Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill

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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Not to be confused with Sony's 1997 soundtrack release, September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill, which was inspired by this 1985 CD on A&M, and co-produced by visionary Hal Willner, Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill indeed contains the "eclectic updates of Kurt Weill's distinctive German theater music" with help from Sting, Marianne Faithfull, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Carla Bley, Tom Waits, Charlie Haden, and more. This deep and complex work contains a 12-page booklet chock-full of information condensed into tiny, tiny print. Did the onset of compact discs hold this elaborate project back? If it were released on vinyl à la Jesus Christ Superstar, would it have ...
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All Music Guide - Joe Viglione
Not to be confused with Sony's 1997 soundtrack release, September Songs: The Music of Kurt Weill, which was inspired by this 1985 CD on A&M, and co-produced by visionary Hal Willner, Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill indeed contains the "eclectic updates of Kurt Weill's distinctive German theater music" with help from Sting, Marianne Faithfull, John Zorn, Lou Reed, Carla Bley, Tom Waits, Charlie Haden, and more. This deep and complex work contains a 12-page booklet chock-full of information condensed into tiny, tiny print. Did the onset of compact discs hold this elaborate project back? If it were released on vinyl à la Jesus Christ Superstar, would it have reached a wider audience? With such diverse artists as Peanut Butter Conspiracy keyboardist Ralph Shuckett, Van Dyke Parks, and Aaron Neville, it's literally a cast of thousands. Coming on the heels of new wave as techno and trance were taking more of a hold this extensive presentation may have been a bit too heady for audiences embracing the simplicity of power pop and punk. You expect Marianne Faithfull to hit a home run, and she does on "Ballad of the Soldier's Wife," with some help from Chris Spedding, while superstar Sting is at his underground finest performing a creepy "Mack the Knife," a place his original fans wanted him to stay. Surprisingly, it is Lou Reed who, along with Ms. Faithfull, walks away with the "Oscar" here. Reed's outside appearances on soundtracks and tribute projects is hit or miss, working best when he gets to put together "My Love Is Chemical" for the film White Nights or a "Little Sister" from the Get Crazy soundtrack, disappointing when "Soul Man" for the film of the same name goes nowhere. "September Song" by Lou Reed is such a standout that its almost five minutes get extended to seven plus, as it becomes the title track to the aforementioned film this CD project inspired. Henry Threadgill's controlled cacophony on "The Great Hall" is everything Brian Eno's Portsmouth Sinfonia aspired to be. Had Eno taken that ensemble in this direction, they may have had a chance. Todd Rundgren and Gary Windo sound like Trevor Horn let loose in the studio to have some '80s fun, while Aaron Neville, Mark Bingham, and Johnny Adams are the antithesis of this track that follows them. Sounds and ideas from over a century of music cascade across the 67 minutes and 34 seconds of this CD. Both breathtaking and pretentious, there is so much to discover and contemplate that at the end of the day, Lost in the Stars gets a thumbs up. Interesting to note that in 1998, Marianne Faithfull would release a disc, The Seven Deadly Sins, featuring her performing music by Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill. For that great artist, this type of material is a perfect fit.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/18/1994
