Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Pop, Rock
The floors will thud. The walls will shake. The innards of that old piano will take a licking they'll never forget. The Young@Heart Chorus is warming up. Belinda McKeon - Irish Times, September 28, 2007 When the au... more »
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The floors will thud. The walls will shake. The innards of that old piano will take a licking they'll never forget. The Young@Heart Chorus is warming up. Belinda McKeon - Irish Times, September 28, 2007 When the audience empties out of the theater at the end of Young@Heart's Dartmouth concert, they are a wide-eyed, flabbergasted mob. Few knew what to expect, and those who thought they knew are shocked. Jake Coyle, AP, 2007 Mostly Live plays out as a poignant celebration of life from the vantage of those who continue to live it to the fullest...the Young@Heart chorus gives unique expression to the songs we thought a later generation owned. Ariana Venturi, Bomb Magazine, 2007 It sounds like a gimmick, and a cheap one at that, but the "Fix You" clip was extraordinary, not least because of the grave, graceful lead vocal performance by chorus member Fred Knittle, who has a heart condition and sang with a breathing tube attached to his nose. Young @ Heart's "Fix You" is touching and dignified. Most importantly, it's a fine piece of music. Jody Rosen, Slate Magazine, 2007 Les 22 choristes américains de Young@Heart - 79 ans en moyenne - sont en tournée en France, reprenant des tubes avec une énergie puisant dans la noirceur et la dérision. René Solis, Liberation, 2007 An amazing choir from Northampton, Massachusetts. I recently brought them to New York for my "How New Yorkers Ride Bikes" event at Town Hall. (they sang Queen's "Bicycle Race" of course). The next day at the Paris Bar they did their own show of songs by the Flaming Lips, Sonic Youth and others - all of which seemed to take on completely new meaning. David Byrne, Music: Best of 2007, Artforum Young @ Heart began in 1982 and one year later staged our first production, Stompin at the Salvo , with Roy Faudree from No Theater. In 1984 we began collaborating with other arts organizations. That year we created Boola Boola Bimini Bop with a group of Latino break-dancers from a local housing project. Other projects included "Oh No a Condo" in 1988, with Cambodian folk artists and punk rockers and in 1991 Louis Lou I A Revolting Musical reunited us with Roy and No Theater for a re-telling of the French Revolution using the songs of Sinatra. In 1994 we created "Flaming Saddles", a big campy production with the Pioneer Valley Gay Men s Chorus. There were many others along the way. In 1997 Young @ Heart in Road to Heaven staged by No Theater premiered at the R Festival in Rotterdam. We went on to 12 more tours of Europe, Australia and Canada from 1997-2004. Young @ Heart in Road to Nowhere staged by No Theater premiered fall 2004 in the Oude Luxor Theater in Rotterdam presented by the Rotterdamse Schouwburg. After a 12-show run in London in 2005, Road to Nowhere toured to Zurich, Berlin, the Ulster Bank Dublin Theatre Festival 2007, LE QUAI THEATRE IN Angers and THE NATIONAL THEATRE OF Strasbourg, France. Alive and Well , the Y @ H in concert, features songs from past productions and also allows us to experiment with new music in front of a live audience. We ve performed Alive and Well on college campuses and clubs in the US and at the Glor-Irish Music Centre in Ennis, Ireland. Young @ Heart recently released a CD, Mostly Live . The documentary, Young @ Heart , aired on television across Europe, won two Rose d Or awards, the LA Film Festival Audience Award, screened at Sundance 2008 and it is APRIL 2008 Fox Searchlight release in North American theaters. The current performers in Young @ Heart range in age from 71 to 88. There are some with prior professional theater or music experience, others who have performed extensively on the amateur level, and some who never stepped onto a stage before turning eighty.
Not your average old-folks church choir
Paul Seaman | Concord, CA (SF Bay Area) | 03/11/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I saw "Young@Heart" last year -- and I'm a "Die-Hard" and "Hotel Rwanda" kind of guy... But I found this movie such an unexpected joy. Authentic and touching and at least some of the pop songs they cover could stand on their own right, notably Coldplay's "Fix You" (from "X & Y"). So I was eager to get the original soundtrack when it came out. Alas, they seem to have released the DVD, but not the score separately. I was hesitant to buy this compilation without previewing it, but the risk was well-rewarded. This is NOT a novelty album. Sure, it's old people singing covers of pop songs, but at its worst it's no more syrupy than "We Are the World" and at its best you get, well... a truly inspired rendition of Coldplay's "Fix You." And some other nicely done rock classics, all the more poignant to listen to knowing that several of the performers died shortly after these recordings. See the movie! I think it might be hard to fully appreciate this album without that context."
L. Chiaramonte | Kansas City, MO USA | 05/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I could not agree more -- this soundtrack reflects the tender genius of a hardworking group of elders in Northampton, Mass. -- a very diverse and liberal college town. Their choral director is masterful in his choice of music, interpretation and sheer passion for the singers' and their art. The documentary has compelled me to look up the original versions of these songs because of the touching delivery and power of the YAH chorus. Can't recommend "Fix You" more highly, esp.
Get both -- the documentary, which will tear at your heart and also thrill you with pride in these elders and their great accomplishments -- including a couple of mean James Brown-like performances, and the CD. You will be richly rewarded.
Vinyltown | Northampton, MA | 03/07/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)
"First, watch the Young@Heart DVD. You will laugh and cry. Second, purchase this CD. It is not a soundtrack of the movie, but some of the songs from the movie are here. Most are even better! Then for alternative versions of a few songs, and a soundtrack of the movie, purchase the 2-CD import of "Young at Heart". It contains songs from this CD and from the download-only "Soundtrack". Rhino should have 1) put "Soundtrack" on CD by itself like they did this CD, and 2) made the two CD set contain all of the songs of "Mostly Live" and "Soundtrack". To hear a sweet English 93 year old lady singing "Ruby Tuesday" is priceless. Or, Joe Benoit belting out "One". "Take a Walk on the Wild Side"... it goes on. I have a few thousand records and CDs. This is one of my favorites."