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  • Audio CD (September 21, 2010)
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  • Label: Decca U.S.
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Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world's consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word "superstar."

Liza was born on March 12, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, to actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, responsible for such classics as "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "An American in Paris."

Considered one of America's true legends, Liza began her professional career at an early age, 16, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Best Foot Forward," for which she received rapturous notices and her first award, the Theatre World Award. It would be the first among many show business honors.

Liza turned to Broadway at age 19, and in 1965 became the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for "Flora the Red Menace." Over the years, Liza's other Broadway appearances have been memorable. In 1975 her enormous strength and talent were put to the test when she agreed to replace an ailing Gwen Verdon in the Broadway run of Kander and Ebb's "Chicago." With only one-week's rehearsal, and no public announcement, Liza played to sold-out audiences for a period of five weeks. In 1984, Liza reunited with her "Chicago" co-star Chita Rivera in the Kander and Ebb musical "The Rink." The musical garnered Liza a Best Actress Tony nomination. In 1997, Liza took over from an ailing Julie Andrews in Broadway's "Victoria/Victoria."

A special Tony was awarded to Liza for breaking the box-office record at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1973 for her one-woman show. In 1977, she returned to the Broadway stage in a starring role in the Kander and Ebb musical, "The Act" for which she was awarded her third Tony. The musical was directed by Martin Scorsese, who had just directed Liza on the big screen in "New York, New York" opposite Robert DeNiro.

She had been seen earlier on movie screens in films that showcased her superb acting abilities, including her first film role opposite Albert Finney in "Charlie Bubbles," followed by "The Sterile Cuckoo," which won Liza her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress.

In 1972 her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." The film won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza. The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award. The unqualified success of "Cabaret" put Liza on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week.

In 1981, she co-starred with Dudley Moore on the big screen in the classic "Arthur," going on to make the sequel "Arthur 2" in 1988.

Liza starred in the first concert ever filmed live for television in 1972. The seminal "Liza with a Z" produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program and the prestigious Peabody Award. It has been released in recent years on DVD and aired on Showtime.

Liza emerged as a dramatic television actress in the made-for-TV drama, "A Time to Live," where she starred in the touching story as the mother of a child with muscular dystrophy. The role won Liza her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and universal acclaim from television critics and writers around the world.

In between her many TV and film roles, Liza has never stopped touring and has long been considered one of the most exciting concert performers, electrifying audiences around the world and setting records at the most prestigious venues, from the Palladium in London and Opera House in Sdyney, to the Olympia Theatre in Paris and New York's historic Carnegie Hall, where one of Liza's greatest triumphs was her unprecedented three-week concert engagement in 1987. ILiza was the first entertainer in the hall's history to completely sell-out three weeks of appearances. She had earlier appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in 1979. This appearance was every bit as unforgettable. On closing night the police had to disperse the crowd when they refused to leave the auditorium following multiple encores. Both of these concerts were recorded and are among the music industry's most highly praised live concert recordings.

One of the greatest and most acclaimed show business triumphs of all time was Liza's record-setting in-concert engagement at Manhattan's famed Radio City Music Hall in 1991, where Liza played to packed houses for three weeks, followed by a return engagement. The show was called, "Stepping Out," after Liza's film of the same name, which was released around the same time. She stunned audiences around the world, including London's legendary Royal Albert Hall, with the sold-out show.

Liza returned to Broadway in December 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show called "Minnelli on Minnelli" at New York's Palace Theater. Shortly after the cd of "Minnelli on Minnelli" was released in February 2000, Liza was hospitalized for encephalitis. The prognosis was grim: she was told she would never walk, talk, dance or sing again. But Liza's incredible will, determination and relentless hard work proved the doctors wrong, and by June 2002, she was back on stage at the Beacon Theater in New York. Her triumphant comeback CD entitled "Liza's Back!" was released in October 2002, and she was seen the following year as Lucille Austero on TV's critically acclaimed "Arrested Development."

Liza made a triumphant return to Broadway in 2008 with "Liza's at the Palace ..." which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. It's Liza's fourth Tony. She recreated the show at the MGM Grand where her performance was filmed for a public television special and a DVD. The show's cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award.