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 075021510425
  • Catalog Number: 5104


Disc 1
  1. 1 Intro From Mahagonny Songspiel - Steven Weisberg (0:49)
  2. 2 The Ballad of Mack the Knife (2:48)
  3. 3 The Cannon Song (2:12)
  4. 4 Ballad of the Soldier's Wife (4:23)
  5. 5 Johnny Johnson Medley (5:40)
  6. 6 The Great Hall (3:38)
  7. 7 Alabama Song - Richard Butler (4:26)
  8. 8 Youkali Tango (4:41)
  9. 9 Der Kleine Leutnant des Lieben Gottes - John Zorn (5:22)
  10. 10 Johnny's Speech (1:44)
  11. 11 September Song (4:16)
  12. 12 Lost in the Stars (6:12)
  13. 13 What Keeps Mankind Alive? (2:10)
  14. 14 Klops Lied (Meatball Song) - Elliott Sharp (0:48)
  15. 15 Surabaya Johnny (4:07)
  16. 16 Hurricane Introduction - Johnny Adams (1:00)
  17. 17 Oh, Heavenly Salvation - Johnny Adams (2:34)
  18. 18 Call from the Grave/Ballad in Which MacHeath Begs All Men for ... - Gary Windo (5:22)
  19. 19 Speak Low - Sharon Freedman (4:22)
  20. 20 In No Man's Land - Van Dyke Parks (0:48)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Jim Staley Trombone, Bass Trombone
Marianne Faithfull Vocals, Track Performer
Aaron Neville Vocals, Track Performer
Van Dyke Parks Conductor, Track Performer
Lou Reed Guitar, Vocals, Track Performer
Todd Rundgren Track Performer
Elliott Sharp Track Performer
Sting Vocals, Track Performer
Tom Waits Vocals, Track Performer
Carla Bley Conductor, Track Performer
Lester Bowie Trumpet
Bob Dorough Choir, Chorus, Track Performer
Bruce Fowler Trombone, Tenor (Vocal)
Kenny Kirkland Piano
Marty Krystall Flute, Bass Clarinet, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Tom "Bones" Malone Trombone
Steve Masakowski Guitar
Cecil McBee Bass
Steve Swallow Bass
Steve Weisberg Track Performer
Larry Willis Piano
Gary Windo Track Performer
Chris Hunter Flute
Steve Fowler Flute, Alto Saxophone
Victor Lewis Drums
David Roach Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Dagmar Krause Vocals, Track Performer
Chris Spedding Guitar, Track Performer
Kathy Dalton Vocals
Ellen Shipley Vocals, Track Performer
William Schimmel Accordion
Fowler Brothers Track Performer
Maria Vidal Background Vocals
Jim Keltner Drums
Mark Bingham Guitar, Track Performer
Tom Fowler Bass
Guy Klucevsek Accordion
David McKelvy Harmonica
Johnny Adams Vocals, Track Performer
Martin Agee Violin
Sanford Allen Violin
Abe Appleman Violin
Karl Bargen Viola
Thurman Barker Drums
Germaine Bazzle Background Vocals
Mike Berkowitz Drums
Michael Blair Percussion
Joseph Bongiorno Bass
Bruce Bonvissuto Trombone
Anders Bostrom Flute
Randy Brecker Trumpet
John Campo Woodwind
Martha Caplin Violin
Carter Cathcart Keyboards
Vincent Chancey French Horn
Allan Chase Alto Saxophone
Robert Chausow Violin, Concert Master
Crispin Cioe Horn
Jon Clarke French Horn
Greg Cohen Bass
Laura Corcos Violin
Jim Cuomo Woodwind
Eddie Davis Banjo
Charles Descarfino Percussion
Akua Dixon Cello
Rory Dodd Vocals
Anton Fig Drums
Fred Frith Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Electric Guitar, Voices
