A new song by Henry Krieger and Bill Russell, from their musical, Everything's Ducky, is heard in the special website release of a new album, "Haines His Way," featuring Guy Haines, the vocalist billed as "enigmatic" because he never showed his face on past Varese Sarabande show tune compilations.
The new Fynsworth Alley disc, which features Haines singing with guest artists, is available exclusively through the Fynsworth site. When the release goes wide in early July, the special Ducky bonus track of "I'd Love to Sing a Love Song" (a duet with Natalie Toro) will not be on the disc. Orders are being taken at www.FynsworthAlley.com for the April 2 mail order release.
It's an open secret that Haines is so close to Fynsworth founder and creator Bruce Kimmel that he sees him in the mirror every morning. Haines has sung on such discs as Varese Sarabande's "Unsung Musicals" and Fynsworth's "The Stephen Sondheim Album," but in the liner-note photos his face is always obscured.
This is the debut solo album for Haines. Vocalists also heard on the disc include Brent Barrett, Alice Ripley, Susan Egan, Natalie Toro, Juliana Hansen, Jeremy Beck, Blake Hammond, Dale Hensley. Bruce Kimmel produces. Todd Ellison conducts. Orchestrations are by David Siegel, with arrangements by Bruce Kimmel and Todd Ellison.
Tracks include "Pick Yourself Up" from "Swing Time" (Jerome Kern/Dorothy Fields); "If I Had My Druthers" from Li'l Abner (Gene DePaul/Johnny Mercer); "Pitiful Penniless Bums" from Sugar (Jule Styne/Bob Merrill), duet with Brent Barrett; "Terminal" (Rupert Holmes); "She Likes Basketball" from Promises, Promises (Burt Bacharach/Hal David); "Fallin'" from They're Playing Our Song (Marvin Hamlisch/Carole Bayer Sager); "Here You Come Again" (Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil), duet with Alice Ripley; "Marie" (Randy Newman); "Two Lost Souls" from Damn Yankees (Richard Adler/Jerry Ross), duet with Susan Egan; "Chinese Food in Bed" (Bruce Kimmel); "Ev'ry Street's A Boulevard in Old New York" from Hazel Flagg (Jule Styne/Bob Hilliard); "You Must Believe in Spring" from "Les Demoiselles de Rochefort" (Michel Legrand/Jacques Demy/Alan & Marilyn Bergman); "I'm Glad To See You've Got What You Want" from Celebration (Harvey Schmidt/Tom Jones); "Gettin' Nowhere Fast" (Todd Ellison/Stephen Cole); "The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days" from "Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No-Good, Very Bad Day" (Shelley Markham/Judith Viorst); Bonus Track "I'd Love To Sing A Love Song" from Everything's Ducky (Henry Krieger/Bill Russell), duet with Natalie Toro. — By Kenneth Jones