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Liza's Back
Liza's Back
Offered by hotshotrecordsgermany
Price: 4.67

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Liza With A Z is Back With A B!, 2 Jun 2003
This review is from: Liza's Back (Audio CD)
Like the Titanic dreging itself up from the bottom of the ocean, the unsinkable Liza Minnelli has once again returned to the world of live performance, and if this recording shows nothing else, it's the fact that you really can't keep a good dog down.
From the opening number, a charming, self-celebratory ditty named 'Liza's Back'('I took my bottle of pills/Tossed them away/I emptied the Booze/Went back to AA'), through to her more celebrated hits ('Some People', 'City Lights', and 'New York New York'), it's easy to tell that the woman is determined to entertain us, whatever the cost. Thankfully, the reportedly rigourous training and dieting seem to have paid off, and Liza pulls off an almost-impossible hour of what has always made her so wonderful: herself.
Her voice is no longer what it was (the liner notes, by a certain Mister David Gest, claim otherwise), but the raspiness and new depth actually adds a lot to some otherwise pretty standard numbers. Check out her everything-including-the-kitchen-sink rendition of Roy Orbision's 'Crying', and you'll see what I mean. On the downside, she shows her age, to a certain extent, on one or two of the more physically demanding numbers, like 'Mein Herr' and the immortal 'Cabaret'.
She jokes, laughs, takes pot-shots at her marriage and, in short, has produced one of the most entertaining live recordings in recent memory. Needless to say it's a must-have for the fans, but it's also such a fun CD to listen to, that anyone will be able to pick it up and access the dynamic Vaudeville stage energy that Liza alone is capable of generating. The whole shebang finishes with an acapella version of 'I'll Be Seeing You', which surprises the listener and disproves the critic: Liza's most definitely Back.
Now let's just hope that she's okay!

A Girl Called Dusty
A Girl Called Dusty
Price: 5.52

36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly Dusty...., 23 May 2003
This review is from: A Girl Called Dusty (Audio CD)
Dusty's digitally-remastered, bells & whistles re-release of her debut solo Album is a real treasure. It shows that, although her style and material may have become more sophisticated with later recordings, unlike some other Artists, her voice was as strong and natural in the early sixties as it was when she died.
Belting her way through true diva-esque numbers like 'When The LoveLight Starts Shining Through His Eyes' and 'Don't you Know', her voice shows its true power when handling numbers like 'My Colouring Book', a song which, under a less sensitive talent, could very easily have become maudlin and anodyne.
This re-release version also contains bonus tracks not contained on the original, of which 'Once upon a Time', 'Can I Get a Witness' and 'All Cried Out' shine out as some of Dusty's best recordings this side of 'Dusty In Memphis'.
Put simply, this is one of her abolute best releases, and a must-have for everybody.
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