I Believe [Bear Family]

I Believe [Bear Family]

by Frankie Laine

CD(Box Set)


Over a span of about 12 years beginning in 1990, Bear Family reissued a veritable flood of Frankie Laine recordings. Several single-volume compact discs were eventually followed by three massive box sets containing hundreds of examples of his hormonally anchored artistry. I Believe, a 163-track gunboat-sized anthology, was released in 2001, six years prior to his passing in 2007 at the age of 93. Especially in light of his tireless work as a civil rights activist during the 1950s and '60s, it is clear that Laine was a much deeper individual than his presentational veneer might at first imply. Chicago-born Sicilian-American vocalist Francesco Paolo LoVecchio, commonly known as Frankie Laine, was one of his country's definitive interpreters of popular song during the 1950s. The son of Al Capone's barber and a product of a healthy multicultural environment, he named Vaudeville's Al Jolson, Depression era crooner Gene Austin, operatic archetype Enrico Caruso, and blues empress Bessie Smith as primary influences. Boosted into show business by Hoagy Carmichael, Laine was also heavily inspired by Nat King Cole and the hard hitting dance-inducing style pegged by the recording industry as Rhythm & Blues. Laine's reputation would ultimately be wrapped up in well-hung cowboy & western motifs, which are mingled on this mammoth collection with sentimental hits, jazz standards, gospel-oriented songs (a mode he would revisit in 1969 with "Dammit Isn't God's Last Name"), and the upbeat topical novelties that perfectly suited his penchant for brusque, vigorous delivery. The mannered, sometimes caricatured intensity of his act was supported by instrumentalists whose collective experience touched upon many decades of stylistic evolution, from early blues, hot dance music and swing to bop, R&B and the rise of rock & roll. Additional vocalists heard on this collection are the Starlighters, the Mellomen, the Four Lads, the Norman Luboff Choir, Jo Stafford, and Doris Day. Although he clearly enjoyed putting across romantic melodies, Laine is in his prime element with testosterone-stoked chunks of Americana like "High Noon," "Rawhide," "Bullwhip," "Gunfight at the O.K. Corral," "Cool Water," and "Sixteen Tons." He tosses off "Drill Ye Tarriers Drill," "Hawkeye," "Hummingbird," "Moby Dick," "Robin Hood," "Wa-Hoo!," "Ticky Ticky Tick," and "Champion the Wonder Horse" unflinchingly. But it is "How Lovely Cooks the Meat," sung as an episodic duet with Doris Day, that wins the weirdest song award in this or any other Frankie Laine retrospective. Alternating between his galloping-home gavotte and her dreamily dysfunctional housewife vignette, the song tells a story of salivating anticipation and a steak charred into near-inedibility by Doris' heavily sweetened ineptitude. In a bold example of psychosexual subtext recast in high relief, Laine's final chorus exchanges the word "wife" for "meat."

Product Details

Release Date: 11/06/2001
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 4000127163677
catalogNumber: 16367


Disc 1

  1. Jezebel
  2. Flamenco
  3. Love Is Such a Cheat
  4. Rose, Rose, I Love You
  5. The Girl in the Wood
  6. Wonderful, Wasn't It?
  7. Pretty Eyed Baby
  8. That's the One for Me
  9. In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening
  10. That's Good! That's Bad!
  11. Gabriella (The Gamblin' Lady)
  12. Song of the Islands (Na Lei O Hawaii)
  13. Hey, Good Lookin'
  14. When It's Sleepy Time Down South
  15. She Reminds Me of You
  16. One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
  17. Necessary Evil
  18. To Be Worthy of You
  19. Jealousy
  20. Tomorrow Mountain
  21. Snow in Lover's Lane
  22. That's How It Goes
  23. When You're in Love
  24. The Gandy Dancer's Ball
  25. Ramblin' Man
  26. How Lovely Cooks the Meat
  27. Sugarbush

Disc 2

  1. Hambone
  2. Let's Have a Party
  3. 226
  4. She's Funny That Way
  5. The Rock of Gibralter
  6. High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me)
  7. The Mermaid
  8. Tonight You Belong to Me
  9. My Ohio Home
  10. Settin' the Woods on Fire
  11. Piece-A-Puddin
  12. Christmas Roses
  13. I'd Give My Life
  14. The Ruby and the Pearl
  15. Chow, Willy
  16. I'm Just a Poor Bachelor
  17. The Swan Song
  18. The Little Boy and the Old Man
  19. Your Cheatin' Heart
  20. I Believe
  21. Tell Me a Story
  22. Some Day
  23. Lorelei
  24. Granada
  25. Where the Winds Blow
  26. I Let Her Go
  27. Te Amo
  28. A Bushel and a Peck
  29. Let's Go Fishin
  30. Poor Little Piggy Bank

