Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe has resulted in many shoddy unlicensed reissues of popular recordings still in print in their legitimate versions, it also allows fans and collectors to assemble and present valuable rare and out of print material that the major labels have buried in their vaults and are likely never to unearth again. A good example is this, British reissue label Sepia Records' Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party. Thompson (1909-1998) is a legend, even though she was not a star, her many accomplishments including authoring the series of children's books about Eloise, the precocious six-year-old who roams the halls of the Plaza ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Although the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe has resulted in many shoddy unlicensed reissues of popular recordings still in print in their legitimate versions, it also allows fans and collectors to assemble and present valuable rare and out of print material that the major labels have buried in their vaults and are likely never to unearth again. A good example is this, British reissue label Sepia Records' Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party. Thompson (1909-1998) is a legend, even though she was not a star, her many accomplishments including authoring the series of children's books about Eloise, the precocious six-year-old who roams the halls of the Plaza Hotel; coaching Judy Garland and others for their singing in MGM movie musicals of the '40s; and headlining an acclaimed, but little documented nightclub act with the Williams Brothers (including a young Andy Williams) in the late '40s and early '50s. She also made studio recordings sporadically, among them a 1955 LP for MGM Records called Kay Thompson Sings, as well as appearing extensively on radio during its heyday and, occasionally, on TV and in films. Such sources, plus private recordings, have been compiled by Thompson's biographer Sam Irvin for this collection, which, astonishingly, is a three-and-a-half-hour triple-CD set. And, at that, it isn't even complete; it deliberately picks up the Thompson story where an earlier collection, 2003's The Queen of Swing Vocals & Her Rhythm Singers, issued by Baldwin Street Music, left off in the late '30s, then follows her to the end of the '50s. It does so non-chronologically, instead grouping the three discs into themes: CD one is "The Studio Recordings"; CD two "Rarities and Live Performances"; and CD three "Demos, Covers, Comedy, and Eloise." As such, the most conventional Kay Thompson comes at the start, with ten of the 12 tracks from Kay Thompson Sings (the other two are novelties held for the third CD), which make her seem to be a good interpretive traditional pop singer of the '50s in the mold of, say, Peggy Lee. Other tracks culled from singles reinforce this impression until the end of the disc, which contains excerpts from Thompson's one big featured role in a movie musical, 1957's Funny Face, in which she held her own against Fred Astaire. The second disc begins with an attempt to re-create what a nightclub performance by Thompson and the Williams Brothers might have been like, using some of their few recordings and airchecks. As the disc goes on, it moves backwards in time to the late '30s, emphasizing Thompson's abilities as a vocal arranger, then back up to the mid-'40s, with some examples of her work at MGM. The third disc is of course a miscellany, even including songs written by but not featuring Thompson, such as an Ann Miller version of what is here called "Madame Crematante" (although it has also been called "The Interview" and "A Great Lady Has an Interview"), a piece of special material performed by Judy Garland in the 1946 movie Ziegfeld Follies. Thompson's comic acting abilities are on display in airchecks featuring Bing Crosby and Peter Lorre, but nothing prepares the listener for her several performances as Eloise herself toward the end, before the proceedings end with a flurry of holiday music. More than a third of the 75 tracks here are previously unreleased on disc, and even most of the released ones are being retrieved from obscure records. This remarkable collection confirms Thompson's talents as an influential singer, songwriter, and arranger who helped shape 20th century popular music and had a lot of fun doing so, and it should go a long way toward enhancing her reputation.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/8/2009
  • Label: Sepia Recordings
  • EAN: 5055122111351
  • Catalog Number: 1135
  • Sales rank: 77,937

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Love a Violin (3:16)
  2. 2 How Deep Is the Ocean (2:21)
  3. 3 It's All Right with Me (2:30)
  4. 4 Basin Street Blues (2:50)
  5. 5 Quel Joie (2:14)
  6. 6 Katie's Blues (2:55)
  7. 7 Moonglow (3:00)
  8. 8 Blue Moon (2:39)
  9. 9 I Must Have That Man (3:11)
  10. 10 I Hadn't Anyone Till You (3:09)
  11. 11 Back Home in Indiana (2:38)
  12. 12 I See Your Face Before Me (2:43)
  13. 13 (Where Are You) Now That I Need You (2:25)
  14. 14 'Bout You 'N Me (2:50)