This year, following a much talked about cameo in "Sex and the City 2," Liza will release "Confessions," a new CD recorded with her longtime collaborator pianist Billy Stritch.

Throughout her lifetime Liza has supported various charities and causes. She served on the board of directors of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for 20 years. She also has dedicated much time to amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1994, Minnelli recorded the Kander & Ebb tune "The Day After That" and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. That same year she performed the song in front of hundreds of thousands in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots.

Today, when her busy schedule allows, she works with students at The Actor's Studio teaching master classes in acting and singing. Her well-known generosity of spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to her craft are unequaled in the entertainment industry, where she continues her extraordinary career with ongoing concert tours around the world.

Liza Minnelli, winner of four Tony Awards, an Oscar, a special "Legends" Grammy, two Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, is one of the entertainment world's consummate performers. In film, on stage and in television, Liza has won critical acclaim, a multitude of fans, and recognition from her peers in show business, giving new dimension and credibility to the word "superstar." Liza was born on March 12, 1946, in Los Angeles, California, to actress/singer Judy Garland and film director Vincente Minnelli, responsible for such classics as "Meet Me in St. Louis" and "An American in Paris." Considered one of America's true legends, Liza began her professional career at an early age, 16, in 1963, in an Off-Broadway revival of the musical "Best Foot Forward," for which she received rapturous notices and her first award, the Theatre World Award. It would be the first among many show business honors. Liza turned to Broadway at age 19, and in 1965 became the youngest woman ever to win a leading actress Tony Award for "Flora the Red Menace." Over the years, Liza's other Broadway appearances have been memorable. In 1975 her enormous strength and talent were put to the test when she agreed to replace an ailing Gwen Verdon in the Broadway run of Kander and Ebb's "Chicago." With only one-week's rehearsal, and no public announcement, Liza played to sold-out audiences for a period of five weeks. In 1984, Liza reunited with her "Chicago" co-star Chita Rivera in the Kander and Ebb musical "The Rink." The musical garnered Liza a Best Actress Tony nomination. In 1997, Liza took over from an ailing Julie Andrews in Broadway's "Victoria/Victoria." A special Tony was awarded to Liza for breaking the box-office record at the Winter Garden Theatre in 1973 for her one-woman show. In 1977, she returned to the Broadway stage in a starring role in the Kander and Ebb musical, "The Act" for which she was awarded her third Tony. The musical was directed by Martin Scorsese, who had just directed Liza on the big screen in "New York, New York" opposite Robert DeNiro. She had been seen earlier on movie screens in films that showcased her superb acting abilities, including her first film role opposite Albert Finney in "Charlie Bubbles," followed by "The Sterile Cuckoo," which won Liza her first Academy Award nomination for Best Actress. In 1972 her movie career peaked when she played Sally Bowles in "Cabaret." The film won eight Oscars, including Best Actress for Liza. The role also earned her a Golden Globe and a British Film Academy Award. The unqualified success of "Cabaret" put Liza on the covers of both Time and Newsweek in the same week. In 1981, she co-starred with Dudley Moore on the big screen in the classic "Arthur," going on to make the sequel "Arthur 2" in 1988. Liza starred in the first concert ever filmed live for television in 1972. The seminal "Liza with a Z" produced a Top 20 album and won the Emmy for Outstanding Single Program and the prestigious Peabody Award. It has been released in recent years on DVD and aired on Showtime. Liza emerged as a dramatic television actress in the made-for-TV drama, "A Time to Live," where she starred in the touching story as the mother of a child with muscular dystrophy. The role won Liza her second Golden Globe Award for Best Actress and universal acclaim from television critics and writers around the world. In between her many TV and film roles, Liza has never stopped touring and has long been considered one of the most exciting concert performers, electrifying audiences around the world and setting records at the most prestigious venues, from the Palladium in London and Opera House in Sdyney, to the Olympia Theatre in Paris and New York's historic Carnegie Hall, where one of Liza's greatest triumphs was her unprecedented three-week concert engagement in 1987. ILiza was the first entertainer in the hall's history to completely sell-out three weeks of appearances. She had earlier appeared in concert at Carnegie Hall in 1979. This appearance was every bit as unforgettable. On closing night the police had to disperse the crowd when they refused to leave the auditorium following multiple encores. Both of these concerts were recorded and are among the music industry's most highly praised live concert recordings. One of the greatest and most acclaimed show business triumphs of all time was Liza's record-setting in-concert engagement at Manhattan's famed Radio City Music Hall in 1991, where Liza played to packed houses for three weeks, followed by a return engagement. The show was called, "Stepping Out," after Liza's film of the same name, which was released around the same time. She stunned audiences around the world, including London's legendary Royal Albert Hall, with the sold-out show. Liza returned to Broadway in December 1999 to pay tribute to her father in a show called "Minnelli on Minnelli" at New York's Palace Theater. Shortly after the cd of "Minnelli on Minnelli" was released in February 2000, Liza was hospitalized for encephalitis. The prognosis was grim: she was told she would never walk, talk, dance or sing again. But Liza's incredible will, determination and relentless hard work proved the doctors wrong, and by June 2002, she was back on stage at the Beacon Theater in New York. Her triumphant comeback CD entitled "Liza's Back!" was released in October 2002, and she was seen the following year as Lucille Austero on TV's critically acclaimed "Arrested Development." Liza made a triumphant return to Broadway in 2008 with "Liza's at the Palace ..." which went on to win the Tony Award for Best Special Theatrical Event. It's Liza's fourth Tony. She recreated the show at the MGM Grand where her performance was filmed for a public television special and a DVD. The show's cast recording was nominated for a Grammy Award. This year, following a much talked about cameo in "Sex and the City 2," Liza will release "Confessions," a new CD recorded with her longtime collaborator pianist Billy Stritch. Throughout her lifetime Liza has supported various charities and causes. She served on the board of directors of The Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential for 20 years. She also has dedicated much time to amFAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research. In 1994, Minnelli recorded the Kander & Ebb tune "The Day After That" and donated the proceeds to AIDS research. That same year she performed the song in front of hundreds of thousands in Central Park at the 25th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. Today, when her busy schedule allows, she works with students at The Actor's Studio teaching master classes in acting and singing. Her well-known generosity of spirit, enthusiasm and commitment to her craft are unequaled in the entertainment industry, where she continues her extraordinary career with ongoing concert tours around the world.

