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CD Review: Christian Science Monitor

Christian Science Monitor
From the October 10, 2003 edition


Rosemary Clooney Rosemary Clooney: The Best of the Concord Years (Concord
Records) and Bette Midler Bette Midler Sings the Rosemary Clooney Songbook
(Columbia Records): Incomparable vocal stylist Rosemary Clooney, who died last year, spent 25 years recording pop standards at Concord Records. Its new two-CD set shows off her mature work: a confident, warm voice that can swing or torch it up with the best. Her sensitive renditions give songs like “How Long Has This Been Going On” and “Stormy Weather” back to songwriters Gershwin and Arlen.

Bette Midler is a diva of a later era, but her tribute CD shows how
easily the Divine Miss M might have fit in with Clooney, Judy Garland, and
Dinah Shore. It’s a sweet confection that melts far too fast. Serious fans may
want both, since only three songs overlap (compare Clooney’s famous originals
on “Mambo Italiano,” “Hey There,” and “White Christmas” with Midler’s bright
covers). – Gregory M. Lamb

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