  15. 15 That Old Feeling (3:13)
  16. 16 Was That the Human Thing to Do? (2:51)
  17. 17 Light Up the Candles on the Birthday Cake (2:43)
  18. 18 Bazazz (2:29)
  19. 19 Bonjour, Paris! (6:05)
  20. 20 On How to Be Lovely (2:40)
  21. 21 Clap Yo' Hands (3:32)
  22. 22 Think Pink! (6:32)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Hello, Hello (1:50)
  2. 2 Jubilee (3:15)
  3. 3 Louisiana Purchase (2:55)
  4. 4 Don't Tell Louella (2:22)
  5. 5 On the Caribbean (2:42)
  6. 6 Old Fashioned Hammock (3:10)
  7. 7 Just One of Those Things (2:32)
  8. 8 3: 00 A.M. in the Persian Room (3:00)
  9. 9 The Steam Is on the Beam (3:13)
  10. 10 You're Mine , You (3:03)
  11. 11 Coquette (2:59)
  12. 12 High on a Windy Hill (2:53)
  13. 13 Ay, Ay, Ay (2:45)
  14. 14 The Wise Old Owl (2:42)
  15. 15 Dolores (2:47)
  16. 16 The Lady Is a Tramp (0:52)
  17. 17 You Took Advantage of Me (1:31)
  18. 18 You're a Lucky Guy (1:57)
  19. 19 Stop! It's Wonderful (1:54)
  20. 20 'S Wonderful (2:17)
  21. 21 Medley: 51 East/A Romantic Guy (2:10)
  22. 22 These Are the Things I Love (3:33)
  23. 23 Daddy - Everett Sloane (2:22)
  24. 24 Bali Boogie - Harry James & His Orchestra (2:53)
  25. 25 Yes, Indeed (2:40)
  26. 26 I'm in Love with a Soldier Boy (2:07)
  27. 27 The Trolley Song (2:52)
  28. 28 Love (2:33)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Screen Test: Think Pink!/'s Wonderful (1:55)
  2. 2 Week-End at the Waldorf (2:34)
  3. 3 I've Got the Sun in the Morning (1:49)
  4. 4 In the Valley (1:29)
  5. 5 Madame Crematante (6:51)
  6. 6 Love on a Greyhound Bus - Pat Kirkwood (3:05)
  7. 7 'E Pinched Me (0:34)
  8. 8 Beautee Soap, Jingle #1 (0:20)
  9. 9 Beautee Soap, Jingle #2 (0:42)
  10. 10 Life Can Be Life (4:02)
  11. 11 Psychiatrist's Office (6:08)
  12. 12 Myrtle (Of Sheepshead Bay) (4:35)
  13. 13 Poor Suzette (3:58)
  14. 14 I Love a Violin (4:06)
  15. 15 Let's Talk About Russia (2:05)
  16. 16 Dasvidanya (Until We Meet Again) (2:53)
  17. 17 Moscow Cha Cha Cha (2:10)
  18. 18 Eloise (2:17)
  19. 19 Eloise on the Go (4:16)
  20. 20 Eloise's All-Star Sneak Preview (3:32)
  21. 21 Eloise in Nyack - Helen Hayes (3:44)
  22. 22 It's Absolutely Christmanstime (1:30)
  23. 23 Holiday Season (0:34)
  24. 24 White Christmas (1:44)
  25. 25 Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells (2:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kay Thompson Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals, Choir Director
Fred Astaire Vocals
Danny Kaye Vocals
Ray Charles Background Vocals
Sy Oliver Conductor
Buddy Bregman Conductor
Dick Cathcart Choir, Chorus
Joe Marino Piano
Leith Stevens Conductor
Norma Zimmer Choir, Chorus
Audrey Hepburn Vocals
Irving Aaronson Piano
Mitchell Ayres Conductor
Archie Bleyer Conductor, Background Vocals
Sonny Burke Conductor
Paul Burton Background Vocals
Lennie Hayton Conductor
Dick Jones Conductor
Alan Lane Choir, Chorus
Ann Miller Vocals
Ernest Ernie Newton Choir, Chorus
Roger Edens Piano
George Stoll Conductor
Joe Lipman Conductor
Steve Steck Background Vocals
Ralph Blane Background Vocals, Choir, Chorus
Nat Finston Conductor
Betty Allen Choir, Chorus
Lyn Duddy Background Vocals
The Ray Charles Singers Background Vocals
Betty Noyes Choir, Chorus
Dick Joy Announcer
Paul Whitman Conductor
Dick James Conductor
Pat Kirkwood Vocals
Eddie Oliver Conductor
Johnny Green & His Quartette Piano, Conductor
Bill Norvas Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jim Backus Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Fred Astaire Duet
Irving Berlin Composer
Michael Feinstein Source Material
Judy Garland Duet
Irving Mills Composer
Ray Noble Composer
Buddy Bregman Arranger, Orchestration
Jimmy McHugh Composer
Bobby Troup Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Frank Loesser Composer
Audrey Hepburn Duet
Archie Bleyer Arranger
Clay Boland Composer
Lee Brown Composer
Sammy Cahn Composer
Saul Chaplin Composer
Eddie DeLange Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Sammy Fain Composer
Dorothy Fields Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Lennie Hayton Arranger
Will Hudson Composer
Gus Kahn Composer
Gus Levene Orchestration
Hugh Martin Composer
Ballard MacDonald Composer
Johnny Mercer Composer
Cole Porter Composer
Conrad Salinger Orchestration
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Harry Warren Composer
Spencer Williams Composer
Roger Edens Composer
George Stoll Composer
Kay Thompson Composer, Lyricist, Vocal Arrangements
Carmen Lombardo Composer
Joe Lipman Arranger
Ted Duncan Orchestration
Ralph Blane Composer
Sylvia Fine Composer
John Frankenheimer Director
Danny Gool Orchestration
Louis Alter Composer
Earl Brent Composer
Joan Whitney Composer
Joe Ricardel Composer
Harold Barlow Composer
Leonard Gershe Composer
Stanley Donen Director
Alex Kramer Composer
Lewis Harris Composer
Robin Cherry Remastering
Bickley S. Reichmer Composer
Robert Alton Composer
Larry Berns Composer
William Spier Producer
Johnny Green & His Quartette Arranger
Osmán Pérez Freire Composer
George Marion Jr. Composer
Robert Alton Composer
Stanley Donen Director
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