Disc 3

  1. Do You Know What It Means to Miss New Orleans?
  2. Floatin' Down to Cotton Town
  3. New Orleans
  4. Way Down Yonder in New Orleans
  5. Basin Street Blues
  6. Someday, Sweetheart
  7. Laughing at Life
  8. Lullaby in Rhythm
  9. After You've Gone
  10. Sittin in the Sun (Countin' My Money)
  11. Willow Weep for Me
  12. A Hundred Years from Today
  13. Judy
  14. Answer Me, O Lord
  15. Hey Joe!
  16. Goin' Like Wildfire
  17. Rollin' Down the Line
  18. Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold)
  19. The Kid's Last Fight
  20. Ace in the Hole
  21. The Lord Don't Treat His Chillun That Way
  22. Answer Me, My Love
  23. Drill Ye Tarriers
  24. Long Distance Love
  25. Old Shoes
  26. There Must Be a Reason
  27. Juba-Juba-Jubalee
  28. What Would I Do (Without the Lord)

Disc 4

  1. God's Gonna Take the Saints to Heaven
  2. Ain't It a Pity and a Shame
  3. Let Me Be Ready, Lord
  4. Wa-Hoo!
  5. I Feel Like My Time Ain't Long
  6. Rain, Rain, Rain
  7. My Friend
  8. Your Heart, My Heart (Senhsucht)
  9. In the Beginning
  10. High Society
  11. Back Where I Belong
  12. I Can't Give You Anything But Love
  13. Keepin' Out of Mischief Now
  14. Out of Nowhere
  15. You Are Too Beautiful
  16. Mona Lisa
  17. Bubbles
  18. Make Me a Child Again
  19. Your Love
  20. The Tarrier Song
  21. Cool Water
  22. Walking the Night Away
  23. Strange Lady in Town
  24. Bring Your Smile Along
  25. If Spring Never Comes
  26. Never Come Sunday
  27. Mama Mia
  28. My Little One

Disc 5

  1. Ticky Ticky Tick (I'm Gonna Tell on You)
  2. The Thief
  3. Hummingbird
  4. Hummingbird
  5. Hawk-Eye
  6. A Woman in Love
  7. You Can Depend on Me
  8. S'posin'
  9. Stars Fell on Alabama
  10. That Old Feeling
  11. Baby, Baby All the Time
  12. Roses of Picardy
  13. If You Were Mine
  14. Until the Real Thing Comes Along
  15. Taking a Chance on Love
  16. Where Can I Go
  17. Don't He Moan
  18. Remember Me (The Girl in the Wood)
  19. I Heard the Angels Singing
  20. Robin Hood
  21. Moby Dick
  22. Champion the Wonder Horse
  23. Sixteen Tons

Disc 6

  1. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  2. I'm Gonna Live 'Till I Die
  3. I May Be Wrong
  4. On the Sunny Side of the Street
  5. Wrap Your Troubles in Dreams (And Dream Your Troubles Away)
  6. Girl in the Wood
  7. Wonderful, Wasn't It?
  8. There's a Rainbow Round My Shoulder
  9. Bring Your Smile Along
  10. When a Girl Is Beautiful
  11. Bring Your Smile Along
  12. If Spring Never Comes
  13. Mama Mia
  14. Side by Side
  15. Mama Mia
  16. The Gnady Dancer's Ball
  17. Save Your Sorrows for Tomorrow
  18. Danny Boy
  19. Danny Boy
  20. Hell Hath No Fury
  21. Blowing Wild (The Ballad of Black Gold)
  22. Man Without a Star (A Whale of a Tale)
  23. Strange Lady in Town
  24. Gunfight at the O.K. Corral
  25. The 3:10 to Yuma
  26. Bullwhip
  27. Rawhide

