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Russell Watson: The Voice [CD]

Russell Watson Audio CD
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Russell Watson sits forward in his chair and smiles. “The thing that I most wanted to achieve has happened. The voice is back. And not only that, but the infrastructure that generates the noise I make, the strength and stamina I need to perform all that incredible material is back.” He relaxes, his message delivered. “It’s been a long road and it’s been hard work, ... Read more in Amazon's Russell Watson Store

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  • Performer: Russell Watson
  • Audio CD (25 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004YVL1
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 58,140 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
Listen  1. Nella FantasiaRussell Watson 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Amor ti vietaNick Ingman 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. CarusoRussell Watson 5:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. MiserereNick Ingman 4:46£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Panis AngelicusNick Ingman 4:00£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Non ti scordar di meNick Ingman 3:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. "La donna è mobile"Nick Ingman 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Saylon DolaJohn Themis 4:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Someone Like YouNick Ingman 4:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Bridge Over Troubled WaterNick Ingman 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. ViennaNick Ingman 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Funiculì, funiculàNick Ingman 2:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Barcelona - (Friends until the end)Nick Ingman 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Nessun dorma!Chamber Choir Of St. Catherine's, Bramley, Guildford 4:26£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Russell Watson's story is a classic rags-to-riches fairytale: the former welder, after years of singing in pubs and clubs, travelled from Salford, his hometown, to London. He turned up unannounced at the Decca offices and was promptly signed up by one of the most important classical labels in the world. Vocal coaching followed, as did a number of successful live appearances supporting Cliff Richard. Now we have this 14-track CD which explores a wide range of musical styles. Watson's Italian is a little ponderous in tracks such as "Amor ti vieta", but this is more than compensated by his captivating and utterly natural-sounding tenor voice. The inevitable popular arias are there, namely "La donna è mobile" and "Nessun dorma!", sung with a refreshing and youthful vitality. Pop tracks, including Ultravox's classic 1980s hit "Vienna" and a witty cover version of "Barcelona" sung with former Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder as well as two new songs sit comfortably on the disc--Watson performs them with integrity, not simply paying lip service to the music of his generation. Watson has the potential to do for classical music what Jamie Oliver has done for cookery, and there are few people to whom this debut CD will not appeal. --Rebecca Agnew

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CD Decca, 467 251-2, 2000 14 Track

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of My Favourites 12 May 2001
By McColl
Format:Audio CD
I had to wait patiently for my copy of this album, as it was a promised Christmas gift from my son - but it was worth the wait. When an album stays at arms length in my studio for almost 5 months, then it's a sign of a firm favourite with me. It has seen me through the dark winter afternoons and right into spring, and I'm certain that it'll still be with my 'most played' pile by the time winter comes around again. I was quite amazed when I first heard Russell Watson sing. Amazed not only by the fact that his voice is refreshingly different, but also by his age - I find his voice quite something for such a relatively young man. I did think that I wouldn't like the more modern tracks on the second half of this album as I usually prefer different types of music kept apart, but I did like them, and after playing the album a few times, hardly noticed the transition. I do however prefer the more classical tracks. One very nice touch with this album is the fact that the booklet not only gives the words to all the tracks, but also, where necessary, English translations. I was prompted to write this review by the fact that I had just listened to Classic FM's top ten albums programme for the first time since January, and was delighted to find this album still at No.1. Russell Watson deserves this success. It's not always easy to leave paid employment to follow a dream, but when it pays off as his dream so very definitely has, it's a wonderful thing. I for one wish him many years of success with 'the voice' as he calls it. This is certainly my number one favourite this year.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Voice With Great Promise 11 Nov 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I was somewhat skeptical about this young tenor but I have to say I have been converted, even though I don't consider "The Voice" (the CD) to be an unqualified success. Watson's voice has a natural, melodious timber that potentially can put him in the top ranks of tenors and I do not agree with the reviewers who have found his voice to sound "forced". My impression is the opposite--what sets him apart from other tenors, operatic included, is the combination of sweetness and power. My objection to this first CD is the collaborative efforts--to me they are a waste of the real talent involved, namely that beautiful voice. It is interesting and impressive that he can move easily between pop and classical but I hope he doesn't overdo the pop side. At any rate, this is an awesome beginning and I eagerly await his next offering.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's really brilliant, honest! 30 Dec 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I'm a 12 year old girl, and I don't listen to much classical music, but since I got this album it hasn't been out of my CD player since. I can't understand why some people don't like it-it's got something to please everyone. His singing is perfect on every track. The songs, though old, are sung with a freshness that a lot of singers lack. Although I must admit, his Italian is questionable at times, you can tell he's putting his all into it, and great stuff is coming out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Watson, album number 1 (The Voice) 8 July 2008
Format:Audio CD
The Voice, released in May 2001, is Russell Watson's debut album and marks the end of his progression from the pub and club circuit, and the start of his recording career after signing with the Decca label.

