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Songs I Heard

Harry Connick Jr.Audio CD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)

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Harry Connick, Jr.'s career has been studded with awards and recognition, including several multi-platinum and gold albums, Grammy and Emmy awards, a starring role in a Tony-winning Broadway musical and much more. A true American icon, there are few artists of Harry's stature, and fewer still with such a comprehensive span of the entire realm of entertainment.

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  • Audio CD (October 23, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: SBME SPECIAL MKTS.
  • ASIN: B003W77UA6
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
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1. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious
2. The Lonely Goathered
3. Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead
4. Maybe
5. Pure Imagination/Candy Man
6. Golden Ticket/I Want It Now
7. Oompa Loompa
8. A Spoonful Of Sugar
9. Stay Awake
10. Something Was Missing
11. You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile
12. Over The Rainbow
13. The Jitterbug
14. Merry Old Land Of Oz
15. Edelweiss
16. Do-Re-Mi

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This is a very entertaining session by Harry Connick, Jr., covering his favorite songs from movies and the stage. Although his vocals are the primary focus, he also plays piano, wrote all of the arrangements, and conducted both the orchestra and big band. The film Mary Poppins introduced "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "A Spoonful of Sugar," both of which are recast as lively New Orleans struts, featuring trumpeters (and fellow New Orleans natives) Kermit Ruffins and Leroy Jones, respectively, as well as a lush "Stay Awake," with Connick's vocal backed by strings and brass. Several songs from The Sound of Music are included: a delightful, well-crafted arrangement of "The Lonely Goatherd," the waltzing take of "Edelweiss" with a very formal orchestral setting, and a fun-filled "Do-Re-Mi" that starts off with duet bassist Neal "Sugar" Caine and gradually introduces additional soloists to the mix as the piece progresses until the full big band joins in, and then wraps with several amusing false endings. The Wizard of Oz is the source for the hilarious interpretation of "Ding-Dong! The Witch Is Dead" (primarily an instrumental feature with an imaginative Connick arrangement), a dramatic but nearly over-produced "Over the Rainbow," a campy but obscure song, "The Jitterbug" (which was dropped during the editing of the original film), and a rather laid-back version of "The Merry Old Land of Oz." It's easy to tell that Connick enjoyed making this CD, as the enthusiasm of everyone involved comes across in every track. --Ken Dryden, Allmusic.com

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you are a Harry Connick Jr. fan, you're really going to enjoy this CD. The first time I heard Supercalafra...it was on the "Regis and Kelly" show. My first impression was "what is he doing?" "why this song?" but as I reviewed the other cuts from the CD I loved it! Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music were my three favorite childhood movies.
Harry Connick still keeps his smooth and very suave jazz style going strong on this CD. The best part is they are all songs we grew up with and they are songs that are "ageless". These are songs your little ones will sing and bounce to. Very perky and upbeat. A real toetapper. Way to go Harry!
I am one of his biggest fans. Please go out and buy it you won't be disappointed.
Sincerely yours,
Korki in Toledo, OH : )
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best! December 17, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I've been a Harry fan for quite a while, and when I heard of this CD I was very excited. When I saw it in stores I couldn't wait to get it! I finally picked it up two days ago and have been listen to it over and over ever since! It's truly wonderful and I'm amazed at how he obviously has very similar taste in favorite musicals as I do. These are some all time faves of mine. On this recording he performs songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He puts his own spin on all the songs, and this is a CD every musical fan, Harry fan, or big band fan must have! The highlight is probably his rendition of The Jitterbug, which was REALLY perfect for this format! Do yourself a favor and rush out and get this! I haven't even got his "30" CD yet, I had to get this one first! I only hope he does a follow up to this CD featuring other musicals! And while you're buying this CD, be sure to pick up Harry's When My Heart Finds Christmas, as it is simply the best Christmas CD ever made!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Give this CD a chance October 30, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Ok, I was a little skeptical of a jazz cd with the "oompa loompa" song on it, but if nothing else I thought my kids would like it. This cd is great! I love it. What a cool idea, to take songs that we used to hear in movies and sing when we were kids, and set them to great music. It brings back so many memories hearing all these songs again, but done in a way that is not childish sounding. My kids are two and four and they love this music. Adults will love this music, I am going to play it at our next coctail party. Harry Connick, Jr. is wonderful. He has the smoothest voice. I had several of his cd's before this one, but I am now a Harry fan.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my new favorites... July 16, 2002
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I was very apprehensive when I saw the tracks on this album. I have always loved Harry Connick, Jr, but I was afraid he might be venturing a little bit too much into Frank Sinatra's well-worn territory. After listening to the first few minutes of the cd, however, I knew it was different. It captures the essence, the feelings he had when listening to these songs as a child. This is the first CD in a long time that I've listened to, start to finish, while doing nothing else. I just sat and listened, and loved it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Harry Connick pulls a Bobby Darin. Gutsy! May 28, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I'm not a HCJ fan, this is the only CD of his I own. I've been to two of his concerts, because he puts on a fantastic show; his arrangements of the standards are usually outstanding and the musicians are fantastic. But I'm extremely impressed by his move to do a CD of tunes from classic kiddie movies. Bobby Darin did this when the original Dr. Doolittle came out. The critics thought it was a major gaffe, the studio didn't think his style suited the songs, and no one could understand why he'd want to do this when he was so successful with "grown-up" songs. They didn't get it. He simply wanted to do it and figured to hell with the critics! That seems to be the attitude HCJ is taking, and I LOVE it! The songs are fun and fused with the New Orleans jazz that Harry mainstreams so well. The music doesn't have the depth and draw to make it a regular in my player, but it will be a CD that will suit my mood when I just want to kick back and forget that I'm supposed to act like an adult and take things seriously.

