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Soubrette: Blossom Dearie Sings Broadway Hit Songs Original recording remastered


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listen  4. To Keep My Love Alive 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Too Good For The Average Man 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. The Gentleman Is A Dope 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Always True To You In My Fashion 2:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Life Upon The Wicked Stage 2:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 28, 2004)
  • Original Release Date: 1960
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0002LGWRW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #286,088 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Product Description

Blossom shifted her focus from the great American songbook to the greatest songs of the Broadway stage on this 1960 recording, which has long been a fan favorite. She's characteristically wry as she interprets Always True to You in My Fashion; Life upon the Wicked Stage; Love Is the Reason; Confession , and eight more!

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First of all, what's with that title? "Soubrette" refers to a certain kind of Broadway character who plays comedic second banana to the romantic lead (think Oklahoma!'s Ado Annie, Guys and Dolls's Adelaide, etc.). Blossom Dearie certainly has the kittenish voice and dry wit to carry such songs as "To Keep My Love Alive" and "Too Good for the Average Man." More in her wheelhouse, though, are light swingers like "Rhode Island Is Famous for You" and "Always True to You in My Fashion." Somehow, hearing Blossom Dearie singing straight songs in front of an orchestra--rather than swinging at her keyboard--almost seems like a waste. But cancel that thought. Any Blossom Dearie is worth hearing. --David Horiuchi

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Unfortinately other songs struck me as dull and listless.
Lee
A really great, fun cd with the kind of off beat songs for which Dearie's (what my son calls "cartoon") voice is perfect.
S. Fisher
I still love this one,but it is my least favorite of her classic albums.
Michael Palermo

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By A. Gelb on October 31, 2004
Format: Audio CD
I believe this is the last of Blossom's Verve canon to be reissued, and you can see why they held on to it for so long. I had this on my wish list when it was only available as a Japanese import in the $30 range, and am so glad I waited to get it on ebay for $5. It's really not up to Blossom's usual impeccable standard. Blossom is always at her best in a jazz combo setting, but when working in the orchestral setting of Capital's MAY I COME IN?, she did a nice job. Of course, that was with Jack Marshall's excellent arrangements and a hip selection of songs. This reissue, unfortunately, suffers from some truly dreadful Russ Garcia arrangements that accentuate Blossom's penchant for coyness. Songs like "Love is the Reason," "To Keep My Love Alive," and "Confession" are irremediably marred by corny/tacky arrangements. (To hear what a great song the little known Schwartz-Dietz "Confession" really is, listen to Judy Holliday's version on TROUBLE IS A MAN). Blossom fares far better on more jazz-oriented arrangements like "The Gentleman is a Dope" and "Rhode Island is Famous for You," but those are very much in the minority. The only other thing that ameliorates the downside of this album is the fact that Blossom clearly chose songs that show some of Broadway's legendary lyricists at their wittiest. Lorenz Hart's "To Keep My Love Alive," Cole Porter's "The Physician," Dorothy Field's "Love is the Reason," Yip Harburg's "Napoleon," and Howard Dietz's aforesaid "Rhode Island" are full of sparkling with of the "they don't write songs like that anymore" variety. But, overall, this is strictly an album for Blossom completists only. The only song that is a must for Blossomphiles is "Rhode Island" and that's available on one of Verve's Blossom compilations where you get some really good stuff along with it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PAULO SILVA on September 15, 2006
Format: Audio CD
Ok, it is always a matter of taste. This may be not a typical B. Dearie album, wich means, you will not find a Jazz Combo. Those who are jazz buffs should start by somewhere else. But for those who enjoy traditional vocal Pop, will find these recordings very rewarding. The arrangements are a little contained, but very well designed by the master Russ Garcia, who respected the "light" voice of the performer, giving a non-obstructive orchestral dressing, in other words, lots of vibraphone and woodwinds. It sounds very nice. Plus, aside of the overrercorded songs like " Guys and Dolls", you will find some other tunes that are almost rare like Porter's "The Physician" and Rodger's "Too Good For..." . And even if you say "not her best" due to the bright of other recordings of her, it deserves at least four stars for its contents.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By I. Sondel VINE VOICE on November 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
What do you mean, you've never heard of Blossom Dearie? Shame on you!

Love Broadway? Love Jazz? Order this today. "Blossom Dearie: Soubrette" is my favorite of her many recordings. The songs collected here are not your usual Broadway fare. No, these tunes are character songs, novelty song ususally sung by the second female lead or soubrette.

The greatest Broadway composers are represented to great effect: Rodgers & Hart with "Too Good for the Average Man" and (especially) "To Keep My Love Alive," Porter's "Always True To You in My Fashion," Loesser's title tune from "Guys and Dolls," and two incomparable numbers from Schwartz and Dietz, "Confession" from "The Band Wagon," and the unforgettable "Rhode Island is Famous for You."

This is simply a joyous recording. It's hard, if not impossible, to listen to this recording without at least a smile on your face. This is one that should not be missed [I know I say that alot - but I mean it]. Order this, you be glad you did. And remember, I told you to.
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By Michael Palermo on January 24, 2015
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I still love this one,but it is my least favorite of her classic albums. Maybe I just prefer in a small group although most of Russ Garcias's arrangements are nice. Worth buying at a good price.
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By Sally Ann on February 23, 2014
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Blossom Dearie sings Broadway hit songs with passion - she lets you feel her soul - relax, enjoy, listen to her delivery of some great tunes.
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