At the Beginning

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All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Dave Nathan
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/1997
  • Label: Lml Music
  • UPC: 711788011422
  • Catalog Number: 114
  • Sales rank: 230,547

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Stacy Sullivan Primary Artist, 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, Mastering
Lee Adams Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Outstanding begining 'at the begining'

    If ever a CD made me want to see someone perform in a small club, this has done it. Forbes FYI listed 20+ cabaret singers a few years back, and from the CD's this is the performer I would most like to see in a small club. Songs range from toe tappin cheerful (On Broadway, I know a place) to moody (come the wild wild weather). Composers range from Berlin, Gershwin & Noel Coward to Amanda McBroom, Heather Sullivan. I LOVE the Noel Coward Come the wild wild weather, with its Celtic/Folk feeling. Her Once Upon a Time is my new favorite of that old standard. The variety of emotions, moods and styles would be great fun to see in a club. She has a wonderful voice which is enhanced by simple presentations. My biggest complaint is at 40+ minutes it is too short. Depending on the listner any of the 13 songs could become your new favorite song. I like this better than Linda Eder's first CD. and look forward to more. She does not display the trained polished voice of here sister KT Sullivan, but expresses the feelings and emotions better.

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