When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally

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by Harry Connick Jr.
     
 

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It took a soundtrack project to make the career of singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr. The identity problems that had plagued his earlier recordings -- is he primarily a pianist who sometimes sings or vice versa? -- were finally ironed out on a movie tie-in that placed Connick's retro-smoothie singing front and center. The handful of piano features on this recording,… See more details below

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It took a soundtrack project to make the career of singer/pianist Harry Connick Jr. The identity problems that had plagued his earlier recordings -- is he primarily a pianist who sometimes sings or vice versa? -- were finally ironed out on a movie tie-in that placed Connick's retro-smoothie singing front and center. The handful of piano features on this recording, including "Autumn in New York" and "Winter Wonderland," were presented as pleasant diversions from the main event. Connick's easy-on-the-ears versions of such chestnuts as "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "It Had to Be You," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" displayed his careful study of such important vocal stylists as Frank Sinatra and Bobby Darin. As the film "When Harry Met Sally" itself proved, romance never goes out of style, and with Connick, a whole new generation looking for a vocal icon to sing sweet nothings finally had a high-style crooner to call their very own.

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Harry Connick, Jr.'s vocals perfectly fit the moods throughout the 1989 Billy Crystal film When Harry Met Sally. This soundtrack album (which stands apart from the movie) was a big hit and a major step forward for the young pianist-vocalist, although it appears to have been the high point of his career. Connick warmly sings such numbers as "It Had to Be You," "Our Love Is Here to Stay," "But Not for Me," and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," while usually accompanied by bassist Benjamin Wolfe, drummer Jeff "Tain" Watts, and a big band. Frank Wess' warm tenor makes a brief appearance on "Our Love Is Here to Stay." In addition, there are a few melodic instrumentals, including some solo Connick piano on "Winter Wonderland" and "Autumn in New York." Highly recommended.

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Release Date:
07/13/1989
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644531923
catalogNumber:
45319

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