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Greenwich Time

Greenwich Time

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by Rebecca Luker
     
 
Broadway star Rebecca Luker has made two solo albums previous to this one. The contents of the first, Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter (1996), are self-explanatory, while Leaving Home (2004) combined covers of pop songs from her youth and newly written theater songs she had discovered.

Overview

Broadway star Rebecca Luker has made two solo albums previous to this one. The contents of the first, Anything Goes: Rebecca Luker Sings Cole Porter (1996), are self-explanatory, while Leaving Home (2004) combined covers of pop songs from her youth and newly written theater songs she had discovered. Greenwich Time mostly continues the second part of that last description; as Luker writes in her liner notes, "Over the years, I've slowly collected these songs," which are "not only classics by some of Broadway's best, but many are also little-known treasures by the next generation of brilliant songwriters." Actually, most of the songs come from that next generation, and while only a couple are said to be from a specific show (only when that show has already had a stage production), it seems likely that most were written for shows. For example, Paul Loesel and Scott Burkell's "Ohio, 1904," written in the voice of a young girl commenting on the Wright brothers, must be from a musical about the invention of the airplane. The songs aren't always so historical, however; usually they seem to express the observations and impressions of some contemporary female character about the travails of her life and loves. Jeff Blumenkrantz and Beth Blatt's "Lovely Lies" is sung by a woman looking back on her upbringing in the South and must have hit home for Luker, an Alabama native. Among the more familiar songs are "He Never Did That Before," a woman's speculation about where her lover learned some new tricks in bed, from the 2005 Off-Broadway musical Songs from an Unmade Bed, and "Unusual Way," which Luker got to sing (but not record) as a replacement cast member in the 2003 Broadway revival of Nine. Combining an old hand and a new song, she concludes the album with the world premiere of the elegiac "Summer with You," written by composer John Kander, penning his own lyrics in the absence of his late partner Fred Ebb. The overall effect of the collection is of a series of character and art songs drawn from a batch of musicals and song cycles that, for the most part, haven't yet been produced, but which, by the evidence of Luker's powerful performances, deserve to be soon.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/20/2009
Label:
P.S. Classics
UPC:
0803607098520
catalogNumber:
985
Rank:
287152

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Rebecca Luker   Primary Artist
Kevin Kuhn   Guitar
Dave Ratajczak   Percussion,Drums
Clay Ruede   Cello
Antoine Silverman   Violin
Richard Heckman   Reeds
Joseph Thalken   Piano
Christian Hebel   Violin
Entcho Todorov   Violin
Andra Voldins   Viola
Dick Sarpola   Bass

Technical Credits

Barbara Cook   Author
Michel Legrand   Composer
John Lithgow   Author
John Kander   Composer
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Sammy Davis   Arranger,Orchestration
Tom Herman   Composer
Tommy Krasker   Producer,Executive Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Maury Yeston   Composer
Steve Marzullo   Composer
Bob Saget   Author
Rebecca Luker   Liner Notes
Joseph Thalken   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Music Direction
Alan Stein   Marketing
George Stevens   Author
Carolyn Leigh   Composer
Christina Rossetti   Poetry
Bart Migal   Engineer
Martin Lowe   Arranger,Orchestration
Ricky Ian Gordon   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration
Derek Bishop   Art Direction
Zina Goldrich   Composer
Marcy Heisler   Composer
Debra Barsha   Composer
Mark Campbell   Composer
Robbie Rozelle   Web Design
A.R. Gurney   Author
Sam Davis   Arranger,Composer
Paul Loesel   Composer
Marshall Barer   Composer
Scott Burkell   Composer
Mark Campbell   Composer
Stephen Hoffman   Composer

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