Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Harry Connick Jr|
Songs I Heard
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
This album's full title should read Songs I Heard When I Was a Kid and Never Forgot, as Harry Connick covers a selection of familiar, if unlikely, chestnuts. Who can deny the appeal of classics such as "Supercalifragilisti... more »
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This album's full title should read Songs I Heard When I Was a Kid and Never Forgot, as Harry Connick covers a selection of familiar, if unlikely, chestnuts. Who can deny the appeal of classics such as "Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious" and "Spoonful of Sugar" (from Mary Poppins) and "Oompa Loompa" (from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory)? Connick proves his worth as an arranger, especially on the tracks that get the full New Orleans swing treatment. Boasting several excerpts, The Wizard of Oz must have made quite an impression on young master Harry: "Ding Dong" becomes a zippy big-band number and "Over the Rainbow" begins with a thunderous intro before segueing into the familiar melancholy tune. But the best is the obscure "The Jitterbug," a brilliantly catchy number that had been cut from the movie's final version. Still, as good as they are, Connick's arrangements don't quite match Herbert Stothart's original ones. The CD ends with The Sound of Music's "Edelweiss" and "Do Re Mi," the latter in a swell finger-snapping version. Connick's silliest record to date is also his most warmly endearing. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
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Connick fans will love this! It's perky. It's nostalgic!
Korki Ressler | Toledo, OH USA | 11/03/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"If you are a Harry Connick Jr. fan, you're really going to enjoy this CD. The first time I heard Supercalafra...it was on the "Regis and Kelly" show. My first impression was "what is he doing?" "why this song?" but as I reviewed the other cuts from the CD I loved it! Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, and The Sound of Music were my three favorite childhood movies.
Harry Connick still keeps his smooth and very suave jazz style going strong on this CD. The best part is they are all songs we grew up with and they are songs that are "ageless". These are songs your little ones will sing and bounce to. Very perky and upbeat. A real toetapper. Way to go Harry!
I am one of his biggest fans. Please go out and buy it you won't be disappointed.
Korki in Toledo, OH : )"
One of the best!
Monty Moonlight | TX | 12/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've been a Harry fan for quite a while, and when I heard of this CD I was very excited. When I saw it in stores I couldn't wait to get it! I finally picked it up two days ago and have been listen to it over and over ever since! It's truly wonderful and I'm amazed at how he obviously has very similar taste in favorite musicals as I do. These are some all time faves of mine. On this recording he performs songs from Annie, Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, Sound of Music and Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He puts his own spin on all the songs, and this is a CD every musical fan, Harry fan, or big band fan must have! The highlight is probably his rendition of The Jitterbug, which was REALLY perfect for this format! Do yourself a favor and rush out and get this! I haven't even got his "30" CD yet, I had to get this one first! I only hope he does a follow up to this CD featuring other musicals! And while you're buying this CD, be sure to pick up Harry's When My Heart Finds Christmas, as it is simply the best Christmas CD ever made!"
One of my new favorites...
Elissa Harbert | Austin, TX USA | 07/16/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I was very apprehensive when I saw the tracks on this album. I have always loved Harry Connick, Jr, but I was afraid he might be venturing a little bit too much into Frank Sinatra's well-worn territory. After listening to the first few minutes of the cd, however, I knew it was different. It captures the essence, the feelings he had when listening to these songs as a child. This is the first CD in a long time that I've listened to, start to finish, while doing nothing else. I just sat and listened, and loved it all."