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Live at the Winter Garden
     

Live at the Winter Garden

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by Liza Minnelli
 
After taking on a batch of contemporary pop songs on her 1973 studio album The Singer, Liza Minnelli returns to a more familiar format here. Movies, Broadway musicals, and television appearances notwithstanding, she has devoted much of her career to her concert
ightclub act, and Liza Live at the Winter Garden

Overview

After taking on a batch of contemporary pop songs on her 1973 studio album The Singer, Liza Minnelli returns to a more familiar format here. Movies, Broadway musicals, and television appearances notwithstanding, she has devoted much of her career to her concert
ightclub act, and Liza Live at the Winter Garden shows what it sounds like, circa 1974. And that is, essentially, a revised and updated version of the show she immortalized as Liza with a Z in 1972. She tries to mix contemporary material with show tunes, beginning with a medley of Gordon Lightfoot's "If You Could Read My Mind" and "Come Back to Me" from the Lerner & Loewe musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. It doesn't really work, despite her usual full-throttle performance style, and she is far more comfortable with Tin Pan Alley fare and nuggets from decades past, such as "Shine on Harvest Moon" and "More Than You Know." She tries to go contemporary again at the top of the LP's second side with the funky "Natural Man" and Johnny Nash's "I Can See Clearly Now." But, again, she sounds far more in command immediately after when she dramatizes two chansons by her sometime concert partner Charles Aznavour, "And I in My Chair (Et Moi Dans Mon Coin)" and "There Is a Time (Le Temps)." Her mentor, lyricist Fred Ebb, is given credit for writing the show, and he and his composing companion, John Kander, have penned some special material, notably the novelty "Exactly Like Me," a funny song in the style of "Liza with a 'Z'" that finds Minnelli encountering some unlikely fans who think she looks like them. An attempt seems to have been made to avoid repeating songs that have appeared on earlier Minnelli recordings, but it's hard not to end with her no-holds-barred performance of "Cabaret." This is a typically effective live show from Minnelli, and clearly just a souvenir from the act itself that could only be completed by seeing as well as hearing her.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/08/2012
Label:
Masterworks
UPC:
0886919419627
catalogNumber:
194196
Rank:
87406

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Primary Artist
Dennis Anderson   Woodwind
Wayne Andre   Brass
Maurice Brown   Strings
Max Cahn   Strings
Jack Cavari   Rhythm
John Frosk   Brass
Joseph Goodman   Strings
Norm Jeffries   Rhythm
Walter Kane   Woodwind
Sandra Robbins   Strings
Frank Bruno   Rhythm
Dirisi   Brass
Vincent Fanuele   Brass
Marie Hence   Strings
Lew Del Gatto   Woodwind
Ragni   Woodwind
Nina Simon   Strings
Elmar Oliveira   Strings
Don De Marco   Rhythm
Eric Cohen   Percussion
Fred Zito   Brass
Arthur Azenzer   Rhythm
Tobias Blom   Strings
Ronald Keller   Brass
Lew Gluckin   Brass
Jack French   Conductor
Ian Wint   Strings
Charles Roeder   Percussion
Bernard Fennell   Strings

Technical Credits

Gordon Lightfoot   Composer
Ralph Burns   Arranger
Gene Lees   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Edith Piaf   Composer
Peter Matz   Arranger
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
John Kander   Composer
Hank Altman   Engineer
Aaron Baron   Engineer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Larry Dahlstrom   Engineer
Jeff Davis   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Gary Klein   Producer
Burton Lane   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Johnny Nash   Composer
Don Puluse   Remixing
Phil Ramone   Engineer
Jonathan Tunick   Arranger
Stevie Wonder   Composer
Tom Dwyer   Engineer
Sandy Baron   Composer
Nora Bayes   Composer
Jack Norworth   Composer
Bob Fosse   Director,Choreographer
David Foil   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Fred Ebb   Composer,Writer
Joe Eula   Cover Illustration
Tom Laskey   Product Development
Roxanne Slimak   Art Direction
Fred Werner   Arranger
Earl Shendell   Personal Manager
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Bill Reddy   Arranger
Billy Rose   Composer
Ron Lewis   Choreographer
Scott Farthing   Marketing
Leslie Collman-Smith   Marketing
Alan J. Lerner   Composer
Jack French   Arranger
David Newburge   Composer

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