My Grandmother's Love Letters - Christine Ebersole
By the River - Christine Andreas
I Am Longing - Philip Chaffin
Home - Laura Benanti & Robert Cuccioli
Another Day in the Modern World - Michael Holland
Simple - Liz Callaway
Unusual Way - Brian d'Arcy James
Be On Your Own - Betty Buckley
No Moon - Howard McGillin
The Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist -- who's given us the smash hit musicals Titanic, Phantom and Grand Hotel, and whose first stage show, Nine, is currently being revived in New York with Antonio Banderas -- is celeb... more »rated in song by the best stars o« less
The Tony Award-winning composer/lyricist -- who's given us the smash hit musicals Titanic, Phantom and Grand Hotel, and whose first stage show, Nine, is currently being revived in New York with Antonio Banderas -- is celebrated in song by the best stars o
"Being a huge Yeston fan I couldn't wait for the release of this CD. And it didn't disappoint. This is a CD that every Yeston fan, or Musical theater fan should have in their collection. With songs from Phantom, Grand Hotel, December Songs, Titanic, Nine, In the Beginning and with several world premieres this CD is priceless. Alice Ripley's rendition of "Please Let's Not Even Say Hello" is heartfelt and with one of the best voice's on Broadway Sutton Foster's "I Want to Go To Hollywood" is sensational. One of the best songs on the CD is "Danglin'" sung by Johnny Rodgers- hard to believe that Yeston actually wrote it. Laura Benanti and Robert Cuccioli's rendition of "Home," one of the greatest duets ever written is gorgeous. Other great performances are given by Christine Andreas, Liz Callaway, Brian d'Arcy James, Howard McGillin, and many more. All the performances aren't great, however. While Betty Buckley sings "I Had A Dream About You" beautifully she barks her way through "Be On Your Own" (sounds like Grizabella is being run over by a truck.) Alice Ripley's "Call To the Vatican" while not horrible, doesn't come anywhere near to the performances of Anita Morris or even Jane Krakowski for that matter. Going for a Marilyn Monroe quality her voice is a little too breathy and the way she takes license with the rythms in the song drives me insane. But these performance haven't stopped me from playing this CD non-stop for the past week."
This is so amazing I could die!
Shayne Kirwan Hudson | cedar city, utah | 04/17/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is an incredibly moving piece of music. When I first went to buy it I was reluctant because I didn't know much of the music, which also actually a reason I wanted to buy it, I like new music that I've never heard before. Anyway the music is incredibly melodic and moving. I could listen to it endlessly without ever getting tired of it. I love all of the songs on it. But some of my favorite songs are " My Grandmother's Love letters" " By The River" " I Am Longing" and " Another Day In The Modern World." The whole cd is incredibly amazing. If you have never listened to Maury Yeston before you are seriously missing something. If you can't tell I highly, highly recommend this cd."
I'd rate it higher than five stars if that were possible.
R. Williamson | Virginia | 03/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This CD is, in a word, spectacular. It's difficult to believe that one person wrote all the music and lyrics to such a diverse collection. It is also difficult to believe that Maury Yeston is not better known. If you are familiar with the shows "Nine" and "Titanic" but don't really know his music and are the least bit curious, don't hesitate to buy this CD. Trust me: You WON'T be disappointed. The material is wonderful, and most of the singers are great. A couple of the performances are a bit "over the top" but the material still shines through. My personal favorites are Please Let's Not Even Say Hello, I Want to Go to Hollywood, Danglin, My Grandmother's Love Letters, Simple, and No Moon. But, believe me, there are absolutely no "clinkers" on this CD; every selection is a fantastic piece of songwriting. Bravo to Maury Yeston!"
I'm soooo glad I bought this CD!
robny | New York, New York | 04/10/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am a singer myself, and this CD is now a new piece of inspiration for me. I was completely overwhelmed by the beauty that is showcased in so many of Maury Yeston's pieces. Listening to the CD several times today, I was especially taken by the song "Another Day in the Modern World," sung by Michael Holland, "My Grandmother's Love Letters," sung by Christine Ebersole and Philip Chaffin's version of "My True Love," from "Phantom." Yeston's use of such refreshingly lush melodies, moved me tears several times! It is rare that so many songs on one album have an impact on me, and this one definitely does. It is the rare, perfect blend of inventful lyrics and hauntingly beautiful chords that makes this CD a winner!!"
Mike | Taunton, MA | 04/09/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
""The Maury Yeston Songbook" is a gem of an album. From the opening song "Please Let's not Even Say Hello" by the stunning Alice Ripley to the incomperable Betty Buckley as well as the beautiful vocal instruments of Liz Callaway, Laura Benanti, Christine Ebersole, Brian D'Arcy James and the beautiful rendition of "No Moon" from Titanic by the wonderful Howard McGillan. This is as pleasurable a listening experience as you will find. Compiled by the multitalented John McDaniel,it is a stunning tribute to a brilliant composer. Run, don't walk to add this to your CD collection."