Rosemary Clooney Love
- Released: July 2, 2013
- Label: WEA Japan
Musician - 3/96, p.96"...Fact is, living vocalists who do justice to the songs of Irving Berlin or Rodgers & Hart can be counted on one's fingers....this 1961 session places Rosemary Clooney in the same league with Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald and Mel Torme..."
- 2.I Wish It So
- 3.Yours Sincerely
- 5.Find The Way
- 6.How Will I Remember You
- 7.Why Shouldn't I?
- 8.More Than You Know
- 9.You Started Something
- 10.It Never Entered My Mind
- 11.If I Forget You
- 12.Someone To Watch Over Me
- 13.Black Coffee
- 14.The Man That Got Away
Personnel includes: Rosemary Clooney (vocals); Nelson Riddle (arranger, conductor).
Producers: Dick Peirce, Sonny Burke.
Recorded in March 1961. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
More than any other arranger, Nelson Riddle understood Rosemary Clooney's voice, including her subtle phrasing and inflection. Similarly, Clooney intuited Riddle's arrangements well. Instinctively, she knew how to mold her vocals to fit Riddle's unique orchestral timbres. LOVE is no exception to this rule.
This album features 14 songs that revolve around life's bliss or sorrow, with most of these tunes focusing on the latter. One of the most poignant selections is "How Will I Remember You," a song that laments the loss of a great love. On this tune, Clooney's voice hovers gently above the silky strings and delicate harp accompaniment, and her singing here is sincere, legato, and woeful. On the other hand, George Gershwin's "Someone to Watch Over Me" is the most engaging song on this disc, with Clooney delivering Ira Gershwin's lyric with subtlety and finesse. She also exacts the loneliness implied in this tale. For anybody who's been unlucky in love, this album will resonate powerfully.
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