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Live in London
     

Live in London

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by Helen Reddy
 
Smooth are the performances and orchestration on this 1978 double-vinyl set. There is no date of this performance by Helen Reddy, recorded at the London Palladium. This expands her greatest-hits album and allows the entertainer to display her personality as well as some of her deeper album tracks. Of the 26 songs here, only Leon Russell and Harriet Schock share the

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Smooth are the performances and orchestration on this 1978 double-vinyl set. There is no date of this performance by Helen Reddy, recorded at the London Palladium. This expands her greatest-hits album and allows the entertainer to display her personality as well as some of her deeper album tracks. Of the 26 songs here, only Leon Russell and Harriet Schock share the distinction of having two compositions each covered by the songstress. Russell's "This Masquerade" and "Bluebird" follow Ralph Shuckett's "Rhythm Rhapsody" to start the concert off. Reddy sprinkles a hit or two per side until the medley, adding nuggets like Gale Garnett's timeless "We'll Sing in the Sunshine," which is a perfect selection for Reddy to sing and her audience to hear. Harriet Schock's "Mama" from the Music, Music album is one of the longest tracks at four minutes-plus, and gets a lengthy audience response. Cilla Black's 1964 hit "You're My World," like the aforementioned Gale Garnett hit from the same year, suits Reddy well. Live in London is a title used by scores of artists, from the Beach Boys to Petula Clark, Deep Purple, April Wine, Judy Garland, Glen Campbell, and so many others. This recording has lead guitarist Lenny Coltun conducting the Gordon Rose Orchestra with guitarist Ritchie Zito, keyboard player Tom Hensley, and others supplying the sound. Reddy gives renditions of Billy Joel's "The Entertainer," "Poor Little Fool" by Jeff Lynne, who shows up on the All This and World War II soundtrack with Reddy and who wrote this dramatic number for her, as well as Adam Miller's "The West End Circus." There's Alan O'Day's unconventional "Angie Baby" to open side two, and the song works better live, oozing with a thick and smooth sound. Producers John Palladino and Helen Reddy do a commendable job of capturing so many instruments and vocals and putting them into a wonderful mix. The album gets high marks for sound quality and performance, a classy snapshot of Helen Reddy's complete repertoire of hits from 1971-1977 with the exception of "Somewhere in the Night" and the flip of "I Can't Hear You No More," "Music Is My Life." For the fans of Helen Reddy this is a treat and a very necessary part of her collection.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/25/2002
Label:
Drg
UPC:
0021471147223
catalogNumber:
91472

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Helen Reddy   Primary Artist,Vocals
Rick Baptist   Trumpet
Onike   Background Vocals
Dave Parlato   Bass
Karin Patterson   Background Vocals
Verna Richardson   Background Vocals
Ron Tutt   Drums
Richie Zito   Rhythm Guitar
Lennie Coltun   Guitar,Conductor

Technical Credits

Helen Reddy   Producer
Becky Hobbs   Composer
Lewis Anderson   Composer
Kenny Ascher   Composer
Bobby Hart   Composer
Adam Miller   Composer
John Palladino   Producer
Paul Williams   Composer
Danny Janssen   Composer
Lucas Deaver   Art Direction
Dan O'Leary   Producer
Richard Hillman   Liner Notes
Doug Hopkins   Engineer

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Live in London 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A great live recording by this timeless artist. Even better on CD! A must for Helen Reddy fans old & new.