You Gotta Have Heart: Marlene Sings Richard Adler

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
It says something about the state of musical business in the United States when New York-based songstress Marlene Ver Planck has to travel to Paris and London to do an album honoring the writer of a musical about a New York baseball team. Richard Adler, with Jerry Ross, wrote Damn Yankees, which opened in 1954 and ran for more than a thousand performances. Three songs from that long running musical are included on this tribute album, the seductive "Whatever Lola Wants," the hopeful "You Gotta Have Heart," and "Near to You." The latter features an excellent solo by an unidentified tenor sax player. Adler's other hit musical Pajama Game, with Ross again collaborating, is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
It says something about the state of musical business in the United States when New York-based songstress Marlene Ver Planck has to travel to Paris and London to do an album honoring the writer of a musical about a New York baseball team. Richard Adler, with Jerry Ross, wrote Damn Yankees, which opened in 1954 and ran for more than a thousand performances. Three songs from that long running musical are included on this tribute album, the seductive "Whatever Lola Wants," the hopeful "You Gotta Have Heart," and "Near to You." The latter features an excellent solo by an unidentified tenor sax player. Adler's other hit musical Pajama Game, with Ross again collaborating, is represented by the romantic "Hey There" and the doleful "A New Town Is a Blue Town." "Hey There" reached No. 1 on the pop charts for Rosemary Clooney. Adler was never able to produce another Broadway musical winner but did come up with "Everybody Loves a Lover," a hit for Doris Day. The remaining tunes on the album are pretty, but not memorable. The quizzical "Whoever Invented Love?" and a vampish "I Ask Myself" are the best of the rest. What Adler's less familiar material lacks in substance, Ver Planck makes up for with her impeccable phrasing and delivery. She elevates Adler's lesser known songs to a level they likely have never seen. Like Jeri Southern, Ver Planck has the ability to breathe some life into unfamiliar, marginal material. The CD is also enhanced by lush arrangements by husband J. Billy Ver Planck and London's Radio Big Band, and the Paris based Saxomania, the latter group augmented with strings. Regrettably, the liner notes fail to identify which group is backing Ver Planck on each track. You Gotta Have Heart is a mixed bag, some good songs, some marginal, but all nicely performed by a talented singer.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/1997
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206580426
  • Catalog Number: 5804

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I'm Seeing Rainbows
  2. 2 I Ask Myself
  3. 3 Hey There
  4. 4 Near to You
  5. 5 Whoever Invented Love?
  6. 6 What's Wrong with Me?
  7. 7 A New Town Is a Blue Town
  8. 8 If I Knew Then
  9. 9 Whatever Lola Wants
  10. 10 You Gotta Have Heart
  11. 11 You Knew What I Needed
  12. 12 Another Time, Another Place
  13. 13 Christmas in Your Heart
  14. 14 No Soap Blues
  15. 15 If You Win You Lose
  16. 16 Put Your Money on Me
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marlene VerPlanck Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Vocals
Claude Tissendier Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Victor Ash Tenor Saxophone
Roy Babbington Bass
Remi Brey Viola
Jean-Charles Capon Cello
Nigel Carter Trumpet
Vincent Cordelette Drums
Gary Cox Tenor Saxophone
Jean-Claude Dubois Harp
Jean Eteve Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Tony Fisher Trumpet
Michel Lacrouts Cello
Jim Lawless Percussion
Barry Robinson Alto Saxophone
Ralph Salmins Drums
Mark White Trumpet
Clive Hitchcock Alto Saxophone
Michel Varron Viola
Roland Stepczak Violin
Graham Atha Guitar
Paul Eshelby Trumpet
Alain Kouznetzoff Violin
Andy Vinter Piano
Jay Craig Baritone Saxophone
Thierry Huchin Violin
Alain Mames Viola
Lionel Turchi Violin
Pierre Maingaourd Bass
Gordon Campbell Trombone
Eddie Lorkin Trombone
Stan Laferriere Acoustic Guitar, Piano
Jacques Charrier Violin
John Higginbotham Bass Trombone
Nicolas Montier Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
Jerry Ross Composer
Richard Adler Composer, Liner Notes
Vincent Cirilli Engineer
Alain Cluzeau Engineer
Chris Dibble Engineer
Bruce Kimmel Producer, Executive Producer
Barry Forgie Director
The Radio Big Band Contributor
J. (Billy) VerPlank Composer
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