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Diva LA Grande

Candye KaneAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 27, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Not Used
  • ASIN: B000003MV9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #704,533 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. You Need a Great Big Woman
2. Love 'Em & Forgive 'Em
3. Freak Lover
4. I Got a Feelin'
5. I Left My Heart in Texas
6. The Lord Was a Woman
7. It Should Be Rainin'
8. These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
9. Gifted in the Ways of Love
10. I'm in Love with a Girl
11. Homewrecker
12. Beehive (Instumental)
13. All You Can Eat (and You Can Eat It All Night Long)
14. That Ain't It

Editorial Reviews

Though not as polished as her next effort, 1998's Swango, Diva La Grande is a very strong effort from blues belter Candye Kane, and chock full of her concert favorites. There's her standard opener "You Need a Great Big Woman," the true-confessional "Love 'Em & Forgive 'Em," the good-time "I Left My Heart in Texas," and audience favorites "The Lord Was a Woman" (here featuring a guitar solo from Dave Alvin) and "I'm in Love with a Girl." There's also a spirited cover of "These Boots Are Made for Walkin'," the jivin' "Freak Lover," and the instrumental "Beehive," a showcase for the considerable talents of pianist Sue Palmer. Overall, it's easy to understand why Candye Kane has attracted a devoted and growing cult following--she's got considerable talent, and an attitude to match. --Genevieve Williams

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This allbum will appeal to fans of Dave Alvin, Kim Wilson and Dwight Yoakam. Alvin actually produced it and plays on it. It contains a variety of styles including Western swing, jump blues and rock. It's `American music' in the Dave Alvin sense of the term - but in Kane's own unique style.
And what a style. Candye Kane has a big, full, beautifully expressive voice that conveys her personality, attitude and sense of humour. Her choice of material is quirky and interesting. She is backed by first-rate musicians (including Alvin on some tracks notably his guitar work on The Lord Was a Woman).
On hearing Diva, you get the feeling that you are listening to a great talent who will soon be much better known than she is now - or at least ought to be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Candye's Musical Buffet, And It's All You Can Eat! April 2, 2001
Format:Audio CD
One of the artists I stumbled upon on a road trip in Austin, was Candye Kane. Candye Kane is a Big beautiful woman who is not afriad of her size, in fact she is proud of it. Adding to her proud personality is her STYLE of music. A mixture of country, bluegrass, gospel and blues is unique and refreshing. She is a little bit of everything, and I like that in a artist. Candye shows she is not ashamed of her bisexuality in a track entitled "I'm In Love With A Girl", while bringing the crowd to their feet with the stellar piano filled and shanty jumping track entitled "You Need A Great Big Woman". Candye sings the painfully emotional "It Should Be Raining" while tears rain form in my eyes. Fun, sassy brazen and bold and sometime serious Candye Kane makes a great album and fun time for all, including me.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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All too often the reaction to Candye Kane is about her past. Peopl are interested in her adult entertainment background in films and as a stripper instead of her current musical talent. Don't make that mistake. Her past is behind her and what we have is an incredibly talents songstress and entertainer.
This album is the best showcase of her talent and ability. The songs go from anthems such as the title track to a country song with Big Sandy, a unique version of Nancy Sinatra's Boots Were Made For Walking, to a bawdy song about things that taste good. . .
There is such a variety of different sounds and moods on this album. If you don't like one song, skip to the next track where you'll hear something different. What isn't different is an incredible voice that must be listened to. The same is true with her live show. You won't be able to take your eyes off of her and you won't want to.
More importantly, Candye's music expresses very important messages of self-esteem and pride in who you are. Fundamentalist Christians won't care for her message, but for the rest of us, she's a breath of fresh air.
Another highlight of this album and many of her other CD's are the supporting performances by other musicians. Dave Alvin, Sue Palmer, Big Sandy and plenty of other talented musicians are showcased.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars La Grande Fun June 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
~ "Dive La Grande" by Candye Kane (released in 1997) is pedal to the metal fun. Eleven of the fourteen songs come from Candye's pen while the remaining three songs fit comfortably into the flow of the CD. All of Candye's compositions are autobiographical and reflect her "live life to the fullest" attitude. That makes the songs fun, insightful, and sometimes shocking.
~ The musicianship is very good and Candye's voice is strong throughout the 14 songs. There is a broad variety of styles on the CD ranging from straight ahead blues, to country swing, to pop covers, and there is even an instrumental track thrown in. Compared to her more recent CD's there is a little more country feel to several songs in this collection, but overall there is a little something for everyone here.
~ As strong as the CD is, it just cannot live up to her dynamic stage show - especially with the wonderful Laura Chavez on guitar in her current band.
~ Recommended 53 minutes of fun.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You Need a Great Big Woman... July 6, 1999
Format:Audio CD need Candye's Diva La Grande! I've never heard a more uplifting and inspiring song than "Love 'Em & Forgive 'Em". This CD is an anti-depressant without negative side-effects. The songs become so much more meaningful through Candye's powerful voice and her positive outgoing personality.
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