If you're interested, check out Darin's "Swinging the Standards" CD for "Talk to the Animals" and "After Today" from DR. DOOLITTLE.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars S'Wonderful! October 24, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Harry's musical genius shines again! Every track is a wonderful surprise, taking songs from shows we remember as kids and "kicking them up a notch" with New Orleans jazz and FABULOUS musicians (all our favorites: Lucien, Leroy, Goold, Schumacher and all the others I don't have space to list).
This is just a really fun CD that my 15-month-old and my 10-year-old enjoy just as much as their parents do!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jazz lovers will appreciate the spirit behind this album. December 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
I loved this album. I get the feeling that those who do not like this album do not have a good understanding and appreciation for jazz. This is a very much an album in the jazz vein, where it is appropriate to take familiar tunes and turn them on their head in a novel and musically interesting way. Contrary to what some of the above reviewers seem to think, Connick is not doing this simply to annoy. This is an approach that has a long-standing precendent. I particularly enjoyed the dixieland versions of "Spoonful of Sugar" and "Supercalifragil..". Let me say that these songs are some of my favorites, too, but I'm not blind to the fact that they are rather banal. Simply doing a straight cover of them would have been boring. On the other hand, transposing them into the dixieland idiom was an act of true artistic inspiration. The finished versions are unusual, yes, but fresh and perfectly natural. They SOUND like dixieland songs! Way to go, Harry! I'm betting that the above reviewers who disliked the album have not had any exposure to dixieland or other types of jazz. Those people should hold tight to the original versions. Actually the songs that bothered me were the one or two numbers that were not jazzed up enough, like "Stay Awake" and to some extent "Over the Rainbow". They are good arrangements, but they just seemed out of place. Still a wonderful album and alot of fun! It certainly has revived my interest in this singer.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Popular songs sung his way!!
Published 5 days ago by Suzanne Cookson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good CD
It's s good album, but I was expecting something else. I really love Harry Connick, Jr. Love his voice & style.
Published 1 month ago by Katie Coyle
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun album
This is a really fun album with all those old movie songs....I love Oompa Loompa! You get a lot of HCJ's personality in this album...and the songs are all upbeat.
Published 2 months ago by Michael Y.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Connick Collection
Songs you love with the Connick twist! Good way to start the day, or keep the office entertained at work.
Published 4 months ago by Kevin Cash
1.0 out of 5 stars Songs I heard
I did not like this CD at all. I knew nothing about Harry Connick Jr until I saw him on American Idol. Though my husband said he is a great singer . Read more
Published 5 months ago by Mary
1.0 out of 5 stars Sucky CD for Harry
I didn't even mean to buy this yucky download. And speaking of downloads, it didn't. I've had this problem numerous times before on Amazon and therefore would not have purchased... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Reviewing DWHE
1.0 out of 5 stars The CD was bad, skipped
The CD skipped on each song there was not one song I could hear very disappointed the quallty so I can not said whether I like the CD presay it just was broken.
Published 11 months ago by Hubert Langemaat
4.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening
This album was a delightful surprise. Enjoyed my children's favourites nicely jazzed up. I know a few jazz fans that would love this.
Published 13 months ago by Kathleen Perman
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album for Adults, Great to Share with Kids
I have been a Harry Connick, Jr., fan for a long time. Somehow, I missed when this album came out but was pleased to have been sent a link to it recently. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by Jamie L. Henderson
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT CD
Out of all of the childrens cd's we have for my son this is definately the best. The jazzy sound that Harry Connick brings to all of these classic childrens songs songs makes... Read more
Published on June 4, 2009 by Marty
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