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You Gotta Have Heart: Marlene Sings Richard Adler
     

You Gotta Have Heart: Marlene Sings Richard Adler

by Marlene VerPlanck
 
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

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
07/01/1997
Label:
Varese Sarabande
UPC:
0030206580426
catalogNumber:
5804

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Tracks

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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Marlene VerPlanck   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
Radio Big Band   Contributor
J. (Billy) VerPlank   Composer

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