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Frankie Laine   Primary Artist,Vocals
Doris Day   Track Performer
Four Lads   Vocals
Jo Stafford   Vocals
Will Bradley   Trombone
Buck Clayton   Trumpet,Leader
Urbie Green   Trombone
Bobby Hackett   Trumpet
Dick Hyman   Piano
Jo Jones   Drums
Barney Kessel   Guitar
Mundell Lowe   Guitar
Sal Salvador   Guitar
Sears   Tenor Saxophone
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Bobby Donaldson   Drums
Ziggy Elman   Trumpet
Bob Haggart   Bass
Bernie Leighton   Piano
Lou McGarity   Trombone
Babe Russin   Saxophone
Harry Breuer   Xylophone
Caiola   Guitar
George Van Eps   Guitar
Stan Freeman   Piano
Jack Marshall   Guitar
Alvino Rey   Guitar
Tony Rizzi   Guitar
Buddy Weed   Harpsichord
Mitch Miller   Leader
Norman Luboff   Leader
George Greeley   Harpsichord
Felix Slatkin   Violin
Paul Nero   Violin
Charles Thompson   Piano
Eddie Safranski   Bass
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Jimmy Abato   Saxophone
Ray Alonge   French Horn
Don Arnone   Guitar
John Barrows   French Horn
Bill Bell   Tuba
Cy Bernard   Cello
Clifton Best   Guitar
Harry Bluestone   Violin
James Buffington   French Horn
Frank Carroll   Bass
John Cave   Horn
Mac Ceppos   Violin
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Bob Cusmano   Trumpet
James A. Decker   Horn
Richard Dickler   Viola
Harold Diner   Trombone
Jack Dumont   Saxophone
Nick Fatool   Drums
Harold Feldman   Saxophone
Jacques Gasselin   Violin
Chris Griffin   Trumpet
Allan Harshman   Viola
Julius Held   Violin
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Saxophone
Milt Hinton   Bass
Jules Jacob   Saxophone
Hilton Jefferson   Alto Saxophone
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Armand Karpoff   Cello
George Kast   Violin
Harry Katzman   Violin
Jules Kinsler   Saxophone
Fred Klein   French Horn
Abe Lincoln   Trombone
Dan Lube   Violin
Dave McRae   Bass Saxophone
Harry Melnikoff   Violin
Tony Mottola   Guitar
George Ockner   Violin
Ed Powell   Saxophone
Samuel Rand   Violin
Paul Robyn   Viola
Abe Rosen   Harp
Ted Rosen   Violin
Mischa Russell   Violin
John Ryan   Bass
Julius Schachter   Violin
Moe Schneider   Trombone
George Seaberg   Trumpet
Norris "Bunny" Shawker   Drums
Alan Shulman   Cello
Terry Snyder   Drums
Marshall Sosson   Violin
Jack Stacey   Saxophone
Starlighters   Choir, Chorus
David Sterkin   Violin,Viola
Phil Stevens   Bass
Ann Mason Stockton   Harp
Alvin Stoller   Drums
Morris Stonzek   Cello
Fred Stulce   Saxophone
Nicholas Tagg   Organ
Constance Towers   Track Performer
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Leader
Hy White   Guitar
Kai Winding   Trombone
Vincent DeRosa   Horn
Samuel Cytron   Violin
Paul Ricci   Saxophone
Julius Brand   Violin
Charles Griffard   Trumpet
Murray Kellner   Violin
Mellomen   Choir, Chorus
Thomas Parshley   Saxophone
Kurt Reher   Cello
Melvin "Red" Solomon   Trumpet
Vito Mumolo   Guitar
Allen Hanlon   Guitar
Edward Miller   Saxophone
Larry Alpeter   Trombone
Russell Banzer   Saxophone
Sidney Brecher   Viola
May Hogan Cambern   Harp
Samuel Carmell   Violin
John d'Agostino   Trombone
Bernard Greenhouse   Cello
Harry Hoffman   Violin
Arthur Kafton   Cello
Bernard Kaufman   Saxophone
Milton Lomask   Violin
Sam Middleman   Violin
Maurice Perlmutter   Viola
Jack Satterfield   Trombone
Elmer Smithers   Trombone
Stanley Spiegelman   Viola
William Versaci   Saxophone
Wesley Webb West   Steel Guitar
Rubin Zarchy   Trumpet
Toni Arden   Track Performer
D.L. Byron   Choir, Chorus
Carl Fischer   Piano,Leader
Jimmy Carroll   Leader
Tony Gottuso   Guitar
Frank Saracco   Trombone
Charlie Margulis   Trumpet
Frank Brieff   Viola
Godlis   Trombone
James Maxwell   Trumpet
Louis Singer   Percussion,Xylophone
Adam Pratz   Violin
William Schaefer   Trombone
Tommy Reo   Trombone
William McLeish Smith   Saxophone
Allan W. Thompson   Trombone
Nicholas "Nick" Posani   Violin
John Kelly   Guitar
James "Jimmy" Abata   Saxophone
Francis L. "Joe" Howard   Trombone
Clyde L. Hurley   Trumpet
Fred Fradkin   Violin
Arthur S. Ryerson   Guitar
Clifford E. "Bud" Shank   Saxophone
Robert F. Bain   Guitar
David Frisna   Violin
Harry Lawson   Saxophone
William M. III Byers   Trombone
Henry J. "Heinie" Beau   Saxophone
Edwin Lamar "Buddy" Cole   Piano
P. Cuscillo   Trumpet
Robert Enevoldson   Bass
Nathaniel C. Farber   Piano
Frank Joseph Flynn   Xylophone
Emanuel "Mannie" Green   Violin
Ralph S. Hansel   Percussion
Leonard "Lenny" Harman   Saxophone
Leonard "Lenny" Hartman   Saxophone
Albert J. "Budd" Sr. Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Ted Klages   Violin
Edward "Eddie Kusby" Kuczborski   Trombone
Albert Lerner   Piano
Vito N. "Micky" Mangano   Trumpet
Joe Marshall   Drums
Julian C. "Matty" Matlock   Saxophone
Sebastian "Billy" Mure   Guitar
Theodore M. "Ted" Nash   Saxophone
George Walker Nicholas   Tenor Saxophone
Allen J. Reuss   Guitar
Louis "Lou" Stein   Piano,Harpsichord
Charles E. Teagarden   Trombone
Emanuel Weinstock   Trumpet
Norman Luboff Choir   Choir, Chorus
Vincent Terri   Guitar
Roy Ross   Organ

