Bright & Shiny (album)

March 20, 1961 No Comments

US Release Date: 20 March 1961

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  1. Bright and Shiny
    (Dick & Bob Sherman)
  2. I Want to Be Happy [1961 remake]
    [from the film Tea for Two]
    (Irving Caesar/Vincent Youmans)
  3. Keep Smilin’, Keep Laughin’, Be Happy
    (Lou Singer)
  4. Singin’ in the Rain
    [from the film Singin’ in the Rain]
    (Arthur Freed/Nacio Herb Brown)
  5. Gotta Feelin’
    (Andy Prince)
  6. Happy Talk
    [from the musical South Pacific]
    (Oscar Hammerstein II/Richard Rodgers)
  7. Make Someone Happy
    [from the musical Do Re Mi]
    (Betty Comden/Adolph Green/Jule Styne)
  8. Ridin’ High
    (Cole Porter)
  9. On the Sunny Side of the Street
    (Dorothy Fields/Jimmy McHugh)
  10. Clap Yo’ Hands
    (Ira & George Gershwin)
  11. Stay with the Happy People
    (Bob Hilliard/Jule Styne)
  12. Twinkle and Shine
    (By Dunham)

Bright and Shiny was recorded between the 19-23 December 1960 and was Doris’s last project for the year. It is a cheery, up-tempo album that is themed on songs that all offer a very optimistic point of view. Thus, it is no surprise that arrangements are given a really sugar-coated feel (with emphasise on the sugar-sweet). Both the title song and “Twinkle and Shine” were written specially for this project and are the epitome of the theme. Although some of the recordings now feel quite dated these are balanced by some ones that are very memorable! Definate highlights are Gene Kelly’s hit “Singin’ in the Rain”, “Happy Talk” from South Pacific and the 1930s tune “On the Sunny Side of the Street”. Doris’s favourite tune on the album, “Make Someone Happy” was disappointedly replaced for the UK pressing of the album by “Anyway the Wind Blows”. This album was also notably conducted by Neal Hefti who, during the 1960s, established himself as one Sinatra’s foremost collaborators!

Conductor: Neal Hefti
Label: Columbia Records (USA)
Format: 12″ Mono LP (#CL-1614) / 12″ Stereo LP (#CS-8414)
LP Cover Photograph: Bob Willoughby

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