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The Songbook Collection (Box Set)

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Album Review

Rosemary Clooney began her professional career in the big-band swing era, and while she wasn't a great jazz singer, her jazzy phrasing and nuance made her the perfect pop singer for her era. She finally found a home with Concord Records in 1977 after stints with Columbia and RCA, and she remained with Concord until her passing in 2002. During that time she recorded several "songbook" albums similar to Ella Fitzgerald's songbook series, and this set collects six of those albums, including 1979's Sings the Lyrics of Ira Gershwin, 1982's Sings the Music of Cole Porter, 1983's Sings the Music of Harold Arlen, 1984's Sings the Music of Irving Berlin, 1987's Sings the Lyrics of Johnny Mercer, and 1989's Sings Rodgers, Hart & Hammerstein, all of which present Clooney in a comfortable setting doing what she did best.

Customer Reviews

The Songbook Collection

If you like Rosemary Clooney and her ability to create an infinite phrase, you will love this album. Effortless, is the word for it. They do not make singers like this any more. Creating emotion and the perfectly well-understood lyric. Like Sinatra in the way she expresses emotion and with such clarity. A great buy.

The Songbook Collection

There was only one Rosemary Clooney

Biography

Born: May 23, 1928 in Maysville, KY

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Before the rock & roll revolution, Rosemary Clooney was one of the most popular female singers in America, rising to superstardom during the golden age of adult pop. Like many of her peers in the so-called "girl singer" movement — Doris Day, Kay Starr, Peggy Lee, Patti Page, et al. — Clooney's style was grounded in jazz, particularly big-band swing. She wasn't an improviser or a technical virtuoso, and lacked the training to stand on an equal footing with the greatest true jazz singers....
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