Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Al Hirt, Ann-Margret|
Beauty And The Beard
Genres: Jazz, Pop
Digitally remastered 1997 Japanese reissue & the worldwide CD debut of this 1963 collaboration album for RCA by the two. Contains 12 smokin' tracks, including a risque version of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with Ann-Margret ... more »
Digitally remastered 1997 Japanese reissue & the worldwide CD debut of this 1963 collaboration album for RCA by the two. Contains 12 smokin' tracks, including a risque version of 'Baby, It's Cold Outside' with Ann-Margret on the left channel & Hirt on the right! Also contains the original cover art & the full lyrics in English.
Entertaining Camp, but not enough of Al Hirt on trumpet
M. Lara Hoke | 06/26/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)
"The beauty of "Beauty and the Beat" is its camp-appeal. What could be more fun than beautiful Ann-Margret singing in her perky-you-can-tell-she's-smiling way, joined by big ol' hairy Al Hirt? Ann-Margret's performance is, well, vintage mid-1960s sex-kitten. If you loved her in "Viva Las Vegas," this might be right up your alley. Al Hirt's vocals are actually quite good (for a trumpeter). If you're a fan of Hirt's New Orleans style trumpeting and his hits such as "Java," "Cotton Candy," "Sugar Lips," and "Fancy Pants," you might be disappointed to find that he seems to be singing here more than he's playing. If you don't mind hearing Hirt's vocals with limited solos on trumpet, then you will enjoy the CD very much. Certain numbers are charming by any standard: "Personality" stands out, as does "Everybody Loves My Baby (But My Baby Don't Love Nobody But Me).""
Las Vegas Fun!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listening to their entertaining renditions of "Ma, He's Making Eyes at Me" and "Just Because," you may feel that you are transported to a 1960's Las Vegas nightclub with its relaxed and improvised jazz setting. It's no coincidence that both artists began in small clubs; in fact, they recorded these songs at night to regain that nightclub flavor. Ann-Margret's exuberant and seductive voice shows her affinity for jazz, and she doesn't hide her affection for Big Al. Al Hirt's vocal asides during Miss AM's singing are priceless and keeps the sessions lively; he even warns us in his Robert DeNiro voice: "It tain't what you do, it's the place you do it in. So cool it, if the fuzz is around!" Their "Row Row Row" is infectiously fun and sexy --- they both make it clear what went on in THAT boat! "Personality" is full of just that; Hirt makes it clear what KIND of personality is so attractive, and AM has plenty of "It" to spare. Best of all, their "Baby It's Cold Outside" is sexy as well as the definitive version. A good CD to replay to recapture those Las Vegas golden days."
Great contrasting Vocalists - Buy it for the unique sound
John W. Baird III | 03/28/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't normally review CD's but this is one of my all time favorites - I still have the old 33 RCA record album. Ann Margret was young, beautiful, and had this sexy, seductive voice and Al Hirt, known as a great Jazz trumpet player and band leader, has a fairly good bass voice. Al Hirt, while not exactly a white Barry White, does a tremendous job of contrasting Ann Margret's girlish voice while playing the trumpet also.
The song selection is old classics of the 40's and 50's but lend themselves well to the jazz interpretation by Ann and Al.
The producer or sound engineer should have won an award for the unsurpassed sound separation on this album. Ann Margret's voice comes out one speaker and Al Hirt's voice and trumpet comes out the other speaker with the band's music in between - truly what all stereo should be but seldom is. At the end of song # 7 Best Man, you can actually hear Ann Margret move across to Al Hirt which really makes the song funny and cute. Buy it for the unique sound separation and,of course, the fantastic music."