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Monday, April 6, 2015

Side By Side - The Barry Sisters

Side By Side
The Barry Sisters
Produced by Joe Reisman
Arrangements by Stan Applebaum and Richard Wess
Special Vocal Arrangements by Hal Kanner
Roulette SR 25136

Tracks are available at your usual download sites, so I will not be posting a sample. Autumn Leaves was my favorite band.

Terrific cover art and nice set featuring strong solo moments which outshine the harmonies.

From the back cover: This album is dedicated to Ed Sullivan, one of the kindest, most generous human beings it has ever been our privilege to know. It was Ed's helping hand and belief in us that made this album possible" – Claire and Merna Barry.

Also from the back cover: From childhood, the busy Barrys have serenaded first radio, then supper club, T.V. and theatre audiences with their multi-lingual exuberance, reaching new heights with Ed Sullivan's All-Star Caravan in the U.S.S.R. Good buddy, Sullivan, whose top-rated television show afforded the sisters their greatest single show biz' triumph had himself an Iron Curtain smash in the Barry's, who literally tore down The Kremlin with a rip-roaring Western medley… which only goes to prove that all you need are ears to hear with, and eyes to see with, and makes no difference – Yank, Britisher, Ruski, or Hottentot, the Barry Sisters have it made.

From Billboard - December 5, 1960: The gals who scored quite a trump in the Soviet Union last summer thanks to TV's Ed Sullivan, devote this album to him as they offer a varied program of familiar tunes, done in their unique vocal harmony style. One really offbeat band has a Chinese version of Who's Sorry Now. Fans of the act will find the duo at their best here with fine arrangements by Dick Wess and Stan Applebaum.

Around The World
Cry Me A River
Why Don't You Do Right
Come' Prima
Ciao Ciao Bambina
Who's Sorry Now
I'm A Fool To Want You
Bill Bailey, Won't You Come Home
Autumn Leaves
It's Alright With Me

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