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I highly recommend this cd to anyone even if you are not yet a fan.
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On this CD she's so relaxed that it just makes you relax and just enjoy these songs as she did when she recorded them.
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She's incredible and she is sounding great on this album, her voice is clear, she's singing beautifully.
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35 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Terrance Richard TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 21, 2010
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"Confessions" is Liza Minnelli's first non cast album in over 15 years and fans will be thrilled when they hear it. Here in this superb collection Liza's voice is what carries the project along with the piano arrangements by her longtime collaborator Billy Stritch. Gone are the songs that use to feature Liza screaming, and instead you get a beautiful collection of tracks that would be suitable if you were having a dinner party and wanted background music.

When Liza was a child her parents would often have intimate dinner parties where her mother and her friends would sit around the piano and sing. Once Liza became older that tradition was carried on and it wasn't uncommon for Liza to have people like Tony Bennett and Janet Jackson at her house where they would sing for hours in a relaxed atmosphere.

About ten years ago Liza showed up at Billy Stritch's Beverly Hills house one night and wanted to sing and from that very session came the idea for this album. Billy had recorded many of the songs from that night and found them about a year ago on various tapes. He went to Liza and told her he had the idea for her next album: recording songs that were simple, hearfelt, and most of all, easy to listen to for the fan. They went to Decca Records and a contract was signed and the result is one of Liza's best albums.

I have to say there isn't one song on this CD that I do not like: they range from many popular well-known tracks to some that have been pretty much forgotten. Still, Liza puts her undeniable trademark on every one of these gems. Highlights include "I Got Lost In His Arms", "If I Had You", "Close Your Eyes", and "You Fascinate Me So".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Rudy Palma on October 1, 2010
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Liza Minnelli's "Confessions," her first studio effort in more than a decade, is like Swiss Miss hot cocoa - warm and soothing on a cold winter's morning, but lacking excitement or nuance.

