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Rosemary Clooney Ė Singing At Her Best

 

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Rosemary Clooney was one of the mid-20th Centuryís most important female vocalists.She had an amazing voice and adapted remarkably to many styles and energized any song she did into a song of her own.Unlike many vocalists of the period, her work tends to hold up and having weathered time better than most.This Singing At Her Best collection is a solid, if too short, set of her work.They include:

 

1)     Just You Just Me

2)     I Guess Iíll Have To Change My Plans

3)     The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise

4)     I Canít Escape From You (with Boris Karloff)

5)     Youíd Be Surprised (with Boris Karloff)

6)     After The Ball

7)     Iíve Got My Love To Keep Me Warm (with Tony Randall & Tab Hunter)

8)     Imagination

9)     Weíre In The Money

10) A Foggy Day

11) Keep It Gay

12) Marrying For Love (with Guy Mitchell)

13) Iím Checking Out

14) If I Forget You

15) Letís Call The Whole Thing Off (with Gene Puerling)

16) Come Rain Or Come Shine

17) Medley with Bing Crosby: Donít Fence Me In, Iím An Old Cowhand, Sheíll Be Cominí Round The Mountain, The Crawdad Song, San Antonio Rose, Down In The Valley, On Top of Old Smokie, You Are My Sunshine

 

Though the set barely lasts 40 minutes, it more then demonstrates why she was such a beloved vocalist.The Bing Crosby Medley is an interesting moment, as Clooney more than holds her own with the top male vocalist of his time.Clooney was still singing into her final years and was still a top attraction.Some of the songs are standards, others are lost songs that are not all that bad.The camera also liked her, as these clips constantly show.

 

The full frame image averages out, usually from videotape, kinescope or film copies thereof, but all are black & white.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is also varied and average, but we can safely (and sadly) say none of these are stereo recordings.There are no extras, but this is one of the best of several dozen vocalists DVD Passport/Koch has issued to date and is worth your time.

 

 

-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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