Technical Credits

Dimitri Tiomkin   Composer
Percy Faith   Composer
Frankie Laine   Composer,Illustrations
Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Benny Goodman   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Fred Katz   Composer
Edgar Sampson   Composer
Mitch Miller   Producer
Norman Luboff   Composer
Terry Gilkyson   Composer
Mary Lou Williams   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Agustín Lara   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Irving Caesar   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Todd Everett   Biographical Information
Sammy Fain   Composer
Tom Gilkyson   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
William Johnson   Composer
Raymond Klages   Composer
John Latouche   Composer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Ted Murray   Composer
J. Neiburg   Composer
Fred Rose   Composer
Nat Shapiro   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Bob Todd   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Ben Weisman   Composer
Hank Williams   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Charles Carpenter   Composer
Bob Nolan   Composer
Bernard Toorish   Composer
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Fred Karger   Composer
Holger Von Bargen   Art Direction
Walter Melrose   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Louis Alter   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Paul Denniker   Composer
Walter Hirsch   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Sammy Lerner   Composer
Harry Ruskin   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Porter Steele   Composer
Henry Sullivan   Composer
Gerhard Winkler   Composer
Clarence Profit   Composer
Nicholas Brodszky   Composer
Dorcas Cochran   Composer
Anthony Cooper   Reissue Producer,Illustrations
Dorothy Dodd   Composer
Louis Dunlap   Composer
Georgia Turner   Composer
Kay Twomey   Composer
Hayden Wood   Composer
Dieter Machon   Illustrations
Traditional   Composer
David Lee   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Fred Rauch   Composer
Andreas Merck   Contributor
Ted Mossman   Composer
P.L. Cramer   Illustrations
Heinz Gründel   Illustrations
F. Henri Klickmann   Composer
Manfred Weissleder   Composer
Leo Moseley   Composer
George "Speedy" Krise   Composer
Bill Anson   Composer
Irma Hollander   Composer
Neal Stuart   Composer
Robert Jerome   Composer
Nell Western   Composer
Jay McConologue   Composer
Marilyn Keith   Composer
Frederick Herbert   Composer
Arnold Hughes   Composer
Robert M. Christ   Illustrations
Achim Senkler   Illustrations
Frederick Edward Weatherly   Composer
Charles E. King   Composer
Ed G. Nelson   Composer

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