Easy Listening

Marriage Type Love

Performed by: Shirley Jones & Jack Cassidy

Distributed by: Masterworks Broadway

Reviewed by Melissa Minners


                In April 2014, Masterworks Broadway announced the release of an album recorded by Shirley Jones and Jack Cassidy in 1959.  Marriage Type Love, with songs revolving around the concepts of love and marriage, created by the couple at a time when they were still very much in love, was shelved and never released until now.

                First, it is possible that many of our readers don't know who Shirley Jones or Jack Cassidy are.  Both acted and sang in film and stage, but most would know Shirley Jones as the woman who turned down the role of Carol Brady in The Brady Bunch and soon after landed the role of Shirley Partridge in The Partridge Family.  Jones and Cassidy were married in 1956 and Jones ended up working with her stepson, David Cassidy in The Partridge Family.

                Now, on to the album review.  Performed in duet fashion and backed by Marty Gold and His Orchestra, the album contains songs created by such notables as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Gershwin, Cole Porter and more.  I recognized songs like You'll Never Know, Love and Marriage, Love Is Here to Stay and more, and yet, I still found the album to be a tad dated.  But that is not my chief complaint about Marriage Type Love.  Jack Cassidy and Shirley Jones do sound nice together, but I have heard the same songs performed by others and enjoyed them a lot more.

                Fans of Shirley Jones, Jack Cassidy or both may want to buy this never before released album, but for the most part, you won't be missing out on much if you give Marriage Type Love a pass.


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