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Live at the London Palladium

25 May 2010 | Format: MP3

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  • Original Release Date: 25 May 2010
  • Release Date: 25 May 2010
  • Copyright: 2010 Sinetone AMR
  • Total Length: 31:36
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  • ASIN: B003O73562
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,342 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 April 2007
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Before the London Palladium became the home of musicals like CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, it was the world's foremost variety theatre and home to all the legendary stars. Rising singers and comedians begged their opportunity to appear in the two performances-per-night as well as the televised and popular SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM show. In the late 40's and early 50's all the American singers came, were seen, and conquered with the amazing and emotional Johnnie Ray taking the place by storm in 1954 with his many hits like CRY, SUCH A NIGHT and GLAD RAG DOLL. These and others battle to be heard above the screaming fans who ambushed "The Prince of Wails" and serve as a reminder of a singing phenomenon.

A year later popular girl singer, Rosemary Clooney was on stage with THIS OLE HOUSE, COME ON-A MY HOUSE and MAMBO ITALIANO heading her act which included ballads TENDERLY, DANNY BOY, LOVE YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME and BRAHMS' LULLABY which were highly appreciated by her many fans.

In 1959 TV's Wagon Train star, Robert Horton, strutted his vocal stuff via THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL, MARIA and two other numbers with his humorous introductions a nice bonus. These on-stage recordings are very enjoyable and recall a time when talented singers relied on their earned star quality without the need for backup light shows and prancing dancers. As 50's nostalgia this collection is highly recommended.
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My parents both in their 80's were actually at this concert. They wer there by default as a friend had tickets for the coach trip and show which also included Billy cotton and his Band. I had borrowed their copy with a view of using a USB turntable but once I found this MP3 copy it was no contest. They have great memories!! "Oh what a night"
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Your opportunity to hear Johnnie Ray live 14 Feb. 2000
By patricia m dryburgh - Published on
Format: Audio CD
This collection is a live performance, as indicated by the cover title. Johnnie sings some of his most well-known hits to an enthusiastic audience and keeps the energy going. What makes this collection interesting to me is that we are able to get a real sense of what it was like to be there with the audience, listening to this very soft-spoken yet dynamic entertainer. The pacing is great and he draws us in so that we feel that we are there. Of course,"Cry" is included but so are some ballads, as well as some very upbeat, gospel-influenced offerings. I enjoy this album because it is a rare opportunity to hear the reaction of an audience to this very likeable and talented performer. His deference to the audience is refreshing.
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That tornado--Johnnie Ray !!! 16 May 2006
By Matthew G. Sherwin - Published on
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Want to treat yourself to a great CD full of classic pop vocals? Look no further--this one's IT! This is a very well done recording of Johnnie Ray thrilling his audience with his exceptional charm and talent at the prestigious Palladium Theater in London. Johnnie wowed the audience that night--and on many other occasions, too!

Oh sure, this recording has the usual minor imperfections that a live recording usually has. For example, there is that "popping" sound whenever Johnnie sang too close to the microphone. But you know what--Who cares? It's great material performed passionately from the heart. In fact, the audience reacts so enthusiastically it's a miracle they let Johnnie ever leave the stage!

Despite the fact that this is a short performance coming in at just over 32 minutes long, you get the complete and unedited song set and Johnnie sings eleven songs. Of course, Johnnie sings the song he was well known for entitled "Cry;" but you also get a powerfully delivered rendition of "Please Don't Talk About Me When I'm Gone" in addition to "As Time Goes By." I also enjoyed the song called "The Little White Cloud That Cried." Johnnie's song set ends with another dynamically delivered performance of "I'm Gonna Walk And Talk With My Lord." Awesome! Johnnie is not remembered the way he should be remembered for all his fine contributions to the arts.

The liner notes are excellent, too! There are pictures of record album covers and there's a sweet essay from the heart by Johnnie himself. You get four nice black and white photographs of Johnnie including one taken of him singing and playing the piano as he performed this song set at The Palladium. The liner notes also include a review by Jack Marshall of The New Musical Express about how Johnnie wowed them with POW! that night at The Palladium. Lyrics are not written out for us; but Johnnie sings so clearly that you won't need them.

In short, this CD is a magnificent recording of Johnnie Ray live in concert when he was really beginning to hit his stride. His performance is solid and electric; and the screaming young ladies in the audience are ample proof of that!

I highly recommend this CD for fans of Johnnie Ray who want to hear him as he sounded live in concert; fans of classic pop vocals and people who want an EXHILARATING introduction to the talents of Johnnie Ray. This one's a keeper! Enjoy!
fifties revisited 3 Dec. 2011
By Amazon Customer Melly - Published on
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Got the jonnie ray cd it,s really great listened to it time after time great voice great atmosphere, just listen and learn from the master of show biz for someone who has not heard jonnie ray before you are missing a treat
worth the price just for 19 Feb. 2009
By Jerry Kennealy - Published on
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The album is worth the price just for hearing Clooney sing the lost lyrics
to Cole Porter's IT'S DELOVLEY. Great stuff.

Jerry Kennealy
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