Liza's Back

Liza's Back

by Liza Minnelli
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Liza's Back

Call it a comeback! With her triumphant appearances at New York’s Beacon Theater in 2002, Liza Minnelli regained her legendary stature as one of America’s great performers. And thankfully, it was recorded. This vibrant album documents a singer embracing an eager audience and never letting go. Revisiting some of the great moments from her celebrated career -- a brace of songs from Cabaret and the title tune from New York, New York are expected highlights -- as well as select material associated with her mother, Judy Garland (“Over the Rainbow”) and appropriate standards (“I’ll Be Seeing You”). Minnelli turns in nakedly emotive renditions that remind us what made her a star in the first place. Although comparisons with Garland’s thrilling 1961 Carnegie Hall concert recording are inevitable, Minnelli’s disc can proudly hold its own as a contemporary gem.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/04/2009
Label: Sbme Special Mkts.
UPC: 0886974871323
catalogNumber: 748713
Rank: 24402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Liza Minnelli   Primary Artist
Mark Sherman   Percussion
Tom Barney   Bass
Michael Bearden   Piano
Dan Kahn   Trumpet
Bill Lavorgna   Conductor,Drums
Joe Melotti   Synthesizer,Musical Direction
Gerry Niewood   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone
Walter Robinson   Background Vocals
Clinton Sharman   Trombone
Ed Xiques   Clarinet,Flute,Bass Clarinet,Baritone Saxophone
Ronnie Buttacavoli   Trumpet
Frank Perowsky   Clarinet,Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Shawn Pickering   Background Vocals
Michael Aarons   Guitar
Orlando Hanson   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

Stephen Sondheim   Arranger
Ralph Burns   Orchestration
Marvin Hamlisch   Arranger
John Kander   Composer
Larry Alexander   Engineer
Billy Byers   Arranger
Clive Davis   Executive Producer
Don Sebesky   Arranger
David Gest   Producer
David Hewitt   Engineer
Russ Kassoff   Arranger
Joe Melotti   Arranger
Phil Ramone   Producer
Torrie Zito   Arranger,Orchestration
Fred Ebb   Composer
Joe Eula   Illustrations
Lisa McCullough   Choir Contractor
Alexis Yraola   Art Direction
Eric Schilling   Engineer

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Liza's Back 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's been a very long time since Liza has done a world tour, mainly because of her health problems, if there ever was a time to make a world tour comeback, this would be it. "Liza's Back" is truly a magical event, She's healthy happy and steady and ready to rock and boy she is. The show starts out with the wonderful "Liza's Back" which catches Liza in a private moment, she's so forceful and energic and no one has ever managed to follow her. After she delivers a beautiful rendition of "Something Wonderful" which allows us to witness her greatness at it's best. Her voice is amazing, although I have to admit that it's not what it used to be but who would want that anyway?...hmm her vibrator is a great resemblance to that of her mother's during her last years of performing, her vibrator is wavy and wobbly but it sounds damn good if You ask me. Her voice has also evovled a certain huskiness which is sexy, especially on songs like "Don't Smoke In Bed" and "Something Wonderful". During the show she also delivered a so called "Cry" medley which included songs like "Cry", "Don't Cry Out Loud" and Crying", the medley is another wonderful proof of Liza Minnelli's versatile talents. She also shows us just how great a "Mama Rose" she would have made, just witness her starkly realistic performance in "Roses Turn" and her concert standard "Some People", she would have brought new life into Broadway. This event was so emotionally charged, especially when she performed the song "Never Never Land" which ended with a tribute to her mother and a strofe of her signature song "Over The Rainbow" people went crazy and we were all crying the moment she shouded out: "Thank You Mamma" oh that was so amazing. Towards the end of the show she gave us a little trip down memory lane when she performed songs from "Cabaret", "Mein Herr", "Money, Money", "Maybe This Time" and "Cabaret" plus the New York, New York medley of "But the World Goes ´Round" and "Theme from New York, New York". Her divine decadence is amazing and she truly is a legendary performer. This CD is a bonus for me especially, mainly because it contains two of my absolute favorite Liza songs ever "City Lights" and "Mein Herr". Liza please do us the favour and visit us soon...okay? We love you, we adore you but most of all we respect you. God Bless the woman who was sent by god to spread joy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I saw her at the Beacon,in New York, on 1 June, and let me tell you - seeing her live is an event everyone should experience at least once in their lives. You will not understand what a true performer, and a throw back to the ole days of entertaining, she truly is. This is the closest one will come to the experience of seeing her live,and the best of her live discs. But to truly understand why this consumate entertainer receives 2 or more standing ovations per song, do yourself the favour of seeing her live. Thank you Liza!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was at this concert on June 1, and let me tell you, Liza is BACK! Her voice is in fantastic shape, her performance skills are better than ever, and what a rapport she has with her audience! You will be blown away by how far Liza has come in the past couple of years! The night of June 1, she received so many standing ovations that I lost count! From what I've heard, she got better and better as the concert went on, and by the time this was recorded (on June 7th and 8th), she was more AMAZING then she was at the beginning of the run! She was so awesome on the 1st, that I can't wait to hear what she did on the 7th and 8th! Buy this CD! You will not be sorry.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was SO lucky to be able to attend Liza's FABULOUS concert on June 2. It was AMAZING- I was left in tears for much of the concert. She was absolutely mesmorizing! I CANNOT wait to hear how this will come off on cd. The is a DEFINITE for all Liza fans. Her voice soared on so much of the music, and she moved like no one's business. She is indeed back- and this time she aint leaving us again!