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David Hurley Countertenor
Timothy Wayne-Wright Countertenor
Paul Phoenix Tenor
Christopher Bruerton Baritone
Christopher Gabbitas Baritone
Jonathan Howard Bass

One of the world's most celebrated vocal ensembles, The King's Singers have a packed schedule of concerts, recordings, media and education work that spans the globe. Instantly recognisable for their spot-on ... Read more in Amazon's The King's Singers Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Oct. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000002RQZ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 1.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 361,656 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
  1. Bridge over troubled waterThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 4:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
  2. The sound of silenceThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 5:28£0.99  Buy MP3 
  3. AmericaThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 4:01£0.99  Buy MP3 
  4. Homeward boundThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  5. If you leave me nowThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 4:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
  6. Simon Smith and the amazing dancing bearThe King's Singers/English Chamber Orchestra/Carl Davis 3:56£0.99  Buy MP3 
  7. Scissors cutThe King's Singers 4:21£0.99  Buy MP3 
  8. It's lonely at the topThe King's Singers 4:13£0.99  Buy MP3 
  9. VincentThe King's Singers 7:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
10. Wichita linesmanThe King's Singers 4:49£0.99  Buy MP3 

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The King's Singers can be magnificent ... when it's just the voices. Sadly this is with full orchestra and it's just awful.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Enjoyable, but not their best work 26 Jun. 2000
By Bron Mitchell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I first heard this recording when I bought a boxed set of 6 King's Singers CDs, and given the repertoire on the album, I actually though I would enjoy it more than what I did. There's nothing actually bad about it, but I thought they could have made more of the songs, particularly Vincent and The Sound of Silence. This recording is accompanied by an orchestra, something which the King's Singers don't do that often, but the actual orchestration on this CD is very well done. Although I still personally believe that their best work has always been a cappella. Nonetheless, one of the things I appreciate most about the King's Singers is their ability to perform an extremely diverse repertoire, and that fact alone still makes this album worthwhile. My favourite tracks are Simon Smith, Bridge Over Troubled Water, and It's Lonely at the Top.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
The Singers were overshadowed by a beautiful orchestra. 21 Feb. 2001
By Michael J. Korman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I agree with the previous reviewer in that the King's Singers do sound much better acappella. Their strength is in the way they perform as a vocal group; the flawless ensemble technique that they possess. This technique is obscured by the orchestra. The majority of the album could have been performed by any vocal group, and there would have been not much of a difference in quality. On a positive note, I percieved the orchestrations to be extremely creative. When I first heard the album, having the original performances of these songs ingrained in my mind, I was not particularly turned on by it. It sounded very odd. A few months later, however, I dug the CD out again and listened to it more carefully. I discovered that what I previously thought of as radical and drastic changes to the original recordings actually was a refreshing, poetic interpretation of popular songs.Don't buy this album thinking that you are buying a copy of the King's Singers performing traditional arrangements of America's favorite popular music. Rather, you are buying a rendition of this music that reads more into the lyrics than perhaps even the original recordings did. It is a more classical sound, and it is something to be listened to seriously. I am forced to give this recording four stars. I thought the orchestra and the arrangements were exceptional. I especially liked The Sound of Silence and Homeward Bound. However, I bought this album excepting yet another example of vocal mastery from the King's Singers, and that is not here. They do not shine when backed up by an orchestra.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Horrible Album by Great Group 24 Jan. 2014
By Jonathan S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I have three other albums by the King's Singers and enjoy them all a lot. When I came across this CD, I thought, I like the songs and the group, so the combination should be great, right?

Unfortunately, no. Consistently, the songs lack any of the expressiveness of the originals. While hitting all the notes perfectly, of course, the King's Singers seem to get everything else horribly wrong. I should state that I do enjoy "covers" that are different than the originals, so it's not that I'm not open to change.

I guess this just shows not all talented artists can succeed in multiple genres.
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British Condescension 11 Aug. 2013
By swimjay - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a treacly, energy-less mess. All covers, these songs only occasionally have anything to do, intrinsically, with America, or the idea of America. Not a single one belongs in the same universe as its original.
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