The Rosemary Clooney Show: Songs from the Classic Television Show

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All Music Guide - John Bush
Long after their favorite singers have passed, vocal fans still have many avenues to hear new to them recordings from the peak era of vocal jazz. Alternate takes aside, radio transcriptions and broadcast programs are the two usually plundered for reissue. While most are hastily packaged and terribly mastered, the best of them occur in settings that are artistically advanced compared to the artist's usual studio sides. Vocalists, like all other musicians, used opportunities like these to experiment and play around with ideas that would only later become fully fledged releases. The Rosemary Clooney Show, a compilation from Concord, is one of the most valuable releases on an ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Long after their favorite singers have passed, vocal fans still have many avenues to hear new to them recordings from the peak era of vocal jazz. Alternate takes aside, radio transcriptions and broadcast programs are the two usually plundered for reissue. While most are hastily packaged and terribly mastered, the best of them occur in settings that are artistically advanced compared to the artist's usual studio sides. Vocalists, like all other musicians, used opportunities like these to experiment and play around with ideas that would only later become fully fledged releases. The Rosemary Clooney Show, a compilation from Concord, is one of the most valuable releases on an underrated artist that's ever been seen. It features 26 recordings from 1956, when Clooney's TV program -- basically self-produced -- featured the singer backed by Nelson Riddle, the prime arranger/conductor of the era, and the Hi-Lo's, the best vocal chorus in action. Due to frequent label conflicts, Riddle and Clooney recorded together elsewhere much less frequently. Michael Feinstein, the disc's producer, found the tapes in Clooney's home, played them for her well before her death, and earned her approval for a release -- which dismisses the lingering suspicion that these performances wouldn't have appeared during her lifetime. The music is sparkling and betrays no elements of its catch-all sources; in fact, most of these songs were recorded well before broadcast. Except for the brevity of most of these selections, these could easily have been released as a studio LP. Rarely allowed to record what she wished at Columbia, Clooney stretched out on her television show and appealed to older audiences with the standards she loved to sing; here, after getting a pair of novelties out of the way, she sprints joyously through two dozen standards. Among the highlights are a modernist version of "How About You" recorded with Bob Morse and the Hi-Lo's, and the balladry of "Moonlight in Vermont" and "A Foggy Day." Imagine if two of Clooney's finest LPs were shelved immediately after recording ended and only released 50 years after the fact; that's the impact of The Rosemary Clooney Show on her artistic legacy.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/23/2004
  • Label: Concord Records
  • UPC: 013431223825
  • Catalog Number: 2238
  • Sales rank: 80,149

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Rosemary Clooney Primary Artist
The Hi-Lo's Vocals, Group
Clark Burroughs Group Member
Gene Puerling Group Member
Bob Morse Group Member
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Irving Berlin Composer
Michael Feinstein Liner Notes
Hoagy Carmichael Composer
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Stuart Hamblen Composer
Josef Myrow Composer
William Saroyan Composer
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer
Sidney Arodin Composer
Ross Bagdasarian Composer
Walter Donaldson Composer
Al Dubin Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Ray Evans Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Mack Gordon Composer
Jesse Greer Composer
Walter Gross Composer
Irving Kahal Composer
Raymond Klages Composer
Burton Lane Composer
John Latouche Composer
Jack Lawrence Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Nelson Riddle Arranger
Doug Schwartz Mastering
Harry Warren Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Paul Weston Arranger
George Whiting Composer
Bob Merrill Composer
Allen Sviridoff Executive Producer
Abbey Anna Art Direction
Richard A. Whiting Composer
John Blackburn Composer
Fred Fisher Composer
Ralph Freed Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Karl Suessdorf Composer
Eddie Stanley Composer
Ted Fetter Composer
Luigi Astore Composer
Ricardo Morbelli Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A TOTAL CLOONEY TREASURE TROVE

    I've been hesitant to purchase this CD outright, but finally did. What was I waiting for? This will probably become my all time favorite Rosie album of her 50s sound, as I've been playing it for two solid days. Her 1956 series was out two years prior to my first appearance in this world. Growing very fond of Rosemary's voice through the years, due to my parents being fans, and annual visits to WHITE CHRISTMAS on TV, I am glad that these series tracks have made it to CD in such great sound. Despite Feinstein's disclaimer, the sound is superb. After hearing Rosie's version of MOONLIGHT IN VERMONT, we now have a definitive version. Nelson Riddle's arrangements are spectacular. These songs in this format are so long overdue for Rosie fans, and I hope it is so successful that a Volume 2 will follow, especially if there were 39 total shows. These 26 tracks may represent the best, but there's gotta be more. As an opening theme was used with TENDERLY, I wonder if there was a closing theme as well? I've only seen varied clips from this show a long time ago, but glad that the songs are now here on CD. Marvelous!

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