The album hit No.1 in the UK Classical charts and reached No.5 in the UK Album Chart. Following its release in the US it also hit the top spot, making history as the first time a British artist has topped both the UK and US Classical Charts, and if that wasn't enough, it was awarded `Album of the Year' and 'Best Selling Classical Album' at the Classical BRIT awards in 2001.

The songs are a mix of classical and popular, with the emphasis on the classics to enable its eligibility for that chart: 60% of the playing time must consist of `classical or traditional music' to be accepted.

The classical choices are mostly familiar pieces, many of which are drawn from Watson's repertoire used for the stage performances from which he had recently emerged, and while the tracklist may not be groundbreaking, the performances certainly help break the mould for the stereotypical opera tenor. Watson, the `factory boy from Salford' may not yet have mastered the Italian language but the versatility of his voice and the delivery of the songs - `Nessun Dorma' included - cannot conceal his passion and enthusiasm for the music. Watson remember, even before this debut album, had learned his stagecraft from grass roots pub level to an altogether different grass - a magnificent performance of Nessun Dorma at Manchester United's Old Trafford Football ground at their final match of the 1999 Premiership season.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 20 Aug 2001
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Russel Watson is an amazingly talented young man with a beautiful voice. He has a stunning depth to his voice that shows off wonderful warmth and color. Some people here are upset by him singing both classical and modern pieces but I think it's wonderful that his voice is so versitile. This CD is lovely....truly an excellent buy
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
I read about Watson before I heard him, and I am so grateful for that review. Watson's debut CD is an amazing show of raw talent and the joy of singing. As he belts out those high notes, he makes the pulse race. I am reminded of a younger Pavarotti, or an untamed Domingo. He does not yet display their skill and virtuosity, but the freshness of his approach makes up for this. This is a man who can truly bring the operatic aria to the masses, the joy of great singing to the factory floor.
I especially like his Miserere, where his voice ascends from the depths of the opening stanza to rise in crescendo in the bars, "misero me", followed by a lighter, husky tenor. In this song, Watson is almost two people with seemingly different voices and styles. It is worth the price of the CD just to experience this remarkable change from baritone through to powerful tenor, husky crooner and back to operatic tenor again. Amazing.
A bonus for me it the inclusion of the words to the songs, both in Italian and English for those of us who like to sing along or who just want to know the reason behind the pain or joy in the voice we hear. This CD will be the first in my Watson collection. I eagerly await number two.
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Great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Brill cd
Published 2 months ago by mikemike553
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music
I brought this for my dad, he loves it, unfortunately he also tries to sing along, which is not good lol
Published 13 months ago by tony webb
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it was great just what i wanted. The music was very moving and this made an excealent present for someone special. they love and really rate his music ta
Published 17 months ago by belinda
2.0 out of 5 stars Russell Watson
Unable to see what songs were on it before I ordered it, i therefore gave it to a friend who appreciates opera more than I do as it was mainly made up of operatic material.
Published 21 months ago by NEIL MOORE
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Watson
I was watching the X Factor and I thought it a load of screeching banshees singing and I turned over and found a programme of Russell Watson singing at the Albert Hour. Read more
Published on 2 Feb 2012 by Mr. David E. Darby
5.0 out of 5 stars Golden voice
This is a man with the golden voice on a beautiful CD of carefully chosen music. I would recommend it to anybody.
Published on 28 Dec 2010 by Alastair
4.0 out of 5 stars Russell Watson: The Voice
Bought at my mother's request after she'd heard a track on the radio. She's 88 and she thinks it's great. It was a bargain price too!
Published on 9 Nov 2010 by Fay
5.0 out of 5 stars Russell Watson "The Voice"
Russells first release, and best! You have to liten to the most unusual brilliant version of "Barcelona". Lost our original copy so delighted to find on Amazon. Read more
Published on 1 May 2010 by Robin Hood
1.0 out of 5 stars The voice - more like the reverb!
Russell is on OK singer, no better than that. He is certainly not a great tenor. He is let down on this recording by the record company trying to make him what he isn't. Read more
Published on 7 Oct 2007 by A. Stewart
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