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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 ...
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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.”
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/6/2013
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 602537400997
  • Catalog Number: 001850502
  • Sales rank: 17,706

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
Mazen Murad Mastering
George Weiss Composer
Olli Cunningham Score Supervisor, Band Engineer
Albert Brumley Composer
Walter Earl Brown Composer
John Pine Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    A must hear from a truly talented performer.

    A must hear from a truly talented performer.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    I'm sorry the first reviewer gave such a low rating because anyo

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2013

    Alfie Boe is an amazing artist and performer.  To really appreci

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 6, 2013

    Heard this in my local B&N this evening. Truly godawful. B&a

    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.

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