Susan Fletcher Vocals
Ed Fowler Piano
Walt Fowler Trumpet
Sharon Freeman Piano, Conductor, Track Performer
Bob Funk Horn
Jack Gale Trombone
Winterton Garvey Violin
Paul Gemignani Conductor
Charlie Haden Bass, Track Performer
Albert "Tootie" Heath Drums
Elton Heron Bass
Nancy Hess Vocals
James Hynes Trumpet
Jean Ingraham Violin
George James Background Vocals
Edward "Kidd" Jordan Contrabass Clarinet
Randy Kerber Synthesizer
Katie Kirkpatrick Harp
Armen Ksadjikian Cello
Scott Kuney Mandolin
Jeff Layton Acoustic Guitar
Ann Leathers Violin
John Leffler Background Vocals
Richard Locker Cello
Branford Marsalis Soprano Saxophone
Paul McCandless Oboe
Hugh McCracken Acoustic Guitar
Sid McGinnis Acoustic Guitar
Lloyd McNeill Piccolo
Mike Miller Banjo, Guitar
Ted Mook Cello
Tony Morales Drums
John Moses Woodwind
Dominic Muldowney Synthesizer, Track Performer
Diedre Murray Cello
Buell Neidlinger Bass
Jason Osborn Piano
Joe Passaro Percussion
Paul Peabody Violin
Carol Pool Violin
Bobby Previte Percussion, Drums, Timpani
Faith Prince Vocals
Matthew Raimondi Violin
Marilyn Reynolds Violin
Stan Ridgway Vocals, Track Performer
Alvin Rogers Violin
Fernando Saunders Bass
Ralph Schuckett Vocals, Track Performer
Les Scott Woodwind
Ron Sell French Horn
Debbie Shapiro Vocals
Luli Shioi Electric Bass, Harpsichord, Vocals, Whistle (Instrument)
Ralph Shuckett Synthesizer, Keyboards
Ira Siegel Electric Guitar
John Steinmetz Bassoon
John Stubblefield Tenor Saxophone
Marti Sweet Violin
Fred Tackett Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin
Mitsue Takayama Viola
Henry Threadgill Conductor, Track Performer
Eric Troyer Vocals
Johnny Vidacovich Drums
Paul "Wix" Wickens Synthesizer
Hal Willner Vocals
Albert Wing Tenor Saxophone
Ken Winokur Percussion
Wilmer Wise Trumpet
Peter Wood Keyboards
Phil Woods Alto Saxophone, Track Performer
John Zorn Clarinet, Cello, Conductor, Alto Saxophone, Saw, Track Performer
Mike Zwerin Trombone, Bass Trumpet
Carol Emanuel Harp
Richard Butler Vocals, Track Performer
Lanny Paykin Cello
Ralph Gibson Tenor Saxophone
Juan José Mosalini Bandoneon
Andrea Parkins Accordion, Xylophone
Luis Perez Vocals
Dean Plank Trombone
John Sieger Bass
Barry Socher Violin
Dale Stuckenbruck Violin
Les Arbuckle Tenor Saxophone
Robert LaFosse Vocals
David Lowenstein Vocals
Sarah Adams Viola
Ronnie Bauch Violin
Scott Fowler Vocals
Jamie Cohen Vocals
Michael Scott Gregory Vocals
John Petersen Synthesizer, Track Performer
Paul Yarbrough Viola
Mike Evans Percussion
Alva Hunt Woodwind
Patmore Lewis Violin
Jason Alexander Vocals, Narrator
Dominic Derasse Trumpet
Richard Heckman Woodwind
Beth Robinson Harp
Richard Hagen French Horn
Joe Cato Acoustic Guitar
Jeffrey Lee Broadhurst Vocals
Mindy Cartwright Vocals
Charlotte d'Amboise Vocals
Pamela Drews Keyboards
Julie Eikenberg Background Vocals
Gregorio Follari Cello
Angelo H. Fraboni Vocals
Louise Hickey Vocals
Scott Jovovich Vocals
Pamela Khoury Vocals
Marty Kristall Clarinet, Oboe
Michael Kubala Vocals
Joey McKneely Vocals
Julio Monge Vocals
Jack Noseworthy Vocals
Cathy Pacek French Horn
Mark Peru Banjo
Stephanie Sieberth Background Vocals
Renée Stork Vocals
Antonio Underwood Tuba
George Russell Vocals
Arno Hecht Horn
James Rivera Vocals
Tom Robbins Vocals
Roger Shell Cello
Ellen Troy Vocals
Andi Tyler Vocals
Gregory Williams French Horn
Gary Winod Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Ochoa Vocals
Kelly Patterson Vocals
Greg Schanuel Vocals
