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Storyteller [Bonus Track]
     

Storyteller [Bonus Track]

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by Alfie Boe
 

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To coincide with the release of his autobiography, "Britain's favourite tenor" follows up his 2011 effort Alfie with another foray into pure pop. This time he tackles some of the most famous and best-loved songs in the pop repertoire, by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, the Walker Brothers, Elvis Presley, and more. The songs here, which

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To coincide with the release of his autobiography, "Britain's favourite tenor" follows up his 2011 effort Alfie with another foray into pure pop. This time he tackles some of the most famous and best-loved songs in the pop repertoire, by the likes of Simon & Garfunkel, the Walker Brothers, Elvis Presley, and more. The songs here, which Boe has always dreamed of performing, are given the full operatic treatment, in his usual style.

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Alfie Boe has been described as “one of the U.K.'s most technically gifted talents” by All-Music and as “absolutely extraordinary” by award-winning director Baz Luhrmann, who cast Boe in his acclaimed 2002 Broadway production of Puccini’s La Boheme in 2002. He has also been dubbed “opera’s working-class hero” by Britain’s Sunday Express — a declaration that sums up Boe’s unique appeal. It’s not just his thrilling voice that has captivated audiences, it’s also his dramatic personal story: working-class singer goes from laboring in a factory as a car mechanic to becoming a platinum-selling artist sharing stages with such artists as Queen, Alice Cooper, and Renee Fleming, as well performing at the Diamond Jubilee Concert for Queen Elizabeth II and the Royal Family on the balcony at Buckingham Palace.

So perhaps it is apt that Boe has titled his latest album Storyteller. A labor of love, it is a true reflection of who he is as a performer. Taking inspiration from Jeff Buckley's approach to Leonard Cohen's “Hallelujah,” Boe strips to the heart some of his favorite classic songs — like "Bridge Over Troubled Water," “Angie,” “It’s Now or Never,” and “Please Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” — and brings their beauty to the surface while creating texture with both a band and a traditional orchestra. Boe sang live with the band and orchestra, virtually conducting them as he sang, over a week-long stretch of 12-hour days.

Released in the U.K. in November, Storyteller is already a hit there, where it follows on the heels of Boe’s two BPI platinum-certified albums, 2010’s Bring Him Home and 2012’s Alfie — a collection of timeless pop songs and musical theater favorites from Phantom of the Opera, Ragtime, West Side Story, among others. The album, which features special guests Robert Plant and Nick Jonas, debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Classical Crossover Chart.

Boe has sold more than a million albums worldwide, no doubt thanks to his soaring, expressive tenor, which unifies the repertoire as he breathes life into each of the songs. His interpretations allow the listener to experience the tune as if they were hearing it for the first time. “You’re creating an imaginary world for the listener to step into,” he says. “You’re creating an escape. Whatever style a song is — rock, classical, blues — it’s about creating an emotion. If you don’t have an emotional connection to the music, you’re not much of an artist. You have to be able to connect with what you’re singing.”

Product Details

Release Date:
08/06/2013
Label:
Decca
UPC:
0602537400997
catalogNumber:
001850502
Rank:
84291

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alfie Boe   Primary Artist
Beverly Brown   Background Vocals
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Trevor Barry   Bass Guitar
Simon Hale   Conductor
Michael Kearsey   Trombone
Steve Bentley-Klein   Conductor
Lorraine Cato   Background Vocals
Richard Causon   Piano,Keyboards
Pete Murray   Piano,Keyboards
Andrea Grant   Background Vocals
Mark Brown   Saxophone
Lucy Jules   Background Vocals
Seweuse Abwa   Background Vocals
Ben Edwards   Trumpet
Anisa Arslanagic   Viola
Jaga Klimaszewska   Violin
Eva Nikolova   Viola
Sabina Kolodziej   Violin
Raquel Lopez Bolivar   Viola
Magdalena Petrovich   Cello
Kasia Ziminska   Violin
Karina Deyanova   Violin
Julien Brown   Drums

Technical Credits

Fred Neil   Composer
Mick Jagger   Composer
Roy Orbison   Composer
Paul Simon   Composer
Bob Crewe   Composer
Haydn Bendall   Engineer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Luigi Creatore   Composer
Bob Gaudio   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Sally Herbert   Arranger,Orchestration
Hugo Peretti   Composer
Keith Richards   Composer
Mike Hedges   Producer
Steve Bentley-Klein   String Arrangements
Toby Alington   Engineer
Bill Dees   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Gloria Caldwell   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Nick Fyffe   Arranger
Neil Ferris   Producer
Giovanni Capurro   Composer,Lyricist
Alfie Boe   Arranger
Eduardo di Capua   Composer
George Weiss   Composer
Olli Cunningham   Score Supervisor,Band Engineer
Albert Brumley   Composer
Walter Earl Brown   Composer
John Pine   Composer

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Storyteller [Bonus Track] 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must hear from a truly talented performer.
AuntNan More than 1 year ago
I'm sorry the first reviewer gave such a low rating because anyone taking heed of that review would miss an opportunity to listen to a wonderful singer. Alfie Boe is my favorite Jean Val-Jean (from Les Miserables), and it's worth buying the CD just to hear him sing, "Bring Him Home." Fortunately there are other wonderful songs on this CD, and Alfie Boe's voice does credit to them all. I especially enjoyed, "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and "If I Can Dream." If you are considering purchasing this CD please don't let that first review of 1 star deter you from making this purchase. Alfie Boe is wonderful!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Alfie Boe is an amazing artist and performer.  To really appreciate how talented this man is you need to purchase ALL his CD's.  He is versatile in all styles and a joy to listen to.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heard this in my local B&N this evening. Truly godawful. B&N requires a rating between 1 and 5, but this one's a 0. Buyer beware.