puppini Sisters continue their retro-chic ways on The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo, offering a follow-up to their surprise hit Betcha Bottom Dollar that looks back to classic 1940s vocal harmony as it embraces up-to-date material. Rise & Fall features original songs written by the trio ("I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire," "Jilted") and covers of tunes by artists ranging from Barry Manilow to Beyoncé.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - J. Poet
On record you can't see the many costume changes into stunning '30s vintage dresses, or be impressed by the trio's mugging or musical chops -- Marcella Puppini plays piano and accordion and Stephanie O'Brien plays credible jazz fiddle. This leaves the vocalizing, and while the trio isn't half bad, its members are not spectacular or particularly adventurous singers. On their second album they follow the template of their first. There are a couple of standards including "It Don't Mean a Think If It Ain't Got That Swing," and contemporary numbers -- "Spooky," "Walk Like an Egyptian" -- delivered in '40s vocal trio-style arrangements. Fine as far as it goes, but the joke is wearing thin. The Puppini Sisters' salvation is clearly in their original material. All three Sisters write solid tunes; the sooner they can come up with a full album's worth of original tunes, the better their career prospects will be. Puppini's "I Can't Believe I'm Not a Millionaire" is a blues full of arch humor, and her "Jilted" sounds like it would have been a natural for Peggy Lee, a sultry, sexy tune with a strong hook and a great lyric. O'Brien contributes "Soho Nights" a jump tune with a strong vocal arrangement, a perfect evocation of the era they obviously love. Kate Mullins may be the strongest writer of the three. Her "It's Not Over (Death or the Toy Piano)" is another song in the big-band mode, but its complex melody and inventive lyric make it one of the album's strongest tracks.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2008
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602517482081
catalogNumber:
001041602
Rank:
72399

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puppini Sisters   Primary Artist
David Angell   Violin
John Catchings   Cello
David Davidson   Violin
Kris Wilkinson   Viola
Jeff Williams   Trombone
Jon Hall   Shouts
Monisa Angell   Viola
Marcella Puppini   Piano,Accordion,Vocals,Shouts,Group Member
Stephanie O'Brien   Violin,Triangle,Vocals,Soloist,Group Member
Kate Mullins   Piano,Triangle,Vocals,Melodica,Shouts,Toy Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

Barry Manilow   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Adrienne Anderson   Composer
Buddy Buie   Composer
Hal David   Composer
David Davidson   String Arrangements
Duke Ellington   Composer
James Cobb   Composer
Mike Shapiro   Composer
Jon Hall   Producer,Audio Production
Nick Terry   Engineer
Milton Yakus   Composer
Martin Terefe   Producer,Audio Production
Rich Harrison   Composer
Puppini Sisters   Audio Production
Marcella Puppini   Arranger,Composer,String Arrangements,Duet
Stephanie O'Brien   Arranger
Kate Mullins   Arranger,Composer

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The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I just heard this on preview while in a store and I was truely impressed that when I first hear walk like an ejyptian that I was frightened, but once I started listening they managed to change the songs while maintaining the spirit of the music. I was sad to learn I had to order it but it shows up soon.
Guest More than 1 year ago
After overhearing 'Betcha Bottom Dollar' last year - appropriately enough, in a Barnes and Noble - I bought that CD and have listened to it countless times. For their follow-up, they continue to bring that melodic, swing-time sound to standards of that era like "It Don't Mean a Thing, If it Ain't Got That Swing", while bringing a quirky but enjoyable twist to the contemporary "Walk Like an Egyptian". Cheers to a group who can take the familiar and bring something new to it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
What a cool album, never heard versions of 80's pop songs and old jazz standards done in such a fashion. Love their take on spooky. I'm must add this one to my collection. Love the cover photo as well, sexy.