The Johnny Mann Singers
ROAR along with the singing 20's
Liberty (Bel Canto)...LT-7149...7 1/2 ips...2 Track...Stereo
My Blue Heaven
Yes Sir That's My Baby
Sweet Georiga Brown Black Bottom
Doodle Doo Doo
Five Foot Two Eyes Of Blue
I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover
There is only one way to adequately and properly describe the quality achieved in this album by the Johnny Mann Singers: They sound like a group of congenial people gathered around a piano at the height of a swingin' party.
This is a fun album of happy people singing happy songs. The boys sing and the girls sing and they sing together. Someone whistles, everyone whistles. One tune features the banio, another calls for a raucous honky-tonk piano, oceasionally the drummer can be heard. Some wise guy whispers a funny aside, his girl giggies, then the whole group changes a line of the faniliar lyrics to get a laugh
Here is an album that is upbeat, swinging, ricky-tick, rollicking, gentle, boop-boop-a-doop, smooth, old-fashioned and modern-all wrapped up in forty minutes of a darn good time. The casual-sounding effect is just one more major accomplishment for arrangerconductor Johnny Mann in this, his third Liberty LP. For into these arrangements went so much deliberate care and devotion to even the tiniest of details, that in the end result the songs sound as if they hadn't been arranged at all, but sprang forth in spontaneous harmony from the combined twenty-five voices and miscellaneous instrumental backing.
Each of twelve songs here is a product of the period from 1920 to 1930 - the Roaring Twenties, when everyone had a job, money and a desire to live it up. They were good times, happy times, and these songs are good ones, happy ones that reflect the environment of their birth.
Now, thirty years later, Johnny Mann has retained the same gay frolicking attitude of the melodies and framed them in a 1959 model of happy sound.
Say! You, there ! Don't just sit back and listen. You know the words. Come on and sing along. Get happy!
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