Granted, the mood and atmosphere are deliberately restrained and downbeat, with the wonderful Billy Stritch often providing Liza's sole accompaniment. This is a lo-fi, acoustic recording that breathes and is virtually noiseless, with no song standing out from the crowd. For some listeners, this would make the perfect sleep sedative.

The production techniques could have been generated in 1980 in a suburban recording studio. Many albums achieve "intimacy" but do not sound recorded on the cheap, as this one does. Ultimately, of course, Liza's presence injects the proceedings with a world-class aura.

Liza does a good job of being "Liza" here - playing into the expectations of her audience. She is one of the few living performers who should be permitted to get away with doing that. This self-awareness, however, does not always lend itself so well to an album of brooding romantic odes.

Her "You Fascinate Me So," for instance, sounds more fun-loving and cutely awkward than cozy or sincere. The same goes for "Close Your Eyes," a Tin Pan Alley chestnut which Queen Latifah sang more passionately in 2004 on her "The Dana Owens Album."

Even Irving Berlin's lovely, evergreen "I Got Lost In His Arms" from "Annie Get Your Gun" does not strike any particular nerve. These tracks simply glide in and out of each other in one mildly pleasing wash of sound.

There are a few moments where Liza's voice sounds abysmal, with her trying to push it beyond its present capabilities.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Dean Babcock on November 10, 2010
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Have been a LIZA fan forever and need to report that this new collection is voice and age appropriate at last. Song choices are wonderful and re-demonstrate that Liza knows how to master phrasing and the essence of telling a story. No need to strain or screech beyond her current range, this album is a definite pleasure. Can't get the tunes out of my head and even caught myself singing them in an elevator today! Thank God Liza has returned from "being back"!
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By judygarlandheartbreaker.com on November 23, 2010
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Liza is simply a wonderful singing actress.
From her mom and her mom's mentor, vocal coach Kay Thompson,
she learned the value of interpreting a lyric, which she does here
with great sensitivity and force.
You will understand every emotion and nuance in these
wonderful songs from the classic era of show music.
Coupled with the essence of her warmth and vulnerability,
this CD is a dynamite package.

John Meyer, NYC
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bradly Briggs VINE VOICE on September 21, 2010
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Legendary Liza Minnelli has a tremendous musical frame of reference to draw from going deep in to her trunk of classics during a recent recovery the result being an intimate & extraordinary collection of timeless songs from her illustrious past. Every one of these fine gems are given a renewed shine & lovingly done in sublime fashion by the iconic legend along with the incredibly talented Billy Stritch on piano...anyone luckily attending Minnelli concerts in recent years being incredible events to experience, know chemisty between these two gifted talents is magical & sheer musical genius, all of that magic transferred beautifully to these superb sessions!
Opening with a throaty sensual vocal, "Confessions" slow-burn vocal set a jazz inspired soulful tone to a surprising set featuring tight rhythmic timing sounding like a wondrous collection of classic songs recorded in a sophisicated Jazz Club on a quiet rainy night. Liza playful with "You Fascinate Me So" gives an enchanting light-hearted performance & those nights on the road with Sinatra must have inspired a richly sung "All The Way" and Frank would be proud...full voice & sultry "I Hadn't Anyone Til You" is soulful & hypnotic while great rhythmic timing make "This Heart Of Mine" a winner...new solid Liza classic "I Must Have That Man" turns up the heat and is so riveting and engrossing showing this gifted singer truly among an elite few. Sophisicated enchantment weaves through the sublime "On Such A Night As This" with references to "a Gershwin song" & "Judy Garland swore to adore the boy next door" fascinating considering who is at the helm turning out yet another delicious classic...
"I Got Lost In His Arms" given new life by Liza as are all these grand chestnuts from the past with the torchy "At Last" being soulfully sublime.
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confessions cd by liza minnelli
did they sell the album at the venue with the merch? i'm going to see her on the 25th and can't wait--it'll be my first time seeing her. i went to her atlanta show, but she cancelled, so now i'm going to her birmingham show. i'm so excited to see her perform with her quintet, and i'm really... Read More
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"Confessions" a sinful waste of musicality
According the information on Liza's website, "Pennies From Heaven" is not even one of the songs on the album, so I don't know how the reviewer could have heard this song on this album. And, why should Liza only sing songs considered as her standards? Isn't she permitted to sing other... Read More
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