Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Nancy Lamott, Liz Callaway, Karen Ziémba|
In Celebration of Life - A Benefit Recording for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS
Genres: Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Flawed Recording for a Good Cause
Rusty Kransky | 08/07/2002
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This recording probably falls into the category of albums that are not likely to be worn out from over-listening. Recorded live, this benefit concert boasts an impressive roster including Donna Murphy, Randy Graff, the Callaway sisters, and many other popular theater performers. Unfortunately, much of the material wasn't worth recording. If that weren't bad enough, the sound quality is poor and the accompanying piano is insufficient in creating the necessary mood for each piece. Worst among the performances is Rachel York who wonders "Will It Matter that I Was?" Both the song and the singer leave much to be desired. Alix Corey's "I Know You're There" is the only stand out number from this benefit. There is genuine emotion in her signing, and the lyrics, though spotty at time as in "You needn't panic/I'm not consulting and gurus/Calling psychics, practicing with voodoo" are generally effective."
Rusty Kransky | Greenport, NY United States | 08/07/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This CD, a collection of cuts from various "In Celebration of Life" concerts, is terrific. All you need to do is look at the roster of performers - some of the best voices on Broadway are featured here. "In Celebration of Life" is a concert held annually in NYC, where performers sing - usually one song each. The proceeds go to AIDS charities. The concerts have run successfully for several years now. As a longtime fan of Nancy LaMott, I would have to say her recording of "We Live On Borrowed Time" makes the CD worthwhile all by itself. Though perhaps not one of David Friedman's best songs, it is lovely and turned out to be sadly prophetic, as Nancy died not too long after. Other songs delight as well. "Something Small," a takeoff on the song "This Could Be the Start of Something Big," is cute, and Alix Korey's "You're There" and Liz Callaway's rendition of "Bring Back My Dreamer" are also wonderful. I recommend this CD to anyone who enjoys interesting, slightly offbeat songs sung extraordinarily well by gifted performers."
Great album for a great cause
PJSpeck | Boston, MA | 06/13/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this album but there are a few songs that I enjoy more on other albums. I think Lilias White's "How Can You Be Gone" is a classic song for the person left behind when a loved one dies. Rachel York's song is quite good as well. I thought Eddie Korbich's song was a great break from some of the heavier songs and Nancy Lamott's "We Live on Borrowed Time" gains poignancy when one remembers her untimely death. Get this album...it is one you can revisit over and over."