When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New

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by Mary Duff
     
 

Mary Duff starts off this album with a lovely piano and vocal version of "As Time Goes By" (familiar to all as the key song from Casablanca) that suggests that the Irish singer would make a mint as a cabaret singer. About halfway through, however, a full orchestra strikes up behind her, and continues sawing and blowing away at full tilt for the remainder ofSee more details below

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Mary Duff starts off this album with a lovely piano and vocal version of "As Time Goes By" (familiar to all as the key song from Casablanca) that suggests that the Irish singer would make a mint as a cabaret singer. About halfway through, however, a full orchestra strikes up behind her, and continues sawing and blowing away at full tilt for the remainder of this hourlong disc. The Mantovani-style arrangements blare nonstop throughout When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New, whether Duff is singing old Tin Pan Alley standards, classic country and early rock tunes (she's particularly fond of the Everly Brothers and Buddy Holly, tackling a medley of the former's biggest hits and a really quite nice, understated take on the latter's "True Love Ways"), or Irish airs and novelties. The overblown arrangements are quite distracting, not the least because Duff has a lovely voice that she knows how to use, avoiding both the strident over-emoting and the tin-eared robotic phrasing that plague far too many singers working the book of standards. (Pre-rock songbirds like Teresa Brewer and Doris Day are the obvious point of comparison, though there's a hint of Patsy Cline as well.) A full album with Duff and a piano player, or better yet a small jazz combo, would be a much better setting for her attractive vocals.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/10/2006
Label:
Beautiful Music Co
UPC:
0708354101229
catalogNumber:
1012
Rank:
80386

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Tracks

  1. As Time Goes By
  2. When Your Old Wedding Ring Was New
  3. In the Chapel in the Moonlight
  4. Medley: Old Cape Cod/With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming/Allegheny ...
  5. The Nearness of You
  6. Medley: Now Is the Hour/Yours (Till the End of Life's Story)/I'll ...
  7. Twilight Time
  8. Our Love Is Here to Stay
  9. Medley: And the Band Played On/Patrick Fagan (You're the Apple of ...)
  10. When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
  11. Dream a Little Dream of Me
  12. Medley: Let It Be Me/All I Have to Do Is Dream/That's Old ...
  13. (I'll Be Loving You) Always
  14. It Had to Be You
  15. True Love Ways
  16. Till I Waltz Again with You
  17. Time After Time (Lucky to Be Loving You)
  18. Let There Be Peace on Earth
  19. Danny, The Pipes Are Still Calling

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