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Fancy Meeting You Here

Fancy Meeting You Here
Studio album by Bing Crosby, Rosemary Clooney
Released 1958
Recorded 1958
Genre Traditional pop music, Vocal jazz
Label RCA Victor
Producer Simon Rady
Bing Crosby chronology
New Tricks
(1957)
Fancy Meeting You Here
(1958)
How the West Was Won (Bing Crosby album)
(1959)
Rosemary Clooney chronology
Swing Around Rosie
(1958)
Fancy Meeting You Here
(1958)
Hymns From the Heart
(1959)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic [1]

Fancy Meeting You Here is a 1958 RCA Victor studio album of duets by the American singers Bing Crosby and Rosemary Clooney, arranged by Billy May who also conducted the orchestra.[2] It was issued as a 12" vinyl LP numbered LPM 1854.

In 1969, the album was reissued on the budget RCA Camden label under the title Rendezvous with a truncated track listing.

The album first appeared on CD in 1988 when it was issued in Japan on RCA R25J-1003. In 2000, Taragon Records issued a twofer CD including the album and a Rosemary Clooney album called "Clap Hands! Here Comes Rosie!" In 2001, the album was given a 24-bit Digital remastering and reissued on CD on RCA's Bluebird Records label (09026-63859-2). Bonus tracks from both Clooney (2 duets with Bob Hope) and Crosby (audio duets with Jo Stafford from a March 2, 1959 "The Bing Crosby Show" on ABC-TV[3]) were also included.

Clooney and Crosby would record a second album of duets, That Travelin' Two-Beat for Capitol Records in 1964.

Contents

  • Reception 1
  • Track listing 2
  • Personnel 3
    • Performance 3.1
  • References 4

Reception

In its review on January 12, 1959, Time magazine called this album, "An infectious musical dialogue between two of the sassiest fancy talkers in the business. C. & C. give slick and witty readings to a selection of retreads — On a Slow Boat to China, You Came a Long Way from St. Louis — and introduce a punchy, potential hit named Calcutta. One of the most intriguing vocal entertainments since Noël Coward had his famous chat with Mary Martin."

Variety summarised the album as: "Two savvy singers team up in a charming rundown of a dozen numbers for a pop set with adult appeal." [4]

Billboard liked it too saying: "A lot of charm here — A flock of tunes carrying different place names, carrying out the idea of the album title... Cover also carries out the theme. Performances are very smart, with occasional interpolations and asides by Crosby and Clooney. Arranged and conducted in grand style by Billy May."[5]

The British publication The Gramophone in their April 1959 edition went further. "Even so for the duet-warbling of the month I would turn to RCA SF5022 (Mono RD27105): “Fancy Meeting You Here” with Rosemary Clooney and the old groaner himself, Bing Crosby, bumping amicably into each other in a dozen stage sets scattered around the world...The Billy May accompaniments throughout are first class, and so, obviously, is the singing; but principally it is the infectious easygoing good humor of the record which remains in the mind. That, and an occasional twist of lyric; no record can be neglected which ends a nostalgic and twang-ridden version of the “Isle of Capri” with “I’ve often felt that we both might have stayed there, if it weren’t for those stale mandolins.”

Track listing

SIDE ONE

  1. "Fancy Meeting You Here" (Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen) – 2:31
  2. "(I'd Like to Get You on a) Slow Boat to China" (Frank Loesser) – 2:40
  3. "I Can't Get Started" (Vernon Duke, Ira Gershwin) – 3:50
  4. "Hindustan" (Oliver Wallace, Harold Weeks) – 2:53
  5. "It Happened in Monterey" (Billy Rose, Mabel Wayne) – 2:44
  6. "You Came a Long Way from St. Louis" (John Benson Brooks, Bob Russell) – 3:07
  7. "Love Won't Let You Get Away" (Cahn, Van Heusen) – 2:03

SIDE TWO

  1. "How About You?" (Burton Lane, Arthur Freed) – 3:14
  2. "Brazil" (Ary Barroso, Bob Russell) – 3:31
  3. "Isle of Capri" (Will Grosz, Jimmy Kennedy) – 2:40
  4. "Say "Si Si"" ("Para Vigo Me Voy") (Ernesto Lecuona, Francia Luban, Al Stillman) – 2:22
  5. "Calcutta" (Ray Evans, Jay Livingston) – 2:55
  6. "Love Won't Let You Get Away (reprise)" – 3:41

Personnel

Performance

References

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Fancy Meeting You Here at AllMusic
  3. ^ "Bing magazine". www.bingmagazine.co.uk. 
  4. ^ "Variety". Variety. November 26, 1958. 
  5. ^ "Billboard". Billboard. November 26, 1958. 
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