Classic Broadway

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Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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," ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - David Cohen
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.
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/21/1999
  • Label: Intersound Records
  • UPC: 015095375223
  • Catalog Number: 3752

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Judy Collins Primary Artist, 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
Les 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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