The Puppini Sisters – The High Life (Deluxe Edition) (2016) Double Album

Artist: The Puppini Sisters
Title: The High Life (Deluxe Edition)
Year Of Release: 2016
Label: Millionaire Records
Genre: Jazz-Pop / Swing
Quality: FLAC (image) / MP3
Total Time: 01:51:38
Total Size: 797 MB / 258 MB

01. Is This the High Life? (3:46)
02. Accentuate the Positive (3:08)
03. It Ain’t What You Do (2:30)
04. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (3:18)
05. We Love to Bebop (3:14)
06. Changes (3:38)
07. Rapper’s Delight / Chandelier Mash Up (2:39)
08. Tico Tico (2:26)
09. Work It (2:53)
10. Tennessee Waltz (2:57)
11. Material Girls Medley (3:57)
12. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (3:12)
13. Liar Liar (3:20)
Bonus Track
14. Hit the Road Jack (Performed by Pledge Orchestra) (3:06)
01. Is This the High Life? (Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles Remix) (3:37)
02. Accentuate The Positive (30 Hurts Remix) (5:11)
03. It Ain’t What You Do (Nicola VujicicRemix) (5:12)
04. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun (Kyoshi Island Remix) (3:58)
05. We Love to Bebop (Faroese Remix) (4:17)
06. Changes (F:III-Y Remix) (3:29)
07. Rapper’s Delight / Chandelier Mash Up (Gentlemen Callers of Los Angeles Remix) (4:38)
08. Tico Tico (Andrew Beaton Remix) (5:12)
09. Work It (The Real Tuesday Weld Workout Remix) (4:22)
10. Tennessee Waltz (Peter Ibbetson Remix) (4:06)
11. Material Girls Medley (Rogan Remix) (4:39)
12. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious (Bart&Baker Remix) (3:36)
Bonus Tracks
13. Changes (Martin Kolarides Remix) (4:27)
14. Rapper’s Delight / Chandelier Mash Up (F:III-Y Remix) (3:39)
15. Tico Tico (DJ Farrapo Remix) (3:41)
16. Work It (DJ Pony Remix) (3:15)

The Puppini Sisters’ fifth studio album, The High Life, is the trio’s first with Emma Smith joining original members Marcella Puppini and Kate Mullins. Aside from new membership, the vocal group stays the course, offering more of their close-knit, three-part harmonies on versions of big-band classics, a couple of original songs, and swing era-inspired rearrangements of more contemporary hits. The trio holds a few surprises in its selections of the latter, such as a medley of the Sugarhill Gang’s "Rapper’s Delight" and Sia’s "Chandelier," and a fluid cover of Missy Elliott’s "Work It." Their take on "Rapper’s Delight" works especially well, riding the original’s natural swing. The bass-driven medley eases back and forth between the rap classic and 2014’s "Chandelier" with scatting and melodic percussion, and proves to be a highlight of The High Life. Not as much fun is their David Bowie cover, a piano-led, rim-clicking arrangement of "Changes" that comes off more like an exercise than a reinvention. They’re back in form on "Material Girls Medley," though, which includes pieces of several female-led, money-themed songs, including Meghan Trainor’s "Dear Future Husband" and Rihanna’s "Bitch Better Have My Money." All of the above are worked into the set list alongside expectedly capable versions ’30s and ’40s classics, such as Arlen-Mercer’s "Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive," and the even earlier Brazilian work with many versions including a film appearance by Carmen Miranda, "Tico Tico" (aka "Tico-Tico No Fuba"). Ultimately, as on past albums, the Puppini Sisters thrive on the original tunes, which were written with their distinct delivery in mind. "Is This the High Life" employs a clarinet, piano, bass, and drum combo to support a rhythmic melody that slides between solo vocals and full three-part harmony, and for a taste of the women at their most Andrews Sisters, don’t miss "We Love to Bebop." — Marcy Donelson

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