Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock, Broadway & Vocalists
Lana is Back...........
Old Legend Lover | Central Indiana | 11/25/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
".....and I'm so grateful! I have every album made by Lana Cantrell (in fact, the cover of this CD is from 'The Sixth of Lana,' which also happened to be the Last of Lana from RCA Victor) and they were all perfect little gems. Her talent, her style, her rare delivery have seldom if ever been matched by any entertainer. A great friend of mine, Judy Leahy, told me I had to come to Chicago to see this wonderful new singer.....she was going to open at wherever it was for Jack Benny. See her I did.....and the legendary Benny might as well have stayed home. Judy and I had been following (literally) Judy Garland around the country on her final comeback in the late 60's. We were also involved (to say the least) in the career of the heiress-apparent, Liza Minnelli. We certainly continued our support and love of the most famous Mom/Daughter team in show biz history, but Lana Cantrell became our new adopted child. So enough personal stuff.....down to this CD: the material is all tremendous, but basically all the ballads, 'If You Go Away' (Damita Jo was her only competition on that song), 'Two for the Road' (there was no competition!), 'I'm Falling in Love Again,' 'When You Wish Upon a Star,' etc etc etc. Balamara Music (whoever they are) have done a GREAT thing by bringing out this CD compilation of some of the best of Lana ......BUT, please, could we have more? Maybe with that very first album cover, the blonde hair down over one eye in a great drawing/painting (not photo) of the star....and some of her outstanding UPBEAT numbers. I will never forget her rousing rendition of 'Don't Tell Mama' (from the Broadway version of 'Cabaret.') This gal could do it ALL......and new generations of music fans need to HEAR it all!"
A magical singer
Old Legend Lover | 10/26/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"For my money, Lana Cantrell is one of the best singers ever to come down the pike. RCA initially marketed her a la Streisand but soon she found her own identity. It's so strange an artist who released so many albums, sold so many records, appeared on so many T.V. shows and sold out so many concerts and clubs (and, at the Muny Opera in St. Louis, played Dorothy in "The Wizard of Oz") could be nearly forgotten today (she went into a law career...she has brains, too). You won't be disappointed by this collection; you'll just be amazed."
There Is Only One
Michael G. Batcho | McAdoo, PA (USA) | 02/24/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have listened to Lana Cantrell since 1967. . . she recorded six albums for RCA from 1967 to 1970. All these recordings were (and are still)"top shelf"! This CD collection of Lana's own personal picks reflects the best of her "movie" themes. Each track is unique and perfect. My favorite is here rendition of the Charles Aznavour song, "Stay". Lana brings such emotion into her vocal precision that it is soul staggering. She holds her final note- "stay"- for a full 12 seconds! She leaves you literally breathless.
She sings an extraordinary rendition (with verse) of the Disney theme 'When You Wish Upon A Star" -- you'll re-live and then forget you first heard it sung by 'Jiminy Crickette'!
This album rarely finds itself off my CD Disc player.
I hope for the eventual CD release of all of her RCA albums. . . you just can't pick a favorite. The one track I would have liked to see on this collection "Lana Cantrell" is a track from her RCA album "Lana": "THe Music Played" -- I regret that my old LP sounds so weathered, but this song deserves to be on digital preservation for all times. I wish it were on this collection. . . but, Lana has given us these gems to listen to over and over and over. And I will.
P.S. Hey Lana. . . how about some new recordings by you? I'm sure you're better than ever and we need you now more than ever."