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The Great American Songbook - The Kings Singers Double CD

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  • Composer: Various
  • Audio CD (30 Sept. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Signum (UK)
  • ASIN: B00ED1QYOS
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,261 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Around the time The King s Singers were starting up, one of the most productive periods of song-writing in history was coming to a close in America, starting with composers such as Gershwin, Kern, Berlin and Porter in the early 1920s, and continuing through to the early 1960s: a body of work was slowly built up that unofficially gained the title 'The Great American Songbook.' The King s Singers bring their own unique performance style to this wonderful music on this new 2CD studio recording, featuring brand new a cappella arrangements by jazz composer and arranger Alexander L Estrange, and swing-orchestra performances with the South Jutland Symphony Orchestra. Works include: I ve got the world on a string, Begin the Beguine, I ve got you under my skin, It s de-lovely, Night and day, Let s misbehave, Ev ry time we say goodbye, I won t dance, Cry me a river, Beyond the sea, When I fall in love, Cheek to cheek, My funny Valentine and The lady is a tramp

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Many artists have recorded the Great American Songbook - probably the last being a newly-changed Rod Stewart. But never like this. The arrangements are quite jazzy, particularly the a capella, but brilliant. Anyone who likes this timeless popular music and anyone who likes the extraordinary accuracy of intonation of these singers will love these two discs (yes, two - 90 minutes+) and want to play them over and over again and really listen to what is going on. I don't think the reviewer who was disapppointed by the absence of Western music should have expected that to be included in what has become known as the Great American Songbook.
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I love it, have played it continually since I bought it, absolutely brilliant. Brilliant catchy song choices, brilliant harmonies, brilliant album. Oh by the way, have I mentioned it's Brilliant. Enough said me thinks!
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Great American Songbook was my first Kings Singers CD purchase for a few years but I wish I hadn't bought it. Good songs but untidy arrangements with poor vocal diction, tone and note accuracy...very disappointing for a Kings Singers follower of many years. I would have enjoyed much more thoughtful full-group singing and less 'let evryone have a solo' arrangements with far more attention to Cambridge quality diction and tonal quality, particularly in the lower voices I have a dozen or more Kings Singers CDs but won't be buying any more.
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This is a wonderful collection and the arrangements of well-known songs are excellent - at least in the a capella parts of the recording. I am glad I bought it but the orchestrally accompanied versions (of some of the same songs) do not really add value - perhaps because of the direct comparisons with the a capell versions. Or maybe it's just that the wonderful a capella singing is so good.
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Wonderful music, disc 1 all choral, disc 2 with orchestral backing. All the old favourites for music lovers, 1930/1950 show/film scores,GREAT!!!!!
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By John on 11 Dec. 2013
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The very best instrument is human voice and that record confirms it. King's Singers are great as always.. You won't regret single penny
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dont normally like this type of music but it is fantastic easy listening enjoyable
different songs done in a different way
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I gave it to a close friend for her belated birthday present and she was delighted and tells me she has enjoyed playing it
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