Rosemary Clooney: A Seventieth Birthday Celebration
This amounts to a catalogue of the riches of American show tunes, and Rosemary Clooney has a beautiful voice for this material. This anthology spans her Concord career and contains material dating as far back as 1977. Certainly she's lost a bit of her edge on the later recordings, but they glow with a worldly sophistication that carries the day.
The problem on this disc – and, since it is an anthology, on much of her voluminous work for Concord – is with the arrangements. Syrupy strings and Osmondian backup singers bring much of this material perilously close to kitschville. Rosemary Clooney deserves better, but on the other hand, she's been recording this way for a long while, so perhaps she has found her niche. And certainly the abundant charms of her voice are much in evidence. This is a fine introduction to an American institution.
Record Label: Concord Music Group