Marlene Dietrich

Dietrich in Rio

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Recorded in 1959 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, DIETRICH IN RIO is an atypically bouncy live recording. Rather than the world-weary chanteuse persona that made Marlene Dietrich's career, this cabaret set finds Dietrich in a sly, almost silly mood, singing with lusty humor and coy flirtatiousness. The material is all in English, and largely consists of American pop standards like "Makin' Whoopee," "All Right, Okay, You Win," and a rendition of "One For My baby" minus the mopey self-pity of Frank Sinatra's better-known arrangement. Dietrich's voice is huskier than it was in her heyday, but this suits the material, which has been rearranged to fit her new lower register, very well. The version of her signature song, "Falling In Love Again," is superb.

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