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This UK-based vocal trio brings three-part harmony into the modern age with a repertoire that includes everything from “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” to “I Will Survive.” Inspired by the Oscar®-nominated film The Triplets of Belleville (a French animated movie which features a ‘40s-style harmony group), The Puppini Sisters — Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins, ... Read more in Amazon's The Puppini Sisters Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 12, 2008)
  • Original Release Date: February 12, 2008
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000WC45SE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,604 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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The girls (Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins, and Stephanie O'Brien) are back with their trademark fusion of 1940's harmonies and modern day pop. The Rise & Fall of Ruby Woo, the second outing for The Puppini Sisters, features an energetic and clever combination of 40's swing standards, current pop hits, and original compositions. And where does Ruby Woo fit into this dynamite collection? Ruby Woo is nothing less than one of the glamorous trio's favorite shades of lipstick! The disc features 5 original songs and includes covers of 'Walk Like An Egyptian' and 'Crazy In Love'. 13 tracks. Verve Records. 2008.

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Crazy in Love sure is unique.
Heard the Puppini Sisters playing in a small shop and promptly fell in love with them.
I'm sure their music isn't for everyone, but I sure am a fan.

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By DSD on February 2, 2008
Format: Audio CD
The difference between the Puppini Sisters' albums is a contrast like night and day. You feel that the Sisters have really come into their own with this new work. They're still doing the clever covers of pop songs, like the driving Spooky (originally by the Classics IV) and the ethereal Could It Be Magic (wistful and heart rending in this version, quite a departure from Donna Summers' soft core porn '80s original), but have expanded their repertoir nicely with five original numbers. All five are real audience faves on the live circuit, and the one that stands out for me is And She Sang - pathos in a pretty dress. More thought provoking than their last album, it's dificult to imagine Ruby Woo as just background music. It's a slow burner that will stand the test of time - I highly recommend it.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Mark D. Prouse on May 13, 2008
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Responding to the reviewer who labeled this disc "dreck:" I'll say that he has a right to his opinion, of course, but I think he must not be listening to the radio. This new Puppini Sisters CD is much better than most of the REAL dreck being dribbled upon the airwaves. At least these women have personality and a recognizable sound. Most of the female vocalists these days sound just like each other, with all the rough edges smoothed out and any personal quirks removed. Their music is often just an exercise in vocal pyrotechnics with no real soul behind it. At least the Puppini Sisters have come up with their own sound.

Another reviewer described the Puppini's as "lifeless." Say, what? Was this CD actually listened to all the way through? This record fairly crackles with energy.

Still another listener complained that so many of theses songs were not recognizable. If the liner info had been read, it would have been noticed that several tracks are originals by each of the Puppini sisters. This fact alone makes this release more ambitious than the previous one was. And a couple of these originals do not disgrace themselves in the presence of the peerless Duke Ellington or John Barry and Hal David, also represented by songs on THE RISE & FALL OF RUBY WOO. Stephanie O'Brien's "Soho Nights" sounds like it was written sixty years ago, although the lyrics betray its modernity. It's a delightful little faux-Bohemian romp. Marcella Puppini's "Jilted" is a bit long for its limited, unoriginal idea, but it has a memorable melody. Another one of her songs, "And She Sang," is lots of fun, with its combination of Italian street café music and classical flourishes, punctuated with haunted house-evoking double bass and slide guitar.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Bundtlust TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 14, 2008
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The Puppini Sisters, inspired by the The Triplets of Belleville from the Belgian/Quebecois animated film of the same name, pay homage to the girl groups of the 1930s and 1940s; from their victory curls to the fire engine red lipstick to the curvy, form-fitting retro dresses, here are three gals who are seriously enamored with WWII-era vocal music. Their tight harmonies and covers of retro gems such as Bei Mir Bist Du Shoen, Mr. Sandman, Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy and In The Mood fused seamlessly with covers of Kate Bush's Wuthering Heights, Blondie's Heart of Glass and Gloria Gaynor's anthem I Will Survive made their debut Betcha Bottom Dollar endearing and quirky, but with definite staying power, particularly if you're like me and you adore the Andrews Sisters.

On their sophomore follow-up The Rise and Fall Of Ruby Woo, the trio (Marcella Puppini, Stephanie O'Brien, and Kate Mullins) have penned nearly half of the songs (Soho Nights, I Can't Believe I'm Not A Millionaire, Jilted, It's Not Over, And She Sang). The covers this time around are more zany, including the Bangles' Walk Like An Egyptianand Beyonce's Crazy in Love, along with Old Cape Cod and Spooky. The only nod to vintage covers here is It Don't Mean A Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing). But even here, the "sisters" have veered from strict 1940s harmony to taking liberties with scat singing, ad lib lyrics and drastically altering the tempo.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By rash67 VINE VOICE on April 10, 2009
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In other reviews I read where Mercella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Stephanie O'Brien, the Puppini "Sisters" are only singing in a style already "done". As if today's talentless rappers and samplers had something original. So much of today's other music might be "original", but it's ugly, and the "artists" have nothing to say, nothing I want to hear.

What really compelling, what stands out with the Puppini's music is the level of devotion and craft, the years of practice it must have taken to be able to sing close Andrews Sisters harmonies with newer songs. It is so refreshing. Harmony - the lost art. Music, I learned at an early age is composed of three elements, Melody, rhythm and harmony!

There is a touch of tongue in cheek occationally, but that's part of the fun, that they don't take themselves too seriously. I like the funny, world-weary "Jilted" and "I Can't Believe I'm not a Millionaire" songs. (Me, too - if there were any justice in this cruel world...). "Old Cape Cod" is a wonderful copy of the fifties hit by Patti Page, hits me in the heart and takes me back the first time I heard Page. As is said elsewhere, much to "Ruby Woo" is not retro Andrews sisters songs, but original and new music given their treatment. Particularly sucessful in Andrews style is the bouncy Bangles hit "Walk Like an Egytian".

Luxuriate in the wonders of vocal harmony.

I like the three women as "temptresses" in colorful stockings and hell high heels on the cover (and more lingerie inside).

This music is infectiously fun, clever, retro and most important, full of real musicanship. The perfect cure for the gloom of The Great Recession.
Not a bad cut on the album.

Highly recomended.

for those who like harmony, the Ditty Bops are another girl group who remember how to sing it.
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