October 2002 Film Music CD Reviews

Film Music Editor: Ian Lace
Music Webmaster Len Mullenger

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Rosemary Clooney the girl singer  
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Rosemary Clooney

Will Friedwald writing the notes for this collection encapsulates exactly what I feel about Rosemary Clooney's style of singing: "Somehow the tem "interpreter" doesn't do Rosemary Clooney justice and her artistry is basically about interpretation. She takes words and music that others have written in some cases eighty years ago and makes them sound as if they came from her own personal experience. She transforms, old and new, into pure autobiography". Just listen for instance to the sincerity of 'Without Love'

This collection was recorded in the late 1950s and early 1960s. She is backed by the most renowned orchestras of the period: the Nelson Riddle Orchestra, the Bob Thomson Orchestra and Chorus, the Billy May Orchestra and the Perez Prado Orchestra and joined by Bing Crosby in 'How About You', 'Buffalo Gals' and 'Love Won't Let You Get Away'. Included in the album's 14 numbers are favourites like: 'Get Me to the Church On Time'; 'Shine On Harvest Moon'; 'I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry', 'Sway', 'Something's Gotta Give' and the droll 'Sweet Betsy from Pike'.

Film fans will recall the delightful Rosemary lighting up the screen in such films as Red Garters and White Christmas

Ian Lace


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