Liza's at the Palace....

Liza's at the Palace....

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by Liza Minnelli
     
 
It would be reasonable to assume that an album called Liza's at the Palace.... is another Liza Minnelli live album, especially since it follows by a couple of months a stint of live appearances she made at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in the fall of 2008. Actually, however, it was, as the small print in the CD booklet reveals, "recorded...at Legacy Recording

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It would be reasonable to assume that an album called Liza's at the Palace.... is another Liza Minnelli live album, especially since it follows by a couple of months a stint of live appearances she made at the Palace Theatre on Broadway in the fall of 2008. Actually, however, it was, as the small print in the CD booklet reveals, "recorded...at Legacy Recording Studios, NYC." The spine of the CD jewel box even calls it an "original cast recording," which is how it should be treated, as a studio re-creation of the show Minnelli performed at the Palace. While the absence of applause at the end of each song may be disconcerting, deciding to preserve the show in this manner probably was the better idea. Minnelli, 62 years old and determined to keep dancing on-stage, no doubt gives better vocal performances in this controlled environment than she could have if the show actually had been recorded live at the Palace. Each Minnelli live performance, dating back to her nightclub debut at the age of 19 in 1965, has been an expression of her love of traditional pop and old-time show business, even as the songs have changed, at least somewhat. ("Maybe This Time," one of her signature tunes, may well have been in that first show, and it's here, too.) For this show, she has added some appropriate numbers new to her repertoire, notably the funny patter song "If You Hadn't, But You Did" (usually known simply as "If"), in which a woman, having shot her lover down, explains to his corpse why she did it. Mindful of Judy Garland's legendary performances at the Palace in the early '50s, Minnelli updates her mother's "Palace Medley," itself a compendium of tributes to earlier Palace vaudeville singers. And she spends the bulk of the second disc (bookended with her two favorites, "And the World Goes 'Round" and "Theme from New York, New York") re-creating the legendary (but never recorded) 1940s nightclub act of her godmother, Kay Thompson, the multi-talented MGM vocal coach, with a quartet of male singers standing in for the Williams Brothers. This provides Minnelli with a form to do what she does best, evoke and revitalize a golden age of entertainment.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Hybrid Recordings
UPC:
0614992005327
catalogNumber:
20053

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Primary Artist,Vocals
Mark Soskin   Keyboards
Billy Stritch   Piano
Rick Cutler   Keyboards
Chip Jackson   Bass,Bass Guitar
Ross Konikoff   Trumpet
Dan Levine   Trombone
Gerry Niewood   Alto Saxophone
Clinton Sharman   Trombone
Bill Washer   Guitar
Ed Xiques   Baritone Saxophone
Jim Caruso   Vocals
Frank Perowsky   Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Wilson   Alto Saxophone
David Nyberg   Percussion
Dave Trigg   Trumpet
Cortés Alexander   Vocals
Dan Willis   Tenor Saxophone
Dan "D Unit" Levine   Trombone
Johnny Rodgers   Vocals
Michael Berkowitz   Conductor,Drums
Bill Hayes   Percussion

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Michael Feinstein   Liner Notes
Ralph Burns   Arranger,Orchestration
Billy Stritch   Arranger,Composer,Orchestration,Vocal Arrangements
Artie Schroeck   Arranger,Orchestration
Charles Aznavour   Composer
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger,Orchestration
John Kander   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Don Sebesky   Arranger,Orchestration
Frank Filipetti   Engineer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Sonny Kompanek   Arranger,Orchestration
Phil Ramone   Producer
Jule Styne   Composer
Albert Willemetz   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
David Zippel   Composer,Material
Torrie Zito   Arranger,Orchestration
Roger Edens   Composer
Sam M. Lewis   Composer
Kay Thompson   Composer,Vocal Arrangements
Daniela Federici   Cover Photo
Ned Ginsburg   Arranger,Orchestration
Fred Ebb   Composer
Herbert Kretzmer   English Translations
Joe Young   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Neil Moret (Chas. N. Daniels)   Composer
Brian Lane Green   Composer
Johnny Rodgers   Composer
Ron Lewis   Choreographer,Direction

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