Love [1995]

Love [1995]

by Rosemary Clooney


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Rosemary Clooney originally cut the 12 ballads (all picked by her) comprising Love for RCA Victor in 1961, arranged and conducted by Nelson Riddle, leading an orchestra with one of the most luscious sounds heard on a pop recording during that entire decade. Then RCA shelved the album, and there Love lay, buried for two years, until Frank Sinatra signed Clooney to Reprise Records, bought the master, and released it. Clooney proves herself as good a producer as she was a singer for having chosen a dozen beautiful songs by Marc Blitzstein ("I Wish It So"), Rodgers & Hart ("Yours Sincerely"), and Bronislaw Kaper ("Invitation"), among others -- most (apart from what is arguably a definitive reading of "Someone to Watch Over Me") relatively obscure. Nelson Riddle, with whom she was passionately in love at the time, wrote some of the prettiest arrangements of his career, the product of which is the most ravishingly beautiful album of Clooney's career. Her voice and Riddle's arrangements carry the listener away into a world of the purest sensuality, filled with moods of deepest yearning and intense romantic joy. "How Will I Remember You," "Imagination," and "Invitation" don't even seem to exist in the real world, and the rest aren't far behind. Love is utterly spellbinding in its every quiet nuance from singer and orchestra. The 1995 Warner-Archive reissue by Gregg Geller (the man responsible for the Frank Sinatra complete Reprise box as well) has been remastered about as perfectly as one could hope for, with a rich, soft sound (check out the French horns on Irving Caesar's "If I Forget You"), and the original 12 songs have been augmented by two bonus tracks, the bluesy "Black Coffee" and the moody, quiet "The Man That Got Away," from Clooney's first Reprise recording, Thanks for Nothing.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/10/1995
Label: Reprise / Wea
UPC: 0093624607229
catalogNumber: 46072

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Performance Credits

Rosemary Clooney   Primary Artist,Vocals
Plas Johnson   Saxophone
Paul Smith   Piano
Abe Most   Saxophone
Don Cole   Cello
Victor Arno   Violin
George Arus   Trombone
Israel Baker   Violin
Paul Bergstrom   Cello
John Cave   French Horn
Gene Cipriano   Saxophone
Joe Comfort   Bass
Irving Cottler   Drums
Alvin Dinkin   Viola
Donn Trenner   Piano
Jesse Ehrlich   Cello
Cecil Figelski   Viola
David Frisina   Violin
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
James Getzoff   Violin
Edward Gilbert   Bass
Benny Gill   Violin
Hendrickson   Guitar
Kathyrine Julye   Harp
Anatol Kaminsky   Violin
Armand Karpoff   Cello
Louis Kievman   Viola
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Harry Klee   Saxophone
Joe Koch   Saxophone
Ray Kramer   Cello
Edgar Lustgarten   Cello
Virginia Majewski   Viola
George Neikrug   Cello
Alexander Neiman   Viola
Nelson Riddle   Conductor
Erno Neufeld   Violin
Tommy Pedersen   Trombone
Lou Raderman   Violin
George Roberts   Trombone
Paul Robyn   Viola
Nathan Ross   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
Wilbur Schwartz   Saxophone
Tommy Shepard   Trombone
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Gerald Vinci   Violin
Richard Whitehouse   Cello
Alex Beller   Violin
Joseph Saxon   Cello
Victor Bay   Violin
Robert Gibbons   Guitar
Stanley Harris   Viola
Murray Kellner   Violin
James M. McGee   French Horn
Richard L. Noel   Trombone
Barbara Simons   Viola
William Weiss   Violin
Bob Thompson   Conductor
Henry Hill   Violin
Robert Knight   Trombone

Technical Credits

Sonny Burke   Producer
Nelson Riddle   Arranger
Schmitt   Engineer
James Gavin   Liner Notes
Bob Thompson   Arranger

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