Hollywood

Hollywood

by The Puppini Sisters

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Overview

Described as "the Andrews Sisters on acid," Anglo-Italian vocal trio the Puppini Sisters' sound and style are so steeped in the golden era of the silver screen that it's surprising it's taken this long for the concept of their fourth album, Hollywood, to materialize. An affectionate homage to the glamorous film stars of the '40s and '50s, its selection of show-stopping numbers from various classic musicals may be fairly predictable, but luckily, their new arrangements allow the retro-burlesque revivalists to make their own mark on the proceedings. Judy Garland's signature number, "Get Happy," is transformed into a toe-tapping folksy hoedown, with its plucked banjo riffs, jaunty violins, and lolloping percussion; West Side Story's "I Feel Pretty" is turned into a charming Gallic waltz; while Breakfast at Tiffany's "Moon River" is given an inventively haunting makeover, with an eerie theremin accompanying its sweeping strings and hushed ghostly harmonies. Elsewhere, the group members showcase their bilingual skills on Brigitte Bardot's playful tongue-twister "Moi Je Joue" and the French version of The Godfather's "Speak Softly Love" ("Parle Plus Bas"), channel the spirit of Marilyn Monroe on a stylish rendition of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes' "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," and provide just the right amount of sassiness for the infectious swing of Girl Crazy's "I Got Rhythm." There are a few curve balls, such as the title track (the album's sole original composition), which could easily be mistaken for an old-fashioned jazz-hands number with its triumphant brass section and rumbling double bass, while Mika's "Grace Kelly" -- neatly fitting in with the cinematic theme -- is a clever more contemporary addition that best showcases their three-part doo wop harmonies. The problems with such obvious pastiches is that it's sometimes hard to see why fans of these vintage show tunes wouldn't just seek out the originals instead. But by giving them a subtle twist, the Puppini Sisters have created an intriguing and inventive tribute that stands on its own merit.

Product Details

Release Date: 11/15/2011
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527815510
catalogNumber: 001630902
Rank: 65328

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Puppini Sisters   Primary Artist
Tom Hodges   Saw
Henrik Jensen   Hand Clapping,Double Bass,Bowed Bass,Shouts,Bowed Double Bass,Group Member
Jon Shenoy   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Blake Wilner   Guitar,Mandolin,Hand Clapping,Slide Guitar,Foot Stomping,Shouts,Group Member
Graham Fox   Percussion,Drums,Tambourine,Hand Clapping,Cajon,Foot Stomping,Shouts,Group Member
Marcella Puppini   Piano,Accordion,Glockenspiel,Ukulele,Vocals,Hand Clapping,megaphone,Foot Stomping,Group Member
Stephanie O'Brien   Piano,Violin,Harp,Ukulele,Vocals,Hand Clapping,megaphone,Foot Stomping,Group Member
Kate Mullins   Glockenspiel,Vocals,Hand Clapping,megaphone,Group Member
Anthony Sabberton   Violin
George Philips   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Stokes   Trombone
Wei Wei Fraser   Viola
Natalie Rosario   Cello
Robin Harris   Swanee (Slide Whistle)
Ben Cummings   Trumpet

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Nino Rota   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Kurt Weill   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Cole Porter   Composer
Leo Robin   Composer
Fred DeFaye   Producer,Engineer
Jean-Max Rivière   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Gérard Bourgeois   Composer
Boris Bergman   Composer
Puppini Sisters   Composer
Marcella Puppini   Arranger,Horn Arrangements
Stephanie O'Brien   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Kate Mullins   Arranger,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Yann Ollivier   Executive Producer
Peter S. Zownir   Cover Photo,Picture
Larry Kusik   Composer
Jule Stein   Composer

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