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Yesterday Is Now
Genres: Country, Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Rising cabaret star David Campbell made his U.S. recording debut at the age of 23 with Yesterday Is Now, mixing familiar standards ("Come Rain or Come Shine") with wistful nostalgia ("On Such a Night as This," "Whatever Ha... more »
Rising cabaret star David Campbell made his U.S. recording debut at the age of 23 with Yesterday Is Now, mixing familiar standards ("Come Rain or Come Shine") with wistful nostalgia ("On Such a Night as This," "Whatever Happened to Melody?") and gems from contemporary songwriters (Amanda McBroom's "Erroll Flynn," David Friedman's "Help Is on the Way," written for the late Nancy Lamott). Campbell's warm voice is a delight to listen to, and his understanding of lyrics belies his years. He also explores his roots with his "Australian Musical Medley" (otherwise no accent is perceptible). Campbell has made his impression on U.S. audiences, appearing in the 1999 concert revival of Babes in Arms as well as the January 2000 off-Broadway premiere of Stephen Sondheim's Saturday Night. --David Horiuchi
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(5 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased this CD about a year ago, and love it. My favorite songs are "Help Is On The Way" and the medley of "Out Of My Dreams/I Have Dreamed". I think his vocal presentation and interpretation is gorgeous! He has the same vocal presence as another one of my favorite male Pop/Cabaret vocalists, Michael Poss. In fact, David Campbell's CD listed above, and Michael Poss'new CD release 'Silver Screen Serenades', contain one of my favorite songs, "On Such A Night As This". It's always fascinating to hear the same song arranged,interpreted and presented by vocalists in a fresh, new way. Michael Poss' version is Big Band style, yet David's is done slower and more introspective. Both are excellent recordings. I think David has the same vocal quality as Broadway great, Michael Crawford. I hope he will be performing in Los Angeles in the near future. I'll also be looking for his name in a Broadway show. I know it'll be coming, soon!"
Excellent combination of "oldies" with a couple of new.
Susan A Louiseau | San Francisco, CA USA | 09/16/1998
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've heard David in person on several occasions, and he's so fine. Both CD's show off his versatility and style. On YESTERDAY IS NOW, I particularly enjoy ALEXANDER'S RAGTIME BAND, and knowing the story behind ON SUCH A NIGHT AS THIS makes it even more enjoyable. David "borrowed" the song from Michael Feinstein, and wound up winning a trip to New York with a Master's Class with it. When he sang it in New York, Feinstein was in the audience, and went backstage after the concert to ask where David got the song. David acknowledged "borrowing" it from him, and they became fast friends. David went on to become the youngest star to open at RAINBOW & STARS in New York City."
Kevin B | Charlotte, NC | 09/05/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I very much disagree with the reviewer who said that "natural beauty of voice needs more training." I certainly believe in the value of vocal training. It's not clear to me that Mr. Campbell hasn't been well-trained. The beauty of Mr. Campbell's talent is that he isn't afraid to interpret his music using the gift that is uniquely his, without homogenizing it as would a singer staying true to his training. There is an emotion and intensity in Mr. Campbell's interpretations that defy training and which could be restrained otherwise. Mr. Campbell is not an opera singer. He tells stories; he stirs emotions, without the over-stylized tendencies of other singers, like Mandy Patinkin. I am so impressed with many of choices Mr. Campbell made in his delivery. He doesn't hold notes too long for dramatic effect; his tempos don't slow to convey melodrama. His voice is a glorious instrument. I bought the CD 2 weeks ago and have listened to it repeatedly. The songs that have become my favorites are the ones I've never heard before, particularly "The Kid Inside" and "Mr. Tanner". In these selections, and even the well-known ones on the CD, his talents burst forth so strongly that the new songs become standards and the standards become new songs. Bravo."