BLOSSOM DEARIE Sings ROOTIN' SONGS Hires Hits RARE 1963 MONO Female Jazz Vocal
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BLOSSOM DEARIE Sings ROOTIN' SONGS Hires Hits RARE 1963 MONO Female Jazz Vocal


HIRES HITS PB-1110/1111- 1963

Vinyl appears VG with some scuffs, but plays closer to VG+ with some minor noise at times.

Front Cover is VG with some pen marks and light wear. 

Quite attractive despite the minor wear.

Stains (root beer?!?) on rear = VG-.

Blossom Dearie Sings Rootin' Songs was recorded for the Hires Root Beer Company, on whose television commercials Dearie had sung. The album was available for 50¢ and two bottle caps.

This album was initally released in 1963 for a Hires Root Beer campaign (hence the "Rootin'" in the title) with Blossom Dearie singing the "Most Rootin' Tootin' Songs of 1963." The recordings here continue the tasteful, inventive tradition of her Verve albums. While Blossom's voice may be an acquired taste to some, and a bad taste to others, she manages to imbue every performance with personality, compassion and, often, an endearing sense of humor. Those who listen will be rewarded.

"Rootin'" was recorded with a jazz quartet of piano, bass, drums and saxophone (with the sax occasionally replaced by flute) and while the playing here isn't likely to eclipse any of the great jazz quartets of the day, they manage arrangements that are straightforward, inventive and never boring. The setting lets Blossom fill the songs with her own subtle charm. "I Left My Heart In San Francisco" and "Fly Me To the Moon," so familiar now that most people are probably sick of them, are effective here because they are so unobtrusive; her reading of "I Want to Be Around" pulls off the neat trick of portraying good-natured spite; and "Days of Wine and Roses" is sweet without being treacly. Throughout "Rootin'," as on all of her best recordings, Blossom Dearie avoids making bold statements and sticks to the simple joy of making lovely, human music, which may be the boldest statement of all.

"Days of Wine and Roses" 

"I Left My Heart in San Francisco"

"I Wanna Be Around"

"The Sweetest Sounds" 

"The Good Life"

"Lazy, Crazy Days of Summer"


"Our Day Will Come"

"Fly Me to the Moon"

"I've Got Your Number"

"What Kind of Fool Am I?"

"He Loves Me"

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