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At the Beginning
     

At the Beginning

by Stacy Sullivan
 
Los Angeles cabaret performer Stacy Sullivan's debut album features a variety of both familiar and unfamiliar material, all dealing with life's vagaries, especially the ups and downs of romance. Sullivan has a lovely voice -- pure and smokey. She is also quite adept in the use of dynamics, as her vocal delivery fits the emotion being expressed in the lyrics. Having

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Los Angeles cabaret performer Stacy Sullivan's debut album features a variety of both familiar and unfamiliar material, all dealing with life's vagaries, especially the ups and downs of romance. Sullivan has a lovely voice -- pure and smokey. She is also quite adept in the use of dynamics, as her vocal delivery fits the emotion being expressed in the lyrics. Having worked in musical theatre, Sullivan possesses a strong voice that can be heard in the last row of the balcony. However, she uses it with discretion, singing with passion, but rarely with gusto. Even on a tune like "Someone to Watch Over Me," where a little exuberance is justified, Sullivan holds back. She lets loose on sister Heather Sullivan's joyous "Carpet Ride," with background supplied by the energetic bowing of Stephanie Fife's cello. But it's the folksy-done ballad material -- such as "Ship in a Bottle," "Once Upon a Time," and the Irving Berlin medley "Always"/"Remember" -- which brings out that sweet, sincere quality of Sullivan's vocal style. John Boswell, who appears on most of the LML label's cabaret releases, is here with his piano and arrangements. Veteran harpist Corky Hale puts in an appearance, adding to the album's class. At the Beginning is tasteful cabaret delivered by one of the better practitioners of the style. Watch out for the last track -- it's not over when one thinks it is. After a couple of seconds, Sullivan is joined by her young daughter for a giggling coda. Perhaps for her next album, listeners can hear more of the power in her voice waiting to be let loose.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/1997
Label:
Lml Music
UPC:
0711788011422
catalogNumber:
114

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Stacy Sullivan   Primary Artist,Vocals
Corky Hale   Harp
John Boswell   Synthesizer,Piano,Background Vocals
Stefanie Fife   Cello
Bob Mair   Bass
John Yoakum   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano,English Horn,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone
David Boswell   Guitar
John Yakum   Clarinet,Flute,Horn,Piccolo,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
M.B. Gordy   Percussion,Drums,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Corky Hale   Engineering
John Boswell   Arranger,Producer,Contributor
Charles Strouse   Composer
Lee Lessack   Executive Producer
Eric Fahlborg   Engineer
Lee Adams   Composer

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