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Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party [Box]


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. I Love a Violin
    2. How Deep Is the Ocean
    3. It's All Right with Me
    4. Basin Street Blues
    5. Quel Joie
    6. Katie's Blues
    7. Moonglow
    8. Blue Moon
    9. I Must Have That Man
    10. I Hadn't Anyone Till You
    11. Back Home in Indiana
    12. I See Your Face Before Me
    13. (Where Are You) Now That I Need You
    14. 'Bout You 'N Me
    15. That Old Feeling
    16. Was That the Human Thing to Do?
    17. Light Up the Candles on the Birthday Cake
    18. Bazazz
    19. Bonjour, Paris!
    20. On How to Be Lovely
    21. Clap Yo' Hands - (featuring Fred Astaire)
    22. Think Pink! - (previously unreleased)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Hello, Hello
    2. Jubilee
    3. Louisiana Purchase
    4. Don't Tell Louella - (previously unreleased)
    5. On the Caribbean
    6. Old Fashioned Hammock
    7. Just One of Those Things
    8. 3: 00 A.M. in the Persian Room - (previously unreleased)
    9. Steam Is on the Beam, The
    10. You're Mine , You
    11. Coquette
    12. High on a Windy Hill
    13. Ay, Ay, Ay
    14. Wise Old Owl, The
    15. Dolores
    16. Lady Is a Tramp, The
    17. You Took Advantage of Me
    18. You're a Lucky Guy - (previously unreleased)
    19. Stop! It's Wonderful - (previously unreleased)
    20. 'S Wonderful - (previously unreleased)
    21. Medley: 51 East/A Romantic Guy - (previously unreleased)
    22. These Are the Things I Love - (previously unreleased)
    23. Daddy - (previously unreleased, featuring Everett Sloane)
    24. Bali Boogie - (previously unreleased, live, featuring Harry James & His Orchestra)
    25. Yes, Indeed - (previously unreleased, live)
    26. I'm in Love with a Soldier Boy - (previously unreleased, live)
    27. Trolley Song, The - (previously unreleased, live)
    28. Love - (previously unreleased, live)
    0. DISC 3:
    1. Screen Test: Think Pink!/'s Wonderful - (previously unreleased)
    2. Week-End at the Waldorf - (previously unreleased)
    3. I've Got the Sun in the Morning - (previously unreleased)
    4. In the Valley - (featuring Judy Garland)
    5. Madame Crematante - (previously unreleased)
    6. Love on a Greyhound Bus
    7. 'E Pinched Me
    8. Beautee Soap, Jingle #1 - (previously unreleased)
    9. Beautee Soap, Jingle #2 - (previously unreleased)
    10. Life Can Be Life [Comedy Sketch] - (featuring Jim Backus)
    11. Psychiatrist's Office [Comedy Sketch] - (featuring Bing Crosby)
    12. Myrtle (Of Sheepshead Bay)
    13. Poor Suzette
    14. I Love a Violin [Party Rendition] - (previously unreleased)
    15. Let's Talk About Russia [Party Chit-Chart]
    16. Dasvidanya (Until We Meet Again)
    17. Moscow Cha Cha Cha
    18. Eloise
    19. Eloise on the Go [Radio Chat] - (previously unreleased)
    20. Eloise's All-Star Sneak Preview - (previously unreleased)
    21. Eloise in Nyack [Radio Chat] - (previously unreleased)
    22. It's Absolutely Christmanstime - (previously unreleased)
    23. Holiday Season - (previously unreleased)
    24. White Christmas - (previously unreleased)
    25. Kay Thompson's Jingle Bells
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 11351

  • Credits
    ProducerWilliam Spier
    Engineer

    Lyricist: Kay Thompson.
    Personnel: Kay Thompson (vocals, piano); Fred Astaire, Pat Kirkwood, Ann Miller, Audrey Hepburn, Danny Kaye (vocals); Johnny Green & His Quartette, Joe Marino, Roger Edens, Irving Aaronson (piano); Steve Steck, Lyn Duddy, Paul Burton, Ralph Blane, Archie Bleyer (background vocals).
    Audio Remasterer: Robin Cherry.
    Recording information: 1941-1959.
    Directors: Stanley Donen; John Frankenheimer.
    Arrangers: Joe Lipman; Johnny Green & His Quartette; Lennie Hayton; Archie Bleyer; Buddy Bregman.
    Although the 50-year copyright limit on recordings in Europe has resulted in many shoddy unlicensed reissues of popular recordings still in print in their legitimate versions, it also allows fans and collectors to assemble and present valuable rare and out of print material that the major labels have buried in their vaults and are likely never to unearth again. A good example is this, British reissue label Sepia Records' Think Pink! A Kay Thompson Party. Thompson (1909-1998) is a legend, even though she was not a star, her many accomplishments including authoring the series of children's books about Eloise, the precocious six-year-old who roams the halls of the Plaza Hotel; coaching Judy Garland and others for their singing in MGM movie musicals of the '40s; and headlining an acclaimed, but little documented nightclub act with the Williams Brothers (including a young Andy Williams) in the late '40s and early '50s. She also made studio recordings sporadically, among them a 1955 LP for MGM Records called Kay Thompson Sings, as well as appearing extensively on radio during its heyday and, occasionally, on TV and in films. Such sources, plus private recordings, have been compiled by Thompson's biographer Sam Irvin for this collection, which, astonishingly, is a three-and-a-half-hour triple-CD set. And, at that, it isn't even complete; it deliberately picks up the Thompson story where an earlier collection, 2003's The Queen of Swing Vocals & Her Rhythm Singers, issued by Baldwin Street Music, left off in the late '30s, then follows her to the end of the '50s. It does so non-chronologically, instead grouping the three discs into themes: CD one is "The Studio Recordings"; CD two "Rarities and Live Performances"; and CD three "Demos, Covers, Comedy, and Eloise." As such, the most conventional Kay Thompson comes at the start, with ten of the 12 tracks from Kay Thompson Sings (the other two are novelties held for the third CD), which make her seem to be a good interpretive traditional pop singer of the '50s in the mold of, say, Peggy Lee. Other tracks culled from singles reinforce this impression until the end of the disc, which contains excerpts from Thompson's one big featured role in a movie musical, 1957's Funny Face, in which she held her own against Fred Astaire. The second disc begins with an attempt to re-create what a nightclub performance by Thompson and the Williams Brothers might have been like, using some of their few recordings and airchecks. As the disc goes on, it moves backwards in time to the late '30s, emphasizing Thompson's abilities as a vocal arranger, then back up to the mid-'40s, with some examples of her work at MGM. The third disc is of course a miscellany, even including songs written by but not featuring Thompson, such as an Ann Miller version of what is here called "Madame Crematante" (although it has also been called "The Interview" and "A Great Lady Has an Interview"), a piece of special material performed by Judy Garland in the 1946 movie Ziegfeld Follies. Thompson's comic acting abilities are on display in airchecks featuring Bing Crosby and Peter Lorre, but nothing prepares the listener for her several performances as Eloise herself toward the end, before the proceedings end with a flurry of holiday music. More than a third of the 75 tracks here are previously unreleased on disc, and even most of the released ones are being retrieved from obscure records. This remarkable collection confirms Thompson's talents as an influential singer, songwriter, and arranger who helped shape 20th century popular music and had a lot of fun doing so, and it should go a long way toward enhancing her reputation. ~ William Ruhlmann

  • Critic Reviews
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.94) - 5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] tour de force highlighting Thompson's vocal flexibility and a peek into the life of a forgotten legend."
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