The Best of Liza Minnelli [Columbia]

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although she's one of the great performance dynamos of American pop music, Liza Minnelli's recording career has always functioned in a supporting role to her appearances in dramatic roles, concerts, and specials. The same was true for her mother, Judy Garland, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Liza fans know that hearing her sing "Some People" from Gypsy is nothing compared to the total experience -- sound and vision -- when she performs it live. For those who can't afford golden-circle tickets to her next appearance, the Columbia collection The Best of Liza Minnelli functions as the next best thing. Previous collections unsuccessfully dealt with the fact that Minnelli's material is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
Although she's one of the great performance dynamos of American pop music, Liza Minnelli's recording career has always functioned in a supporting role to her appearances in dramatic roles, concerts, and specials. The same was true for her mother, Judy Garland, and Sammy Davis, Jr. Liza fans know that hearing her sing "Some People" from Gypsy is nothing compared to the total experience -- sound and vision -- when she performs it live. For those who can't afford golden-circle tickets to her next appearance, the Columbia collection The Best of Liza Minnelli functions as the next best thing. Previous collections unsuccessfully dealt with the fact that Minnelli's material is spread across several labels; the Sony-related compilations don't include anything from Cabaret or New York, New York, and any MCA disc avoids songs from her triumphant live shows of the '70s. Although a tad short, this one features a few feats of creative licensing to make it the best collection yet, the first one to showcase the familiar versions of "Cabaret," "Maybe This Time," and "Theme from New York, New York" next to "Say Liza Liza With a 'Z'" from her 1972 television special, "There Is a Time" from 1974's Liza Live at the Winter Garden, and her 1989 hit version of "Losing My Mind." Unless Columbia adds 20 minutes to the program for a subsequent issue, this is as good as it's going to get.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/1/2008
  • Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
  • UPC: 886972395623
  • Catalog Number: 723956
  • Sales rank: 8,146

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cabaret (3:33)
  2. 2 Some People (3:18)
  3. 3 There Is a Time (Le Temps) (2:11)
  4. 4 Me and My Baby (1:52)
  5. 5 My Own Best Friend (3:11)
  6. 6 Old Friends (1:12)
  7. 7 The Singer (2:31)
  8. 8 Ring Them Bells (5:15)
  9. 9 All That Jazz (3:06)
  10. 10 Quiet Thing (3:20)
  11. 11 Losing My Mind (4:12)
  12. 12 Maybe This Time (3:10)
  13. 13 Say Liza (Liza With a 'Z') (2:24)
  14. 14 Stepping Out (7:28)
  15. 15 Theme from New York, New York (3:18)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Liza Minnelli Primary Artist
Ralph Burns Conductor
Bill Lavorgna Conductor
Technical Credits
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Gene Lees Composer
Larry Wilcox Arranger
Charles Aznavour Composer
Kander Composer
Billy Byers Arranger
Al Capps Arranger
J. Davis Composer
Tommy "Snuff" Garrett Producer
Andrew Kazdin Producer
Gary Klein Producer
Phil Ramone Producer, Audio Production
Jule Styne Composer
Darcy Proper Mastering
Fred Ebb Composer, Liner Notes
Mike Kull Tape Research
Walter Marks Composer
Elizabeth Ladwig Art Direction
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