Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

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Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:04 am

So, the buzz says that Gaga and Tony might be able to show the youngsters what good music is (this would be a valuable service, since Gaga's music so far is so MOR).

The smart guy critic says that the record is a "stunt" and asks the question "Is it anything more than a stunt?"

Trouble is, the critic guy does not define what he means by "stunt," and doesn't say whether or not that is always bad or only partly bad.

He notes (correctly) that Tony never was one of the greats, and being 85 years old doesn't help matters (although at 85 the guy has his shtick down really good).

The critic guy also notes that Gaga--while she's no Ella--has a lot goin' on in the vocal department.

So, what are the main complaints? First pinhead thinks it would be a better record without Tony--and he definitely should not have been allowed to sing a single note of "Sophisticated Lady." Mad

And, the critic guy seems to think that some elements of the production are pop-associated and artificial. The pinhed reckons he's probably right, but the muzikants are obviously pros and the younguns aren't going to be put off by the dubious (dubious to jazz snobs) production practices.

And in the pinhedz humble opinions, although Gaga is no Ella, she has borrowed some Ella mannerism and ended up sounding more like Keely Smith than anyone else.

And, in conclusion, the pinhead applauds Gaga for thinking about her future (and there ain't goin' be much more Gaga in her future) while also doing her bit to give the young folks a taste of the Real Thing--even if it's not Chick Webb and Ella Fitzgerald.

And in conclusion--if you're reading this, Gaga--do your next album with Keely Smith (while she's still alive) instead of Tony.


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Re: Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 6:49 am

^
Listened to Tony singing "Sophisticated Lady" again--worst rendition ever.

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Re: Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:14 am

Eccles' boss Vaziri says that Lady Gaga lives to rile, but her decision to drop everything to make a straightforwardly straightforward album of jizz standards from the Great American Songbook with Tony Bennett is even more baffling than the time she covered herself with pig vomit at South by Southwest. Having first partnered up on a cover of “The Lady Is a Tramp” for Bennett’s 2011 “Duets II” album, “Cheek to Cheek” offers more of the odd couple’s takes on relics such as “Anything Goes” and “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If Swing Minus).” What’s most disappointing about the album is how tame it sounds as Gaga, 28, reverts to her undistinguished cabaret days, while Bennett, 88, simply coasts in easy-listening mode. Rather than highlight each other’s wildly distinguishing features, they merely settle on a quiet night at the local jazz club, where the background music is far more exciting than the people singing over it.

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:41 am

Yakima Canutt wrote:Rather than highlight each other’s wildly distinguishing features, ...
Poppycock--neither of them ever had any "wildly distinguishing features." Rolling Eyes
Gaga tunes were never remotely Gaga.

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:43 am

Take it up with Vaziri, I don't have any dog in this race. Rolling Eyes

http://www.sfchronicle.com/author/aidin-vaziri/

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Re: Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:47 am

^
Vaziri is free to take it up with the pinhed during office hours. Razz

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:48 am


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:51 am

Just think--Tony's biggest hit was "I left My Heart in San Francisco." Rolling Eyes

And he was out-classed by every dame he ever duetted with.

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Re: Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 8:54 am

he has a nice personality. people like him


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Re: Is the Tony-Gaga record "Nothing more than a stunt?"

Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 9:00 am

Just heard from Vaziri, he says if Alec Baldwin does an impression of one, then one probably has some distinguishing features, wildly or not


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:22 am

Yakima Canutt wrote:he has a nice personality.  people like him


Pinhedz elderly close relative was listening to Tony duet with Lena Horne one time, and she said: "I always like Tony--but he really is outclassed in this collab."

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Post  pinhedz on Fri Oct 03, 2014 10:32 am

Yakima Canutt wrote:Just heard from Vaziri, he says if Alec Baldwin does an impression of one, then one probably has some distinguishing features, wildly or not ...
I suppose, but I don't hear Alec singing, and if I didn't know he was doing Tony, I might have thought it was Joey Bishop. geek

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Post  Yakima Canutt on Fri Oct 03, 2014 2:20 pm

FYI - ALEC BALDWINS DOES SING IN HIS IMPRESSION OF TONY ... I REGRET I CANNOT POST ALL THE WORLD'S DATA NOT YET PERCEIVED BY NANOZ








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Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:09 pm


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Post  pinhedz on Fri Nov 21, 2014 3:16 pm

I didn't notice the resemblance until just now. Shocked


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