Mary Ellen Stuart Vocals
Miohiso Takada Violin
Linda Talcott Vocals
Leslie Trayer Vocals
Scott Wise Vocals
Elaine Wright Vocals
Barbara Yeager Vocals
Alice Yearsley Vocals
Lorraine Cohen Trumpet
Susan Kikuchi Vocals
Mary Ann Lamb Vocals
Donna Marie Elio Vocals
Eric A. Hoisington Vocals
Greta Martin Vocals
Alexia Hess Vocals
Barbara Hoon Vocals
Dan Rowe Cello
Armadillo String Quartet Track Performer
Gary Wido Track Performer
Greg Newton Bassoon
Neil Leonard Clarinet
Gregorey Garrison Vocals
Kevin Morgan Tuba
Phillip Teele Bass Trombone
Raymond Tischer Viola
Lennie Peterson Trombone
Michael Lynch Vocals
Paul Litterall Horn
Technical Credits
Kurt Weill Composer
Van Dyke Parks Arranger
Lou Reed Arranger
Todd Rundgren Arranger, Engineer
Paul Young Producer
Carla Bley Arranger
Bruce Fowler Arranger
Steve Weisberg Arranger
Chris Spedding Arranger
Mark Bingham Arranger
Ogden Nash Composer
Jimmy Bralower drum programming
Greg Calbi Mastering
Greg Cohen Arranger
Doug Epstein Engineer
Susan Fletcher Contributor
Sharon Freeman Arranger
Paul Goodman Engineer
David Greenberg Engineer
Nancy Hess Contributor
Peter Keepnews Liner Notes
Tom Mark Engineer
Ted Mook Contributor
Dominic Muldowney Arranger
James Nichols Engineer
Jason Osborn Arranger
Faith Prince Contributor
David Rosenberg drum programming
Jay David Saks Producer
Debbie Shapiro Contributor
Ralph Shuckett Arranger
Peter Smith Engineer
Henry Threadgill Arranger
Don Wershba Engineer
Hal Willner Producer, Liner Notes, Executive Producer
John Zorn Arranger
Jeff Berger Contributor
Luis Perez Contributor
Bill Rosenfield Contributor
Barry Socher Arranger
Robert LaFosse Contributor
David Lowenstein Contributor
Geoff Tate Composer
Michael Wilton Composer
Scott Fowler Contributor
J.J. Stelmach Art Direction
Jamie Cohen Contributor
Michael Scott Gregory Contributor
Clyde Kaplan Engineer
John Petersen Engineer
Nancy Lee Swift Liner Notes
Jason Alexander Contributor
Bob Musso Engineer
Alen MacWeeney Contributor, Illustrations
Jerome Robbins Director, Choreographer
Hervé Marignac Engineer
Joe Cuneo Engineer
Jeffrey Lee Broadhurst Contributor
Mindy Cartwright Contributor
Charlotte d'Amboise Contributor
Michael Feingold translation
Dave Ferrel Engineer
Sheryl Flatow Liner Notes
Angelo H. Fraboni Contributor
Louise Hickey Contributor
Scott Jovovich Contributor
Pamela Khoury Contributor
Michael Kubala Contributor
Joey McKneely Contributor
Julio Monge Contributor
Jack Noseworthy Contributor
Eric Saltzman translation
Renée Stork Contributor
Jay Weigel Arranger
George Russell Contributor
Dick Lewsey Engineer
James Rivera Contributor
Tom Robbins Contributor
Ellen Troy Contributor
Andi Tyler Contributor
Kelly Patterson Contributor
Greg Schanuel Contributor
Mary Ellen Stuart Contributor
Linda Talcott Contributor
Leslie Trayer Contributor
Scott Wise Contributor
Elaine Wright Contributor
Barbara Yeager Contributor
Alice Yearsley Contributor
Jane T. Brier Liner Notes
J.C. Convertino Engineer
Susan Kikuchi Contributor
Mary Ann Lamb Contributor
Donna Marie Elio Contributor
Eric A. Hoisington Contributor
Maxwell Anderson Composer
Greta Martin Contributor
Arnold Weinstein translation
Alexia Hess Contributor
Barbara Hoon Contributor
John Telfer Executive Producer
Paul M. Young Producer, Liner Notes
JoAnn M. Hunter Contributor
Terry Southern Liner Notes
Michael Lynch Contributor
A.M. Brunner Composer
Paul M. Young Producer
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