The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo

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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 Beyonc?.
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 ...
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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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/12/2008
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602517482081
  • Catalog Number: 001041602
  • Sales rank: 64,818

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The 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
Ray Staff Mastering
Mike Shapiro Composer
Jon Hall Producer, Audio Production
Nick Terry Engineer
Milton Yakus Composer
Martin Terefe Producer, Audio Production
Rich Harrison Composer
The Puppini Sisters Audio Production
Marcella Puppini Arranger, Composer, String Arrangements, Duet
Stephanie O'Brien Arranger
Kate Mullins Arranger, Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Swing Meets Pop Culture.

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Those Puppini Girls have done it again!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sat in the Store to listen

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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