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Mosaic Rosemary Clooney set coming out this summer

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Via the Songbirds listserv:

According to the latest issue of IN TUNE magazine, Mosaic will be releasing a 5-disc set of Rosemary Clooney's 1955-1961 CBS radio transcriptions this summer.

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Interesting. Thanks for the headsup.

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This strikes me as an odd choice. Is anyone familiar with the material?

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Me, too ... but then based on the Ellington album, I'm definitely curious!

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I don't find it any odder than the Bing Crosby Mosaic. :)

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True, but I found/find that pretty odd, too ;)

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Mosaic probably has to sell pop oriented sets in order to be able to release other things. Sign of the times.

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It will probably be very similar to the Crosby set. Didn't Clooney also record her radio sessions with Buddy Cole? Whatever, I'm in -- I think she's great.

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I remember that many years ago Coleman Hawkins picked a Clooney-Crosby Lp as one of his favorites. I had owned it for some reason as a kid and really liked it, so his accolades for it reassured me that I wasn't nuts. However it' still the only record I have of either of them except for the Ellington/Strayhorn/Clooney.

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I loved her records for Concord, which were much later ('70's - '90's). She had a great sense of swing, unerring taste, and a nice way with a lyric. I haven't paid attention to her earlier stuff; heard the Ellington date once and thought it was pleasant. I wonder whether Mosaic picked this because the material will be revelatory in some way.

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I bet this will make George very happy... I'm on the fence about this one...

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I bought the Crosby. Bought the Four Freshmen too. I'll eventually get this one as well. I'm guessing I'll be pleasantly surprised.

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I wonder whether Mosaic picked this because the material will be revelatory in some way.

Could be. If it's like the Crosby -- standards with a jazz group -- it will be a useful corrective to her commercial work of the Fifties, which was scuppered by Mitch Miller's song choices.

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I know she had a radio show with Crosby during this time frame, but didn't know about any radio transcriptions of her own. Will be eager to see the Mosaic page.

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Also similar in concept to the Peggy Lee/June Christy Transcription sessions set.

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Hi all. I'm not directly involved with this set like I am with the Armstrong one (by the way, the warehouse officially has booklets, CDs and boxes so it looks like a June 7 ship date!) but I know from Robert Bader of Bing Crosby Enterprises that yes, this is going to be similar in concept to the Bing Mosaic, a batch of radio transcriptions featuring Clooney with a jazz backing. Should be a great set if you like Rosie! The Crosby estate now represents Clooney as well and Bing's basement apparently contains pristine copies of all of their 1950s radio shows, together and separate. In fact, Robert produced a 2-CD set of Bing and Rosie radio duets just last year:

http://www.amazon.com/Bing-Rosie-Crosby-Clooney-Radio-Sessions/dp/B00BCV3IE6/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1400720843&sr=8-1&keywords=bing+rosie

Ricky

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It's a meh for me also, that said business wise it probably makes sense , anyway there is still material from Mosaic I haven't yet acquired that I should try to get eventually...

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I'm not that crazy about the idea, but then again Rosie is one of the few of my Mom's favorite singers that she still recognizes and enjoys hearing, so I'll probably get it in time.

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I loved her records for Concord, which were much later ('70's - '90's). She had a great sense of swing, unerring taste, and a nice way with a lyric. I haven't paid attention to her earlier stuff; heard the Ellington date once and thought it was pleasant. I wonder whether Mosaic picked this because the material will be revelatory in some way.

The Cole Porter is a favorite. Nice band with Nat Pierce, Warren Vache, Cal Tjader.

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I have the Concords, but don't play them much. Her voice was faltering a bit on those. I'll wait and see on this particular Mosaic, though I'll probably get it eventually. I always do.

gregmo

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It's a meh for me also, that said business wise it probably makes sense

Would it, though? I doubt that these days Rosemary Clooney has much more of a following than Anthony Braxton. It's not like it's a Mosaic of Miley Cyrus or somebody. I imagine the motivation is the usual one: artistic.

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more meh for me. until it's gone at which point in time i'll suddenly develop a pine for female vocal radio broadcasts. i can't really imagine a very decent depth of fidelity, either. wonder who was in the orchestra(s)...

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It's a meh for me also, that said business wise it probably makes sense

Would it, though? I doubt that these days Rosemary Clooney has much more of a following than Anthony Braxton. It's not like it's a Mosaic of Miley Cyrus or somebody. I imagine the motivation is the usual one: artistic.

I have no proof except my gut feeling that usually vocalists fare better in terms of selling , especially those who have a bit of fame , I do agree though that for a high priced box set the impact should be less.

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No real interest in this set, but she was a damn good singer, period, and I bet it's going to be nothing but a bunch of good songs well sung.

But not this, please. No innocence with cereal in its ear. This record was in the house growing up and thinking that this was what I was there for creeped me out. On the other hand, hey, adopted, I was, so...ok, I get it. just not THIS, ok?

OTOH, Love is one of the greatest records anybody ever made of songs, period. The woman could sing when not interfered with, and the impression is given that it was a long time into her life before she was not interfered with. Props to her for keeping it on the road until the road cleared up, not everybody does.

Like I said, no real interest in this set myself, but I can totally understand why its being done, have every expectation that it will be damn good, and I hope it sells out before I do get the urge for it.

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