Classic Broadway

Classic Broadway

by Judy Collins
     
 

Judy Collins's ravishing voice is so supple and rainwater-pure that it's almost shocking to note that she's been making records for nearly 40 years. The songbird's latest matches her penchant for bittersweet ballads with a dozen of the Great White Way's most ravishing and romantic melodies. The mellifluous results are inspired. CLASSIC BROADWAY also boasts the… See more details below

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Judy Collins's ravishing voice is so supple and rainwater-pure that it's almost shocking to note that she's been making records for nearly 40 years. The songbird's latest matches her penchant for bittersweet ballads with a dozen of the Great White Way's most ravishing and romantic melodies. The mellifluous results are inspired. CLASSIC BROADWAY also boasts the gorgeous and intimate settings of Stephen Sondheim's genius arranger, Jonathan Tunick, who creates stunning panoramas on such timeless songs as the Gershwin's "Embraceable You," and Irving Berlin's divine "They Say It's Wonderful." Collins's amethyst-blue eyes twinkle on Rodgers and Hart's "My Funny Valentine," "Bewitched," and "My Heart Stood Still," and the 60-year-old chanteuse sounds "Younger Than Springtime" on this Rodgers and Hammerstein evergreen. Collins, who introduced the world to the works of such once-unheralded songwriters as Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, and Randy Newman, is now equally passionate about sharing these wonderful and enduring theater songs. The real classic here is Judy Collins herself.

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Though defined early on as a folksinger, Judy Collins was tackling theater music in orchestral settings as early as her 1966 In My Life album, and she scored a Top 40 hit in 1977 with Stephen Sondheim's "Send in the Clowns" from A Little Night Music. So, an album of Broadway standards, most of them arranged by Sondheim orchestrator Jonathan Tunick, seems like a good idea for her. Collins' voice has a timbre similar to that of Broadway star Barbara Cook; they share a certain warmth and sincerity, though Cook's singing has an ingenuousness to it, while Collins' is more ethereal and aloof. Nevertheless, Collins' best moment on Classic Broadway is her version of "Till There Was You," Cook's showcase number from The Music Man. She also fares well on reflective songs like "Younger Than Springtime," "They Say It's Wonderful," "How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" and a remake of "Send in the Clowns" that is as good as ever. But the becalmed, uninvolved nature of her singing is less well suited to songs that require some emotional input -- the stormy, self-deceptive "Don't Cry for Me Argentina," say, or the comically mocking "My Funny Valentine." (One thing Collins never displays is a sense of humor.) Worst of all is Rodgers & Hart's "Bewitched," an expression of female arousal that Collins simply can't handle; it's no wonder that she uses the bowdlerized pop lyrics employed in the 1950s by people like Doris Day, but even Day sounded sexier. As such, Classic Broadway is a mixed bag by a wonderful singer who might have been better advised in some cases to select songs she was better able to interpret.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/21/1999
Label:
Intersound Records
UPC:
0015095375223

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Performance Credits

Judy Collins   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Judy Collins   Producer
Jay Berliner   Contributor
Julien Barber   Contributor
Belinda Whitney-Barratt   Contributor
John Beal   Contributor
Barry Finclair   Contributor
Erik Friedlander   Contributor
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Richard Henrickson   Contributor
Jill Jaffe   Contributor
Hank Jaramillo   Contributor
Regis Landiorio   Contributor
Burton Lane   Composer
Robert Lawrence   Contributor
Jeanne LeBlanc   Contributor
Lois Martin   Contributor
John Moses   Contributor
Eugene J. Moye   Contributor
Lee Musiker   Contributor
Ron Oakland   Contributor
Suzanne Ornstein   Contributor
Nardo Poy   Contributor
Sue Pray   Contributor
Albert Regni   Contributor
Clay Ruede   Contributor
Marilyn Reynolds   Contributor
Russ Rizner-French   Contributor
Dick Sarpolo   Contributor
Scott   Contributor
Ron Sell   Contributor
Fred Sherry   Contributor
Alan Silverman   Producer,Engineer,Remixing,Mastering
Roger Wendt   Contributor
Andy Grassi   Engineer
Ivan Mogull   Executive Producer
Thad Wheeler   Contributor
Maura Giannini   Contributor
Alexander Vselensky   Contributor
Elizabeth Mann   Contributor
Steve Kenyon   Contributor
David Kossoff   Contributor
Peter Gordon   Contributor
Francesca Corsi   Contributor
Evan Johnson   Contributor
Daniel Reed   Contributor
Dorian Rence   Contributor
Mark Thrasher   Contributor
Mary L. Rowell   Contributor

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