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Saturday, August 23, 2008

We Belong Together

The Barry Sisters injected more than a little Vegas pizazz and swing into some classic Yiddish tunes, and it translated into frequent appearances on the Ed Sullivan and Jack Paar shows in the late 50s and early 60s. There's not a Hava Nagila to be found on this collection offered by CB Vocal Groups, though they do a nice job on the Italian standards "Ciao Ciao Bambino" and "Carina" (their act contained songs in nine different languages).
The gals didn't seem to be able to drop the ethnic humor entirely on the album--the Barry version of "Who's Sorry Now" (or should I say, "Who's Solly Now") will surely cause a case of righteous indignation for some listeners, but they should probably get over themselves.
Their "Why Don't You Do Right" nearly outvamps Peggy Lee, and "We Belong Together" is practically a parody of a sister act bit, but is great fun nevertheless.