The Musicality of Kander and Ebb

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All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British JAY Records label has made a specialty out of recording studio cast versions of the scores of Broadway musicals; it has also put out some actual original cast recordings of shows produced on Broadway and in the West End. With that catalog, the label is able to spin off various artists compilations, including its MUSICality series devoted to collections of the works of particular songwriters. The volume devoted to the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb is able to drawn on JAY's possession of the original Broadway cast album for The Act, featuring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera ("The Apple Doesn't Fall") and the original London cast album for 70, Girls, 70 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
The British JAY Records label has made a specialty out of recording studio cast versions of the scores of Broadway musicals; it has also put out some actual original cast recordings of shows produced on Broadway and in the West End. With that catalog, the label is able to spin off various artists compilations, including its MUSICality series devoted to collections of the works of particular songwriters. The volume devoted to the team of John Kander and Fred Ebb is able to drawn on JAY's possession of the original Broadway cast album for The Act, featuring Liza Minnelli and Chita Rivera ("The Apple Doesn't Fall") and the original London cast album for 70, Girls, 70 ("Boom Ditty Boom" by Dora Bryan). Otherwise, these are versions of Kander/Ebb songs by contemporary stage performers, especially ones working steadily in the West End. The compilers seem to have tried to include something from most of the songwriters' shows and films, as well as unavoidable standards like the title songs from Cabaret and New York, New York. The choices can be a bit odd, as, for instance, the inclusion of "Nowadays" (by Caroline O'Connor) from Chicago rather than "All That Jazz," but this may be a reflection of what recordings happened to reside in the vault. Inevitably overshadowing all is Minnelli, for whom Kander and Ebb have written throughout her career, both for her legitimate stage appearances and her nightclub work, and such usurpers as Kim Criswell ("But the World Goes Round" from New York, New York), Susan Egan ("Maybe This Time"), and even tenor Sean McDermott ("New York, New York") seem to be channeling her in their performances here. There is more to Kander and Ebb than can be appreciated on what is really a representative sampling of their work rather than their best work, but there are still some excellent versions of some very good songs here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/7/2003
  • Label: Jay Records
  • UPC: 605288601224
  • Catalog Number: 9012
  • Sales rank: 229,816

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 But the World Goes 'Round - Jay Record Artists (4:17)
  2. 2 Kiss of the Spider Woman - Jay Record Artists (2:56)
  3. 3 Maybe this Time - Jay Record Artists (3:11)
  4. 4 I Don't Remember You - Jay Record Artists (2:42)
  5. 5 Boom Ditty Boom - Jay Record Artists (3:01)
  6. 6 Love and Love Alone - Jay Record Artists (2:44)
  7. 7 The Apple Doesn't Fall - Jay Record Artists (4:21)
  8. 8 The Happy Time - Jay Record Artists (2:04)
  9. 9 Only Love - Jay Record Artists (4:28)
  10. 10 New York, New York - Jay Record Artists (3:05)
  11. 11 Nowadays - Jay Record Artists (3:36)
  12. 12 Cabaret - Jay Record Artists (4:10)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kander & Ebb Primary Artist
Liza Minnelli Vocals
Kim Criswell Vocals
Paul Gemignani Conductor
John Owen Edwards Conductor
Salena Jones Vocals
Chita Rivera Vocals
National Symphony Orchestra Performing Ensemble
George Dvorsky Vocals
Karen Ziémba Vocals
Gareth Valentine Conductor
John Steward Conductor
Paul Sawtell Conductor
Sean McDermott Vocals
Carolee Carmello Vocals
Susan Egan Vocals
Dora Bryan Vocals
Matt Bogart Vocals
Craig Barna Conductor
Julian Kelly Conductor
Jo Steward Conductor
Caroline O'Connor Vocals
Rod Raines Vocals
70, Girls, 70 Cast Ensemble cast
Technical Credits
Kander Composer
Troy Halderson Engineer
John Kurlander Engineer, Engineering
Larry Moore Orchestration
Don Walker Orchestration
John Yap Producer, Executive Producer
Rexton S. Bunnett Liner Notes
Fred Ebb Composer, Lyricist
Alex Scannell Engineer, Engineering
Paul Sawtell Orchestration
Andrew Dudman Engineer, Engineering
David Krane Orchestration
Sophie Marchant Mastering
Michael Gibson Orchestration
Paul McKibbins Orchestration
Craig Barna Orchestration
Julian Kelly Director, Orchestration
John A. Yap Executive Producer
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