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For The Stars

23 Dec 2002 | Format: MP3

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3:36
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3:13
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2:50
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3:55
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3:12
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4:08
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3:34
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5:00
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4:41
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2:51
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3:09
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2:40
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3:46
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Release Date: 1 July 2005
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • Copyright: (C) 2001 Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Hamburg
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  • Total Length: 1:03:36
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  • ASIN: B001RHETHA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 118,593 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Aug 2001
Format: Audio CD
I am a huge Elvis fan (particularly due to his diversity of work!) and also a huge fan of Anne Sophie's (due mainly to her outstanding interpretation of Mahler). This disk is one of the most outstanding I have heard of all time - from the selection of the tunes, to the outstanding and eclectic arranging, to the musicians themselves. I have listened to it over and over and over and always find something more beautiful than the last time...it has captured my soul..and that is all I can say!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 7 Nov 2001
Format: Audio CD
I bought this on the spur of the moment - it seemed an intriguing combination. The mix of Elvis and Sophie, plus the range of music covered, seemed risky. However, some of the best music I have ever bought I knew nothing about beforehand! At first listen I really wasn't sure. After that - I was hooked. It's a beautiful, melodic, melancholic album - ultimately uplifting. Everyone I have played it to has loved it and bought it, even though they wouldn't normally buy 'this sort of album'. Well worth taking the risk of the purchase price - believe me!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
Let's get two things straight: I'm not an Elvis Costello fan (in fact I think his singing is terrible!) and, to my shame, I'd never heard of Anne Sofie Von Otter until I saw a TV documentary about the making of this CD. Primarily I listen to Female Vocal music ranging from Gospel, Jazz & Blues to Norwegian Folk. If you were to ask my favourite singer I might say Aretha Franklin or Sarah Vaughan - or maybe Joan Baez, Eva Cassidy or Chris While - it just depends. But now I've got another favourite: Anne Sofie Von Otter, who is definitely one of the finest singers I've heard in a long time. And I'm not talking Opera here! Frankly, I have no idea if she's a good Opera singer or not - and I suspect this CD will be a big disappointment to lots of opera buffs who buy it expecting a typical offering of the kind turned out by Kiri Te Kanawa et al. Because this is definitely NOT just another 'opera singer does popular' disc - rather it sounds like the sort of CD you might expect from a highly experienced popular (whatever that is) singer who can shift with such ease between Blues, Folk and Jazz that you simply can't hear where one starts and the other finishes! Take for example the Jessie Mae Robinson song 'The Other Woman'. To my ear this is Jazz and Anne Sofie does it to perfection. Listen to Claire Martin singing 'Buy and Sell' on Offbeat and you have an idea of the understated but highly tuned delivery that Anne Sofie treats us to. Her voice is low, warm and rich with just a tinge of regret. Totally pitch-perfect (as you'd expect) but in no way the sterile or over controlled sound you might fear. Quite simply, Anne Sofie sounds like she's been singing this sort of song all her life. Then there's 'Go Leave', a quiet folky song by Kate McGarrigle.Read more ›
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan James Romley on 1 Feb 2004
Format: Audio CD
Sophisticated: That one word summation clarifies this album perfectly. This is a hushed, lush, relaxing collection of songs hand picked by Costello to test the range of the angelic-voiced Von Otter.
Here von Otter wraps her vocal-chords around a number of classic pop songs; from the Beatles mournful epic For No One, to two new arrangements of the legendary Pet Sounds samplers Don’t Talk (put your head on my shoulder) and the ever excellent You Still Believe in Me. Added to this we also have variations on Tom Waits’ Take it with Me and Broken Bicycle as well as two of Costello’s own underrated classics, I want to Vanish and Baby Plays Around.
For the most part, these two very different artists manage to create a mood of relaxing, lyrical beauty that they sustain throughout the hour-long running time... talking us from moments of great sadness to moments of great joy within the confines of a single song. The two Costello covers don’t really work for me personally, being far too familiar with the original arrangements and Costello’s always gruff baritone delivery... but the Elvis penned originals (the title track included) more than make up for this.
Elsewhere, the musicianship of the supporting players adds a strong sonic depth to the haunting delivery of the soprano, with Costello filling in on acoustic guitar, Steve Nieve on piano and organ, Svante Henryson on cello, Jonas Lindgren on violin and, as a real treat, former ABBA legend Benny Andersson on accordion. This is a real mood piece... filled with intelligence and a creative depth rarely found within the mire of modern-day pop.
If you are already a fan of von Otter from her previous operatic releases then you should have a good time with this.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 20 April 2001
Format: Audio CD
After Elvis scaled the heights in his last collaboration with Burt Bacharach I thought at the time that music doesn't get any better than this. It seems I was wrong. This album is absolutely superb and Anne Sofie von Otter's voice is quite simply stunning. Singing in a breathy lower register freed from her classically trained mezzo she performs with a brutal honesty rarely seen these days. How earlier reviewers can claim there is no emotion in her performance is beyond me. The version of 'Baby Plays Around' (one of my all time Costello favourites) is strong but not as moving as Sofie's adaptation of Brian Wilson's 'Don't Talk (Put Your Head on My Shoulder)' which is almost too beautiful to be bearable. It's nice to hear Elvis himself popping up on tracks like 'Green Song' and 'Shamed Into Love' but the album certainly doesn't suffer from his lack of vocal input.
In an era which is dominated by Boy Bands and total blandness in almost every department this album serves as a timely reminder of what the human voice is capable of achieving with creativity, direction and vision. The album deserves to reside at the top of the charts for months on end but, the record buying public prefering the tatse of cheap plonk rather than vintage wine, I'm afraid it's destined to be purchased only by the already converted.
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